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WSOP.com, Nevada’s second real-money online poker site to launch this year, is just over two months old. Competitor Ultimate Poker got a five-month head start by getting cards in the air, so to speak, back in April. Its launch was a bit subdued and relied on in-house advertising resources. WSOP.com, owned by Caesars Interactive Entertainment, is taking a more explosive approach in trying to sign up new players and take control of the online poker market. If you have a Total Rewards account, step foot in a Caesars hotel room, or even watch TV in the state of Nevada, Caesars is going to let you know about WSOP.com.
Online, Caesars is promoting WSOP.com through many of its own websites. WSOP.com staff are reaching out to gamblers elsewhere on the web and regularly post on poker message boards. Additionally, WSOP.com targets existing Total Rewards members with a rewards system that connects to their accounts. Although the levels don’t match up exactly, it is possible to advance your casino status through online play and vice versa. Credits earned online can also be converted to credits for use at Caesars properties.
On Monday, Day 1 of the final table of the World Series of Poker took almost 10 hours to go from the November 9 to the November 2. The WSOP final last night was a heads up showdown between 23 year old poker pro Ryan Riess and 29-year-old Las Vegas club promoter Jay Farber. The last two players went heads up for almost 3 hours until Ryan Riess came out WSOP Champion. He’ll take home a prize of over $8 million dollars and a $500,000 gold bracelet. Jay Farber, who rocked a Hakkasan lid during both nights of the final table, will receive over $5 million as runner up. Not too shabby.
Ryan Riess, from East Lansing, Michigan, becomes the sixth consecutive player under the age of 25 to capture poker’s top crown. He also becomes the sixth consecutive poker professional to win the title. Michigan seems to be a hotbed of poker stars as this is the third time a player from Michigan has won the event, the most recent being Joe Cada of Shelby Township in 2009. Poker Hall of Famer and Grand Rapid’s Tom McEvoy was first to accomplish the feat in 1983.
WSOP recently announced it will bring back the $1,000,000 buy-in Big One For One Drop tournament for 2014's WSOP. You may remember Big One For One Drop from the 2012 WSOP when poker pro Antonio Esfandiari won over $18 million dollars.
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The field is comprised of eight professional poker players and one amateur player. The oldest (36) and most famous poker pro at the final table, JC Tran, has the chip lead with 38 million. The winner of the WSOP this year will earn a prize of $8,361,570 while the top seven finishers will become millionaires as well. The first player to lose at the final table at the WSOP tonight will earn $733,224. Not too shabby for a couple months of work.
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The World Series of Poker is about to crown another winner in just a couple weeks.
The final table of the WSOP, a.k.a. the November 9, actually begins on Monday, November 4 at the Penn & Teller Theater inside the Rio. Entry to watch is free and offered on a first come, first serve basis. The line begins at 1 p.m. Seating begins at 4 p.m. with friends and family of players getting priority. General admission begins at 5 p.m. with the first hand of poker dealt at 5:47 on the nose. There will be a 15-minute break after every 45 minutes of play until three remain. This could take hours.
The final three players will then take the Penn & Teller theater stage on Tuesday, November 5. General seating begins again at 5 p.m. with fancy ESPN player introductions happening at 5:30 p.m. The first hand will be dealt at exactly 5:48 p.m. and will continue until the new WSOP champion is eventually crowned.
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The World Series of Poker spokespeople continued to assure us they would have real-money online poker available on WSOP.com during the summer and that day is finally here. On Thursday (September 19), the first real-money poker hand will be dealt at WSOP.com at exactly 9:19 a.m. Pacific time. (The time has no significance besides tying into the date.)
When the game launches, you'll only be able to participate while in Nevada, but you’re free to sign up no matter where you live as long as you’re 21 and have a computer, Internet connection and a mobile phone. This is no different than Ultimate Poker.
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The Stardust casino is making a comeback of sorts. You may remember Stardust in its physical form on the north end of the Vegas Strip in the 70s through the 90s. Well, Stardust is making a comeback online and, specifically, on Facebook.
It may seem strange at first, but if you’re an American, you won't be able to take part in its comeback. For the time being, at least. When Boyd Gaming sold the property on the Vegas Strip where Stardust used to stand to Genting (which is now planning to build Resorts World Las Vegas on the site) they decided to keep ownership of the Stardust name. There were questions about why the name was saved, but now we know.
In conjunction with BWin.Party’s social gaming arm called WIN, Boyd Gaming has launched the Stardust Casino online. The social game will be free to play once it's available. Unfortunately, the launch was made a little premature for Americans as the game is only available via Facebook in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. The United States version of the Stardust Casino will be available in a few months.
The WSOP Main Event started last week with 6,352 players including celebrities, athletes and players from 83 different countries. They played all day and night to reach the final table which will take place Monday, November 4. If you're familiar with the November Nine format, you know that they will play for hours and hours and hours until there's a winner and World Series of Poker No Limit Hold'em Champion.
Here's a look at who made the final table. The November Nine has players representing five different parts of the world, including Israel, The Netherlands, France, Canada and the United States. The winner will take home over $8 million while the other eight players will share $18 million. The top seven finishers will become millionaires while the 9th place finisher will only take home $733,224. Not bad for a $10,000 buy-in.
The World Series of Poker has had on-going tournaments since May 29, but the WSOP that most people know, the Main Event, started this weekend and continues today in three stages. The Main Event will run through July 15 where the final table will be decided. That final table will, once again, return later this year to play in the November 9.
The WSOP Main Event begins with so many participants (around 6,000 this year) that the beginning is staggered into three days and three flights. Each day of poker action is kicked off with a famous poker player giving the order of "shuffle up and deal" to the dealers. Saturday began with defending champion Greg Merson saying "shuffle up and deal" and Sunday's command was given by poker legend Doyle Brunson. Brunson changed his mind and decided to play in the Main Event after saying he wouldn't earlier this year. He finished Sunday with 80,000 chips. Not too bad.
The World Series of Poker begins next week, running May 29 through July 15. What better way to prepare for it than by looking at the tournament by the numbers with a few highlights of what's new for this year's event? First up, some fun fact about WSOP itself:
Amount of Events: 62 bracelet events
Number of Tables: 480 (record, includes Rio Poker Room)
Cheapest Tournament Buy-In: $500
Most Expensive Tournament Buy-In: $111,111
Career WSOP winnings for Antonio Esfandiari: $19,631,933 (#1 all time)
Defending Main Event Champion Winnings: $8,531,853, Greg Merson
Total Prizes In 2012: $222,035,192
Amount of Entrants in 2012: 74,766 (2nd highest of all time)
Average Age in 2012: 37.74
The plan for this year's World Series of Poker (WSOP) event is out. The WSOP setup is usually similar to previous years with a few tweaks to make it better. This year, the WSOP will take place May 29 through July 15. Once again, it will be spread out through the Rio convention area with a record 62 events.
One of the bigger changes to this year's WSOP is that the massive Big One for One Drop with a $1 million buy-in will be scratched and replaced with two, smaller One Drop events with smaller buy-in's. The payout still may be over $1 million, but that isn't guaranteed. Here are some highlights besides the Main Event (That's the one on TV):
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The National Heads-Up Poker Championship returns for the eighth time this year (its seventh at Caesars Palace) after taking a break in 2012. The National Heads-Up Poker Championship features 64 of the world's best poker players as they compete in a series of Heads-Up matches (one-on-one games of No Limit Texas Hold'em).
This is really a made-for-TV poker event, but is very popular with players and fans alike because of its different structure. The tournament is a single-elimination, bracket-style format modeled after the NCAA Basketball tournament. When a player wins a match, he or she advances to the next round. If that poker player wins six matches, they become National Heads-Up Poker Champion.