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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.
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The Final Table at the World Series of Poker's Main Event last week brought mixed feelings to many viewers and possibly a change in how poker is played in the future. It wasn't that the play at the final table was poor. In fact, there were many compliments on the play. The game moved a bit too slow, though, for television. Amateur and professional poker players lamented the slow play alike.
The idea brought up the most often to speed the game up on television is a play clock a la basketball and chess. The loudest voice on this, purely because of his professional name, seemed to be by professional player Daniel Negreanu:
The final table (formerly known as the November 9) of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event began Monday and, after a break, resumed last night. The final three players of the Main Event at this year's WSOP took their time and finished just before 6 a.m. this morning with Greg Merson winning it all after nearly 12 hours of play.
Greg Merson from Laurel, MD captured the gold bracelet and over $8.5 million at the Rio. He outlasted a total Main Event field of 6,598 players who each entered the tournament, paying fees of $10,000 each, for the chance to win poker’s most prestigious title. Merson survived a marathon final session of play that spanned almost exactly 12 hours, beginning at 5:45 p.m. Pacific on Tuesday and concluding at 5:44 a.m. Pacific on Thursday in what turned out to be the longest final table in WSOP Main Event history, spanning 399 hands.
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As the pumpkins and costume ideas start cropping up, the World Series of Poker is preparing to reconvene its final table. ESPN has been telling the stories of players, flops, busts, and suckouts leading up to that table each Tuesday night via a double shot of hour-long episodes. This year's last nine standing will put the cards back in the air October 29 at the Rio tossing aside the "tradition" of the November nine that's been advertised in recent years.
In an aim to enhance the WSOP TV viewing experience, Caesars Interactive Entertainment and ACTV8.me have quietly released a second screen companion app. More and more TV viewers tend to navigate second (laptops), third (smartphones), or even fourth (tablets) screens while the TV is on these days. Caesars is looking to insure those secondary screens keep viewers focused on the WSOP itself through interactive polls, trivia, and "betting" action that allows users to wager on the next action or outcome of the hand.
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The largest of the WSOP tournaments, The Main Event, started this weekend. You can find the latest updates here. As much as we love the game itself, we also love the statistics of the event. Here are some of the best:
·68,168 - number of entrants (Currently 3rd all-time, but once Main Event is counted, expected to finish 1st or 2nd)
· $160,013,992 - total prize pool (Currently 5th all-time, but once Main Event is counted, will finish as most money awarded in 43-year history)
· 43 - bracelets (Champions) won by players from the United States (Canada is #2 with 3 bracelets)
· 9 - bracelets won by players from Nevada (New York and Texas are tied for second with 5 bracelets)
· 9,376 - times a California resident entered a tournament
· 922 - times a California resident finished in the money
· $18,346,673 - amount Antonio Esfandiari won in the Big One for Big Drop
· $213,332 - amount Antonio Esfandiari won cashing in 5 other tournaments
· $4,200,895 - earnings by women at WSOP this year (That's just under 10% of overall winnings)
· 10 - number of times Konstantin Puchov has cashed at WSOP (The most of any player)
You know a poker game is a big deal when you see it multiple times on TV. The Big One for One Drop during this year's World Series of Poker was the first million dollar buy-in poker tournament. 48 players all paid up to participate in the No-Limit Hold’em tourney.
The winner, poker pro Antonio Esfandiari, received a cool $18,346,673! Yowza! Second place finisher, Sam Trickett, won a cool $10 mil! Perhaps the best of the final table finishers was New York hedge fund manager David Einhorn who received $4,352,000 for third place and donated it all to the nonprofit group, City Year. He did the same thing last year with his WSOP winnings.
The biggest game in poker history is about to go down at the Rio.
THE BIG ONE FOR ONE DROP (all the caps are theirs) has more than 40 of the
richest biggest names in Vegas, poker and beyond anteing up a cool $1 mil each just to play in this high-stakes games. Players include the guy you have to thank for every Cirque show ever, Guy Laliberte; Treasure Island owner Phil Ruffin; MGM Resorts' Bobby Baldwin; and poker icons ranging from Phil Ivey to Mike Sexton.
The last player sitting will win more than $15 million dollars and a pretty snazzy WSOP bracelet, too. The showdown will start at 1:11 p.m. this Sunday, July 1 (see what they did there?) in the Rio's Amazon Ballroom. It will continue at noon on Monday, July 2 before the final table takes place on Tuesday, July 3 starting at 12:30 p.m.
We weren't even at the Rio for the WSOP so we just took in the sights and sounds before heading next door to the Gold Coast for some action. Besides seeing a lot of dudes that looked alike, we saw a lot of things to buy. The WSOP is really an event unlike any other, if you're playing. However, if you're just wandering the hallways at Rio, it may seem more like a flea market.
The halls around the WSOP are lined with tables and vendors. The displays aren't like you'd see at a concert, sporting event or trade show. This felt more like a small flea market, or even a farmers market, minus the tasty treats.
If you've never made it to Rio for any of the World Series of Poker (WSOP), you're missing out. The energy at Rio is never so high. The influx of poker players excited to a) be there and b) win is unparalleled.
It's free to get into the WSOP, just show up and walk as far as you can at Rio and, eventually, you'll find it. Along the way, you'll see a lot of the same person. If you want to fit in, you may need to learn the uniform of the poker player. Just wear the following:
A Hoodie: How else are you going to hide from the competitors? Also, it gets chilly in Vegas in the summer. You want to be prepared.
Shades: Think of this as eye camo. Similar to wearing a hoodie, if the other players can't see your eyes, they can't know what your cards are. Feel free to wear the shades anywhere you go inside the casino. This may be the only time people won't think that you're a jerk for wearing shades inside. They're part of the uniform.
Sweatpants or Basketball Shorts: These must be worn for the comfort, right? Our first thought was "What is this a strip club or the WSOP?!" Let's just hope that, like at the strip club, the guys are wearing underwear.
Man Parts: There may be a few women at the WSOP, but there aren't many. If you want to fit in with 98% of the people at the Rio make sure you bring your man parts, metaphorical or otherwise.
Cards are in the air and bracelets have already been handed out at the 2012 World Series of Poker. Last week, we served up some facts and trivIa about this year's event. Now, how to keep on top of the lucrative cash games that go hand-in-hand with the WSOP each year.
Bravo Poker has announced that its software has been chosen to manage the WSOP for the fifth year in a row. Its tournament software will be tracking each event down to the final table, but the most interesting impact from the announcement this year might be an enhancement to the BravoPokerLive app we detailed a few months ago.
Even though we're paying attention to the World Series of Poker (WSOP), it still snuck up on us. The WSOP begins in just a few days, on May 27th, with a Casino Employees No Limit Hold 'em event. Of course, May 27th doesn't matter to most people as the most public of all the WSOP tournaments, the Main Event, doesn't begin until July 7th. There won't be a "November Nine" this year as the Main Event Final Table takes place between October 28th and 30th. Here are a few items to get you ready for this year's WSOP: