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The annual festival of nonstop card-playing known as the World Series of Poker has come a long way since its beginnings at Binions Horseshoe way back in 1970. That inaugural year saw the winner decided by a vote among the seven players who participated. It wasn't until the following year that a tournament format was introduced, with a whopping six players ponying up $5,000 to determine who the best poker player was. In 1972, the buy-in was raised to $10,000, which attracted eight gamblers, and since then what is known as the Main Event of the WSOP has grown by leaps and bounds. Last year’s event drew 6,683 participants.
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A few weeks ago, we told you that Yahoo! might be preparing to take on the big boys in the online poker world. Since that time, Ultimate Poker has closed and Yahoo! has announced it will be closing its classic online games portal, including Yahoo! Poker.
Ladies and gentleman, your new World Series of Poker champion, Martin Jacobson.
The Swede came out on top in a nearly 15-hour final table played over the past two days at the Penn and Teller Theatre at Rio. Jacobson, 27, wins $10 million for his first-place finish.
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The game’s, perhaps, most popular player and a stalwart tournament director will be the two newest inductees into the Poker Hall of Fame.
A 41-person panel of existing HOF members and poker media members chose Daniel Negreanu and Jack McClelland to enter the hall. An official induction ceremony will be held at Binion's at 7:30 p.m. on November 9, a day before the final table of the World Series of Poker Main Event takes place at Rio. The festivities will take place in the Longhorn Room. Formerly known as Benny’s Bullpen, the room was home to the final table of the WSOP for the bulk of its existence.
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Whether there’s a need for another website to play online poker in Nevada isn’t the question. That’s because the Silver State is getting a new online poker website next month, whether it's wanted or needed.
HDPoker will be launching in a different manner than potential competitors, Ultimate Poker, WSOP.com and Real Gaming. HDPoker will launch with only social poker in 2014. As the website develops a following, it plans to offer real money poker in 2015.
Players are trading bluffs and deep penetrating stares on ESPN’s World Series of Poker telecast, airing now through the final table of the Main Event in November.
But, what you see isn’t always what you get. Televised poker often presents a rather misleading look into the world of tournament poker. In addition to some obvious differences, such as, you know, the fact that drunk who gave away all his chips in that $50 Flamingo tournament wouldn’t ever play the $1 million buy-in Big One for Big Drop at the Rio, you’ll find plenty of differences between what’s myth and what’s reality.
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The big event of the 2014 World Series of Poker is well underway at the Rio. Not the Big One for One Drop which netted one player $15 million and over $4.5 million for charity. The big one in this case is the Main Event which is currently on the second of two Day 2's that will eventually play down to one winner going home with $10 million dollars. And, if that hasn't sufficiently confused you yet, we're going to throw some facts and figures out now for what has been a bigger and better record-breaking year for the WSOP:
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Poker fans should be excited by this news. A new television show covering the world of poker just has made it onto national airwaves. “Poker Night in America” debuted a couple weeks ago on CBS Sports Network. If you’re a fan of watching poker on TV, you'll be happy to know the show is being brought to you by a veteran. PokerNews.com reports the co-creator of the Heartland Poker Tour, Todd Anderson, is the brains behind “Poker Night in America."
CBS Sports Network isn’t the same CBS where you’ll watch “60 Minutes." It’s a separate channel dedicated 100% to sports. It’s channel 333 and 1333 on Cox in Las Vegas. You can find where CBS Sports Network is in your town here.
Professional poker player Lauri Pesonen says says a laptop was stolen while his roommate and fellow poker pro Joni Jouhkimainen reported some other items that were stolen. Another poker pro Manh Nguyen says $35,000 in cash was stolen from his room at Rio.
The World Series of Poker kicked off this week at the Rio. There will be 65 poker tournaments taking place in the Rio convention space over the next six weeks and there’s a lot to know. You have all the basics for a great time at the WSOP so now it’s time to blow you away with
useless amazing WSOP facts that will help you win any meaningful trivia contest. Here are some quick and useful facts about previous, current and future WSOP tournaments.
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May means it’s time for the 45th annual World Series of Poker. As tens of thousands of poker pros, amateurs, fans, and dreamers make their way to Las Vegas, they will take up residence in the city’s hotels. Caesars, which runs the WSOP, offers special rates for entrants at host hotel Rio as well as its other properties across the city. Many will take them up on the offer, but quite a few will instead take advantage of special year-round poker rates not generally advertised to the public. The cool thing about these rates is that they’re open to anyone, not just the poker pros.
We’re less than a week away from the beginning of the 45th World Series of Poker at Rio. This marks the 10th year the WSOP will be at the off Strip casino. The tournament -- really numbering 65 over a six-week period -- takes place May 27 through July 14. It all culminates with the largest poker tournament of the year, the $10,000 No Limit Hold ‘em Tournament more commonly known as the Main Event.
The Main Event takes place July 5-14 during which time a field of thousands will be whittled down to a final table of 9. The final table, also known as the November Nine, returns November 10-11 inside the Penn & Teller Theater. The prize pools are based on how many people enter, but this much is clear -- the Main Event winner is guaranteed to take home $10 million!