Archive for May, 2011

2011 WSOP About to Start

by | Published: Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Carbon PokerThe 2011 World Series of Poker is just hours away from starting, and we have some tips for the events to keep an eye on throughout the series.

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While Event 1 will be the Casino Employees special event, we’ll have to wait until the second event for the real action to start. The $25,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship is sure to attract some terrific players, and we would be very interested to see if Erik Seidel will end up taking this tourney to double up on his heads up cred after his NBC Celebrity Heads Up tournament performance.

Event 4 ($5K No Limit HE) could reveal some budding new stars to us, but we think that Event 7, the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em Championship will be the next event for excitement after Event 2. Obviously, most of the Championship events will be well worth watching for professional level tournament play, but it’s the hold’em events that should see the stars pull out all the stops.

We will definitely be watching as much of Event 23 ($2.5K Eight Game Mix) as we can. The games included in this mix are Limit Hold’em, Omaha Hi-Lo, Razz, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo, No Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha, and 2-7 Triple Draw. This event is sure to bring out the very best players and Phil Ivey is a likely favorite to win.

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Five Players to Watch at WSOP

by | Published: Sunday, May 29th, 2011

The 42nd annual World Series of Poker starts on Tuesday 31st May and once again thousands of poker players will descend on Las Vegas in the hope of capturing the greatest prize in poker – a World Series bracelet.

Seasoned professionals will join online players, home game qualifiers and amateurs in what is expected to be one of the biggest World Series yet. We take a look at some of the notable players who always carry big expectations on their shoulders at this time of year.

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1. Phil Ivey

It just wouldn’t be a list of players to watch in the WSOP if it didn’t start with Phil Ivey. At 35, Ivey is an eight time bracelet winner and has had two memorable deep runs in the Main Event. Ivey finished on the final table bubble in 2003 and more recently finished 7th in 2009. Ivey showed that he still worthy of being tagged the best player in the world by winning the H.O.R.S.E event at the 2010 WSOP.

2. Phil Hellmuth

As with Ivey, no list of players to watch at the WSOP would be complete without the man known as ‘The Poker Brat’. Hellmuth was the youngest man to ever a win a Main Event back in 1989 and since then has become the most successful player in the history of the WSOP, winning a total of 11 bracelets. Hellmuth is well-known for his grand entrances to the Main Event and also his mouth, which has gotten him into trouble a few times. Say what you like about Phil Hellmuth, the truth is the man is an absolute great of the game and he can never be underestimated in big tournaments.

3. Tom Dwan

Dwan represents the new age poker professional. Dwan plays most of his poker online under the screen name ‘durrr’, and he has been making some waves in recent times with some massive wins. Despite the fact that Dwan is an online prodigy, he does have experience in high-stakes live poker so he won’t be overawed by the occasion. Dwan has finished in the money seven times in the WSOP and has also made a World Poker Tour final table. His brash, confident style could see him make his mark on the 2011 WSOP.

4. Erik Seidel

If there is a player having a better 2011 than Erik Seidel they are doing a good job of hiding it. Seidel’s poker winnings for the first five months of the year have already exceeded $5 million. And it’s not as if this streak has come out of nowhere, Seidel has been one of the top performers in poker for a number of years. Seidel has captured eight WSOP bracelets, with the last coming in 2007, but what is even more impressive is that he sits fourth all time in terms of WSOP cashes.

5. Gus Hansen

What a year it has been for Gus Hansen. The Great Dane has experienced some major fluctuations online this year, but seems to keep bouncing back after blows that would floor most of us. It is Gus’ dangerous style of play that makes him so unpredictable, but after winning his long awaited first bracelet in the 2010 WSOP Europe High Roller Heads Up event, Hansen will be out to assert himself as one of the top players in the world.

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Last WSOP Rematch Decided

by | Published: Friday, May 27th, 2011

Carbon PokerThe last of the special WSOP rematches has been decided, and it is set to be a replay of the end of the 1988 Main Event with Johnny Chan and Erik Seidel.

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Voting took place on the WSOP Facebook page, with players able to choose between the following options of Main Event heads up rematches:

  • 1988 Johnny Chan VS Erik Seidel
  • 2004 Greg Raymer VS David Williams
  • 2006 Jamie Gold VS Paul Wasicka
  • 2010 Jonathon Duhamel VS John Racener

Some of these players (David Williams) went on pretty aggressive campaigns to get votes. The end result was apparently 44% of votes for the 1988 rematch and the next closest 39% for the 2004 rematch. Some players (David Williams) don’t seem too happy about this result, but there are good reasons for why the Chan/Seidel match is compelling.

First of all, there’s the whole Rounders thing. This may interest a few fans, though it seems pretty unlikely that players would want to see a rematch of a game they saw only a few seconds of in a movie from over a decade ago.

More likely is the fact that Erik Seidel has been on the most ridiculous heater lately, and poker fans want to see if the modern Seidel can make up for what had to be his most important loss. Some question the wisdom of having Johnny Chan in two of the heads up rematches, but we honestly think that most will watch because of the other guy, be that Phil Hellmuth or Erik Seidel.

The rematches will be played on Thursday, June 2 at the Rio and will be broadcast on ESPN as a 2-hour special on July 26.

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WSOP Starts May 31

by | Published: Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

The 42nd annual World Series of Poker begins on May 31 and will attract around 70,000 players and feature $180 million in prize money.

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WSOP tournament director Jack Effel said he couldn’t be more excited ahead of what is tipped to be one of the biggest and best World Series’ yet.

“This is the year people are going to see how big poker has become around the world and what a juggernaut the modern World Series of Poker has become,” said Effel.

Fans of the WSOP will get greater access to all the WSOP action thanks to a new broadcast deal between the WSOP and ESPN.

“ESPN will be showing two episodes a week in prime time every Tuesday from July 26 through November 8. There will also be same day coverage of the Main Event from July 14-19,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart.

There will be 58 events at the WSOP in 2011, with buy-ins ranging from $75 to $25,000.

We have compiled a list of the most notable events coming up at this year’s WSOP.

Date Event Buy-In
May 31st Event 2 – Heads Up NL Holdem Championship (256 Max) $25,000
June 3rd Event 7 – Pot Limit Holdem Championship $10,000
June 6th Event 11 – Omaha Hi-Low Split 8 or Better Championship $10,000
June 9th Event 16 – 2-7 Lowball Championship $10,000
June 12th Event 21 – Seven Card Stud Championship $10,000
June 15th Event 27 – Limit Holdem Championship $10,000
June 18th Event 33 – Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split 8 or Better Championship $10,000
June 21st Event 37 – H.O.R.S.E Championship $10,000
June 24th Event 42 – Pot Limit Omaha Championship $10,000
June 27th Event 46 – No Limit Holdem (6 Handed Championship) $10,000
July 2nd Event 55 – The Poker Players Championship $50,000
July 7th Event 58 – WSOP Main Event – No Limit Holdem Championship $10,000


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Erik Seidel Continues Heater

by | Published: Monday, May 23rd, 2011

With a win in the WPT $100,000 WPT Championship event, Erik Seidel has continued his 2011 heater and lined his wallet with another $1,092,780.

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This year, Seidel has taken down $5,590,166. It started with a modest enough $46,560 cash in a PCA event, followed soon after by a hefty $295,960 cash. Next came a $618,139 cash for placing third in a $100,000 Aussie Millions event, but that was eclipsed by Seidel’s $250,000 Aussie Millions Super High Roller win that gave him a $2,472,555 prize.

Clearly, Seidel was already off to an excellent start in January, and he soon followed up with more success by taking wins in the LA Poker Classic $25,100 High Roller event for $144,570 and in the NBC National Heads-Up Championship for $750,000. More recently he took second in the WPT Hollywood Poker Open Main Event for $155,103 before his recent WPT Super High Roller win that handed him another million dollars.

In any other sport, people would be wondering about steroids by now, and Seidel has courted some controversy for how he has managed some of his larger wins. Many of the high roller events that Seidel has entered are considered to be based on chance too much to be meaningful measures of skill. This makes the all-time tournament money list less reliable as a means of working out the best poker players in the world. Some think that only certain events should now be included in that list, but we think the all-time money measure was never particularly meaningful.

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