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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