Archive for June, 2011

Could The Poker Brat Triumph?

by | Published: Thursday, June 30th, 2011

While many have focused on Phil Hellmuth losing out to John Juanda and Eric Rodawig, The Poker Brat is currently in position to take Player of the Year honors.

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Phil Hellmuth has managed to cash four times so far in the 2011 World Series of Poker, taking about $530,000 in prize money for his efforts. The WSOP has been more about the achievements than the money for Phil, though, and it seems he is just a hair’s breadth away from winning his twelfth WSOP bracelet.

Losing against John Juanda is no shame at all, and Hellmuth came in with an incredibly shortstack when going heads up against Eric Rodawig. While more impressive achievements than two second place finishes at the same WSOP have been recorded, it is still not an easy task and Phil is perhaps fittingly ranked second in the current Player of the Year rankings.

While Hellmuth has strong competition from the current leader Ben Lamb, it seems like Lamb is more of a PLO specialist than anything. A couple of PLO events are still left to run, but Hellmuth is looking a good chance in The Poker Player’s Championship and final table finish in that along with another cash just might put him over the top.

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$1 WSOP Satellites at Titan Poker

by | Published: Monday, June 6th, 2011

Titan Poker is determined to send a huge swathe of players to the 2011 WSOP Main Event, and it’s going to do so with the WSOP Dollar Drive.

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The WSOP Dollar Drive Super Satellites tournaments are now running every Sunday, Tuesday and Saturday leading up to the WSOP Main Event. They will run at 20:30 GMT+1 on Sundays and Tuesdays, and at 21:30 GMT+1 on Saturdays.

Every one of these tournaments will guarantee a $13,000 Main Event package for the winner. This includes the $10,000 buy-in for the WSOP Main Event, seven night’s accommodation at the Wynn Hotel, plus some extra money to cover minor expenses.

There are unlimited rebuys for each of the WSOP Dollar Drive tournaments, and you can also get an add-on at the end of the rebuy period. Basically, you can keep throwing in a buck until you have managed a decent enough run of cards in the early game to actually hold your own later on in the tournament.

The WSOP Main Event will begin on July 7, so you only have about a month to play for your entry. Even if it takes 1000 entries for you to win, keep in mind that at $1 a try you would still be well under the $10,000 entry fee for a direct buy-in to the biggest tournament at the World Series of Poker.

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WSOP 2011 Day 3 Update

by | Published: Saturday, June 4th, 2011

The 2011 World Series of Poker continues, and now Events 4 and 5 are running while the first three events are in their final stages.

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Event 1 was the Casino Employees event, and it has now concluded to crown Sean Drake from Sacramento as the winner. He won the event with Q6 of clubs, going up against the J8 of diamonds that his opponent Jason Baker held. The board did not help either player, and so ended a back and forth battle that saw the last two players in this event changing fortunes every few minutes.

Event 2 is the Heads Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship, and the two players to watch are clearly Gus Hansen and Yevgeniy Timoshenko. Of course, it would be insane to discount the other two remaining players Jake Cody and Eric Froehlich, but Hansen and Timoshenko have proven how dangerous they are in WSOP events time and time again.

Event 3 is the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo event, and this event looks almost destined to produce a previously unknown bracelet winner. The remaining field just isn’t filled with enough recognizable names for the final table to be filled with more than semi-pros.

Event 4 started today, the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event. This has drawn a field of 865 players, but it will be greatly reduced by the end of Day 1. The total prize pool for this event is $4,065,500 and the winner is set to receive $874,116.

Event 5 is the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event, and it has managed to draw a fairly impressive field of pro players. Some big names include Daniel Negreanu, Shaun Deeb, Mimi Tran, Andy Bloch, Scott Seiver, Eli Elezra, and Jennifer Harman.

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WSOP 2011 Begins

by | Published: Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

The 2011 World Series of Poker has now begun, with 3 events kicking off day 1 of the series.

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Event 1 is the $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em event, a staple of the WSOP that is an early thank you to the hundreds of dealers who keep the action moving in casinos across the United States. The event has drawn 850 players, and the first two days saw the field greatly reduced. The total prize pool for this event is $382,500 and the winner will receive $82,292.

Event 2 is the $25,000 Heads Up No Limit Championship, which has drawn 128 dedicated poker players to make up a $3,040,000 prize pool. The first few hours of this tournament have been a bloodbath, and Tom Dwan is looking set for another final table appearance. The eventual winner is in for a treat, as the top prize will be $851,192.

Event 3 is the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low event. Despite being a less popular game than Hold’em, it has drawn a field of 925 players who are grinding away and looking to play the long game. A $1,248,750 prize pool awaits the fortunate few who break past the bubble, with $262,283 for the victor.

One of the most interesting stories about the WSOP is that Phil Ivey will not be attending this year. We wonder if has made arrangements about bracelet bets he has already committed to, as this decision could end up costing him big.

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