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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