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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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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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WSOP Charity Master Class

by | Published: Sunday, May 15th, 2011

The World Series of Poker and cancer charity Bad Beat on Cancer are teaming up to give players the opportunity to learn from the best poker players in the world.

Throughout the course of the 42nd World Series of Poker players are invited to attend any of the 11 free-admission seminars from respected poker pros relating to a number of different poker topics.

The WSOP, in conjunction with the Prevent Cancer Foundation and the Nevada Cancer Institute have teamed up to present what is being referred to as the ‘First Annual Bad Beat Seminar Series’.

Attendees will get in an insight into some of the world’s greatest poker minds with legends such as Doyle Brunson and Phil Hellmuth sharing personal insights, instructions and playing tips prior to the start of play each day.

The hope is that those attending the seminar will consider either a twenty dollar donation or agree to pledge 1% of their WSOP winnings to the charity, with all donations to be made tax deductable.

All seminars will take place in the Brasilia Ballroom at the Rio Convention Center, which is just across the hall from the main tournament area.

All seminars will feature 45 minutes of lecture time/discussion, which will be followed by 15 minutes of audience questions.

Here’s a look at the complete Bad Bead Seminar Schedule.

Date Pro Topic
June 4th Chad Brown Beating the Odds
June 11th Andy Bloch NLH Pre-Flop Play
June 17th Doyle Brunson A Poker Life
June 18th Phil Galfond PL Omaha
June 25th Daniel Cates Playing Post-Flop
July 1st Vanessa Selbst NLH Tournament Strategy
July 2nd Phil Gordon Inquisitive Poker
July 7th Annie Duke Making Better Decisions
July 8th Annette Obrestad Playing Turn and River
July 9th Sam Chauhan Main Event Mindset
July 10th Phil Hellmuth 11 Ways to Play Better NLH


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WSOP Europe Schedule Announced

by | Published: Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

The tournament schedule for the fifth annual WSOP Europe has been announced, with the action to kick off at Casino Barriere de Cannes in France.

There will be a total of seven bracelets awarded, a record for the WSOP Europe, from October 7-20.

WSOP Vice President Ty Stewart says he expects this year’s WSOP Europe will offer the best player experience in the history of the WSOP Europe.

“Players will find non-stop action throughout the two week event, plus plenty of fun distractions in Cannes to make this the perfect poker vacation,” said Stewart.

The first event of the week will be a six-handed €2,500 no limit holdem event. The fortnight will end with the 2011 WSOP Europe Main Event.

There will also be a €550 Ladies event, although a bracelet will not be awarded to the winner.

This year’s WSOP Europe will also feature one of the most innovative tournaments we have seen in some time.

The All-Around No Limit Holdem Championship will play out over four days and will have a buy in of €10,400.

On each day of the event players will be confronted with a different format.

On day one, play at all tables will be nine handed. Those good enough to progress to the second day will find themselves playing six-handed. Then on day three every player left in the tournament will pair off and there will be a series of heads up battles. The heads up battles will continue until there are just nine players left, and these players will fight it out at the final table.

WSOP officials will be keeping a close eye on how the tournament is received and it may not be long until we see a similar tournament pop up at the WSOP in Las Vegas.

Non-stop cash games, satellites and other events will also be scheduled during the two weeks that the WSOP Europe takes over Cannes.

2011 WSOP Europe Schedule

Event 1. Oct 7-9. €2,680 No Limit Holdem – (Six Handed)

Event 2. Oct 8-11.  €1,000 No Limit Holdem

Event 3. Oct 10-12. €5,300 Pot Limit Omaha

Event 4. Oct 11-13. €3,200 No Limit Holdem Shootout

Event 5. Oct 12-15. €10,000 All Around No Limit Holdem Championship

Event 6. Oct 13-15. €1,620 Pot Limit Omaha

Event 7. Oct 15-20. €10,000 No Limit Holdem Championship.

ESPN to Broadcast WSOP Live

by | Published: Saturday, May 7th, 2011

ESPN is expanding its coverage of the 2011 WSOP Main Event by adding a live broadcast which will include vision of hole cards.

From 14-19 of July ESPN will broadcast the Main Event on a 30 minute delay in HD on ESPN2 and

This will be the first live broadcast of the WSOP, with ESPN planning to show every hand unedited, while only players active in the hand will have their hole cards shown and only after the flop.

ESPN will broadcast 30 minute blocks from two feature tables and will show all-in and call situations at both.

ESPN has positioned itself as the leader in poker broadcasts and adds live WSOP broadcasts to its bulging poker catalogue which now includes a live stream of the WSOP classic re-matches, the $25,000 Heads Up No Limit Championship and the $50,000 Poker Players Championship.

ESPN head of programming Matthew Volk said this year, home viewers will have the best seat in the house for pokers premier event.

“Fans will see hole-cards post flop and get an inside look at all of the strategy, angst and competition of the world’s best players vying for a seat at the most prestigious final table in the sport,” said Volk.

WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart is calling the new coverage a historic milestone for both the WSOP and ESPN.

“The addition of live event-style coverage, with hole cards in July, and prime time shows leading up to the crowning of a champion in November, provides our fans more access than ever before, and we are extremely proud to be with a company dedicated to realizing the potential of the game,” said Stewart.

Norman Chad will not be a part of the live WSOP Main Event broadcasts, with Lon McEachern and David Tuchman providing the play-by-play comments, while professional players will provide cutting edge insights during the live broadcast.

As usual the WSOP Tuesday night telecasts with Lon McEachern and Norman Chad will begin airing on ESPN on July 26 and will run for 16 weeks leading up to the November Nine final table, which will take place on November 8th.