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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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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.



WSOP Legends To Rematch On ESPN

by | Published: Thursday, April 14th, 2011

ESPN is set to host a special WSOP Rematch series that will see famous Main Event winners and runners up face off again.

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There will be three rematches in total, with the participants for the first two already decided and the last to be decided by a poll on Facebook.

To start the WSOP Rematches off, there will be a 2 out of 3 game match to repeat the end of the 2003 WSOP Main Event between Chris Moneymaker and Sammy Farha. The first game will see them play with the same chip stacks they had going into heads up play. The second game will reverse the stacks to explore how things might have gone if the chip advantage were different. If neither player has won both games, there will be a third game with equal chip stacks to see which player can dominate from an even start.

In the second match, we will get to see Johnny Chan and Phil Hellmuth face off once more in a repeat of the end of the 1989 WSOP Main Event. This will be a one match deal from even starting stacks, and it will be very interesting to see how they have adapted to deal with one another in the more than 20 years since their first legendary meeting.

The third match will be decided by a vote on Facebook, with four choices that include:

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

This final match will have equal starting stacks. If the top voted match up cannot occur, then the next most popular choice will be played.

The game will be played at the Amazon Room in the Rio and filmed by ESPN on 2 June. Voting on the third match will begin on 2 May, and the games will be broadcast in a two-hour special on ESPN on 26 July.

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