Don’t you wish you could see Muhammad Ali fight George Foreman again? Would you love to see Michael Jordan go one on one with Charles Barkley again? In some sports this is just not possible. However it is in poker and this year the World Series of Poker is will produce a series of ‘sequel matches’ to some of the greatest moments in Main Event history.
The first classic will feature a rematch of the vintage 1989 Main Event heads up battle between Johnny Chan and Phil Hellmuth. The 1989 final table will go down as one of the best ever played. Johnny Chan, or ‘The Orient Express’ as he was known was shooting for a three-peat of world titles. Standing in his way was a man who would first go on to become the youngest poker world champion in history, and would later become ‘The Poker Brat’, I am of course speaking of Phil Hellmuth. Between them these two share 21 WSOP bracelets.
The second classic re-match will be between Sam Farha and Chris Moneymaker. Moneymaker and Farha were at the centre of the poker boom when they played an epic heads up match at the 2003 Main Event. This time however there will be a best of three series between the long-time rivals. The first match will see both Moneymaker and Farha start with same chip stacks that they had at the start of 2003 heads up battle. The second match between the two will see the stacks reversed and the third match, if needed will see both players start with the same stack.
Fans will also have the chance to vote for another classic heads up match. Players will have the choice of:
• 1988 Replay: Johnny Chan Vs. Erik Seidel
• 2004 Replay: Greg Raymer Vs. David Williams
• 2006 Replay: Jamie Gold Vs. Paul Wasicka
• 2010 Replay: Jonathan Duhamel Vs. John Racener