Posts Tagged ‘WSOP Rematches’

Last WSOP Rematch Decided

by | Published: Friday, May 27th, 2011

Carbon PokerThe last of the special WSOP rematches has been decided, and it is set to be a replay of the end of the 1988 Main Event with Johnny Chan and Erik Seidel.

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Voting took place on the WSOP Facebook page, with players able to choose between the following options of Main Event heads up rematches:

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

Some of these players (David Williams) went on pretty aggressive campaigns to get votes. The end result was apparently 44% of votes for the 1988 rematch and the next closest 39% for the 2004 rematch. Some players (David Williams) don’t seem too happy about this result, but there are good reasons for why the Chan/Seidel match is compelling.

First of all, there’s the whole Rounders thing. This may interest a few fans, though it seems pretty unlikely that players would want to see a rematch of a game they saw only a few seconds of in a movie from over a decade ago.

More likely is the fact that Erik Seidel has been on the most ridiculous heater lately, and poker fans want to see if the modern Seidel can make up for what had to be his most important loss. Some question the wisdom of having Johnny Chan in two of the heads up rematches, but we honestly think that most will watch because of the other guy, be that Phil Hellmuth or Erik Seidel.

The rematches will be played on Thursday, June 2 at the Rio and will be broadcast on ESPN as a 2-hour special on July 26.

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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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