Betfair offers Phelps chance for WSOP gold

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Michael Phelps solidified himself as an Olympic legend this year with eight gold medal wins in swimming events at the Beijing Olympic Games. Now Betfair Poker is inviting him to perhaps make himself a legend at the poker tables with a trip to the World Series of Poker Europe in London.

The poker sight is offering to pay the £10,000 buy-in for the WSOPE Main Event for Phelps, giving him a shot at some more gold to add to his collection. The first-place prize for the event is a guaranteed £1 million, plus the winner will receive the traditional Alex Kravchenko also made the final table of that H.O.R.S.E. event.

The second event was Pot-Limit Omaha, which drew 165 players. Again the field was stacked with pros, and Dario Alioto took down a final table that included Tony G and Andy Bloch.

The most anticipated event, however, was the Main Event. With 362 players ponying up the £10,000 buy-in, there was more than £3 million on the line for players who made it into the money.

The biggest winner was Annette Obrestad, a prominent online player from Norway, but some of the other names making it into the money were Marco Traniello, Gus Hansen, Annie Duke and Erick Lindgren.

This year the WSOPE is expanding to four events with the addition of another No-Limit Hold'em event along with the original three events from the first year. The WSOPE will also be broadcast via ESPN and via Sky Sports in the United Kingdom.

Not only is Betfair Poker inviting Phelps to come along and play, the poker site is offering its players ways to win their way into the WSOPE Main Event. PokerListings.com players at the poker site get an even sweeter chance to play.

Betfair Poker is offering an exclusive freeroll for PokerListings.com players that will hand out 20 seats to the $550 Betfair WSOPE satellite.

Players who earn 250 Betfair Poker Points Aug. 1-31 will qualifier to play in the exclusive freeroll on Sept. 3. That freeroll will hand out 20 seats to the Sept. 7 WSOPE satellite on Betfair that will hand out 20 WSOPE prize packages.

For more information about the poker site and its promotions, visit Betfair Poker.

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