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Today PokerListings was at the ultra high-stakes Aria Super High Roller Bowl following pro poker player Jason Koon for a new short documentary but that doesn't mean we didn't have time to snap some sweet photos.

Keep an eye on this page throughout the event as we add new pics of high-stakes pros including Phil Ivey, Isaac Haxton, Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier, Brian Rast, Doc Sands, Jason Koon and many more.

The Aria has done a fantastic job of assembling some of the world's best poker pros, along with a group of wealthy businessmen, to play for some of the highest stakes on the planet.

The TV set is beautiful, the lighting is great and we'll be snapping pics until they kick us out.


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John Morgan

Day 3 of the Aria Super High Roller Series cash game was fairly bereft of poker pros but that didn’t stop multi-millionaire John Morgan from stealing the show with a highlight-reel hand and a few hilarious stories about his past.

Morgan is the CEO of the Winmark Corporation, best known for the Play It Again Sports retail stores, but he also loves to play poker.

In fact Morgan admitted he frequently plays the $100 tournaments at Aria. It was astounding to poker pro Jean-Robert Bellande that someone with Morgan’s wealth would even bother with such low-stakes events.

“So you have a set and someone sucks out on you and hits a full house and busts you from the tournament, are you upset?” asked an incredulous Bellande.

“No I just go buy into another $100 tournament,” laughed Morgan. “They run every hour!”

Morgan explained his love for poker in more detail.

“It’s more of a sociological experiment,” said Morgan. “You meet some of the most interesting people. Sometimes I play the $100 over at the Orleans too.”

Apparently Morgan has won a few of the events too.

The rest of the players at the table tried to organize a $5,000 last longer prop bet between Morgan and Bellande in the $100 Aria tournament but Bellande wasn’t super keen since Morgan has so much experience playing those particular tournaments.

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The Big Rail for One Drop

Created By: Alexander Villegas
29 June 2015
Posted in: WSOP Blog
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The $111,111 High Roller for One Drop is one of the largest tournaments in the world. 

Its buy-in, prestige and multimillion dollar first-place prize attracts the largest rails and players in the game. 

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At long last Phil Ivey has finally made his debut in the 2015 WSOP.

Apparently the $111,111 One Drop High Roller was a little too good for Ivey to pass up and he took a seat in the ultra-tough competition.

WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart immediately walked up to Ivey and ribbed him about being absent for most of the summer.

“You’re finally here!” joked Stewart. “I thought you’d wait until at least the Main Event.”

Ivey just smirked and went back to the game.

Polk, Colman, Koon Show Up Early

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Former Big One for One Drop winner Dan Colman

The $111k One Drop event has already attracted some of the biggest high rollers in poker through the first couple levels of play including Phil Hellmuth, Dan Colman, Jason Koon, Doug Polk and Brian Hastings.

There are also a few businessmen in the field with venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya, hedge fund manager David Einhorn and retiree Bill Klein.

The field has already soared to 121 players with more players expected through the day.

Last time the $111k One Drop event was held Anthony Gregg outlasted 166 entries to win $4.8 million. Will the prize pool hit reach that number this year? Only time will tell.

Here’s an early photo gallery of the WSOP $111k buy-in tournament:

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FIFA Needs Poker Personalities to Right the Ship

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26 June 2015
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
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FIFA needs a fresh start. In our perfect world the successor of Sepp Blatter would be someone completely disconnected from all the FIFA scandals – someone from the poker industry.

Sepp Blatter is stepping down (or is he), and the FIFA will appoint someone new for his position who’s probably already also connected to shady deals and negotiations, money laundering, and bribery.

What a truly fresh start it would be if FIFA brought in someone who’s never had anything to do with the organization and how smart would it be to look at the poker community for a candidate — poker being an industry that combines all the features of commerce with true love for a game.

At PokerListings our international editors took a look at the best potential successors for Sepp Blatter from the poker world. Some are humorous while others are slightly less so.

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Correlation vs Causation: Prize Pools and Other Factors

Created By: Alexander Villegas
25 June 2015
Posted in: WSOP Blog

The World Series of Poker is all about numbers.

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Phil Ivey: Agent Cristal

Created By: Alexander Villegas
24 June 2015
Posted in: WSOP Blog
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Phil Ivey has been noticeably absent from the 2015 World Series of Poker.

Not many people were surprised when Ivey didn’t show up the first few days, as he’s been known to show up late.

But as championship event after championship event went by Iveyless, concern started to grow.

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The World Series of Poker is always a wild ride.

The highs and lows of the marathon poker series are difficult to describe. But that doesn’t keep the poker media from trying to do it every year with gallons upon gallons of virtual ink.

Today we’ll try something a little different, however, and relate the gargantuan series using only GIFs.

Ridiculous? Yes. Unnecessary? Maybe. Fun? Oh yeah.

So buckle in and get ready to experience the 2015 WSOP in the most Internet way possible: non-stop GIFs.

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Sharps, Nudes and Dogs: Cards (and Poker) as Inspiration for Art

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18 June 2015
Posted in: The Guest Blog
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Poker, or card games, as inspiration for some of the world's most legendary works of art?

It's not as far-fetched as you might think. In fact dozens of the world's most famous painters - including Caravaggio, Cézanne and Picasso - found bottomless inspiration in the minutiae of cards, card games and its varied enthusiasts.

PokerListings Italy's Francesco Esposito digs a little deeper.

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Ultimate Bet Awareness Day at the 2015 World Series of Poker

Created By: Alexander Villegas
17 June 2015
Posted in: WSOP Blog
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Jim Collopy is wearing an Ultimate Bet hat throughout the WSOP to raise awareness about the victims of Black Friday who still haven't seen their money back.

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