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The 2006 World Series of Poker was memorable for a lot of reasons. For one, it was the biggest Main Event ever held with over 8,000 players getting in on the action before the Unlawful Internet Enforcement Act, passed later that year, put the brakes on the poker party. It was also the last year where online poker sites were allowed to satellite players directly into the Main Event so the Rio was a zoo as everyone tried to cash in on the poker craze. In other words, it was a high point for poker that some maintain we’ll never see again. Despite all the exposure at the 2006 WSOP there are a number of stories from that year that people tend to forget. Fortunately it was one of the first years that PokerListings covered the WSOP in full force so we still have a few tidbits to share. The following is a look at 17 underreported stories from the 2006 WSOP:
In a new five-part series writer Christian Henkel digs deep into Las Vegas history to uncover the truth behind some of the gambling world's most notorious figures. This week’s subject is Benny Binion. Check back weekly for more profiles. By Christian Henkel Benny Binion went to Vegas after the Second World War. Little did anyone know he would change Sin City forever. His motto “If you want to get rich, make little people feel like big people” quickly turned the Horseshoe into one of the best casinos in Las Vegas. But the biggest achievement of his marketing genius was the invention of the World Series of Poker. These are the stories of the men who made Vegas what it is today – the greatest and craziest place on earth.
16 February 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Tournament Trail
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Tournament Trail
(Click on the image to view it full size) From sunglasses and hoodies to Rounders and credit card roulette, we painstakingly break down the many likes of the modern poker player. Whether you want to reminisce about the things you love, or better understand a poker-loving friend or family member, this periodic table intimately explains the inner workings of the poker player's psyche. Click the image above or click here to see the full size infographic and if you think we missed some important ones, please post in the comments at the bottom of the page.
If you've been to the Battle of Malta before you know it's not only about coming to the Portomaso Casino to play poker. For some that's even just the side dish to the REAL centerpiece of the BOM - the parties off the tables. With a spectacular setting and the kind of climate that demands regular stops at each seaside kiosk for a quick sip it's very hard not to get in the spirit of good times. After a hard day at the tables - and with the new Betting Connections bar and lounge within arm's reach - a cocktail is also usually just the ticket. If you want to carry on into the wee hours Malta's second-to-none nightlife offers you no shortage of options. Here are a few to keep in mind:
You might be surprised to know that there are only a handful of sandy beaches on Malta. Most of the coastline is actually covered by rocks and only in a few bays will you find short stretches of sand. During the summer then, as you might expect, the few beaches to be found are pretty packed -- even on weekdays. In the beginning of November though, with the weather still plenty warm enough to enjoy the sun and sand, those beaches are almost all yours for the taking. Especially early in the morning. And if you're a swimmer the opportunities are everywhere.
The Battle of Malta is all about poker, of course. But it's also all about having a good time - at the tables and away from the tables. Food lovers, read on to find out what culinary adventures await you during your trip to Mediterranean Malta.
One of the less-appreciated but key things you need to succeed in a long poker tournament is a state of relaxation in both body and mind. Getting some exercise definitely helps but there's nothing quite like a massage, sauna or bath to ease yourself off the adrenaline high of a big pot or prepare you for a long day. In short: the spa is the best option to unwind from stress and maintain your relaxed state either before or after the cards hit the air. Thankfully the Portomaso Casino and Hilton Hotel, where the 2014 Battle of Malta festival will be held, is very close to five of the best spas on the island.
The Battle of Malta is much more than just a poker tournament. Even though the main purpose of your stay is to play poker you’ll soon find out that there are many more things to do on the island. That’s why we actually dare to say that the Battle of Malta is the perfect poker holiday. So before you board your flight make sure to bring your positive attitude, your poker skills, a pair of sunglasses and swimwear.
With the 2017 Battle of Malta fast approaching it's time to start planning some of the potential side activities you can try on your trip. PokerListings is here to guide you through the multitude of excursions and activities available outside of the casino and the more traditional tourist activities. While Malta is a relatively small island there are an amazing number of things to do on this little rock in the middle of the Mediterranean. Last year we gave you an overview of the main attractions on the island: monuments, beaches, boat trips, restaurants, bars & clubs, shops, etc. This year we'll take you off the beaten track a bit and show you what other activities and events you can find.
Now that the 2014 November Nine is officially set, no matter where each of those nine players finishes there's one thing now guaranteed on top of that $730k payout: We're (probably) going to remember all of their names. Year 7 of the great Nov. 9 experiment has produced one of the more intriguing tables in recent history with the jaw-dropping back-to-back run of Mark Newhouse, the wire-to-wire steadiness of Swede Martin Jacobson and foosball wildcard Billy Pappas. How would we feel if a completely different set of nine players had survived the end game this year? How about any other year? It's hard to say, of course, and a semi-ridiculous proposition (you can't change the past after all). But it is fun to think about. And there's a very intriguing set of names to finish in the 10-50 slots over the past seven years. Would we be following Matt Affleck's poker exploits instead of Jonathan Duhamel's? Would Yevgeniy Timoshenko be a mainstream teenage hearththrob? Would Tiffany Michelle be a soap actress or a poker pro? Would women make up a bigger percentage of the poker world? Play along with our What-ifs as we look at the near misses in the history of the November Nine.
Bryan Devonshire might be shaggy and wear a hat but it's clear he's the Ron Swanson of poker. Devonshire has the kind of calm and collected mastery of manhood that's only possible through a liberal helping of working with your hands, spending time outside and alcohol.
We knew, thanks to this recent interview with reality TV star Trishelle Cannatella, that Aaron Paul was a poker fan. A big poker fan, actually, she says. So much so they used to play mini-stakes poker games on the floor of his crappy LA apartment before Breaking Bad hit it big. We hoped to see him at the World Series of Poker this summer. And we did. Sort of.
Can you believe it's been 10 years since the famed Rick Salomon-Paris Hilton sex tape 1 Night in Paris hit the Internet? (Officially, that is; technically it was leaked in 2003.) Not that we've ever seen it, mind you (we're still on 56k dialup so it never fully downloads). But still. Time flies.
The 2014 WSOP Big One for One Drop is shaping up to be the richest poker tournament in history with a projected first-place prize of over $20 million. Before the event begins, and PokerListings.com starts covering it live in Las Vegas, you need to get acquainted with the players who have a chance at poker's biggest prize ever. Today we'll run down the 41 players who have already committed to playing, complete with photos and bios. Action in the 2014 Big One for One Drop begins June 29 and you can follow the action live on PokerLisings.com.
German poker player Dominik Nitsche is a true poker globetrotter with tournaments played on every continent and big results everywhere he goes. The WSOP is his annual opportunity to make his biggest goals in poker a reality and he's proven he has what it takes again in 2014 with two (2!) bracelets already in just three weeks. In his 2014 WSOP Diary Dom will recount his experiences from poker's signature event.
Each summer a group of first time WSOP participants descend upon the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino looking to make their name in the game. But they quickly learn that playing in the WSOP is a little different than entering a tournament in your average brick and mortar casino. There are plenty of WSOP veterans walking the hallways around the Amazon Room, you can generally tell them by their slow gait and the “six-inches of vision” stare. Rookies are opposite, they have a hop in their step and their head is on a swivel taking it all in. Players coming to Vegas to grind a full schedule of tournaments may be ready to take on the world but often fall short when they don’t anticipate everything that can happen. Being the next poker wizard is more complicated than knowing the math and getting it in good.
Gilbert Arenas may or may not return to NBA but for the time being the former Golden State Warrior/Washington Wizard/Orlando Magic/Memphis Grizzlie/Shanghai Shark is tossing around expensive poker chips at the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas. Arenas was a high-profile guest at the PCA cash games today and wagered thousands at a high-stakes Pot-Limit Omaha table against pro poker players Jason Mercier and Scott Seiver. We're not sure how Arenas fared in the game overall but in the time we watched he won a massive pot with a set of tens and then lost a big one to Mercier. Arenas scooped a huge pot against Seiver and then decided to cash out a large stack of chips - what looked to be around $30,000. The man formally known as "Agent Zero" and "The Hibachi" wasn’t exactly intimidated at the table of hardened pros either. He was extremely active, joked with his tablemates liberally and played nearly every hand before the game finally broke and he headed out for dinner. The former second-round draft pick has had a controversial career that's included bringing handguns into the locker room, playing online poker at halftime of games and a contract that was named one of the worst in NBA history. After he was amnestied by the Magic Arenas' contract was even expanded so he'll be playing poker on the NBA's dime well into 2016. Last month Arenas told TMZ he was training for a return to the NBA. Hit the jump for a collection of photos of Arenas in the Bahamas. Update: Arenas took a seat in the 2014 PCA Main Event on Day 1a. We'll see if he can transfer his cash game chops to the big $10k tournament.
In just a couple of weeks thousands of dream-filled hopefuls will take their seats in the 44th annual World Series of Poker Main Event. With its $10,000 buy-in and historic playing fields the Main Event has produced many of the greatest moments in World Series of Poker history. Guest blogger James Guill continues his Great Moments in WSOP History series with this Main Event-themed installment.
Every year the poker world descends upon Las Vegas for the marquee festival of the year, the World Series of Poker.
The 2013 World Series of Poker is entering its second week at the Rio in Las Vegas and, with a record-breaking start, promises to deliver another set of unforgettable poker moments. Now in its 44th year the WSOP has provided more of its share of great moments and in this ongoing blog series guest poster James Guill will take a look back at a few of the most memorable.
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