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Phil Ivey Busts WSOP Main Event Final Table

8 November 2009, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
Phil Ivey Busts WSOP Main Event Final Table
The poker world just had a knife plunged into its heart and that knife came in the form of a bad beat laid on Phil Ivey at the final table of the 2009 WSOP Main Event. Ivey was the fan favorite, the best player not only at this table but at any table anywhere where poker is played. We wanted him to win the Main Event and, chances are if you're reading this, you did too. It wasn't to be however. He played well and despite losing a few key pots he put himself in a great spot to make a run at the title. In the end he went out like so many of us have, holding the best hand and watching helplessly as the dealer laid his demise down on the felt. A-K for Ivey against Darvin Moon's A-Q. A queen on the flop and it was all over. Ivey gets seventh place and $1.4 million and change but the poker world gets nothing but a pervading sense of disappointment. Ivey, our hats are off to you. You're still the man. Even if we now know for sure that you're mortal.

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Phil Ivey: Good for Poker?

21 July 2009, Created By: Daniel Skolovy
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
Phil Ivey: Good for Poker?
Each year, the Main Event final table rolls around and we look up and down the roster desperately searching for someone who is "good for poker." Someone who can take our game to new heights. Ever since Moneymaker shipped it in 2003 we've been chasing that poker boom dragon. Deep down we know the 2003 boom will never be replicated in size, but we'll settle for even just a small bang. In these tough, post-UIGEA times, we need someone who can stand on the world stage, draw attention to the game and bring new players along for the ride.

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How ESPN Can Improve the November Nine

14 July 2009, Created By: Daniel Skolovy
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
How ESPN Can Improve the November Nine
Last year, ESPN stunned the poker world with a radical change to how the World Series of Poker Main Event would play out. The big plan, as we all found out, was to play down to the final table, then halt play for the next four months. During that four-month break, ESPN would air all the action leading up to the final table, then the players would reconvene to finish it out with the results broadcast in "almost-real" time two days later. With the new plan, ESPN and the WSOP hoped to put some excitement back into TV poker, and I really can't blame them. The over-saturation of sub-par poker on TV had diluted the market and the public had grown tired of it. In the past when it came time to watch the Main Event, the tournament had been over for months already. Everybody knew who won, and they would watch to find out how he won it. Devising a way for the public to watch and see who wins the Main Event and not just how they won it was a great idea. The idea certainly wasn't the problem. But the execution left a bit to be desired.

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Random WSOP Observation #37: Ivey's Biggest Fans

13 July 2009, Created By: Ed Sevillano
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
Random WSOP Observation #37: Ivey's Biggest Fans
Meet Phil Ivey's biggest fans. This cute couple has been following Ivey around for over a decade. They've known him since the days he was known only as Jerome and played underage in the casinos of Atlantic City. "We met him in Atlantic City when he was playing back then and we played with him there." Ivey must have made a positive impression on the two. Ever since then, they've been making a pilgrimage out to Vegas once a year to watch him play in the WSOP. "We've been coming out here for 10 or 11 years. We always come out for two weeks to support him."

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Top 5 Main Event Confrontations

9 July 2009, Created By: Daniel Skolovy
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
Top 5 Main Event Confrontations
When a final-table seat guarantees $1 million and winning the whole thing nets you more than your average lottery winner, it's understandable emotions run a little high during the WSOP Main Event. It's what makes for good TV. The stress ensures everybody is playing at the top of his or her game. It also ensures there will be some heated confrontations. When you have so much riding on one turn of the card, and that card could be the difference between busting 20th and winning the whole damn tournament, anything can set a player off.

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Top 5 Most Memorable Hands in Main Event History

30 June 2009, Created By: Daniel Skolovy
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
Top 5 Most Memorable Hands in Main Event History
It's that time of year again: World Series of Poker Main Event time. If that doesn't get your heart pumping, you're either dead or not a poker player. The Main Event is a two-week-long poker super grind. With the thousands of tables comes millions of hands, storylines, brags, beats and of course a shit-ton of variance. The Main Event is where names are made and fortunes are won. It's simply the biggest poker spectacle in the world. If that isn't memorable enough on its own, I took the liberty of searching around and finding my top five most memorable WSOP ME hands. In no particular order, we have:

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Got To Set New Goals

5 June 2009, Created By: Jason Mercier
Posted in: The Guest Blog , Tournament Trail
Got To Set New Goals
When I was planning out my schedule for the WSOP, I basically only had two goals for the series. I wanted to have a profitable series (make money), and I wanted to win a bracelet. After my win in Event 5, 1500 PLO, I have already accomplished both of these. I guess I should set a few new goals, maybe set my sights on WSOP player of the series, a 2nd bracelet, or maybe a million in winnings. I made day 2 for the 4th straight time yesterday in the 2k NL Event 11. I finished the day with 67,000 in chips with average stack being 40k. Around 240 players left and 171 get paid. We restart at 2 pm today. What do I say to those that bitch at me about how I'm just running good? Well, I just smile and laugh. I know I have been and still am running good, but I also believe that a good portion of my success is due to how I play the game and my mindset and a lot of other factors. The final table of the PLO event was an interesting and pretty fun final table.

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Tunica FT Pt. 3: My Untimely Demise

9 April 2009, Created By: Matt Stout
Posted in: The Guest Blog , Tournament Trail
Tunica FT Pt. 3: My Untimely Demise
It's finally here! The conclusion of Matt Stout's WSOPC Tunica final table run. At the end of my last blog, I asked readers to guess what the most ridiculous hand David Dao could be holding after he limp-called 42k more at 8/16k and check-shoved my 80k bet to 520k+ on a 2 5 7 flop … After I snap-called with the A Q, David showed me the six and the two of diamonds. The 6 2. THE 6 2. THE &%#$ING 6 2!!!

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Tunica Part 3: More Rungoodsauce Than Me?

27 February 2009, Created By: Matt Stout
Posted in: The Guest Blog , Tournament Trail
Tunica Part 3: More Rungoodsauce Than Me?
As I mentioned at the end of my last blog, I went into Day 2 of the WSOP Circuit main event in Tunica with $255,500 at $1,500/$3,000 ($400). I was second in chips out of the remaining 61 players, 27 of whom would finish in the money. Given my huge stack and the relative weakness of the field, I felt great going into Day 2. I had only played with two of the players at my new table the day before, so I sat back and learned what I could about the rest of them before I started splashing around. The only player who had more chips than I did, David Dao, showed me what he was about right away.

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Horseshoes and Hand Grenades: Day 2 in Chicagoland

2 November 2008, Created By: Owen Laukkanen
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
Horseshoes and Hand Grenades: Day 2 in Chicagoland
We're down to the final table after another seven levels of action on the wrong side of the tracks at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana on the World Series of Poker Circuit. Day 2 of the inaugural $5,150 WSOPC Main Event in Chicagoland saw the top 40 survivors from Friday's starting field of 165 return to the cavernous confines of "The Venue" on the shores of Lake Michigan with visions of prize pools dancing in their collective head. With the top 18 finishers slated to be paid for their time, fully 22 of the returnees would find themselves doomed to have spent an extra night in the industrial wasteland that is Hammond, Indiana (home of the Calumet Pallet Company and the This Is It topless revue at 3632 Calumet Street, right beside Adriatic Steel), for zero profit.

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The Longest Day: Juanda Wins WSOPE ME

3 October 2008, Created By: Owen Laukkanen
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
The Longest Day: Juanda Wins WSOPE ME
Ivan Demidov came into the final table of the Betfair Poker World Series of Poker Europe Main Event the focal point. More than 21 hours later, however, it was John Juanda who had landed his name in the history books. The introverted Indonesian-American pro claimed his fourth World Series of Poker bracelet - and first since 2003 - after defeating Stanislav Alekhin in heads-up play at the culmination of the longest final table since dinosaurs ruled the earth. It was a 21.5 hour grindfest of epic proportions, a battle between a collection of extremely skilled poker players given enough structure with which to showcase their talents.

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Bubblicious: How to Navigate the Bubble

11 July 2008, Created By: Ed Sevillano
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
It's bubble time at the Main Event. It's always interesting to see how different players handle this situation. Some players close up tighter than a drum, while others open up the floodgates. In an event like this, people have different goals, meaning that sometimes, by-the-book strategy might not be the ideal choice. For some of the thousands of people who qualified for this event for substantially less than the $10,000 buy-in, the thought of busting out on the bubble might be more than they can handle. Players drop at a rapid pace throughout the day and, for one of these qualifiers sitting on a less-than-average stack, it might be worth their while to hang tight.

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