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Humans of the WSOP 2015 November Nine – Inspirational Poker Memes

23 July 2015, Created By: Matthew Showell
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Humans of the WSOP 2015 November Nine – Inspirational Poker Memes

Don't let the fact that Daniel Negreanu narrowly missed the WSOP Main Event final table get you down. Look on the bright side.

With Negreanu's towering persona gone, the 2015 WSOP November Nine will not spend the next three months in Kid Poker's shadow.

PokerListings.com has comprehensive bios and video interviews with all nine players but to get you started we've curated the best quotes and slapped them on photos in a series of "Humans of New York"-style character sketches.

Get to know all of this year's November Nine quickly and easily with the photos and words below.

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Bubble Bursts as 1,000 Players Lock Up $15,000+ (Photo Gallery)

10 July 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
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Bubble Bursts as 1,000 Players Lock Up $15,000+ (Photo Gallery)

The World Series of Poker Main Event bubble is a stressful time.

One ill-timed move at this point of the tournament could mean the difference between going home with $15,000 or absolutely nothing.

This year hand-for-hand began with 1,002 players remaining. Because a thousand players were getting paid this year the bubble was spread out over both the Amazon Room and Brasilia.

As is often the case with big money bubbles in poker tournaments players were told to stay at their tables to speed up the hand-for-hand process but there still a few nervous wanderers who simply couldn’t sit still and risked getting yelled at by a floor manager to scope out some of the other tables.

People tend to approach the bubble in very different ways as a couple players started a backgammon game against each other while others got food. Almost everyone was on their phone either checking live updates or texting their friends and family.

Strategy for the bubble also varies a fair amount too as pros are usually trying to steal blinds from the amateurs and the amateurs are doing everything they can to scrape out a min cash.

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Jersey Watch 2015: Patrick Kane, Andrew Luck Most Popular at WSOP

09 July 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
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Jersey Watch 2015: Patrick Kane, Andrew Luck Most Popular at WSOP

The World Series of Poker Main Event is the Super Bowl of Poker. The big difference is that everyone can play in the tournament -- so long as they have $10,000.

There’s also no dress code.

That allows players to rock whatever they want at the poker table whether it’s a T-shirt, tuxedo, spider-man costume or jersey.

Jerseys are actually one of the most popular items of clothing at the WSOP, which makes sense considering the massive crossover between sports fans and poker.

Every year hundreds of jersey-wearing poker players buy into various events at the WSOP.

This year we decided to do a very unscientific study to get a rough idea of what jerseys are the most popular to wear in the biggest poker tournament of the year.

Here’s what we learned:

 

  • Pretty much all pro sports in North America are represented with NFL, NBA, MLB, NCAA and NHL all accounted for. Of course poker is a global game and that means soccer jerseys from various leagues in Europe.
  • Football jerseys were the most popular with Steelers, Seahawks and Broncos’ jerseys leading the way.
  • As far as Individual jerseys were concerned Chicago Blackhawk Patrick Kane and Indianapolis Colt Andrew Luck were the most popular.
  • Kane just won a third Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks so that’s understandable. Meanwhile Luck carried the Colts to a showdown with the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship.

Check below for a massive gallery of the various jersey-wearing players in the field:

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World Series of Beards? Hipster Style Invades World Series of Poker

06 July 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
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World Series of Beards? Hipster Style Invades World Series of Poker

Las Vegas is pretty far from Brooklyn but you wouldn’t know it from taking a quick trip around the tournament floor of the 2015 World Series of Poker.

A plaid platoon of bearded hipster mountain men has taken over the Rio All-Suite Hotel in Las Vegas.

Many of these pros are millionaires but you wouldn’t know it from their rugged beards and sometimes unkempt hair. All that’s missing is a vintage splitting axe slung over their shoulder.

Case in point: Matthew Ashton, Andrew Lichtenberger and Steve O’Dwyer have nearly $20 million in combined lifetime live tournament winnings but wouldn’t look out of place in a hotel in Thailand.

It’s pretty much the polar opposite of the baller lifestyle image that poker players tried to cultivate in the mid-2000s.

You gotta hand it to poker players, when they do something they give it 100%.

Here’s a photo gallery of the best beards straight from the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event. FYI: This is a $10,000 buy-in poker tournament:

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The Big Rail for One Drop

29 June 2015, Created By: Alexander Villegas
Posted in: WSOP Blog
The Big Rail for One Drop

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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Phil Ivey Touches Down at the 2015 WSOP [Photo Blog]

29 June 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
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Phil Ivey Touches Down at the 2015 WSOP [Photo Blog]

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

Dan Colman 2
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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Phil Ivey: Agent Cristal

24 June 2015, Created By: Alexander Villegas
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Phil Ivey: Agent Cristal

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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That Escalated Quickly: 15 WSOP 2015 Experiences Captured in GIFs

23 June 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
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That Escalated Quickly: 15 WSOP 2015 Experiences Captured in GIFs

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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The Watch List: Five High-Stakes Poker Pros and Their Luxury Watches

31 May 2015, Created By: Matthew Showell
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The Watch List: Five High-Stakes Poker Pros and Their Luxury Watches

To most, spending five figures on a watch is unthinkable but for some high-stakes poker professionals it's an investment they can wear on their wrist.

Noah Schwartz, Bryn Kenney, Eugene Katchalov, Doug Polk and John Racener have combined live tournament earnings of $32 million. The watches they were wearing when we spoke to them have a combined value of $116,000.

We wanted to find out what kind of watches they were and why these pros love them.

The answers were interesting and the price tags were astonishing.

 

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10k People Came for The Colossus, Where They Had to Sit Will Shock You

29 May 2015, Created By: Matthew Showell
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10k People Came for The Colossus, Where They Had to Sit Will Shock You

The World Series of Poker is embroiled in hosting the biggest live poker tournament ever, but we're beginning to think they're running out of places to seat everyone.

We're expecting 10,000 players today and maybe even more tomorrow so it's no wonder the WSOP staff has had to get creative.

First they started sticking tables in the poker kitchen, which was fine, but from there things took a turn for the worse.

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Follow the 2015 WSOP Conference Call Live(ish)

12 May 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
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Follow the 2015 WSOP Conference Call Live(ish)

It happens but once a year.

Caesars puts the call out to all the various media outlets in the poker industry and gives us one final preview of the upcoming WSOP.

The WSOP already provided the official media guide, which offered a few tidbits, like the fact the November Nine will be played over three days this year from Nov. 8-10, 2015.

The guide also introduces a $1,500 Extended Play No-Limit Hold’em event with 90-minute levels.

Despite the guide the WSOP always seems to save a couple surprises for the media call and they also take questions from the media.

Today we’re going to do things a little differently and try to live blog the entire media call as fast as we can type it. Check below to see how it all unfolds:

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Pots and More Pots: 2014 WSOP Main Event Final Table Stats and Graphs

11 November 2014, Created By: Arved Klöhn
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Pots and More Pots: 2014 WSOP Main Event Final Table Stats and Graphs

Graph above: Chip counts of players over the 244 hands of day one of final table)

A scintillating 11 hours of play has whittled the WSOP Main Event final table down to just three players: the Netherlands' Jorryt van Hoof, Sweden's Martin Jacobson and Norway Felix Stephensen.

On the surface, it was clearly the van Hoof show as he dominated the chip counts for virtually the whole time.

As you might expect, he also dominated the stat sheet.

Scroll down/click through for a look at some of the numbers through the first 244 hands of play.

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The Trials and Tribulations of Phil Hellmuth [Photo Gallery]

11 October 2014, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
The Trials and Tribulations of Phil Hellmuth [Photo Gallery]

He didn’t get his 14th WSOP bracelet but every time Phil Hellmuth makes a final table it turns into an event.

There was a steady trickle of casual poker fans into Crown Casino today who wanted to see Hellmuth make a run at 14 or at least heckle him a bit along the way.

Hellmuth was his usual expressive self at the table and laughed, berated, complained and finally shook everyone’s hand at the final table.

Unlike stone-cold Phil Ivey or emotion-less Mike McDonald, Hellmuth puts on a show at a final table. It’s unique experience and the Poker Brat didn’t disappoint during his fourth-place finish in Event 7: $2,200 6-Max at the 2014 WSOP APAC.

“I just care so much!” he said during the final table. “I want to win so badly!”

You can tell.

Here’s a photo journal of his entire final table including a minor blow up and his elimination:

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Watch the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event Right Here!

07 October 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
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Watch the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event Right Here!

Forty-five editions in and there's still no more spectacular event in poker than the World Series of Poker $10,000 Main Event.

While one of the newer, International versions plays out all the way in Australia the march to the final table has begun again on ESPN.

Four episodes in and we've already seen virtually the full gamut of poker elation and heartbreak with heros and villains (we're looking at you, Curtis Rystadt) at every turn.

It just doesn't get any better than this. We, of course, encourage you to tune in to the ESPN broadcast every Sunday all the way until the live final in November but as a service to the absent-minded we'll embed episodes below.

Note of course that we (nor the posters) own the copyright so it could (rightfully) come down at any point. But if it's there, you can find it here.

Scroll down/click through to see the episodes:

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Watch the 2014 $1m Big One for One Drop Right Here!

13 August 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
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Watch the 2014 $1m Big One for One Drop Right Here!

It was one of the most exciting tournaments ever played with a conclusion that people are still talking about and you can now watch all of it right here.

The 2014 WSOP $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop saw Dan Colman cut his way through a field of 42 players to earn a first-place prize of $15.3 million but the interesting part is watching how he got there.

The 2014 Big One for One Drop featured arguably the sickest beat ever when Connor Drinan lost with pocket aces to Cary Katz’ pocket aces and in last night’s episode Tobias Reinkemeier made the mistake of folding pocket aces to Scott Seiver’s paltry K-T.

Finally Dan Colman narrowly defeated poker icon Daniel Negreanu to claim the $15m first-place prize. Kid Poker picked up just over $8 million as a consolidation prize and become poker's biggest all-time winner.

It’s easily one of the greatest TV tournaments ever played but don’t take our word for it. Check out the complete tournament starting with Episode 1 below:

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November Nine What-ifs: Who Came Close to Changing Poker History?

25 July 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
November Nine What-ifs: Who Came Close to Changing Poker History?

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.

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Dominik Nitsche's WSOP Diary: Profitable WSOP = Guest Room in New Apt.

22 July 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
Dominik Nitsche's WSOP Diary: Profitable WSOP = Guest Room in New Apt.

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 come true and he's proven he has what it takes again in 2014 with two (2!) bracelets.

In the last entry of his 2014 WSOP Diary Dom recaps his very successful summer at poker's signature event.

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Dominik Nitsche's WSOP Diary: Nobody Wants to Look Like a Complete Idiot

11 July 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
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Dominik Nitsche's WSOP Diary: Nobody Wants to Look Like a Complete Idiot

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 come true and he's proven he has what it takes again in 2014 with two (2!) bracelets already.

In his 2014 WSOP Diary Dom will recount his experiences from poker's signature event.

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Paul Pierce Rises and Fires Again at $10k WSOP Main Event (Photos)

07 July 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
Paul Pierce Rises and Fires Again at $10k WSOP Main Event (Photos)

It's no surprise NBA superstar Paul 'The Truth' Pierce is back to take another stab at the $10,000 World Series of Poker Main Event.

A known poker entity now Pierce has been at the tables at the WSOP fairly consistently over the last few years after making his splashy debut in 2011.

He's also been known to sport his oversize 2008 NBA championship ring - just in case, you know, anyone doubts his pedigree.

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Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul On Stealth Mission at World Series of Poker

07 July 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul On Stealth Mission at World Series of Poker

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.

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