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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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Correlation vs Causation: Prize Pools and Other Factors

Created By: Alexander Villegas
25 June 2015
Posted in: WSOP Blog
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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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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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WSOP 2016: Six Tournaments Players Want to See at Next Year's WSOP

Created By: Alexander Villegas
12 June 2015
Posted in: WSOP Blog
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The World Series of Poker has grown exponentially throughout the years. Not only have prize pools and the number of players increased, but there's also been a surge in the number of poker variants. 

These players offer some suggestions of their own. 

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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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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)

Created By: PokerListings.com
12 May 2015
Posted in: WSOP Blog
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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

Created By: Arved Klöhn
11 November 2014
Posted in: WSOP Blog
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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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Phil Hellmuth

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!

Created By: PokerListings.com
07 October 2014
Posted in: WSOP Blog
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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!

Created By: PokerListings.com
13 August 2014
Posted in: WSOP Blog
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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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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

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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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.

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Dominik Nitsche

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

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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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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Out of World Cup, Gerard Piqué Draws into World Series of Poker

Created By: PokerListings.com
07 July 2014
Posted in: WSOP Blog
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International footballer Gerard Piqué, direct from Spain’s disastrous 2014 World Cup in Brazil, is looking to find some redemption in the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event.

An accomplished poker player Piqué bought into the $10,000 buy-in event with hopes of winning the $10 million first-place prize.

Piqué has already made several appearances on the European Poker Tour and final tabled a €5k 6-Max event at EPT Barcelona in 2011.

The Barcelona FC player also played last year’s Main Event. He made it to Day 2 but hit the rail well before the money.

Hopefully Piqué will be able to mount more of a performance in the WSOP than the World Cup where Spain went 1-2 and failed to make it to the knockout round.

It was a remarkable turn of events considering Spain won the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 Euro Cup with Piqué playing a big part in both victories.

The Spanish centre-back isn’t the only athlete taking part in the 2014 WSOP Main Event as the Brooklyn Nets' Paul Pierce also took a seat in the massive tournament this morning.

Check below for more photos of Piqué:

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Quick: Think of an activity that requires a space-age, synthetic microfiber, moisture-wicking spandex jersey less than poker?

Even croquet requires you move around a hot field a little. Poker, well. Maybe you can reap the benefits if you order some spicy wings to the table.

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Dominik Nitsche

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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Earl Barron

Earl Barron can multitask.

The journeyman center played the $1,111 buy-in World Series of Poker Little One for One Drop event today.

In between playing actual cards at the table Barron was busy playing virtual cards on the Open-Face Chinese Poker app on his iPad.

The 7"-tall Barron has history of playing poker (he picked it up while playing for the Miami Heat) and has cashed for over $70,000 in live tournaments.

We did a video interview with Barron at the WSOP in 2012 and he mentioned that he loved poker but had a hard time fitting it into his scheduling considering the amount of training he had to do for basketball.

Perhaps now that he’s not playing basketball (although he is still technically a free agent) he has a little more time to devote to poker.

He certainly looked comfortable at the WSOP considering he was playing two forms of poker at the same time.

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Phil Kessel

Daniel Negreanu is arguably the most popular poker player in the world and it appears even the Toronto Maple Leafs' Phil Kessel is a fan.

The NHL All-Star was spotted watching the final table of the World Series of Poker’s epic high-stakes $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

Kessel joined the action when Negreanu got heads-up against opponent Dan Colman.

“It’s a pretty good little sweat,” said Kessel, in reference to the $7 million jump between first and second place in the tournament.

Negreanu hails from Toronto and has played with Kessel and various Maple Leafs in several charity poker tournaments. Negreanu mentioned on Twitter he played golf with Kessel last week.

Interestingly Kessel, who potted 37 goals for the Leafs this year, makes $8 million a year with Toronto. Negreanu could roughly double that in just three days of work by winning the first-place prize of $15 million.

The Big One for One Drop attracted 42 players this year and created a prize pool of $37 million with over $4 million going towards charity.

Kessel didn’t say whether he would take part in the $10,000 WSOP Main Event, which former Vancouver Canuck’s goaltender Roberto Luongo has played for the last two years.

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