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Don’t Bust! The WSOP Main Event Final Table Bubble Blog

11 August 2016, Created By: PokerListings.com
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Don’t Bust! The WSOP Main Event Final Table Bubble Blog
You can’t beat the drama that surrounds the WSOP Main Event final table bubble. It’s arguably the single biggest bubble in poker with nine lucky players becoming millionaires, instant-fame and numerous sponsorship opportunities while one unlucky player becomes a minor footnote in poker. The stands are generally packed with friends, family and fans and — for one day at least — people are really, really interested in watching people play poker.

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Griffin Benger: 2016 WSOP November Nine Bio | World Series of Poker

19 July 2016, Created By: PokerListings.com
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Griffin Benger: 2016 WSOP November Nine Bio | World Series of Poker
A legend in the video game world for his Counter Strike prowess. Former #1 ranked player in online poker tournaments. $1m winner of the first season of PokerStars' Shark Cage. It's safe to say Griffin "Flush_Entity" Benger has racked up some impressive CV credentials in his career and they've just become even better. He's now a member of the 2016 WSOP November Nine with a chance to become the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event champion. 

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Michael Ruane: 2016 WSOP November Nine Bio | World Series of Poker

19 July 2016, Created By: PokerListings.com
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Michael Ruane: 2016 WSOP November Nine Bio | World Series of Poker
Before tonight when Michael Ruane joined the elite halls of 2016 WSOP November Nine, his biggest claim to poker fame was getting arrested flying back from the PCA in the Bahamas. That's ancient history now as Ruane cemented his spot in poker history in a much more positive way by making the final nine of the World Series of Poker Main Event. 

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Kenny Hallaert: 2016 WSOP November Nine Bio | World Series of Poker

19 July 2016, Created By: PokerListings.com
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Kenny Hallaert: 2016 WSOP November Nine Bio | World Series of Poker
With Belgium's burgeoning poker scene and a stellar track record at the WSOP for Belgian players, despite its tiny population, it's no surprise to have another Belgian member of the November Nine this year. After the exhilarating journey of 72-year-old Pierre Neuville last year, this year it's longtime poker industry pro Kenny Hallaert's turn.

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Vojtech Ruzicka: 2016 WSOP November Nine Bio | World Series of Poker

19 July 2016, Created By: PokerListings.com
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Vojtech Ruzicka: 2016 WSOP November Nine Bio | World Series of Poker
There hasn't been a Czech player in the November Nine since Martin Staszko's runner-up run in 2011 but that changed tonight when Vojtech Ruzicka battled his way into the 2016 Main Event final table. A six-year veteran of the live scene in Europe and the WSOP and a six-figure winner online for the past 5 years Ruzicka is also one of the most talented players at the table. He's got the showy results to prove it, too, with a $1m+ year in 2011 that included a second-place finish in the WCOOP Main Event for $710,000. 

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Qui Nguyen: 2016 WSOP November Nine Bio | World Series of Poker

18 July 2016, Created By: PokerListings.com
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Qui Nguyen: 2016 WSOP November Nine Bio | World Series of Poker
With just $52,986 in career live earnings and only one WSOP cash - for less than the $10k buy-in to the Main Event - Las Vegas resident Qui Nguyen doesn't immediately stand out as a threat at the 2016 WSOP Main Event final table. Given that those cashes date back to 2003, though, he might have a bit more up his sleeve than expected.

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Gordon Vayo: 2016 WSOP November Nine Bio | World Series of Poker

18 July 2016, Created By: PokerListings.com
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Gordon Vayo: 2016 WSOP November Nine Bio | World Series of Poker
If there's a poker player who can say he's almost literally been working most of his life for this moment, it's Gordon Vayo. The now San Francisco-based Vayo, originally from Bloomington, Illinois, started his poker journey at 16, playing tournaments under the name "holla@yoboy" on PokerStars. Ten years later he's at the final table of the World Series of Poker Main Event.

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Cliff Josephy: 2016 WSOP November Nine Bio | World Series of Poker

18 July 2016, Created By: PokerListings.com
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Cliff Josephy: 2016 WSOP November Nine Bio | World Series of Poker
If there's a poker pro in the November Nine that has the support of the majority of the professional poker world, it's Cliff Josephy. A legendary backer along with Eric "Sheets" Haber," the man known as JohnnyBax literally put hundreds of poker players in the game thanks to the stable of horses they ran during the last half of the 2000s. Now, it's his turn to taste tournament glory.

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Fernando Pons: 2016 WSOP November Nine Bio | World Series of Poker

18 July 2016, Created By: PokerListings.com
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Fernando Pons: 2016 WSOP November Nine Bio | World Series of Poker
Spaniard Fernando Pons may be the shortest stack at the 2016 WSOP Main Event final table but he’s already earned one hell of a return on his investment. Pons qualified for the 2016 WSOP Main Event through a €30 satellite on 888poker. He’s already guaranteed at least $1m just for making the final table so it’s safe to say he’s happy with how things have gone in the tournament. Incredibly, the 2016 WSOP Main Event was the first time that Pons had ever played a WSOP event.

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Football Narrowly Edges Baseball as Most Popular Jersey at 2016 WSOP

12 July 2016, Created By: Arthur Crowson
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Football Narrowly Edges Baseball as Most Popular Jersey at 2016 WSOP
The World Series of Poker Main Event enjoys a unique relationship with professional sports. Famous athletes including Paul Pierce, Roberto Luongo and most recently Brad Lidge have all taken a turn at the felt. It makes it feel like a quasi-sporting event. Unlike other sports, however, players are allowed to wear whatever they want, which leads to a wide assortment of jerseys and sports paraphernalia in the gargantuan poker tournament. After covering the $10,000 buy-in tournament for over a decade and seeing hundreds of different jerseys we got curious as to which ones were the most popular. We decided to try to take note of every single jersey while reporting on the tournament this year.

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Blink and You Missed It: Photos From Rapid-Fire Colossus II

3 June 2016, Created By: Arthur Crowson
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Blink and You Missed It: Photos From Rapid-Fire Colossus II
If you transported a grizzled grinder from the 1985 WSOP and plunked him/her into the monstrosity that is the $565 buy-in Colossus II there’s a chance they wouldn’t believe this is still a poker tournament. When you get into the logistics of processing 6,500+ entries through three cavernous tournament rooms over two heats on the same day it all starts to get a little surreal. It gets even wilder when you have the chance to observe 3,000+ players from each heat get whittled down to a couple hundred players and well into the money by the end of a day. It’s like jamming 3-4 days of the Main Event into one turbo-charged experience. It’s a microcosm of the legendary tournament.

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Daniel Negreanu’s Dramatic Final Day at the 2015 WSOP (Photos)

31 July 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
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Daniel Negreanu’s Dramatic Final Day at the 2015 WSOP (Photos)
It was the river card heard ‘round the poker world. A fateful queen of hearts completed a straight for the unheralded Joe McKeehen and ended poker icon Daniel Negreanu’s incredible run in the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event. Negreanu, who missed making the November Nine by just two eliminations, collapsed to the floor out of shock. ESPN, Caesars, poker media members and poker fans everywhere were left wondering what might have been. It was a one-of-a-kind journey for the game’s most popular player (Phil Ivey might have an argument in 2009). This year the buzz around the tournament was taken to another level and, at long last, it looked like the November Nine concept was going to pay off in spades. It wasn’t to be. PokerListings was on hand every second of the World Series of Poker Main Event playdown and had our camera lenses pointed directly at Negreanu for the majority of the day. Here’s a collection of photos from one of the most memorable days in the history of the WSOP. Photos by Arthur Crowson, Matthew Showell and Alcanthang.

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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

9 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

6 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
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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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