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WSOP 2014 live blog w/ interviews, photos and side action from Las Vegas.

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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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Rick Salomon

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.

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Dominik Nitsche

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.

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Phil Hellmuth

So the numbers are in and the 2014 WSOP Big One for One Drop will come a little short of hitting the 56-player cap.

In total there are 42 players in this year’s edition who will be competing for a prizepool of $37.3 million. It’s hard to complain when the winner will still walk away with well over $15 million.

Still it’s particularly interesting to note the players who played the 2012 WSOP Big One for One Drop who opted not to return this year.

It looks like 10 businessmen decided to skip this year’s edition while 16 poker pros stayed on the rail.

On the pro side Tom Dwan, Jonathan Duhamel, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier and Mike Sexton are some of the notable absences.

The biggest, however, is Phil Hellmuth who tried to raise funds last-minute but ultimately couldn’t get into the tournament.

As far as the businessmen go, Richard Yong, Paul Phua, Bill Perkins and Chamath Palihapitiya were perhaps the most glaring omissions.

There are plenty of new faces this year, however, with Greg Merson, Doug Polk, Daniel Cates and Jean-Robert Bellande (!) among the newcomers.

Below is a complete look at every player that played in the 2012 Big One for One Drop but didn’t make it out for the second one.

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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.

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Poker players are very accustomed to investing large sums of money to play H.O.R.S.E. - the poker version - inside the Amazon Room at the Rio in Las Vegas.

In 2014 they've found a new way to put their money on the line playing H.O.R.S.E. This one under the Vegas sun, and requiring a vastly different skill set than the indoor version.

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Mike McDonald

One of the beautiful things about the World Series of Poker is that anybody can win.

As long as you can buy-in, you can become a WSOP champion. There are few no other games or sports where someone can walk off the street and win $10,000,000.

That, therefore, creates a lot of "one-time" big winners while some of the best in the game are left bracelet-free.

Once a summer the inevitable conversation comes around about the best poker players yet to win a WSOP bracelet

We debated the subject with WSOP historian and Media Director Nolan Dalla to come up with five worthy players still to taste WSOP victory.

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Game of Thrones vs. World Cup at the World Series of Poker

Created By: Alexander Villegas
16 June 2014
Posted in: WSOP Blog, Tournament Trail
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It’s been an exciting 36 hours at the Rio, mostly due to things happening outside of the Rio.

Down in Brazil, the United States played Ghana in their opening 2014 World Cup game and emerged victorious, beating Ghana 2 to 1.

But before that, last night, millions of eyeballs switched from the felt to television and computer screens, where the Season 4 finale of Game of Thrones aired.

Today the Rio is abuzz with talk of both. It’s hard to determine which one is more popular at the moment, so we decided to conduct a 100 per cent accurate and scientific study to determine which event was more monumental at the WSOP.

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Dominik Nitsche's WSOP Diary: I Like to Play the Amateurs

Created By: PokerListings.com
16 June 2014
Posted in: WSOP Blog, Tournament Trail
Dominik Nitsche

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.

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A Crash Course for World Series of Poker Rookies

Created By: Allen Rash
14 June 2014
Posted in: WSOP Blog, Tournament Trail
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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.

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ZooopItUp: How to Avoid Hypothermia at the World Series of Poker

Created By: Alexander Villegas
12 June 2014
Posted in: WSOP Blog, Tournament Trail
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World Series of Poker virgins don’t expect a lot of things when they come to Las Vegas to play the WSOP for the first time.

One of those things? They’re going to be freezing cold all the damn time.

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Dominik Nitsche

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 in the heart of poker's signature event.

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World Series of Poker Bracelet Ceremony: Postponed

Created By: PokerListings.com
11 June 2014
Posted in: WSOP Blog, Tournament Trail
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It's not uncommon for someone who won, say, close to half a million dollars or so in a poker tournament  - in Las Vegas, no less - to go out and celebrate a bit afterwards.

Or a lot.

It's also not uncommon, then, for said victor to sleep a little late the next day.

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Daniel Negreanu

Sports fans are fanatical the world over but true poker fandom is a less-observed phenomenon. Not so at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

At the WSOP, fans can stroll into the tournament room, take a seat to watch a final table, or roam the rail in search of their favorite TV poker star. And it's all free.

You can spot the pros by the crowd of people grouped in front of their table.

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AADavelogo

The less-than-healthy food options at the Rio during the World Series of Poker are well documented - and went unchanged for years until someone new came on the scene to give players a different choice.

Strange things started happening around the Amazon Room in 2011. You could see girls in yoga pants, bags in hand, dashing between tables.

An upstart going by the name of All-American Dave was offering up healthy alternatives complete with table-side delivery.

“Five years ago I had Antonio (Esfandiari), Brian Rast, (Jennifer) Tilly, Phil Laak,” Dave Swanson said, “and said I’m gonna cook you guys food out of my kitchen and bring it down to you twice a day.”

“Everybody started asking where the food was coming from,” he continued, “and each year it got a little bigger and a little bigger.”

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