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WSOP Stories: Mr. A-T, The Best 2nd-Best Player in History

23 June 2017, Created By: Dirk Oetzmann
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WSOP Stories: Mr. A-T, The Best 2nd-Best Player in History
Johnny Moss (Left) Photo: UNLV Special Collections via Wikipedia Commons “Legend” - a traditional story sometimes popularly regarded as historical but unauthenticated, Merriam Webster Dictionary Legend, icon, hero – all these are terms used way too often and too easily today. But Johnny Moss -- the first superstar of poker, the “Eye in the Sky” -- was all that and more. Among his many legendary feats? Moss somehow came first AND second in the first WSOP. And he played the most famous, 5-month long heads-up match ever played. Or did he?

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WSOP Stories: Billy Baxter, The Original Robin Hood of Poker

16 June 2017, Created By: Dirk Oetzmann
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WSOP Stories: Billy Baxter, The Original Robin Hood of Poker
42 years after winning his first bracelet, Billy Baxter is still the uncrowned king of lowball poker. He's also, technically, the first "Robin Hood of Poker." In case you were thinking, “but I always thought the Robin Hood of Poker is Barry Greenstein," it is. But that’s a different story. And Billy Baxter was first.

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The 2017 World Series of Sick Rides

11 June 2017, Created By: Arthur Crowson
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The 2017 World Series of Sick Rides
The World Series of Poker parking lot is a gargantuan expanse that’s littered with some of the most expensive (and cheapest) cars that you can purchase. It makes sense considering winning a large tournament at the WSOP should be able to get you a decently equipped BMW or Mercedes at the very least. You’ll need something to haul all that cash around, right? We’re going to give you a peek at some of the cars that routinely make appearances in the VIP lot at the World Series of Poker.

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A Look at the Brand-New 2017 World Series of Poker [Photos]

2 June 2017, Created By: Arthur Crowson
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A Look at the Brand-New 2017 World Series of Poker [Photos]
If this is your first year attending the World Series of Poker you might not realize the event looked dramatically different just one year ago. Yes, there is still a seemingly endless sea of poker tables but the long-running series has actually undergone its most dramatic overhaul since introducing the gargantuan Pavilion Room in many years ago. The Amazon Room, which has long been the crown jewel of the WSOP with multiple feature tables and the ESPN mothership, is now just another room of poker tables. On the other hand the Pavilion Room has been renovated to include a high-stakes cash game area and lounge that’s sponsored by European poker giant King’s Casino. It’s a whole new world for the WSOP.

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Who’s the Greatest Nov. 9er? All 80 Players Ranked by Results

26 May 2017, Created By: Arthur Crowson
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Who’s the Greatest Nov. 9er? All 80 Players Ranked by Results
The November Nine experiment is over. Earlier this month the WSOP announced that after nine years it was ditching the November Nine concept to play out the final table with a more reasonable two-day break. Some would argue the November Nine lasted a little too long but it has given us some interesting stories over the years. In total 80 players competed in the three-month delayed Sit & Go (that’s Mark Newhouse twice, natch) winning tens of millions. For some players their November Nine experience was just a stepping stone to a bigger poker career while others were basically never heard from again. We’re going to take a look at the most successful November Niners over its nine-year existance and what they accomplished when you take away their big Main Event score.

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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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