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

31 May 2015, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: WSOP Blog
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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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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Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul On Stealth Mission at World Series of Poker

7 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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Full Player List and Bios for 2014 $1m WSOP Big One for One Drop

29 June 2014, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
Full Player List and Bios for 2014 $1m WSOP Big One for One Drop
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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Dominik Nitsche's WSOP Diary: I Like to Play the Amateurs

16 June 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
Dominik Nitsche's WSOP Diary: I Like to Play the Amateurs
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

14 June 2014, Created By: Allen Rash
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
A Crash Course for World Series of Poker Rookies
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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Great Moments in World Series of Poker History Part 3

26 June 2013, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
Great Moments in World Series of Poker History Part 3
In just a couple of weeks thousands of dream-filled hopefuls will take their seats in the 44th annual World Series of Poker Main Event. With its $10,000 buy-in and historic playing fields the Main Event has produced many of the greatest moments in World Series of Poker history. Guest blogger James Guill continues his Great Moments in WSOP History series with this Main Event-themed installment.

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Great Moments in World Series of Poker History Part 1

3 June 2013, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
Great Moments in World Series of Poker History Part 1
The 2013 World Series of Poker is entering its second week at the Rio in Las Vegas and, with a record-breaking start, promises to deliver another set of unforgettable poker moments. Now in its 44th year the WSOP has provided more of its share of great moments and in this ongoing blog series guest poster James Guill will take a look back at a few of the most memorable.

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Antonio Esfandiari Parties Too Hard After One Drop Win (Video)

9 July 2012, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
Antonio Esfandiari knows a thing or two about partying in Las Vegas. After all, he's the guy you can hire to take you out on the town in Sin City and show you things you'd never see on your own, all for the paltry sum of $10,000. So we were suprised when he told us that he went way overboard on the night he won the Big One for One Drop. I guess winning $18.3 million will do that to you. Check out the full interview above to hear about the night that almost killed him, plus his plans for the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event. And head over to our WSOP 2012 Main Event Live Coverage to follow all the action.

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$1 Million Big One for One Drop at 2012 WSOP: Player List and Bios (UPDATED!)

29 June 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
$1 Million Big One for One Drop at 2012 WSOP: Player List and Bios (UPDATED!)
In 2012 Guy Laliberté and the WSOP are taking tournament poker to astronomical new heights with the world’s first $1 million buy-in event. The maximum 48 players have now committed to playing, which begs the question, “Who in their right mind would spend a million dollars on a poker tournament?” Well, we’re here to answer that question, along with everything else you might be wondering about this super-mega-ultra high roller WSOP bracelet event.

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WSOP Photo By Numbers: Controversial $50k Hand

29 June 2012, Created By: BJ Nemeth
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
WSOP Photo By Numbers: Controversial $50k Hand
It takes more than a couple of raises to get deep stacks all in preflop in Pot-Limit Omaha. But that was briefly overlooked late on Day 2 of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, and the resulting chaos is the subject of today’s Photo By the Numbers. Check out the full reporting of the hand, or keep reading for the bare bones version. With about 65 players remaining, there were five preflop limpers in front of Nikolai Yakovenko, who raised from the big blind. The first three limpers called, and then Shaun Deeb moved all in from the button with a short stack. The small blind folded, and Yakovenko reraised the pot -- but much less than his entire stack. The next two players folded, and Abe Mosseri -- who also had a bigger stack than the raise -- tanked for at least five minutes before he called and turned over his hand. Deeb and Yakovenko revealed their hands too, and since the players were clearly treating it like an all-in situation, the dealer treated it that way too -- and ran the board. Deeb flopped a set of jacks and rivered a spade flush to win the main pot and triple up, while Mosseri's pocket aces held up against Yakovenko's pocket kings to win the larger side pot. That's when Yakovenko pointed out that he technically wasn't all in, because it had only been a pot-size raise before the flop. "Floor!" Match up the numbers on the photo and the descriptions below to get the whole story.

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Nine Thoughts From Behind the Scenes at the 2011 November 9

11 November 2011, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
Nine Thoughts From Behind the Scenes at the 2011 November 9
By now you know that Pius Heinz won the 2011 WSOP Main Event. You probably watched the live stream, the full broadcast and have memorized every single bustout hand. There were a few things they didn't focus on in the broadcast, however, and we’ve compiled a list of the various happenings you may have missed if you weren’t in Las Vegas for the grand finale. After the jump you’ll find nine stories that went a bit under the radar. Also be sure to check our 2011 WSOP Main Event picturebook.

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Sam Holden in London - Full Interview Transcript

4 November 2011, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
Sam Holden in London - Full Interview Transcript
The November Nine break is days from being done and Sam Holden is making the trip from his home in London to Las Vegas to compete for the biggest prize in poker. We spoke with him at the recent EPT London main event and since there were so many extras that didn't make it into the story, we're publishing the full interview transcript right here. Read on to hear what it's like to sweat the biggest day of your poker career for four months.

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Photo By Numbers: Seven Sharks and a Mark at WSOPE Main Event

19 October 2011, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
Photo By Numbers: Seven Sharks and a Mark at WSOPE Main Event
You know that old poker saying, “If you can’t spot the mark in your first 30 minutes at the table …”? We're on location at the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe main event and this table brought that old adage to mind. Connect the numbers with the explanations below and see if you can figure out who's sitting at this table with a target on hsi or her forehead. We’ve done it before but when we see a table like this in a major tournament we feel the need to break it down for you by the numbers.

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Niall "onehandturks" Charlton Full Interview Transcript

12 October 2011, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
Niall "onehandturks" Charlton Full Interview Transcript
Niall “onehandturks” Charlton is in Cannes playing the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe and he sat down with us to talk about the online grind and life outside of the game. Charlton plays high-stakes Pot-Limit Omaha online, up to $100/$200, and according to highstakesdb.com he’s profited to the tune of $320,000 so far this year. Charlton took a few minutes to chat on a break from the €5k PLO WSOPE event to speak with us.

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Poker Graphed: Which November Niner is Best for Poker?

29 August 2011, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
Poker Graphed: Which November Niner is Best for Poker?
We’re nearing the halfway point in this year’s November Nine intermission, meaning we’re closer than ever to determining the 2011 world champion of poker. But who are these champion contenders, and what poker ambassador qualities do they bring to the table? What kind of potential to impact the poker world do they each possess? And what are their individual chances of actually taking this thing down? These are the questions we’ll be considering in this installment of Poker Graphed.

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Five Most Underwhelming 2011 WSOP Performances

1 July 2011, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
Five Most Underwhelming 2011 WSOP Performances
As much as we love to give credit where credit is due, it’s getting around time to call a spade a spade at the 2011 WSOP. We’ve compiled a completely subjective list of five players who have been less than impressive at the 2011 WSOP. We should add that we’re actually pretty big fans of the following players but their results have simply been unacceptable for how skilled they are at poker. The 2011 WSOP is not finished, of course, with about 10 more bracelets to be awarded and the mega $50k Players Championship and $10,000 Main Event yet to be played. Will any of the following players be able to prove us wrong in our assessment? We hope so.

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