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Moonlandings, Etc: A Walk on the Trashy Side

13 June 2007, Created By: Owen Laukkanen
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Unsubstantiated Rumors
Moonlandings, Etc: A Walk on the Trashy Side
As loyal PokerListings.com readers, you're already aware that Phil Hellmuth won his record 11th WSOP bracelet last night, hidden behind a shroud of black felt that enraged Mike Matusow and delighted the always-publicity-conscious Poker Brat. You're also aware that Allen Cunningham took home his fifth WSOP bracelet the day before, and that British Columbians and Canadians in general have been destroying the competition at every other WSOP final table of note. But after 12 days of poker in the palace of degeneracy, plenty of salacious side stories have emerged that maybe you're not aware of…yet.

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Fool's Gold: The Tale of Jamie Gold

5 June 2007, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Cold Hard Facts
Fool's Gold: The Tale of Jamie Gold
One of the biggest interviews I conducted at the 2006 WSOP was with Jamie Gold on the fateful day he took the lead in the Main Event. As most of you know, Gold would never relinquish that lead and eventually became the reigning world champion. When I talked to him he seemed like a nice guy that was absolutely thrilled to be doing as well as he was in poker's big show. Since his big win, however, time and poker have not been as kind to Gold.

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Get Your Minds Right: 2007 World Series of Poker Looms

6 April 2007, Created By: Owen Laukkanen
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Industry Insider
Get Your Minds Right: 2007 World Series of Poker Looms
Last summer, PokerListings.com tore the roof off of the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino with our blockbuster coverage of the 2006 World Series of Poker. And while most of you readers are still reeling from the epic force of our compelling live updates, scintillating photography, hard-hitting interviews, entertaining blogs, and, of course, our incredible video segments, it's time to come out from under the covers, maybe have a shower and a quick bite, and get ready for phase two of the madness. That's right - the 2007 WSOP is less than two months away.

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Bling Bling: Batista Wins Caesars Indiana Main Event

3 November 2006, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
Bling Bling: Batista Wins Caesars Indiana Main Event
This World Series Poker Circuit Event is over, and it's certainly been an interesting one. Although common courtesy is expected at the poker table, it's not too often that players go so far as to show almost every hand and even tell their opponents their holdings in order to save them a few chips. Here at Caesars Indiana we saw this along with one of the most decisive comebacks in circuit history.

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Southern Comfort: Holding it Down with the WSOPC

1 November 2006, Created By: Owen Laukkanen
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
Southern Comfort: Holding it Down with the WSOPC
A little more than two weeks ago, PokerListings.com kicked off its expanded tournament coverage with a focus on the World Poker Tour Season 5 Festa al Lago event at Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Last week we raised the bar with our coverage of the WPT's next stop in Niagara Falls, including the most comprehensive coverage you could find of the Canadian Poker Open and a smorgasbord of features from the North American Poker Championship. Now it's time to take our coverage to the next level. That's right - I'm talking about the 2006 World Series of Poker Circuit events.

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The Jamie Gold Story - A Different Kind of Fairy Tale

11 August 2006, Created By: Erik Sylven
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
The Jamie Gold Story - A Different Kind of Fairy Tale
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs came to the final table hoping to create a great piece of drama and to cause another classic upset. Instead they found themselves in a Gold mine where their ferocious enemy kept chopping off huge parts of their chip stacks. Our heroes were eliminated one by one, and there was no turning point in this story. Jamie Gold was absolutely unstoppable in the 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event.

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What if You Held a Tournament and Nobody Covered It?

7 August 2006, Created By: Owen Laukkanen
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
What if You Held a Tournament and Nobody Covered It?
A few days ago, I used this blog space to talk about the introduction of Events 40-45 at this year's World Series of Poker (WSOP), the "Loser's Brackets"; low buy-in No-Limit Hold'em tournaments that seem designed more to keep players in the Amazon Room after they've busted out of the Main Event than to actually crown WSOP bracelets to legitimate winners. Well, despite my protestations, the tournaments are taking place, and six people are going to win bracelets they may or may not really deserve.

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Selling Sex at the WSOP

28 July 2006, Created By: Chuck Ansbacher
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
Selling Sex at the WSOP
Today the World Series of Poker officially exploded. What I thought was a zoo a few days ago now looks like single cow dairy farm compared to the absolute madness that is going on all over the Rio as we speak. The Media/Celebrity charity event is in full effect, the excitement of Main Event eve can be felt everywhere, and most importantly, the 2006 Gaming Life Expo opened its doors to throngs of poker junkies early this morning.

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10 is Big for Hellmuth and for Harrah's

26 July 2006, Created By: Owen Laukkanen
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
10 is Big for Hellmuth and for Harrah's
Phil Hellmuth won his 10th World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet tonight amidst a massive crowd and an electric atmosphere. Hundreds of fans packed the Amazon Room, jamming close to the feature table, standing on chairs, taking flash photography, and shouting out words and chants of encouragement at every opportunity. The spectators were so jubilant and so determined to be a part of history that the staff at the Rio had to threaten to forcibly remove those miscreants standing on chairs by all means necessary, up to and including security guards (gasp!). Despite the gong show, the record-tying evening was the most important night of the 2006 WSOP, not only for Phil Hellmuth himself but for the World Series as a whole.

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Ten Commandments of Poker - Circa 1959

25 July 2006, Created By: Chuck Ansbacher
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
Ten Commandments of Poker - Circa 1959
An extremely interesting book recently came into my possession: "Poker According to Maverick." Written by, and based on, the fictional character Bret Maverick who was played by James Garner in the Television series "Maverick" (1957-1962), this book is possibly one of the earliest poker guides ever written. At a cost of only 35¢, it may have also been one of the cheapest. Although often hammed up in an early Hollywood style, the book is meant to be taken seriously and is offering sound advice.

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Beware of Sharks: High-Stakes Cash Games at the WSOP

12 July 2006, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
Beware of Sharks: High-Stakes Cash Games at the WSOP
The tournaments here at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) certainly take up most of the spotlight and get the majority of the public's attention. What's less publicized but no less thrilling are the cash games. Just a few steps away from the tournament tables, there's a roped-off area which is under the constant surveillance of security personnel as well as a small group of Rio staffers who are headed by High Stakes Supervisor Tony Shelton. Tony was kind enough to give us an inside look at the ruthless high stakes cash games here at the World Series.

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Top 10 Biggest WSOP Draws

5 July 2006, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
Top 10 Biggest WSOP Draws
There is a great deal of speculation and argument regarding who is the best, smartest, richest poker player at the WSOP. Today I wanted to put the spotlight on a slightly different category. I'm talking about the players who bring the most fans to watch their tables - the biggest "celebrities" of poker so to speak. Here are the players who'd get my vote:

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The Headphone Phenomenon

1 July 2006, Created By: Chuck Ansbacher
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
The Headphone Phenomenon
Two years ago at the 2004 WSOP, the powers that be decided to allow players to wear headphones. Two years later, it seems like close to a third (or maybe more) of the players in the tournament are silently jamming out to music on their iPods at any given moment. We all know guys like Phil Ivey and Phil Hellmuth are famous for rocking headphones, but today at the No-Limit Hold'em Short-Handed event, I was surprised to see guys like Erik Seidel tuning the table out. If, as almost all pros will claim, poker is a people game where reading your opponent is just as important as the cards in your hand, then where do headphones, iPods and music factor into that?

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Paying taxes on tournament poker winnings

4 July 2005, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
Paying taxes on tournament poker winnings
If you cash (receive any form of payment) in a poker tournament in the USA, you have to pay 30% tax on the net profit. For example, if you buy-in for $10,000 to play in the WSOP Main Event at the Rio in Las Vegas and then end up winning $10,000 (actually you broke even), the casino will hold $3,000 out of the $10,000 (the gross winnings) and you will get $7,000 back.

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Barry Greenstein 'the Robin Hood of Poker'

21 June 2005, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
Barry Greenstein 'the Robin Hood of Poker'
Last night, Barry Greenstein won the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha tournament and he did so with great style. Barry was playing two tournaments simultaneously, the final table of the Pot-Limit Omaha tournament, which started on June 19th, and the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em event that began yesterday. Will he win that one too? Read more about this amazing player below.

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Phil Hellmuth - Man on a Mission at the 2005 World Series of Poker

19 June 2005, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Cold Hard Facts
Phil Hellmuth - Man on a Mission at the 2005 World Series of Poker
Phil Hellmuth is one of the biggest stars in poker and he knows it. So far, he hasn't made any magic in the 2005 World Series of Poker (in the money twice) and I must say that I expect more of this man (he has won 9 WSOP bracelets). Phil hasn't won many major tournaments in recent years, although I suspect that's mainly because he's been busy with poker related business. For example, he represents online poker room UltimateBet.com. For more Phil Hellmuth trivia, keep reading today's blog.

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My First WSOP Tournament Experience, Part I

13 June 2005, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
My First WSOP Tournament Experience, Part I
Friday, June 10, 2005, marked the first time I ever played in a WSOP event, the $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em tournament. I managed to take 102nd place, beating 1,300 players in the process and receiving $2,580 for my efforts. Erik Seidel came out on top and finally won this event last night, but this is how the tournament unfolded for me.

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