Poker’s In and Out List: In the Wake of the WSOP

Devo fans
Sadly, with Bryan Devonshire's elimination, so went half of the 80s music references.

The World Series of Poker is over, at least for now, and it’s left the poker world dazed and confused.

While we’re wondering what do with ourselves after seven weeks of living and breathing poker in Las Vegas, you’re likely still looking for guidance as to who’s in and who’s out this week in poker.

Luckily for us this is a target-rich environment.

Poker’s IN List: July 15 – 22, 2011

Ben Lamb

Best World Series performance of all-time? Maybe.

Either way, if people are even suggesting it’s the best WSOP performance of all time, you’re as IN as it gets.

Not to mention that he's guaranteed another $700k or so on top of the $1.3 million he's already won this summer.

Click here for more information on the amazing Benba.

Phil Hellmuth
Summer of Phil, whether you like it or not.

Phil Hellmuth

His ESPN commentary was questionable at times, but even the haters can’t dismiss him this year after three second-place finishes and over $1 million in cashes.

Separated from his UB promotional duties, we were also spared one of his ridiculous entrances.

Love him or hate him, people are still talking about him.

What other WSOP champion from the 80s or 90s can you still say that about?

Olivier Busquet and Antonio Esfandiari

Poker commentary has been fairly inferior for fairly long.

Norman Chad and Lon Mceachern are nice guys, but don’t really reflect the modern era of poker.

Listening to Busquet and Esfandiari break down hands in real time was both entertaining and illuminating.

Best poker coverage ever likely, with the exception of any time Phil Galfond has done live commentary.

Poker’s OUT List: July 15 – 22, 2011

The United States

With four months between now and the November Nine the rest of the poker world will be (happily) returning to a world that still includes online poker.

And as far as we can tell a lot of US players are following suit.

Phil Galfond was on the same flight as PokerListings from Vegas to Vancouver, and we’ve talked to a ton of pros who are relocating in order to play online.

In the meantime, the United States is sidelined.

Phil Collins
Phil Collins dedicates this one to his namesake.

Big Money Deals for November Niners

Traditionally, making the November Nine all but guaranteed you a high-value endorsement deal.

And usually that deal was coming from either PokerStars or Full Tilt.

The reasons this is no longer the case are plentiful but biggest among them is a restriction on wearing PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker or UltimateBet patches on the ESPN broadcast.

Battle of the 80s Pop Stars

During the playdown to the final nine there was something magical happening.

Bryan Devonshire's fans had donned Devo-style head gear and were chanting the band's biggest hits.

Across the rail were Phil Collins' supporters, singing the classic 80s song "In the Air Tonight".

Unfortunately, that epic battle was won by Phil Collins as Devo fell just short of the November Nine.

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