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The $10,000 main event at the inaugural Wynn Poker Classic got a little more interesting today, as we closed out the third day of play having established a final table chock full of some of the most recognizable pros in the game. No less than Johnny Chan, Mike Matusow and Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi all wound up amongst the nine survivors destined to take home the lion's share of the tournament's $1,920,600 prize pool, but as with most everything in this star-studded tournament, the road to the most sought after patch of felt in Vegas didn't get any easier on Day 3.
Day 2 is over from the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas after an abbreviated day of play that saw only four levels needed to pare the field from a starting roster of 81 to the end of day total of 27. The day began with plenty of pros still in the hunt, and many of them fell by the wayside as the second day progressed, but poker fans can take heart at the fact that among the 27 finalists are some of poker's biggest and most recognizable names.
The second day of competition at the World Series of Poker Circuit Event from the Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs Iowa has reached its logical end with a final table of nine players being established after another day of intriguing, fast and sometimes head-scratching play.
We've closed another day out at the Borgata Poker Classic and at last we've determined our final six contestants. It was a relatively quick fourth day of competition, and once again the trend was toward mind-boggling calls and tremendous swings in momentum. Some early favorites fell by the wayside, and when the dust had settled it was an interesting and somewhat unexpected combination of players who will be under the TV spotlights tomorrow evening.
The 2007 Aussie Millions is over, and we have a new reigning champion in the land down under. Gus Hansen was able to overcome Jimmy "Gobboboy" Fricke to take down the title and the $1.5 million first prize.
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.
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.
Day 3 at the inaugural WPT Canadian Open is in the books after a short day of play that nonetheless saw 21 players succumb to the war of attrition that is freezeout-style tournament poker. Although the cards were only in the air for about five hours, there was still plenty of action and plenty of dramatic hands. Here are some of the more interesting stories as players take a five-day break to prepare for the final table.
Day 2 of the first-ever WPT Canadian Open has concluded, and now that the field of entrants has been narrowed down to the 27 players who will cash, we've had a chance to see what kind of tournament the Fallsview Casino can put on.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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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