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Mouth, Grinder & Canada Goose: Final Table Time at Wynn!

11 March 2007, Created By: Owen Laukkanen
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Tournament Trail
Mouth, Grinder & Canada Goose: Final Table Time at Wynn!
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.

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Speed Demons: Day 2 at the Wynn is Over with a Quickness

10 March 2007, Created By: Owen Laukkanen
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Tournament Trail
Speed Demons: Day 2 at the Wynn is Over with a Quickness
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.

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It's Final Table Time!

29 January 2007, Created By: Owen Laukkanen
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Tournament Trail
It's Final Table Time!
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.

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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 Demise of Artur Kulczycki and Other Stories

24 October 2006, Created By: Owen Laukkanen
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Tournament Trail
The Demise of Artur Kulczycki and Other Stories
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.

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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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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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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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