The gaming industry's biggest poker tournament series returns this 2021, the World Series of Poker announced at the beginning of April. This time around, the popular WSOP Main Event returns and it's going to be played on the live felt.
Duration: September 30 to November 23, 2021
Venue: Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
On Wednesday evening, something unusually special happened online in the WSOP January Super Series when married poker couple Chris "Robotobob47" Moorman and Katie "katelin" Lindsay found themselves on a heads-up match for a coveted WSOP gold ring.
Nick Marchington, who was a final tablist in the 2019 WSOP Main Event, can now finally take home his prize money (worth $152,000) with him back to England, thanks to a Nevada judge clearing the way for him.
According to a report from Las Vegas Review-Journal on Tuesday, a Las Vegas judge lifted an injunction that froze 10% of the $1.525 million winnings that Marchington earned in July at the WSOP Main Event for finishing 7th place.
On June 2 (Sunday) a 46-year-old was able to reel in his very first gold bracelet after winning Event #4 of the 2019 WSOP. He says he was able to win thanks to the general ‘fun’ atmosphere at the final table.
On May 31 (Saturday) an Aria poker dealer was able to snag his very first gold bracelet after winning Event #1 of the 2019 WSOP. He says working as a dealer is a big part of the reason he was able to win his first WSOP bracelet.
The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is considered to be the richest, biggest and most prestigious poker gaming event in the world, having already given away over $2.99 billion in prize money. The WSOP is also well known for its prestigious gold bracelet since it is recognized worldwide as the game's ultimate prize.
The year 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the World Series of Poker (WSOP), and to celebrate this incredible milestone, they will be honoring players who have helped make the yearly poker festival the most prestigious and longest-running poker tournament that we all know today.
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The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is considered as one of the most impressive series of poker tournaments in the world. Held annually in Las Vegas, this year marks the 50th Anniversary of the WSOP, so things will definitely be made interesting for every player who attends this once-in-a-lifetime summer poker festival!
The 2019 WSOP is scheduled from May 28 to July 16 and will be held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. What’s great about this year’s WSOP is that 888poker shall return as its official sponsor; therefore, the poker site has created a lucrative promo for players who dream to fly to Vegas and play at the 2019 WSOP.Read more » WSOP 2019 – Make Your Trip to Vegas Come True with 888poker
There will be a total of nine online bracelet events to be held for this year’s World Series of Poker, though it’s not yet confirmed whether players from New Jersey can join the poker festival.
The World Series of Poker held its very first gold bracelet online event back in 2015. Since then, there’s a total of nine bracelets and over $10M in prize money that have been awarded to players on WSOP.com. It was announced yesterday (February 21) that there will be nine bracelets up for grabs this 2019 WSOP.
Gal Yifrach, born in Israel and now living in Los Angeles as an entrepreneur, has defeated an entry field of 868 players to secure his very first WSOP bracelet and a nice sum of $461,798 at the 2018 WSOP Event #28: $3,000 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em event.
Event #24 $2,620 The Marathon No-Limit Hold’em of the 2018 WSOP has been won by Australian Michael Addamo, who now can join the roster of first-time WSOP bracelet winners. The five-day poker grind featured players starting the event with 26,200 in chips and competing with 100-minute levels. Just a bit down from last year’s 1,759 player field, the 1,637 entries created a prize pool of $3.8 million.
While many people in the poker world consider Stu Ungar to be one of the greatest poker players ever, few can dispute he was definitely the greatest No-Limit Hold'em player in the history of poker. According to Wikipedia, Stuart Errol Ungar was a professional poker, blackjack and gin rummy player, widely regarded to have been the greatest Texas Hold'em and gin player of all time.
Maurice Hawkins made it into the World Series of Poker history books on April 10th when winning the 2017 Horseshoe Council Bluffs Main Event for $97,561 and, more importantly, his 10th career WSOP Circuit gold ring!
2012 World Series of Poker Main Event winner Greg Merson has been seen wearing the WSOP patch since he parted ways with Ivey Poker in June, and that has obviously started some rumors. However, poker fans can now stop wondering and speculating as it has become official that Merson has been signed as WSOP's first Brand Ambassador!
"I'm very excited and honored to be representing the most prestigious brand in poker," said Merson. "I look forward to help making this the best online site in the U.S."
"Greg is a terrific ambassador for the game of poker. He loves the game, is passionate and opinionated about its future, and he will help us spread the word about our offerings and ensure the poker playing community has a respected, experienced voice to help shape WSOP moving forward," WSOP's Bill Rini said.
In 2009, at the age of 21, Joe Cada became the youngest Main Event winner ever after besting a field of 6,494 players. Many doubted that Cada was a serious poker player after the big win, but he probably silenced some of the critics when he took down Event #32: $10,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Championship this summer.
None other than maple syrup lover Daniel Negreanu was the last man standing in the WSOPE High Roller event which concluded today after three days of intense battle. The first place gave Negreanu €725,000 in prize money and yet another WSOP bracelet (his sixth WSOP bracelet in total).
The High Roller final table kicked off with Negreanu dead last which he explained to WSOP.com: "I honestly felt like I was going to win [the event] the whole time," Negreanu admitted. "The thing was I played the Main Event earlier and I sat with 10-15 big blinds the whole tournament. I was fighting it, but I ended up getting knocked out 25th. Then I thought to myself, 'Eight big blinds? How are they gonna knock me out again?' And once I doubled up and was at about 20 [big blinds]...once I was back in the mix and I doubled up again, I saw the faces, I saw the people looking around. I could sense it and I felt like, here it is, my opportunity to win this thing".
The heads-up between Negreanu and Nicolau Villa-Lobos reached its deciding moment when Villa-Lobos went all in holding a pocket of 5's ( [5d] [5c] ) while Negreanu called and showed a pocket of J's ([Jd] [Js] ).
The flop: [Qd] [9h] [2d]
The turn: [Kd]
The river: [3c]
The WSOPE High Roller top 8 finishers: 1st: Daniel Negreanu – Canada - €725,000 2nd: Nicolau Villa-Lobo – Brazil - €450,000 3rd: Philipp Gruissem – Germany - €250,000 4th: David Peters – USA - €150,500 5th: Timothy Adams – Canada - €100,600 6th: Scott Seiver – USA - €74,600 7th: Jason Koon – USA - €63,500 8th: Erik Seidel – USA - €55,400
Day six of event #62 concluded and only 27 players are remaining in this year's main event. The chip leader is Germany's Anton Morgenstern who's previous WSOP record is three cashes and total winnings of $33,206. On second place is Sylvain Loosli (France) with a chip difference of 7,830,000 from Morgenstern's chip count of 21,955,000.
The buy-in was $10,000 and the total prize pool is $59,708,800 with 648 places paid. The first place is worth $8,359,531. The remaining 27 players are listed below:
While most of the bigtime pros is in Las Vegas for the WSOP Isildur seems to have decided against it, and can you really blame him? Who wantsto sit endlesshours at theRiofor an entire weekjust to (maybe) be able tobookthe sameprofitas youcanovertwo sessionsonline?
Im guessingIsildur isrubbing his handsin front ofthe screenand thinkingexactly thatduring these hours.
Withanother greatsessionyesterday eveningand night, hereachedan overall profit of $ 1,180,000forthelast two days.A number thatinitself isstaggeringhigh, but will be putfurtherinto perspectiveby the fact thatitis more or lessexactlythe same asone were to win by finishing seventhat theWSOPMain Event.
The day before yesterdayit wasa shortsession at the No Limit Hold'emtableswhere the youngSwedestruck gold,whilethis time around it's been bothNLHEandthe expensivefixed limitgames.
One of the players who got hit the hardestwasKyle'KPR16'Ray,who havelost approximately $ 425,000in justover 1000hands onFLO8with blinds at$ 2000/4000.
Hopefully for all the railbirds the games will keep going and the pots and the swings will be both entertaining and equally enormous.
GusHansenwasallegedlybusy witha bigcash gameatARIAcasinowhenday1Cof the WSOPMain Event kicked of
And itdragged on.So much so, that alotta people feared thatthis year'sworld championshipwouldbewithoutDenmarks biggestpokerstar.
But nowthere is good newsfrom LasVegas.
The DutchpokerjournalistFrankUpTheWoerd, reportsthatGusHansenmanaged tosign up, and hassimply beenblindeddownduring her absence.
-17,875chipsto GusHansenafternot havingplayed all day.What an amazing structure!,FrankOpDeWoerd writeson Twitter.
AlsoTom 'durrrr'Dwanchoose thecash games at ARIA instead ofthe tournamentat the Rio, but just like Gus he choseto havethe Main Eventas a planB.He isalso ready for day 2 with16,175chips, writesOp DeWoerd. At the same time he gives usa little hintabout whatthe twohigh rollershavebeen up to:
Athanasios Polychronopoulos won his second WSOP gold bracelet by winning event #17 yesterday.
In this No-Limit Hold'em event there were no less than 2,105 players and a total prize pool of $2,841,750. Polychronopoulos beat the runner-up Manuel Mutke by hitting a Queen of Clubs on the river, making a two pair - Jacks and Queens, against Mutke's pair of Jacks. Mutke got $322,908 for the second place while Polychronopoulos earned a healthy $518,755 for winning the event. Polychronopoulos won his first gold bracelet in 2011, event #48 $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em, which gave him $650,223.
Below is the top ten finishers of the Event #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em:
On Wednesday, the 2013 World Series of Poker kicked off at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and yesterday we posted our very first update on Event #1 and #2. WSOP posted 33 things to know about the 44th Annual WSOP on its website the other day. We have narrowed it down to the 10 things that we consider to be the most important.
1. This year's WSOP runs from May 29th thru July 15th. The November Nine will play down to a new World Champion November 4th and 5th.
2. This year features 62 bracelet events, one more than offered last year. The bracelets are once again furnished by Jason of Beverly Hills.
Doyle Brunson has won an impressive 10 WSOP Gold Bracelets in his poker career. He won the first bracelet back in 1976 ($5,000 Deuce-to-Seven Draw) and his 10th bracelet in 2005 by winning the $5,000 Short-Handed No-Limit Hold'em event for $367,800 - one of the biggest tournament cashes in his career. His last WSOP cash occurred in 2009 when he finished in 17th place in the WSOP Europe £10,000 Main Event in London for £31,198. As of 2011, his total live tournament winnings exceed $6,000,000. He has totaled $2,945,053 in earnings from his 34 cashes at the WSOP
On Monday, Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu took down the WSOP APAC Main Event for AUD$1,038,825 and received his fifth WSOP gold bracelet! He outlasted a field of 405 players and had to defeat a tough final table that included big names such as Benny Spindler, Thomas Russel and Winfred Yu.
Jake Cody is back on the free-agent market again. The 24-year-old Brit joined PKR last November after winning the $25,000 NLHE Heads-Up event at the 2011 WSOP to complete poker's triple crown (EPT, WPT and WSOP titles).
He was the biggest name of Team PKR Pro during the year he represented PKR online and in different tournaments around the globe. It will be interesting to see if PKR will look for a new superstar in the poker world to join its Team PKR Pro, which today consists of four members: Vladimir "Beyne" Geshkenbein, Sofia "wellbet" Lövgren, Scott Shelley and Marc "Waswini" Bariller.
Greg Raymer followed up his great success on the 2012 Heartland Poker Tour with his third win on Monday's event at the Prairie Meadows Racetrack Casino Hotel in Altoona, Iowa. Raymer was the last man standing out of a field of 185 participants. He left the event carrying a bag weighing $72,089.
This was Raymer's third win on the 2012 HPT. The previous wins on the tour were at the Route 66 Casino Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico and River City Casino in St Louis, Missouri.
Monday's HPT final table results:
Greg Raymer is the 2004 WSOP Main Event winner. He has a total of $7,217,206 in live event earnings and his online earnings are estimated to $184,823. His nickname "Fossil Man" comes from his hobby of collecting fossils which he often use as card protectors.
Poker Hall of Fame recently announced that Eric Drache and Brian 'Sailor' Roberts are the 2012's inductees. There will be an official cermony held at the Rio in Las Vegas just before the final table of the WSOP main event kicks off on October 30th!
Brian “Sailor” Roberts earned his nickname from serving in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. As a poker player he travelled alongside Doyle Brunson and Amarillo Slim. He won two WSOP bracelets in his career: 1974's Deuce to Seven Draw event and the 1975 Main Event. He passed away on the 23rd of June 1995.
Eric Drache is mostly known for his contribution to poker as a poker manager/cardroom manager even though he is a pretty successful seven-card stud player. He finished on 2nd place three times in WSOP stud events: 1973, 1981 and 2009. According to wikipedia, Drache invented satellite tournaments and ante structures among other things.
Poker pro Ryan Young passed away on Monday at the age of 28. There are very few details of Young's death, but most sources claim that he died in a car accident. Young was a well-known face in the poker community for his fantastic achievements at the World Series of Poker, where he has cashed 12 times and won 1 bracelet (2007 WSOP event #35: $1,500 No Limit Hold'em).
It was Valentine's Day in Februrary this year when 25-year-old poker pro Jason Somerville revealed to the world, in a blog post, that he was homosexual. In a recent interview, Somerville talked about why he decided to make the announcement at that time.
"My boyfriend suddenly told me that he wanted to join me to PCA (PokerStars Carribean Adventure) in January. At first I was like "hmmm", and then thinking "but what am I going to do about it?" said Somerville and continued...
Thursday night concluded event #46, the $2,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament, and the winner was the firstime WSOP winner Joey Weissman. He left the final table with $694,609 in prize money and his first WSOP Gold Bracelet.
The 24 year old american has a WSOP record that shows two cashes from last year's No-Limit Hold’em #28 in which he earned $11,407 for finishing on the 44th place and event #20 where he ended up on the 74th place and won $4,572.
Event #46 had 1,607 entrants and the final table went on for more than nine hours. The runner up was the french player Jeremy Quehen who was chasing the first french WSOP win in 2012. It was the first time Quehen cashed in the WSOP, after the duel that took nearly three hours. His 2nd place gave him $429,535.
The 6th Italian to ever win a Gold Bracelet in the history of the WSOP was declared the winner of the $1,000 No Limit Hold'em event #44 which concluded late on Tuesday eve.
Rocco Palumbo of Genoa was the last remaining player of the 2,949 entrants that battled it out for three long days at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Besides the Gold Bracelet, Palumbo left the ESPN Main stage with $464,464 in prize money and could proudly enter the exclusive group of Italian WSOP winners which up until Tuesday eve only included Valter Farina, Dario Minieri, Dario Alioto, Jeffrey Lisandro and Max Pescatori.
Palumbo's previous WSOP record shows a 81st placement in this year's No-Limit Hold'em event #41 which earned him $8,791.
The runner up was the american poker pro Nelson Robinson whose past WSOP merits dates back to 2009 and includes 6 cashes and total earnings of $262,381.
Monday night presented two new first-time Gold Bracelet winners in the events #41 & #43.
Event #41, the $3,000 Buy-In No-Limit Hold’em, resulted in the 1,000th bracelet to be won in the WSOP history and it was the american, former police officer and Calvin Klein menswear model, Greg Ostrander that walked away with the jewlery but also the amazing first prize of $742,072. Ostrander's WSOP records shows total winnings of $43,968 from 2011 where he ended up in the money in two events: event #58: No-Limit Hold'em Championship where he finished 232nd which gave him $40,654 and a 160th placement in the No-Limit Hold’em event #38 where he earned $3,314.
After his win, WSOP.com published a short interview with Ostrander where he answered the question What is toughest -- being a model, a poker player, or a police officer? Ostrander replied: "The toughest is probably a poker player because you don’t have benefits thrown at you. It is a grind, you can have one large score that would set you for life, but if you do not and just have a chunk of scores the variance is so great and that is why people have a lot of backers. As far as job wise, being a cop is probably the best because financially it was fine, benefits were awesome, you had vacation and everything was there for you. But the modeling was toughest -- being out in front of people in my underwear was kind of tough!"
Event #43, the $1,500 Buy-In No-Limit Hold’em, gave the 22 year old, Broklyn born Henry Lu his first Gold Bracelet and a healthy cash prize of $654,380 for being the last man standing out of the 2,770 entrants that battled it out for three days. Henry Lu's previous WSOP merits shows a total of $15,558 in winnings from last year's event #54: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em in which he finished at 79th place and the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event #18 that placed him on 56th place. The runner up was UK's Neil Channing who, according to WSOP.com, "barely missed the chance at what would have been his long-awaited first WSOP victory". Mr. Channing's WSOP past dates back all the way to 2001 and shows total WSOP earnings of $768,531.
Thursday night delivered some of the best poker action so far in the 2012 WSOP. It was the No-Limit Hold'em Shootout event that brought on some of the loudest crowds at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in this year's WSOP. UK's Craig McCorkell was the last man standing after the battle. The victory resulted in 2012's first British Gold Bracelet and a healthy bag of money for McCorkell - $368,593.
When only three players remained in the game, the 2004 Pot-Limit Hold'em winner Antonio Esfandiari was holding an estimated 80% of the chips. Then something happened... WSOP.com reporter Nolan Dalla explains the events: "the most stunning turn of events at this year’s WSOP took place when Esfandiari not only lost the chip lead, he was ultimately knocked out of the tournament. All it took were three brutal hands for “the Magician” to completely disappear from the ESPN Main Stage".
Esfandiari went all-in with a pocket of 9's facing Jeremiah Fitzpatrick's pocket 7's. The flop showed a 7 and Fitzpatrick, who's best WSOP record shows a 102nd placement in 2009's No Limit Hold'em event 11, terminated Esfandiari. Fitzpatrick was in a great position for the Gold Bracelet.
Thirty minutes into the heads-up between Fitzpatrick and McCorkell, the chips had turned to McCorkell's favour. The final hand gave McCorkell the bracelet with a pair of eights. Nolan Dalla describes the last hand of event 36 as "Oddly enough, the final board was an inappropriately anti-climatic swan song of a thrilling final table that included nine full hours of ecstasy, tragedy, jubilation, and heartbreak".
The winner of event #34, Naoya Kihara took his nation's first ever WSOP Gold Bracelet last night when he won the Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha event and won $512,029 in prize money.
The 30 year old Japanease player made his WSOP debut in last year's WSOP where he managed to get in the money by finishing 653rd in event #58 which gave him $19,359. The former school teacher turned poker pro is mostly playing online poker but according to WSOP.com Kihara now "hopes to travel around the world and play in more live tournaments with this victory".
At the final table in event #34, Kihara was accompanied by two former Gold Bracelet winners; the 2008 Pot-Limit Hold'em winner Davidi Kitai (finished at 5th) and the No-Limit Hold'em winner of 2010 Jason DeWitt (finished at 8th). The runner-up was Chris De Maci who's WSOP record shows a 12th placement in 2005's Hold'em event #9.
As for the future, Kihara is hoping to get an online sponshorship deal but also, according to WSOP.com, to "become a poker ambassador in his home country, as well as throughout Asia".
In Doyle Brunson's latest blog "You Only Live once. If you work it right, once is enough" the 78-year-old poker legend writes about his good old friend Amarillo Slim, who passed away last month at the age of 83. Brunson writes, for example, about the phone call he made to Amarillo Slim when he was in a hospice and when the two of them traveled the US looking for poker games to take part in.
Below is the full version of Doyle's blog "You Only Live once. If you work it right, once is enough".
In a recent interview with QuadJack's Poker Radio, Phil Hellmuth, 11-time WSOP Bracelet winner, talked about the drug addiction many famous poker players have/have had.
"There's a drug, I don't know the name of it, but it's something like speed. I'm talking about a really heavy drug. Many poker players have taken this drug in the past 10 years. Almost all players who took this drug has won 1 or 2 million dollars over a 6-8 month period. But then the effect of the drug stopped working, which left many of them with a drug addiction. I smoked weed about 25 years ago or something like that. But I'm not a person who's into drugs at all."
World Series of Poker bracelet winner Todd "Dan Druff" Witteles has launched a site dedicated to keep cheaters and fraudsters away from the poker community. The site features a blog from Witteles and a forum where poker players can discuss poker cheaters and how to avoid them. Also, there will be a radio show on the site in the near future.
"Why did I start this site? Because I love the game of poker. And because I hate what the scumbags and criminals are doing to it. Prior to the "boom" of 2003, the poker community was small and close-knit. Cheating was localized to a few people engaging in collusion or other small-time scams. Times have changed. Poker has become big business, and the massive amount of money involved has attracted many bottom-feeders of our society," Wittleles writes on his site.
The Russian poker community has lost one of its greatest players as poker pro Nikolay Evdakov passed away on Monday this week. He died at the age of only 47 and no reason to his sudden death has been given.
Evdakov made a name for himself in the poker world during the 2008 World Series of Poker when he beat the most cashes during one WSOP record. In total, he cashed in 10 events and his best result was a 14th place in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha event. Last year he reached the quarter finals in the WSOP $25k NLH heads-up event, and the year before that he finished 9th in the World Poker Tour Final.
The funeral of Nikolay Evdakov will be held in his hometown next Wednesday. Rest in peace!
Ben Lamb had a fantastic 2011 with not less than 5 big cashes at the World Series of Poker. A few days ago he was also given the prestigious Player Of The Year title by one of the most popular poker magazines in the world. In total, Ben Lamb has $6,575,016 in lifetime tournament winnings - of which $5,352,970 comes from the 2011 World Series of Poker. In other words, it wasn't a big surprise that he was among the favorites to take home the title.
Today an intensive tournament period begins in the capital of Czech Republic, Prague. For 11 days World Poker Tour, European Poker Tour and GSOP Live will be played, and lots of pros are expected to take part.
First out is Day 1a of the WPT Prag main event. The buy-in is €3500 and the tournament is a multi entry tournament, which means that players that get knocked out during Day 1a can enter Day 1b as well. Hopefully this will give the tournament a nice prize pool.
On Monday, the same day as the WPT final table will be played, PokerStars EPT Prag will kick off and be played till Saturday. And during EPT also GSOP Live will begin. GSOP Live will continue until December 11th.