Updated World Standings

by , Jun 18, 2008 | 4:46 am

As Pokerati’s World Standings for the WSOP take shape, it’s clear that poker is indeed an American game, if not America’s game. And the best players in the world make their home in Nevada (Las Vegas primarily). (No state income tax, baby!) California makes a solid run for the claim of Poker Capitol of the World … but it looks like the Calis are gonna need to dominate in the $50k HORSE and/or Main Event to make a real run at the unofficial title.

Florida, New York, and Texas are clearly the second-tier powerhouse poker nation-states.

New countries to bag their first cashes: Guatemala, Israel, South Africa.

The non-American nation with true poker prowess (not even counting Daniel Negreanu!): Canada. And within the Great White North, it’s a battle between Ontario (Toronto) and British Columbia (Vancouver).

The not-so-expected but also not-so-surprising up-and-comers: Russians.

Scandis: Apparently overrated.

However, mad props to the semi-Scandi Faroe Islands, who booked their second ITM finish of the 2008 WSOP.

Vermont remains the only US state without a WSOP cash.

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7 Comments to “Updated World Standings”

  1. Will

    Alabama is incorrect. Shannon Shorr came in second for over $300,000 in that one event. I am curious where I could get the listing for all Alabamians that cased in the WSOP

  2. DanM

    Dude, not to be a bitch, but Shannon Shorr is now a Las Vegas local, too. Same with Hoyt Corkins.

    That’s why LV kicks so much ass … they end up with the best players from everywhere else.

    In these days of dual residences — not to mention the desire to track Vietnamese, Jews, Texans, etc. — it really would be helpful if WSOP players were given an option to put a secondary residence or place of origin on their registration deets. But we just don’t have that info yet — at least not in a consistent way for all players.. Sorry.

    And while Pokerati reps have been in communication with WSOP officials about this, I’m pretty sure it ain’t gonna happen in 2008 … and even if it did, I wouldn’t be able want to go back and re-track the 2,000 players who have already cashed.

    ***I am curious where I could get the listing for all Alabamians that cased in the WSOP***

    Dude, stop giving away our future plans! We don’t want Bluff or PokerNews to be reading this … otherwise they will figure out before we do how to make it so you can click a state and get those exact results you are looking for!

    i agree that it would be very cool.

  3. Ed

    We can have that for 2009. I promise, Dan…please dont lock me in the closet again.

  4. change100

    A dude from Vermont finally cashed. He even made a final table. Our man from the land of Phish and Ben & Jerry’s is named Shane Stacey, and he’s going to the final table of the $1,500 NLHE tomorrow.

    I would, however, definitely consider Shannon Shorr to be a notch in Alabama’s poker belt, even though he lives in Vegas now. If I were like him and had moved here in the last couple of years, bet your ass I’d still be waving the flag for L.A.

  5. Bill Moos

    South Africa got its first cash and final table last year – 2007 –old fart named Raymond Rahme — ring a bell?

  6. DanM

    Bill, look again … this data is for 2008.

    Change … LA has its own flag?

  7. Kevin Mathers

    I’m sure Dan meant first for South Africa this year. First WSOP cash and final table for a South Africa resident was back in 1990.