Posts Tagged ‘brackets’

Fantasy World Cup (for Poker Players)

Wicked Chops FC Update

by , Jun 24, 2010 | 2:57 am

If you are one of the couple-hundred+ people playing for swag in the Wicked Chops FC World Cup bracket … the real competition is just starting to take shape as the first few groups move to the knockout stage. (Go USA!).

Click here to check up on where you stand, click here to see Wicked Chops teaching us the power of WAGs, and click here to check in on Soccerati … which kinda sorta might need someone out there to design us a T-shirt.

World Cup (for Poker Players) Update

Fantasy South Africa Soccer Brackets

by , Jun 7, 2010 | 12:56 am

The BIG event of the summer is about to get underway. No, not the Omaha Hi-Lo Split 8-or-Better World Championship … we’re talking about the World Cup. I’ll just betcha a few poker players are kinda into soccer, or football, or fútbol … whatever you wanna call it (just please not “footie”).

With South Africa 2010 just days away — our sister-site Soccerati has partnered with our poker allies at Wicked Chops for some World Cup bracketology. Together we’ve got “awesome” prizes in store for the winners. What exactly they’ll be … well, just play along, and we’ll tell you what you need to know when you need to know it. (Hint: I still have a few red and yellow cut cards left, which theoretically could work for soccer, too.)

Here’s how you can join in the fun while showing your Euro-friends that, believe it or not, you know your Totti from your Eto’o, and really are a bit more than just an American wanker:

First select which two teams will advance out of each the eight groups. The order you select them – 1st or 2nd – determines where they are placed in the 16-team bracket. Then predict the winner of the 15 bracket matches throughout the Finals. All picks lock with the first kickoff on Friday, June 11, 2010. Good luck!

Get in the action now:

Group: Wicked Chops FC
Password: wickedchops

2010 NHUPC Bracket Pairings

Make Your Picks Here

by , Mar 5, 2010 | 7:48 am

Let the heads-up fun begin. Ali Nejad and Leann Tweeden called out the pairings at Pure in Caesars Palace last night. Here’s a print-outable PDF of the official bracket for the 2010 National Heads-Up Championship, which gets underway today at 1 pm pacific.

Make your own picks via Pokerati’s bracket-tracker to see how our various predictions compare. We’ve got about nine five hours to come up with some sort of contest … a T-shirt is always standard, but I have to admit we’re running low on Pokerati shirts for really-really large men.

Big ups to @JessWelman who kept us posted live on Twitter, and @BarryGreenstein who accidentally sent a private tweet to Phil Ivey for all the public to see. (Gavin Smith plays small-ball; should walk into Ivey’s wheelhouse.)

The matchups are below:


Heads-Up Team Breakdown

by , Mar 3, 2010 | 8:31 pm

We’ll be seeing the brackets for the National Heads-Up Poker Championship soon (drawing party is tomorrow) … and with some help from KevMath, I put together a list of who’s going to be represented at the mini-tables in this made-for-TV event. The list isn’t complete — feel free to let me know if we missed any representatives that are already settled and we’ll update accordingly — but it does give an interesting snapshot of where things stand in the competitive online poker landscape-dot-net circa early 2010.


Full Tilt – 21
PokerStars – 15
UB – 4
Victory Poker – 2
PartyPoker – 2
Doyle’s Room – 1
Bodog – 1
Betfair – 1
Expect – 1
bet365 – 1
Cake (Unabomber Poker) -1
Non-Poker (GoDaddy) -1
Unknown / Undecided / For Sale – 8

Should be interesting to see how at least a few of these unknowns end up. (Darvin Moon, for example, and Jamie Gold.) Click below for a breakdown by player …


National Heads-Up Championship Final Brackets

by , Mar 9, 2009 | 10:30 am

Here’s how it all turned out:

And goodish times had by PokerRoadies and Pokeratizens who competitively made their bracket picks … swag headed various people’s ways. Here’s how it all turned out:

Rank Predictor Score Predicted Final Winner Completed
1 Kornelius 93 Huck Seed 3/6/2009 1:58pm
2 Oscar Chip-PRR 90 Huck Seed 3/6/2009 1:15pm
3 Dan McCarthy (PRR) 87 Huck Seed 3/6/2009 12:50pm
4 nemesis-PRR 82 Huck Seed 3/6/2009 1:36pm
5 PRR- RJ 62 Phil Ivey 3/6/2009 12:34pm
6 DanielReilly-PRR 62 Ted Forrest 3/6/2009 2:18pm
7 Austin Bartlett 60 Chris Ferguson 3/6/2009 1:32pm
8 Poker Shrink 57 Mike Matusow 3/6/2009 1:13pm
9 Johnnyknish3 – PRR 48 Elky 3/6/2009 1:19pm
10 Pajamas PRR 46 John Juanda 3/6/2009 12:28pm


NHUCP Day 1 Wrap-Up

by , Mar 7, 2009 | 1:11 am

I guess the bad beats finally caught up to me … I was near the top of the leaderboard all day, but in the last quadrant got smacked … as did Gavin Smith, via bad beat, who was my pick to win it all. Phil Hellmuth also advanced by suckout to my detriment.

Here are tomorrow’s match-ups:

Don Cheadle vs. Paul Wasicka
Phil Ivey vs. Vanessa Rousso
Scotty Nguyen vs. Ted Forrest
Daniel Negreanu vs. Dario Minieri

Gabe Kaplan vs. John Juanda
Zigmund vs. Elky
Jeffrey Ishbia vs. Phil Hellmuth
Tom Dwan vs. Barry Greenstein

Eli Elezra vs. Erick Lindgren
David Williams vs. Scott Fischman
John Phan vs. Jerry Yang
Sammy Farha vs. Peter Eastgate

Kenny Tran vs. Jennifer Harman
Phil Laak vs. Layne Flack David Oppenheim
Gus Hansen vs. Huck Seed
Glen Chorny vs. Brad Garrett

Click here to see the complete PokerRoad/Pokerati bracket standings after Day 1.

(Mathers is 10th, I’m 26th, TBR is 46th. And even though both Shronk and “Stapes” are both tied for 53rd, overall the PRR forumers are kicking Pokeratizen ass.)

Brad Garret Knocks out Annie Duke

by , Mar 6, 2009 | 6:02 pm

Is he the Orel Hersheiser of 2009? Would be kinda funny since he was the bottom-ranked player by our little ESPN panel of “experts”.

We’ve got some 80 people competing in the PokerRoadRadio/Pokerati bracket game. With half of Round 1 complete, here are the leaders:

Rank Predictor Score Predicted Final Winner
1 Donald “PRR Dogg8808” Clossick 10 Kenny Tran
2 A_Schupick- PRR 10 Tom Dwan
3 zain PPR 10 JC Tran
4 dan michalski 9 Gavin Smith
5 Pajamas PRR 9 John Juanda
6 jamal fellah 9 Gavin Smith
7 Wes Leonard 9 Tom Dwan
8 lisa_loves_ukPRR 9 Daniel Negreanu
9 BMW2000-PRR 9 Mike Matusow
10 Ben Turpen 9 David Pham

NHUPC Field Whittling, Being Whittled

by , | 3:04 pm

Crap, one of my final four picks is already out. Erik Seidel. I so almost went the other way with that one, too.

Otherwise, all is well in my bracket. Got the 4 3 other matches right — Farha d. Cunningham, Eastgate d. Bloch, Lindgren d. Lederer, Elezra d. Chan. Alas, we will not be seeing Gowen vs. Lederer deep, which Ali Nejad reminded us yesterday woulda been great for poker, because it probably woulda been followed on Court TV.

CORRECTION: I guess I changed my pick on Chan vs. Elezra / didn’t go with my gut. Of course Eli was gonna win.

If you wanna follow a little more play-by-play, take your pick:

Flipchip for really good photos.
Audio stuff TK at PokerRoad.

And it’s still not too late to get in on the bracket-picking action … though points scored on matches already started won’t count in the end. We’re doing this with our forum friends at PokerRoad. Show who’s boss.

UPDATE: Yang defeats Gowen! Boo Jerry Yang! Makin’ us rankers eat it!

NHUPC Bracket Pairings

by , | 4:22 am

Here they are, in print-outable PDF format.

UPDATE: Join the fun and see how your predictions compare by filling out a bracket here.

UPDATE 2: With so many people getting in on our bracket action, we’re going to offer a prize to the winner. Not 100 percent sure what it is yet, nor what the rules are for winning — hey, this is kinda new to us — but you can feel pretty confident someone other than myself is getting a Pokerati T-shirt and/or a Pokerati cut card.

P.S. Action is just about to get underway. All players have been through make-up and have been called to the set. Others have complained that it’s starting some 90 minutes later than planned, to which I say, “Clearly you are not very experienced in these televised poker productions, and therefore you don’t stand a chance of winning.”