Posts Tagged ‘wsop-2010’

Much Ado About Twitter

by , Nov 6, 2010 | 12:43 pm

Just as a quick heads-up, there will be a LOT of twittering between Dan and myself today. If you dont know the accounts by now, be sure to follow @Pokerati and @Mark_Gahagan for up to the minute updates from the Pokerati crew.

Full Tilt Patch Issues Resolved(?)

by , | 12:04 pm

Looks like they’ve taken care of the patch problem over at full tilt. Ty Stewart was on the verge of blowing up at the media in last week’s conference call when he was bombarded by questions, but now it seems that the people at FTP have found a good workaround:

Full Tilt Patches

  • Michael Mizrachi
  • John Dolan
  • Joseph Cheong

Cardrunners Patches

  • Matt Jarvis
  • John Racener
  • Filippo Candio

Poker After Dark Patches(!)

  • Soi Nguyen

That last one I did not expect. Poker After Dark is so obviously connected with Full Tilt its nauseating, and as for Cardrunners, well, its a lot more separate than PAD, but, its also close enough. Harrah’s hasn’t done anything yet, but the cards having gone in the air just yet.

WSOP Conference Call Thoughts

Full Tilt Poker patching, ESPN live stream, Mizrachi tax issues are big topics

by , Oct 27, 2010 | 12:08 pm

So there was a media conference call this morning and there were some interesting things to come out of the call:

  • The pseudo-live coverage of the final table will be on ESPN3, which means if your ISP does not provide it (or you live outside the US) then its fairly likely you will not be able to watch the proceedings short of proxies/other hackery. Obviously it will not have hole cards (Ty mentioned that Nevada is more “conservative” than Europe in that regard), but it will have community cards and a video stream.
  • James Hartigan will provide the play-by-play and pros will provide additional commentary (which means, basically, they are doing a very similar format to the EPT Live coverage, right down to the commentators).
  • Mizrachi is on a lot of poker media member’s minds: including his tax issues. ESPN noted that while they are talking about it, but its not a big part and they are dealing with the “Year of the Mizrachis” angle, at least they had been until the final table.
  • Some of the storylines of the final table: youth of the table + the experience of the players + the international flavor of the FT (even if the majority of players are American, some players were born elsewhere).
  • The WSOP and ESPN are definitely enforcing the 3 player patch rule. Players were informed about the rule and they understand the situation. (One thing that didn’t get asked in the call was if players would essentially be able to swap patches with a non-patched player if a patched player is eliminated.)
  • Walk-on music will combine with other aspects that will give the final table a more choreographed feel. (As Ty Stewart put it: “More pomp and circumstances this year.”)
  • Changes to the Penn + Teller Theater: More seats to the public, fewer seats to friends and family.
  • Editing the final table is pretty much a non-stop endeavor, and they actually record voiceovers for more hands than actually get shown depending on how the story of the final table plays out. Voicing gets finished while the 1st hour of the final table coverage is already on the air.
  • The NGC, Harrah’s, and federal regulators feel like online poker is illegal, according to Ty Stewart (but for some reason have no problem taking ad dollars from said people).

Some pretty important topics were addressed (how ESPN is going to deal with Mizrachi’s tax problems, how FTP is going to deal with its push to actually get a main event champ in the stable, etc.) and as the November Nine gets closer some of these may come more into focus.

(Way) Outside the WSOP – Main Event Day 3

by , Jul 12, 2010 | 7:25 am

Day 3 of the Main Event gets underway at 12pm Monday, with over 2,500 players scheduled to play four levels as they get ever closer to the money bubble at 747 players. For those looking for the table draw, click here. Follow the action over at Also at later today, expect the official announcement of the revamped WSOP Circuit, AP reporter Oskar Garcia has a preview of the changes.

The annual media tournament took place yesterday with Josh Zerkle of With Leather taking down the title. Other notables included Shamus at the Hard Boiled Poker blog in 3rd, defending champion of the WSOP Dream Team Poker event Lana from CardRunners finishing 6th, and Full Tilt Poker blogger AlCantHang in 9th.

(Way) Outside the WSOP – Day 1 Evening Edition

by , May 28, 2010 | 10:28 pm

The first bracelet event, the $500 Casino Employees NL Holdem event drew a field of 721 entrants, with the final 72 hitting the pay window, the winner getting just over $70,000. Although Team Pokerati’s John Harris was unable to take part, Shaun Harris from Las Vegas is the current chip leader (105,200) with about 90 players remaining. At the time of posting, they’re currently at level 9 and play will conclude at the end of level 10 or the final table, whichever comes first.

The $50,000 Players’ Championship drew a smaller than expected field of 116 players. First place will get about $1,560,000. The early chip leader is Daniel “djk123” Kelly (285,000) eliminated Dan Shak. You can follow the action in both events over at, where the full entrant list should be online shortly.

I’ll be back in the morning with the preview of tomorrow’s first 1k NL event, with over 3,000 players registered already. And for those with Twitter, be sure to follow @pokerati, @taopauly, @wsop, and @pokernews_live for updates.

2010 WSOP Europe Schedule announced

by , May 26, 2010 | 3:40 pm

After a lengthy delay, the schedule for the 2010 WSOP Europe, remaining at the Casino at the Empire in London, England was announced this afternoon. There’s five bracelet events being offered (up one from last year). Here’s this year’s schedule:

Event 1 – £2,500 NL Holdem 6-max – September 14-16th
Event 2 – £5,000 Pot Limit Omaha – September 16th-18th
Event 3 – £1,000 NL Holdem – September 17th-21st (This event will have three day 1’s)
Event 4 – £10,000 High Roller Heads-Up NL Holdem Septermber 21st-23rd
Event 5 – £10,000 NL Holdem Main Event – September 23rd-28th (This event will have two day 1’s)

WSOP expands to Africa

Coming to South African casino in October

by , May 3, 2010 | 8:04 am

While the date and location of the 2010 WSOP Europe has not yet been announced, PokerNews is reporting that the World Series of Poker will hold their first tournament at the Emerald Resort and Casino in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa.

An article from the Times Live newspaper in Johannesburg notes that there will be two events will be held during WSOP Africa. The first event is a three-day PLO event, capped at 200 players, with a $1,100 buyin, $300 rebuys and a $400 add-on running from Oct. 24-26. The “main event” will be a $5,000 buy-in NL holdem event from Oct. 27-31, with the field capped at 500 players. No word yet of any television deals or if these will be considered bracelet events, but more details to come over the coming weeks.

UPDATE: According to a conversation PokerNews had with the WSOP, the event is possibly being considered as a WSOP Circuit event, and will definitely NOT be bracelet events.

How YOU* can win a seat into the WSOP Tournament of Champions

* If you’re not in the US

by , Apr 23, 2010 | 11:45 am

The WSOP Tournament of Champions fan balloting has been underway for over a month, and the top 20 players in voting is full of familiar faces. There are two “sponsor’s exemptions” left to fill out the field, and it appears at least one of them will be available through Harrah’s WSOP-branded online poker site unavailable to US players.

The promotion details two ways to get into their TOC qualifier, either by playing in 100 raked pots between April 15th and June 5th or winning one of the nightly $1 satellite tournaments at 20:00 GMT. The winner of the TOC qualifier will receive an additional $5,000 along with airfare for two from the UK, luxury accommodations at a Harrah’s property, and an additional $2,000 for expenses. The full terms and conditions can be found on the next page:


WSOP Announces New TOC Format

Fan ballot to determine spots in million-dollar freeroll

by , Mar 15, 2010 | 8:12 am

The big announcement that the WSOP announced on Twitter over the weekend has now turned up online. The 2010 WSOP Tournament of Champions will have 27 players will meet in June to play for a $1 million prize pool with the winner earning $500,000. The twist for this year is that the public will vote for the remaining field of 20 WSOP bracelet winners. A list of the 521 living bracelet winners is available here , along with the current top 50 in online voting. Voting starts at noon ET March 15 and runs through June 15th at midnight. The other spots have been filled by these players:

Joe Cada – 2009 WSOP ME winner
Barry Shulman – 2009 WSOPE ME winner
Mike Sexton – 2006 WSOP TOC winner
Mike Matusow – 2005 WSOP TOC Winner
Annie Duke – 2004 WSOP TOC Winner
Two sponsor exemptions (the WSOP will announce details on how these seats will be awarded shortly)

The TOC will begin on June 27th at noon, and play down to the final table. Play will then resume July 4th (the day before the WSOP Main Event begins) and play down to a winner. ESPN will film the action to air as a two-hour show on August 3rd. The entire press release is on page 2: