Posts Tagged ‘WSOP’

2013 WSOP Schedule Set

by , Nov 29, 2012 | 1:00 pm

The 2013 World Series of Poker will take place May 29 through July 16 at the Rio, tournament officials announced this week.

The slate of individual events still is being finalized, but the tournament is expected to include at least 60 events where the winners earn gold bracelets.

The $10,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em World Championship, often referred to as the Main Event, will be contested over 10 days beginning July 7.

Three starting flights will take place July 7 to 9, with the final table of nine being determined July 16. The nine players will return to the Rio in November to play for the title.

Greg Merson of Laurel, Md., won the 2012 World Series of Poker’s Main Event, earning more than $8.5 million.

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A Hall of Famer’s Lifelong Path through Vegas Poker Rooms

by , Nov 17, 2012 | 10:00 am

Photo: IMPDI / WSOP.com

Eric Drache had one thought when then-Golden Nugget executive Bobby Baldwin suggested he manage the Fremont Street casino’s poker room in the early 1980s.

How long could he last working for Steve Wynn?

Baldwin, the 1978 World Series of Poker champion, thought Drache, who was the annual tournament’s director, could give Wynn’s poker facility a much needed lift.

Drache was perplexed. He was an expert seven-card stud player and had managed the old Silver Bird Casino poker room. But this was big time.

“Are you kidding?” Drache recalled saying. “Steve will fire us within 10 minutes.”

Baldwin and Drache recalled that story last month during a ceremony at the Rio celebrating Drache’s induction into the Poker Hall of Fame.

Drache, 69, joined the late Brian “Sailor” Roberts as the 43rd and 44th members of the Hall of Fame, which is managed by the World Series of Poker.

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WSOP Champ Embarks on New Poker Journey with $8.5M Win

by , Nov 2, 2012 | 10:00 am

Greg Merson cried.

He stood at the poker table at center stage of the Rio’s Penn & Teller Theater, behind stacks of bundled $100 bills that simulated his first-place prize of more than $8.53 million, and let the tears flow.

At age 24, Merson, a professional poker player from Laurel, Md., was at the top of the poker world early Wednesday. He captured the Main Event of the 2012 World Series of Poker, topping a field of 6,598 players.

The final table of nine was a strenuous three-day stretch of poker that began Monday afternoon and included almost 11 straight hours of three-handed, back-and-forth, high-stakes, no-limit hold’em competition from 6 p.m. Tuesday to nearly 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Merson was supported by several hundred family members and friends, including poker standouts Phil Ivey and Jennifer Harmon, as well as text messages and tweets from his close friend, Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Michael Phelps. Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones also expressed his support for Merson via Twitter. Merson wore Jones’ orange-and-black replica jerseys during the poker competition.

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Instapoker

by , Oct 31, 2012 | 10:00 am

Greg Merson wins the 2012 WSOP Main Event
Photo: WSOP.com

Greg Merson from Laurel, MD became the lastest WSOP Main Event Champion after a marathon poker session in the Penn & Teller Theater. The popular east coast grinder began 3-handed play with the chiplead, endured a few beats along the way, but eventually knocked out Jesse Sylvia to earn the title after 13 hours at the table. It was an exhausting evening for all involved but Merson and his supporters were not thinking about it as the final hand played out in the early morning.

WSOP staff changed the November Nine final day format from heads up to 3-handed play a few years ago to insure a decent amount of play on ESPN. Both were probably unprepared for an affair which started in primetime on the east coast but lasted until most other cable channels were well into infomercial time. The chiplead swapped several times throughout, bad beats happened, fortunes change. There were enthusiastic supporters (including his parents) and sleeping observers and class in the end when Merson held back his crowd until he could shake Sylvia’s hand.

Merson is the first player since Chris Ferguson in 2000 to win the WSOP Main Event after winning a bracelet earlier in the same year. He won the $10,000 NLH 6-Handed tournament just a few days before the Main Event kicked off and stayed hot through the Main. Merson picked up $8,531,853 and a pretty sweet bracelet for his efforts. This result also pushed him ahead of WSOP Europe champion Phil Hellmuth to top the 2012 WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard. Not too shabby.

1st Greg Merson – $8,531,853
2nd Jesse Sylvia – $5,295,149
3rd Jake Balsiger – $3,799,073
4th Russell Thomas – $2,851,537
5th Jeremy Ausmus – $2,155,313
6th Andras Koroknai – $1,640,902
7th Michael Esposito – $1,258,040
8th Robert Salaburu – $971,360
9th Steven Gee – $754,798

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Tweet(s) of the Day – There were plenty of Tweets hitting the internet following the crazy long match from congrats to snark.

A Clean Getaway – Lance Bradley wrote this piece about Merson this summer about his recovery from substance abuse and his plans for the future.

Passion for poker ‘saved my life,’ Greg Merson says – Merson’s story is also being told by the mainstream media, this time by his hometown Baltimore Sun this weekend.

Greg Merson: Epic Comeback Spurs World Series of Poker Victory – Even popular, high traffic sports blogs picked up on the story. Most of them because it blasted through ESPN’s scheduled programming but this is a decent article by Bleacher Report.

WSOP 2012: Main Event Champion Greg Merson – Even though ESPN didn’t bother having a decent interview by Kara Scott, PokerNews was able to grab an interview by Kristy Arnett


The WSOP Final Nine – Player Profiles

by , Oct 29, 2012 | 3:26 pm

Jesse Sylvia
Age 24
Las Vegas

43.875 million in chips

Sylvia was down his last 4 million chips on Day 7 when he rallied back into contention. By the time the field was cut from 27 to the final nine, Sylvia, who is originally from Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., jumped into the chip lead. Sylvia will be seated five seats away at the final table from his closest friend and one-time roommate Russell Thomas. The pair sharpened each other’s poker skills. A victory might propel Sylvia in another career; he aspires to move to Los Angeles and get involved in movie making.

Quote: “I always want to be involved in the game. But I am not sure I want to be grinding it out every day 10 years from now. I told myself I will play in the World Series of Poker every year that I can, because it’s so different.”

Andras Koroknai
Age 30
Debrecen, Hungary

29.375 million in chips

Koroknai is the non-American at the final table, and hopes to be the first Hungarian to win the Main Event. He has nearly $2 million in career poker earnings, including a World Poker Tour title in 2010. Koroknai’s road to the final table almost ended early in the tournament when he mistakenly mucked his hand. A ruling from the floor cost him 60,000 in chips but he was able to continue. Koroknai eliminated both the 10th and 11th place finishers, who also happened to be the tournament’s last women.

Quote: “When I sit down at the table, I don’t care if it’s a male or female player. Everybody is equal and everybody wants to win.”

Greg Merson
Age 24
Laurel, Md.

28.275 million in chips

Merson will be playing for more than just the Main Event’s gold bracelet and $8.5 million payday. A victory will also ensure Merson of the 2012 World Series of Poker Player of the Year crown. Merson cashed in four events at this year’s tournament, earning his first gold bracelet when he won the $10,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em/Six Handed event. He collected $1.1 million for the win and affirmed that his life was back on track. Merson said he struggled with addiction over the past few years but is now clean and sober.

Quote: “I thought I had my s**t together. I let the poker lifestyle get the best of me. I worked really hard to get all the way back to the highest games again. I definitely have a way more positive mindset about everything.”

Russell Thomas
Age 24
Hartford, Conn.

24.8 million in chips

Thomas began playing poker while attending Temple University. After earning a degree in actuary science, he went to work as an actuary at Aetna Insurance, a job he is now on leave from until the Main Event concludes. Poker may soon become his full time profession. Prior to the Main Event, Thomas had earned $126,796 at the World Series of Poker, finishing as high as fifth in a six-handed no-limit hold’em event in 2010.

Quote: “To be an actuary, you have to pass a bunch of exams. One of them was called probability. I have studied probability pretty intensively. The math helps, but it doesn’t correlate as much as people think. Playing poker makes you better at poker.”

Steven Gee
Age 57
Sacramento, Calif.

16.86 million in chips

Gee is the only member of the final table who won an individual event championship bracelet before this year. In 2010, Gee won a $1,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em event to earn $472,479, topping a field of more than 3,000 players. Before the 2012 Main Event, Gee had cashed in three other World Series of Poker events, finishing no higher than 201st. Gee left his job as a manager of software projects for the California Public Employees Retirement System a few years ago to play poker full time.

Quote: “Every single day (during the Main Event), I never thought I’d make it to the next day. This summer, I don’t think I played as well as I did in the past. But I just got more lucky breaks.”

Michael Esposito
Age 44
Seaford, N.Y.

16.26 million in chips

Esposito calls himself “a true amateur,” someone who only plays poker a few times a year. He’s cashed twice at the World Series of Poker, in 2006 and 2009, earning $24,934. His best finish was 540th place at the Main Event in 2006. A New York-based commodity broker, Esposito competes in triathlons. He said discipline is a character trait that helps him compete in both triathlons and poker.

Quote: “The money is more important than the bracelet. I’m hoping this (winning the Main Event) can get me in the Ironman World Championship (triathlon).”

Robert Salaburu
Age 27
San Antonio

15.155 million in chips

Salaburu has playing professionally since graduating high school, although the 2012 Main Event will be his first cash at the World Series of Poker. Salaburu found early success in online poker and cash game on the Southern poker circuit. Before this year, Salaburu would attend the World Series of Poker, but limited events, favoring the cash game tables. Salaburu sought advice from British poker player Stephen Chidwick, who was on hand to rail Salaburu during the late stages of the Main Event.

Quote: “I have never been good at reporting to people and taking orders from people, so I had to figure out something in a hurry. I guess I just kind of stuck with what I knew.”

Jacob Balsiger
Age 21
Tempe, Ariz.

13.115 million in chips

A victory by Balsiger means he would eclipse 2009 champion Joe Cada as the youngest Main Event champion in World Series of Poker history. Balsiger is a senior majoring in political science at Arizona State University and used to play online poker to supplement his income. He cashed in a $1,500 buy-in no limit hold’em event early at the World Series, finishing 100th and earning $3,531.

Quote: “To be honest, I entered the Main Event expecting to hopefully get some kind of cash. I end up at the final table. Unbelievable.”

Jeremy Ausmus
Age 33
Las Vegas

9.805 million in chips

One issue that Ausmus had lingering before the final table was resolved earlier this month was exactly when his wife would give birth to their second child. Now, Ausmus, who has 13 World Series of Poker career cashes can concentrate in winning his first gold bracelet. Eight of his career cashes came the summer. Ausmus has eight years of experience at the poker tables and holds a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University.

Quote: “I’m pretty much a full-time player. I’ll probably go to the Bellagio four times a week and play cash games. I have a good balance. My wife gives me a life away from poker and my daughter, too. It’s good to have that break.”

Contact reporter Howard Stutz at hstutz@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3871. Follow @howardstutz on Twitter.
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Poker Hall of Fame to induct Eric Drache and Sailor Roberts

by , Oct 23, 2012 | 1:00 pm

The Poker Hall of Fame will induct Eric Drache and the late Brian “Sailor” Roberts as the organization’s 43rd and 44th members during the final table of the World Series of Poker’s Main Event later this month.

The pair were nominated by the public and voted in by a 36-person panel made up of existing Poker Hall of Famers and members of the media.

Roberts, who died in 1995, won the World Series of Poker’s $10,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em World Championship in 1975. He was best known as a member of poker’s old guard of “Texas Road Gamblers,” along with Hall of Famers Doyle Brunson and the late Amarillo Slim.

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Howard Lederer Re-emerges Just in Time for Fall Classics

by , Oct 11, 2012 | 1:00 pm

Ah, the Las Vegas fall. It’s that time of year when the high temperatures finally drop into the 90s, pool season ends, barbecues begin and we enjoy a brief respite from the melting cars.

But the live poker scene around Las Vegas is starting to heat up again, after the summer break from the WSOP. Three of the big four rooms — Venetian, Bellagio, Caesars — are hosting fall tournaments. And the WSOP Main Event final table returns to the Rio later this month.

Even Howard Lederer made a ballyhooed return to high stakes cash games at Aria and Bellagio this week. He played in Bobby’s Room on Monday, the Ivey Room on Tuesday, and found his way back to Bellagio on Wednesday with a nosebleed crew that included Doyle Brunson, Eli Elezra, Chau Giang, and Nick Schulman. Lederer’s given no indication where he’s headed next, but I imagine he’s a little more than a DOJ seizure away from the .50/$1 game at Bill’s.

I wanted to snap a picture of Lederer when I saw him at Aria, but security threatened to ban anyone who did, and Dan’s not paying me enough to risk arrest or deportation, so … this twitpic posted to 2+2 will have to be good enough.

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South Point Ready to Beta-Test Online Poker by October

by , Aug 9, 2012 | 11:17 am

The South Point could be ready to shuffle up and deal on the Internet sometime this fall.

State gaming regulators Wednesday granted Michael Gaughan’s Las Vegas casino tentative approval to operate an online poker website accessible only within Nevada boundaries.

South Point attorney Steve Harris told the Gaming Control Board in Carson City the technology to run the Internet poker website is in advanced stages of approval by an independent testing laboratory hired by gaming regulators.

If all conditions are met, Harris said the South Point’s website could begin accepting wagers over the Internet on a test basis by October. However, the control board placed several stipulations on the interactive gaming license to ensure all state requirements are met before the website goes live.
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Instapoker

by , Jul 24, 2012 | 11:56 am

As Dan wrote yesterday, the WSOP-Circuit released it’s full 20 event schedule with a few new interesting stops, a switch up for the National Championship, and a very much approved (by myself) sponsor in Southern Comfort. Most of the standard venues are scheduled but they’ve added an event at Foxwoods Mammoth Resort Casino as well as tournaments in Cleveland and Canada.

The final circuit event will once again be held at Harrah’s New Orleans for one last binge of booze-poker-food before the players head to Vegas for the 2013 WSOP. The biggest change seems to be moving the National Championship from Las Vegas to New Orleans. Perhaps this change has something to do with their new sponsor. Southern Comfort was created, and widely consumed, in The Crescent City. Book your travel early and schedule a few days to enjoy the rest of the city outside their tiny casino.


In other news, Absolute Poker’s Brent Beckley was sentenced to 14 months for Black Friday role. Beckley was a co-founder of Absolute Poker and will be going up the Federal creek after pleading guilty to “conspiring to commit bank fraud and wire fraud”. Sooner or later the rest of the indictees will have to pay the piper including Beckley’s half-brother, and UB/AP archvillain, Scott Tom.

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Highlights from the 2012 WSOP – Gary Wise has a nicely detailed look at some of the biggest stories from the WSOP. It seems like it was a month ago (after the post-WSOP coma) but he brings up details lost in the glare of the Main Event. Would have liked to have seen Matt Matros mentioned for his 3rd straight year with a bracelet other than a parenthetical comment.

ROI at the WSOP – Old school blogger, and one of the best with the medium, takes a look at some ROI numbers from the WSOP after a 2+2 post listing how some of the top players fared this summer. Backers beware.

WSOP Photo Blog: A Look Back at the Summer – PokerNews had one of the best photographer teams at the Rio this summer with Joe Giron and Neil Stoddart. They put together a nice photo collection of the top moments of the 2012 WSOP.

What Happens to Poker Without Online Sponsorship? – Last week, PokerListings took a look at the poker environment around the WSOP Main Event now since the big money sponsors are no longer in the building (or in the country in some cases).

The Micros


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Instapoker

by , Jul 19, 2012 | 2:42 pm

The post-WSOP hangovers are mostly sorted out and the poker world keeps on turning. While everyone turned their attention to the Rio Convention Center for 8 solid weeks, it’s now time to look outside the frozen hallways and rooms at the Rio for more action. Tours will start back up, poker rooms will run more festivals, and non-US citizens can go back home to play online poker.

The Heartland Poker Tour is ready to get back to business with their next stop in New Mexico at the awesomely named Route 66 Casino. The World Poker Tour is running events in beautiful Cyprus and less-so North Philly at the Parx Open Poker Classic to kick of their Season XI. Borgata Poker Open and Legends of Poker also just around the corner.

The WSOP dominated the scene for two months but now it’s time to spread the wealth around the world.


We still some housekeeping to do with the November Octo-Nine gang but there are plenty of good resources for information on the players. Check the Link Dump below for a few examples. For the true degerates, there are even some websites willing to take a wager on the outcome. Ladbrokes and Bavado both released their odds and I believe Ladbrokes set the better lines.

Of course these numbers are purely for entertainment value.

Ladbrokes:

Jesse Sylvia – 3/1
Andras Koroknai – 5/1
Greg Merson – 5/1
Russell Thomas – 6/1
Steven Gee – 8/1
Michael Esposito – 8/1
Robert Salaburu – 9/1
Jacob Balsiger – 12/1
Jeremy Ausmus – 16/1

Bovada:

Jesse Sylvia – 3/1
Andras Koroknai – 9/2
Greg Merson – 5/1
Russell Thomas – 6/1
Steven Gee – 9/1
Michael Esposito – 9/1
Robert Salaburu – 10/1
Jacob Balsiger – 10/1
Jeremy Ausmus – 11/1

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Tweet of the Day – Rafa Nadal signs with PokerStars and then pulls out of the 2012 Olympics. Coincidence? (or course it is)

Jesse Sylvia leads the main event final table – Andrew Feldman at ESPN Poker makes my job easier. While I was busy catching up with old friends and the Pai Gow table, he was still in the Amazon Room until the wee hours of the morning writing up information on the November Nine.

2012 World Series of Poker: Retrospective with Nolan Dalla Part I – BLUFF Magazine had a chance to sit down with WSOP Media Director to discuss the the past two months at the Rio. They should milk this interview for all it’s worth, so this is just Part I.

Government Files Fugitive Motion, Seeks Discovery – With Ray Bitar surrounding to the authorities, that leaves Isai Scheinberg sitting by himself with a big target on his chest.

WPT Raw Deal: Tony Dunst on Final Table Dress Codes – Tony Dunst askes whether there should be a dress code for the WPT final tables. As someone who spent the summer watching players wear the same things for days and Sam Trickett show up to a $1,000,000 buy-in tournament wearing a wife-beater and shorts, I would say “hell yes”.


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by , Jul 17, 2012 | 12:18 am

2012 WSOP Main Event Final Table
Photo: WSOP/Jay “WhoJedi” Newnum

Day 7 of the WSOP Main Event began with a lot of promise. While there was not the big time list of names in the final 27 player, there was the possiblity of two female players making into the November Octo-Nine. With 11 players remaining and both Gaelle Baumann and Elisabeth Hille still alive, it looked like one or both could make it.

Unfortunately, Hille was eliminated in 11th and a shortstacked Baumann in 10th even after a double up. Both would have made for a great story for the final table, but we are now left with doing research for a final table without the pop of past Main Events. All remaining players are deserving but we were looking at major history.

More details on the players over the next few days. Until then, here are your 2012 November Octo-Nine.

Jesse Sylvia – 43,875,000
Andras Koroknai – 29,375,000
Gerg Merson – 28,725,000
Russell Thomas – 24,800,000
Steven Gee – 16,860,000
Michael Esposito – 16,260,000
Robert Salaburu – 15,155,000
Jacob Balsiger – 13,115,000
Jeremy Ausmus – 9,805,000


Instapoker

by , Jul 15, 2012 | 2:44 pm

Now when they break a table, it stays broke
Photo: WSOP.com/Jay “WhoJedi” Newnum

It was Moving Day at the WSOP Main Event, where players are already in the money so they work to build a competitive stack or get out of Dodge. While this should have been the top story, a lot of time was spent discussing a player named Jarrett Nash. He had only $3k in tournament winnings on his résumé but was already in the money for the Main Event. He drew all the attention because he never returned to play his Day 5 stack and word quickly spread (thanks to a barely accurate forum post) he was not playing for religious reasons.

Turns out he left his stack around the dinner break on Day 4 after telling the WSOP staff he would not be returning until after 8pm on Day 5, even providing his Total Rewards cards for when he was blinded out. His stack never made it to 8pm so he officially finished in 171st for $44,655. Of course it just took the mere whiff of this for the forum trolls and Twitter jockeys to latch on like pitbulls. Because, according to those “smart folks”, any decision made without looking strictly at your Expected Value is clearly insane.

More information on Mr. Nash below in the Link Dump

The Day 5 stories that should have made the most splash included three former November Niners returning, five female players finishing the day with major chips, actor Kevin Pollak getting knocked out dirty with QQ vs QQ, and Joseph Cheong’s incredible Main Event streak.


Fun Fact: Joseph Cheong’s last 3 WSOP Main Event results are 3rd place in 2010 ($4,130,049), 114th place in 2011 ($54,851), and 116th place in 2012 ($52,718).


Some big names/big stacks in the list of 97 players returning to play on Day 6 include chipleader Kyle Keranen, Gaelle Baumann, Amnon Filippi, Elisabeth Hille, Yuvee Bronshtein, Eric Buchman, Amit Makhija, and Jason Somerville. Play on Day 6 will go five levels or 27 players, which ever takes longer.

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Tweet of the Day

Player Skips WSOP Main Event Day 5 – The gang at CardPlayer caught up with the mysteriously absent Jarrett Nash about his decision to not play Day 5.

Harry Reid and Jon Kyl Agree on Internet Poker Bill – Senators Harry Reid and Jon Kyle reportedly agreed on terms for an online poker bill. Of course that means absolutely nothing until they get off their tails and do something more than talk.

Year of the Woman Continues at the WSOP – BJ Nemeth takes a look at the Year of the Woman for 2012 and lists the Last Woman Standing in the Main Event during the Moneymaker era.

2012 WSOP: Brokedown Palace – I have been remiss in my linking up the great work Brad “Otis” Willis and Stephen Bartley have been doing over on the PokerStarsBlog. The latest gem takes a look at how the Rio Convention Center becomes a ghost town as the Main Event moves along.

Explain This: Amanda Leatherman – Everybody loves Amanda, and now Lynn Gilmartin of PokerNews gets the inside scoop on some of her interesting Twitter/Facebook pictures. Not remotely WSOP related.


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by , Jul 14, 2012 | 12:27 pm

2012 World Series of Poker Main Event Bracelet
Photo: WSOP.com/Jay “WhoJedi” Newnum

The bubble didn’t burst on Day 4, it blew apart. What is generally a long process of going hand-for-hand nearing the money, yesterday saw a dramatic one hand of crazy to get the field into the money from 669 players. After preaching from the WSOP bible about the how thing would go, Jack Effel sent the dealers off to deal one hand. And one hand only.

It took a few minutes for them to get rolling, but there were soon five all-in and calls across the 75 remaining tables. All were huge hands involving either Aces or Kings, produced two suckouts (AK over AA, 55 over KK), and the Main Event had four eliminations on the first hand. Once in the money, players kicked off a steady stream of shortstacks getting them in and walking out. But things continued to get interesting after the first break.

After the players returned, there was a little delay to restart the action which turned into a longer pause until finally Effel sent the players off for an early dinner break. There were murmurs and rumors and speculation about what happened, most of it surrounding a possible mixup in the payouts and open seats.

In the end we were told it was nothing and they just wanted to double check, better to be sure than to find out later they paid out wrong. Crazy bubble action, extended break, and possible payout issues. All the crazy you could think of until someone accidentally fired off pepper spray in the Amazon Room. Was not a boring day.

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Day 4 ended with Paul Volpe (from scenic and mostly drunken West Chester, PA) finished with 2,750,000 and the chip lead. An impressive number considering he lost a 1,000,000 coin flip near the end of the day. Other big names near the top of the leaderboard include Kyle Bowker, Leo Wolpert, Vanessa Selbst, Erik Cajelais, plus former November Niners Eric Buchman and Joseph Cheong.

Full WSOP Day 5 Chip Counts

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Tweet of the Day – Great picture by WhoJedi on the WSOP twitter feed and he managed to come up with the funny part all on his own.


Half Man Half Superman – PokerPlayer.co.uk sat down with Patrik Antonius who opened up about the nosebleed cash games, Full Tilt fallout, and something about Buddha.

Rampaging Chimpanzees Escape Lee Watkinson’s House – Sad and bizarre story about two chimps rescued by WSOP bracelet winner Lee Watkinson, escaped and went tearing through Vegas with one being shot by police.

Vancouver Canuck Eliminated – Professional hockey goalie Roberto Luongo, reportedly tough to hit with a puck, played in his first WSOP Main Event and finished 634th out of 6,598. That leaves actor Kevin Pollak as the last celebrity standing, unless one of the three DID NOT REPORT players on the leaderboard are running in stealth mode.

BLUFF Challenge Sorel Mizzi Vs. Gavin Smith – BLUFF put two Canadians together for a little ball hockey in the Rio halls. Unsure if alcohol was involved.


Instapoker

by , Jul 13, 2012 | 11:53 am

Last table standing in the Pavilion Room
Photo: WSOP.com/Jay “WhoJedi” Newnum

It’s finally time for the money day at the WSOP Main Event. 666 players are going to be happy, the 667th player out is going to be disappointed, the 668th player is going to be crushed. It’s become a tradition to easy the pain of the player going out short of the money by giving them a buy-in to next year’s Main. This is all very nice but it really just creates another bubble for the player who bubble’s the bubble. Perhaps there will be some trickle down in the future, give that guy a hearty handshake and a case of Ripple.

All 720 remaining players on Day 4 will be sitting in the Amazon Room and things will go smoothly enough until they approach the magic number. Then the pace of play will grind down to a crawl, media will be banished to the sidelines, and players will still inexplicably stall during hand-for-hand action.

But after the field is in the money, we’ll hear a steady call of “Payout Table XXX” while the shorty survivors dump in their last few chips.

David D’Alesandro will start as the Day 4 chip leader with 1,100,000 followed by Sean Rice, Jacob Balsiger, and Leo Wolpert as the only other players over a million. Other notables near the top include Paul Volpe (820,000), Vanessa Selbst (814,000), Sorel Mizzi (738,000), Vivek Rajkumar (678,000), and Jason Somerville (637,000). WSOP has the rest o the starting Day 4 chip counts.

Interesting side note from yesterday’s action. With Ben Lamb’s elimination from the Main Event, he became the first WSOP Player of the Year to not cash in a WSOP event the year after winning the title. Lamb is a cash game lover and only played in a handful of events this summer.

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Tweet of the Day – You just can’t make this stuff up. At least you know the producers of Millionaire aren’t recycling every question on their show.


Poker star’s divorce case fuels Nevada Supreme Court arguments – Phil Ivey is back in the news, but this time it’s the Washington Post and has nothing to do with his game at the tables. His messy divorce hit the Nevada Supreme Court this week with talk of improper campaign contributions and free speech.

Ryan Eriquezzo Wins WSOP National Championship – It’s been an interesting week for Eriquezzo, but he finished it off by capturing the WSOP National Championship in front of friends, family, and the ESPN cameras.

Biggest Hands from Week 6 – Chad Holloway takes a look at some of the biggest hands over the last week, spread across different event and various games including Terry Grimes who shipped his chips in on the last hand of the night. Right into Aces.

Nevada Gambling Revenue Sees Sharp Decline In May – Things were not all shiny in Nevada this spring as Nevada’s gaming revenue dropped a huge 10% in May based on year-over-year comparisons. Julio Rodriquez at CardPlayer has the details.

BLUFF Main Event Trivia – I’m only including this BLUFF Trivia video because I was off to the side trying to 1) make WhoJedi laugh and 2) feeding him the answers. Surprised you can’t hear me signing the Jerry Yang song in the background.


Instapoker

by , Jul 11, 2012 | 11:01 am

Esfandiari Hugs His Cash
Photo: WSOP.com

I like numbers, finding comfort with a screen full of bits and bytes waiting to be put to work. Before I was dragged into the world of a professional shill, it was a big part of my former job. I decided to take a look at some numbers produced during the 2012 WSOP to see where all the player money was distributed from start to finish. How much from each buy-in was withheld for entry fees, tournament staff, and ultimately back to the players in the prizepool.

The numbers below do not include the Doubles Event, National Championship, Bracelet Bounty, or Daily Deepstack tournaments. The Big One for One Drop is listed and included in the prizepool numbers but it was juice-free except for the $5,333,328 raised for charity*. I know someone on the forums has probably already gone through this process, but I can’t be bothered to find and then double check them.

Fun fact: The WSOP withheld $3,958,800 from the Main Event buy-ins for entry fees/tournament staff, that is more than 3rd place will make. (h/t BJ Nemeth)

Standard WSOP Juice:

$500 to $1,500 events – 7.0% for entry fees, 3.0% for tournament staff
$2,500 and $3,000 events – 6.3% for entry fees, 2.7% for tournament staff
$5,000 and $10,000 events – 4.2% for entry fees, 1.8% for tournament staff
$50,000 Players Championship – 2.8% for entry fees, 1.2% for tournament staff

Buy-in Breakdown:

Total Players: 74,763
Total Buy-in: $242,526,000
Total Prizepool: $222,023,267
Total Entry Fees: $10,610,236
Total Tournament Staff: $4,559,169

* $5,333,328 discrepancy due to One Drop Charity contribution.

Is there something else you’d like to see from the numbers, leave a comment. More math porn after the jump.

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