June 30, 2009
Well the American Federal Government will be watching the World Series of Poker a whole lot closer than they would have been that the beginning of the well known live poker tournament.
Players who have been testing their abilities within the various games and styles of poker on offer against some of the biggest names on the poker scene aiming to raise above the rest and get their hands on the large prize money pots and the infamous WSOP Winners Bracelets, something that offers the player respect from any player if they are holding one of these to their name.
Legal officials were investigating into the possibility of poker been a game that is more based on luck than skill, meaning that the game would fall into legal legislation that places a ban on US based players from playing poker online as a form of gambling but this years tournament will give them something else to think about.
This years World Series of Poker tournament has offered a number of players who have successfully mananged to reach their goals, winning tournaments and the bracelets that come with the victory.
A number of players have seen their successes reach an all time high, winning more than one tournament that they have entered into.
History books were having to be updated too with this years World Series of Poker offering a player who was managed to win no less than 3 WSOP winners bracelets, something that hasn’t been done since 1973.
Poker fans all over the world who have been pushing a petition that is de to be passed to the US Government stating their support to keeping online poker legal within the country, showing their examples of their proof that the game requires more skill than luck.
With the tournament still to have tournaments to complete, the possiblity of players further increasing their winnings is extremely high so keeping an eye on the big hitters from this year’s tournament is a definate must.
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June 29, 2009
Winning a World Series of Poker winners bracelet is something that almost every poker player dreams of doing in their time at the tables, happy with taking just one if they could get the opportunity but Jeff Lisandro wasn’t happy with just one, nor was he happy with two instead he entered another tournament and took another victory and WSOP winners bracelet by winning the $2,500 razz event 44.
Backers for the player will have been cheering all the way to the bank with the player betting odds offering a great return as the player was expected to be an underdog and by no means was expected to win his third WSOP bracelet in this years tournament schedule.
Lisandro bypasses a number of known professionals who have taken to the World Series of Poker tournament scene in a bid to build on their tournament cashes in a bid to add more winners bracelets to their collection, many seemingly finding themselves stuck on 2 winners bracelets.
Lisandro took to the tournament alongside 315 other players, all aiming for the same winners spot and the infamous WSOP winners bracelet.
Common opinion for the tournament was that Lisandro managed to make the play look easy, beating out the whole field in a very fast time indeed and making it look easy from the start, something that is almost unspoken of when you look into the standard of players who take to the World Series of Poker tournaments.
Lisandro took a vast lead as the tournament began to reach its climax, holding over 50% of the chips in the tournament when there were 5 players left in the tournament meaning that he was carrying a huge chip lead even at this point.
This latest win places Jeff Lisandro into the history books, being the first player since 1973 to win 3 winners bracelets in one tournament schedule.
June 26, 2009
With the ongoing legal battle between online poker and the US Government still very much alive, players and companies alike have been teaming up to aid the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) in their bid to keep online poker legal within the United States of America.
The Poker Players Alliance is a 1 million strong group of poker players who are joining together to place pressure onto the President of the United States to keep online poker legal within the country.
With many companies and players offering their signatures onto a petition to keep the US poker market legal for online players, their strength has just been multiplied with the new backing of an online poker room.
Pokerstars, the worlds biggest online poker room, with over 20 million members have now added their name to the cause, offering tournaments exclusively for the players who sign the petition that is open to signatures of players who would like to keep online poker legal within the United States.
With this new announcement by the biggest online poker room been made public, its thought that up to half of their player base could be turning their attention to signing the document in order to gain entry into the tournament.
With over 1 million names already on the list and what is thought to be a 1000% increase of names due to the help of Pokerstars, the US Government will certainly have to sit up and listen to the players who are set to take full advantage of their freedom of speech in order to be heard.
Its seeming that states within the country are leaning towards keeping the online gambling game legal within their borders, allowing players to continue to place wagers at online poker sites.
When will this end?
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June 4, 2009
Bodog Poker know exactly how hard it is for some players to be able to play multi table tournaments (MTT’s) due to the time that many of them take, with increasing participation numbers all over the internet.
With the length of time that some tournaments take means that some players are unable to play them due to the time constraints that they require, no player wants to play half of a tournament to have to sit out the remainder of the tournament due to having to do something else, seeing their hard work go to waste as they are blinded out of the game.
Bodog has decided that to cater for all players with their recent promotion, with their qualifer tournament for their $100,000 prize pool tournament been placed as a turbo tournament, with blind levels been increased every 3 minutes of the tournament.
This means that play is fast moving and frequent, keeping players having to think about playing their cards otherwise face been blinded out of the game faster than they would in a regular multi table tournament.
With the increase in game speed comes an increase of poor play and unthought out plays made by the less experienced players in the tournament, with the time that they have to think about their play been reduced by half.
A tournament that offers $100,000 as a prize pool is definitely going to get alot of interest, especially with it been played online, with the accessibility to players from all over the world been as simple as logging onto the computer.
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June 3, 2009
Winning the World Series of Poker Main Event is not something that many poker players can hold their hand up to, with competition been tough to say the very least.
To win the tournament players need skill, ability and a little luck in order to secure the title and to make their name within the poker industry.
With ability been something that the winners of these tournaments don’t lack, the World Series of Poker brand decided that it was about time that the champions of the main event tournaments locked horns and battled it out for the ultimate champion of champions title in the WSOP Champions Invitational.
The tournament isn’t like many other live tournaments which allow any player who can stump up the buy in fees, this tournament was created for the best poker players on the planet. This meant that players had to both of received an invitation to the tournaments and won a World Series of Poker Main Event.
A total of 20 players entered into the tournament that offered a prize that has never been offered before, with the Binion Cup and a fully restored 1970′s corvette stingray convertible.
The names that graced the table were certainly impressive and the talent on show was definitely something that was not to be missed.
Tom McEvoy managed to take the title, beating his opponent Robert Varkonyi out of the title with a higher flush than Varkonyi was holding.
With that McEvoy was then presented the trophy by the World Series of Poker commissioner Jeffery Pollock and Jack Binion.
On receiving the Binion Cup McEvoy joked
This is the first time he [Jack Binion] handed me a trophy instead of money
Tom McEvoy was the 1983 World Series of Poker Main Event winner so he is no stranger to winning tournaments and in his fashion he took this win with a pinch of salt.
The final ten at the final table were big names, consisting of Berry Johnston, Carlos Mortensen, Peter Eastgate, Robert Varkonyi, Tom McEvoy, Huck Seed, Dan Harrington, Phil Hellmuth, Jim Bechtel and Doyle “Texas Dolly” Brunson.
June 2, 2009
With World Series of Poker bracelets giving you the highest respect as a poker player from all of your fellow players, many poker players try desperately to get their hands on one, with this years tournament schedule offering out more than 50 bracelets there is plenty of opportunity for players to get their hands on one of the gold bracelets.
It has become an unwritten law that should a player have won a gold World Series of Poker bracelet, playing against this player should be done with caution and respect as the prize is contested by more than your local poker player from the club around the way, professional players are also gunning to take the prize and the money that comes with it.
With the second World Series of Poker tournament opening as a $40,000 buy in no limit texas hold’em tournament, the expected turn out for the event was set to be a big one due to the increase in hold’em players all over the world.
The tournament boasted a 201 player pool and a total winnings pot of $7.72 million, with professionals and amatuer players locking horns in a bid to be crowned champion of the second event.
37-year-old Russian poker professional Vitaly Lunkin of Moscow managed to take the title and the bracelet after a long an tightly contested tournament which offered spectators a great show, offering over 3 hours of heads up play at the final table between Lunkin and 23-year-old poker professional Isaac Haxton.
Play was drawn to an end as Lunkin looked into this pocket cards to see that he was holding pocket aces, playing them to well as he eliminated Haxton to take the first place and the winnings that came with that title but not without a scare, seeing Haxton turn his cards after an all in call to see that he has a pair of eights but also a diamond flush draw available to him with 2 cards still to fall.
Lunkin was pleased as the cards ran dead, giving Lunkin the title and the first place.
Haxton, 23 from Las Vegas still offered a great show with his varied play from start to finish and with his second place finish finds himself taking home $1.17 million in prize winnings, not a bad return on his $40,000 buy in.
Lunkin thought showed strength throughout the tournament to take the $1.9 million in prize money as well as the much sort after WSOP gold bracelet.
Both players did well at the tables, managing to out play the well known Greg “Fossilman” Raymer, who this year could only place in third place after his 2004 World Series of Poker Main Event victory.
As Raymer moved all in and got the call he revealed his cards to see that he was facing over cards, joking as the flop fell “I kind of wish I had two big cards right now” after seeing 2 face cards and a ten placed onto the board, a turn and river of two red three’s sealed his fate in the tournament, knocking him out in third place, giving him a cash winning of $744,927.
Raymer than stood up from his seat and headed around the corner of the casino floor to take his seat at an invitational tournament that was offered to players who were pasted winners of the main event.
The tournament was the richest tournament that the World Series of Poker has held, with the $40,000 buy in been placed due to this year been the 4oth year that the brand has been offering poker tournaments to players all over the world.
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