Thursday, January 29, 2009

ESPN Stars World Series Of Poker Europe Broadcasts Sunday, by Earl Burton - Poker News Daily - 29th January 2009

While some may be distracted with the activities of Super Bowl Sunday, poker fans will also have plenty to be excited about. Fresh from the ratings success that their Las Vegas World Series broadcasts earned through last summer and fall, ESPN will begin their first ever broadcast of the 2008 World Series of Poker Europe, held at the Casino at the Empire in Leicester Square, London.

While the Super Bowl plays out, ESPN will put up the first four hours of the planned eight hours of WSOPE broadcasting beginning at 6PM Eastern Time. After the first four episodes have run, ESPN sister station ESPN2 will rebroadcast the first two episodes at 10PM and 11PM. ESPN will also continue to feature the broadcast team of Lon McEachern and Norman Chad with the commentary of the action.

The tournament, which was a £10,000 buy in (approximately $20,000 American dollars), was played out for the second time between September 27th and October 1st of last year and drew 362 of the largest names in poker out for the second edition of the event. All were chasing the youngest World Series champion ever, Annette “Annette_15” Obrestad, whose victory at just one day short of nineteen in the 2007 tournament is a record that should stand for some time. In addition to battling each other, there was £3,620,000 in prize money at stake - with £868,800 going to the winner - and the prestigious World Series of Poker bracelet.

As with their broadcasting of the Las Vegas World Series, ESPN breaks down the episodes by what day they were played. In the first episode at 6PM Sunday, Day 1A features former World Champions Phil Hellmuth and Joe Hachem, with other “celebrity” players such as Australian cricket player Shane Warne. The true draw of this hour, though, is the running battle between two of Full Tilt Poker’s best professionals in Phil Ivey and Mike Matusow.

Hour Two is dedicated to Day 1B and the start of Obrestad’s run for a second title. ESPN will focus on how she went from playing online to sitting at the table with some of the most skilled players in the game during this time. Others who will also be featured on the broadcast will be World Champions Doyle Brunson and Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, along with Howard Lederer, Phil “The Unabomber” Laak and Antonio Esfandiari.

After these first two hours, the field will be whittled down to the 179 players that survived the action last fall. The next two hours of play will take the viewers all the way to the top 36 players, who earned a minimum of £50,000 for their time on the felt. Featured during the final two hours will be such players as Daniel Negreanu, David “The DevilFish” Ulliot, Vicky Coren and Andy Bloch. This two hour segment will also feature the runs of two of the top online players in the game as Justin “Boosted J” Smith and Chris “Moorman1” Moorman get airtime.

By the time ESPN has finished the eight hour long episodes, a champion will be crowned in one of the most grueling final tables in poker history. Be sure to watch how it all started with ESPN’s historic broadcast of the World Series of Poker Europe starting this Sunday at 6PM Eastern. (Credit: Poker News Daily)

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

2009 World Series of Poker Schedule Features $40,000 No Limit Event, by Dan Cypra - Poker News Daily - 26th January 2009

On Monday, the lineup of the 2009 World Series of Poker (WSOP) schedule was unveiled by Harrah’s. Participants at the 2009 WSOP will be able to partake in a $40,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament, the second richest tournament on this year’s slate of events. A total of 57 bracelet events will make up the festivities, up two from 2008. One major change involved the elimination of all five rebuy tournaments that were held last year.

Event #4 of the 2009 WSOP will see Harrah’s officials offer a “special stimulus” event, a $1,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament that is numbered 4A and 4B. On the other end of the buy-in scale are $10,000 World Championship tournaments. A total of 10 of them will play out in 2009, up from eight in 2008. There are also 39 events with buy-ins of $2,500 or below, up from 37 last year. In total, this year’s 40th WSOP lineup will promise viewers who watch the action unfold on ESPN a wider assortment of poker tournaments.

In addition, the final table of the Main Event will once again be delayed until November. This time, the action picks up on November 7th and a winner will be crowned three days later. The finale, featuring the November Nine may air on ESPN on Tuesday, November 10th after the event concludes from the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. No official television schedule has been announced.

Last year’s WSOP slate of events shattered several records, including the most number of total tournament entrants at 58,720, the most total number of countries represented at 124, and the largest cumulative prize pool at over $180 million. Peter Eastgate, the winner of the $10,000 buy-in Main Event, became the youngest winner ever of the feature tournament at age 22, shattering Phil Hellmuth’s standing record of 24. Here is a look at what players have to look forward to in Las Vegas this year:

May 27, 2009
Casino Employees No Limit Hold’em, $500

May 28, 2009
40th Annual No Limit Hold’em, $40,000

May 29, 2009
Omaha High-Low Split Eight or Better, $1,500

May 30, 2009
No Limit Hold’em, $1,000

May 31, 2009
No Limit Hold’em, $1,000

June 1, 2009
Pot Limit Omaha, $1,500
World Championship Seven Card Stud, $10,000

June 2, 2009
No Limit Hold’em, $1,500
2-7 Draw Lowball No Limit, $2,500

June 3, 2009
No Limit Hold’em Six-Handed, $1,500
Pot Limit Holdem/Omaha, $2,500

June 4, 2009
No Limit Hold’em, $2,000
World Championship Mixed Event, $10,000

June 5, 2009
No Limit Hold’em, $2,500
Limit Hold’em Six-Handed, $2,500

June 6, 2009
No Limit Hold’em, $5,000
Seven Card Stud, $1,500

June 7, 2009
Ladies No Limit Hold’em World Championship, $1,000
World Championship Omaha High-Low Split Eight or Better, $10,000

June 8, 2009
No Limit Hold’em Six-Handed, $2,500
Pot Limit Hold’em, $1,500

June 9, 2009
HORSE, $3.000

June 10, 2009
No Limit Hold’em Shootout (1,000 player maximum), $1,500
World Championship 2-7 Draw Lowball No-Limit, $10,000

June 11, 2009
No Limit Hold’em, $1,500
Omaha/Seven Card Stud High-Low Split Eight or Better, $2,500

June 12, 2009
Limit Hold’em, $1,500
Pot Limit Omaha High-Low Split Eight or Better, $5,000

June 13, 2009
No Limit Hold’em, $1,500
World Championship Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em (256 player maximum), $10,000

June 14, 2009
Pot Limit Omaha, $2,500
HORSE, $1,500

June 15, 2009
No Limit Hold’em, $2,000
World Championship Limit Hold’em, $10,000

June 16, 2009
No Limit Hold’em, $1,500

June 17, 2009
Pot Limit Omaha, $5,000

June 18, 2009
No Limit Hold’em, $2,000
World Championship Seven Card Stud High-Low Split Eight or Better, $10,000

June 19, 2009
Limit Hold’em, $2,000

June 20, 2009
No Limit Hold’em, $1,500
World Championship Pot Limit Omaha, $10,000

June 21, 2009
No Limit Hold’em Shootout (1,000 player maximum), $5,000
Mixed Event, $2,500

June 22, 2009
Seniors No Limit Hold’em World Championship, $1,000
Seven Card Razz, $2,500

June 23, 2009
World Championship Pot Limit Hold’em, $10,000
Omaha High-Low Split Eight or Better, $2,500

June 24, 2009
Mixed Hold’em (Limit and No Limit), $2,500

June 25, 2009
Pot Limit Omaha High-Low Split Eight or Better, $1,500

June 26, 2009
World Championship HORSE, $50,000
Limit Hold’em Shootout (1,000 player maximum), $1,500

June 27, 2009
No Limit Hold’em, $1,500

June 28, 2009
Triple Chance No Limit Hold’em, $3,000
Seven Card Stud High-Low Split Eight or Better, $1,500

June 29, 2009
No Limit Hold’em, $1,500
2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Limit, $2,500

June 30, 2009
No Limit Hold’em Six-Handed, $5,000

July 2, 2009
Ante Up For Africa Charity Event, $5,000

July 3, 2009
World Championship No Limit Hold’em Day 1A

July 4, 2009
World Championship No Limit Hold’em Day 1B

July 5, 2009
World Championship No Limit Hold’em Day 1C

July 6, 2009
World Championship No Limit Hold’em Day 1D

November 7-10, 2009
World Championship No Limit Hold’em Final Table (Credit: Poker News Daily)

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Long-awaited WSOP schedule finally released

LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- The 40th annual World Series of Poker® (WSOP®) -- a set of poker tournaments open to anyone 21 years of age or older -- will commence Wednesday, May 27 with the first of 57 gold bracelet events, and the next day a special $40,000 buy-in No Limit Hold'em tournament will commemorate the gaming industry's most illustrious event.

The annual poker extravaganza, which dates back to 1970, is televised exclusively on ESPN from the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and consists of a comprehensive slate of the game's most popular variations.

The 40th annual WSOP will conclude with the $10,000 buy-in World Championship No-Limit Hold'em Main Event which begins play Friday, July 3, 2009 and reaches its final table (nine players) on July 15, 2009, at which time play will be halted. The famed tournament's culmination will be held with the "November Nine" from November 7-10, 2009, before a live audience with special primetime coverage from ESPN.

The landmark WSOP comes on the heels of a record year in 2008, when the WSOP generated the most entries ever (58,720) from the most countries ever (124) that competed for the largest prize pool ever ($180,774,427) while awarding 55 championship gold bracelets, globally recognized as the sport's top prize.

Among the highlights of the 2009 schedule:

• 57 gold bracelet events over 50 days.
• A "stimulus special" $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em tournament on the opening weekend, May 30-31, 2009, which is anticipated to draw the largest-ever live tournament field outside the Main Event and offer a prize pool approaching $5,000,000.
• 10 "World Championship" $10,000 buy-in events ("World Championship" refers to tournaments with a buy-in of $10,000 in each of the various disciplines of poker).
• The third annual $50,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. tournament, with an enhanced gold bracelet and the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy awarded to the winner.
• A one-time commemorative gold bracelet event, a $40,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em tournament to help mark the 40th annual WSOP on Thursday, May 28, 2009.
• Seven open $1500 buy-in No Limit Hold'em tournaments, the most popular events in poker.
• The 3rd annual Ante Up For Africa $5,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em celebrity and charity tournament on Thursday, July 2, 2009, (the day before the Main Event begins) featuring the opportunity for anyone age 21 or older to enter and be seated at the same table as A-list celebrities and top poker pros.
• The Ladies Only No-Limit Hold'em World Championship on Sunday, June 7, 2009, featuring a $1,000 buy-in and helping to raise awareness for the Nevada Cancer Institute, the official community relations partner of the World Series of Poker.
• The Seniors Only No-Limit Hold'em World Championship on Monday, June 22, 2009 for all poker enthusiasts 50 years of age or older.
• The return of the "November Nine" where the nine finalists of the Main Event (July 3-15) return to the Rio on November 7-10, 2009 to vie for the multi-million dollar prize and the title of 2009 World Champion of Poker in front of a live audience with special primetime coverage on ESPN.

"Whether you play poker around the kitchen table or consider yourself a professional, you will find a comfortable seat at the 2009 World Series of Poker," said Jeffrey Pollack, commissioner of the World Series of Poker. "This year's schedule offers more variety than ever before and we look forward to welcoming players from around the world to the Rio for our 40th annual extravaganza this summer."

The famed Amazon Room in the Rio Convention Center once again will serve as the center of the poker universe this summer, featuring the same highly popular blueprint as last year.

Gold bracelet tournaments will begin at 12 noon or 5 PM Pacific Time each day, with a maximum of 10-one hour levels being played for the noon starts, while the 5 PM events will play a maximum of 8 one-hour levels. For those fortunate enough to advance past the first day, re-starts for noon bracelet events will begin at 2 PM, and 5 PM tournaments will restart at 3 PM with a maximum of 10 levels being played each day until a champion is crowned.

Pre-registration for the 2009 WSOP will begin in late February on-site at the Main Cage of the Rio in Las Vegas and online through www.worldseriesofpoker.com. Players will be encouraged to register through a streamlined online process in advance of coming to Las Vegas to avoid being shutout of their favorite events. Any foreign entrants who wire transfer monies will receive the exchange rate into U.S. dollars at the time of the wire transfer, thus locking in their exchange rate in advance.

A complete array of satellites, from single-table to mega, will be offered beginning from May 26-July 5, 2009.

Nightly No-Limit Hold'em tournaments will be offered from May 26-July 14 at 7:00 PM and 11:00 PM.

All winners will be required to provide a valid picture ID.

Tax forms will be completed for those with winnings in excess of $5,000 net of event buy-in.

Players without a Tax Identification Number and foreign players from non-tax treaty countries are subject to up to 30% tax withholding.

Harrah's reserves the right to cancel, change or modify the tournament or any tournament event, in part or in whole, without notice.

Complete tournament schedule.

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Friday, January 09, 2009

Poker's place in sports world well deserved, by John G. Brokopf - nwitimes.com - 9th January 2009

Is poker a game or a sport? Even television is confused. The World Series of Poker is a widely viewed component of ESPN programming, yet High Stakes Poker and the World Poker Tour can be seen on GSN, aka The Network for Games.

The definition of sports competition implies physical dexterity, which would exclude poker players. Yet, the combination of skill, strategy, competitive spirit and cerebral input it takes to play the game successfully just may place poker in a sporting category all its own.

Surely there are qualities about tournament poker that are unlike any competition in which you can be involved. The object is to eliminate and win. It engages participants mentally and physically, when you take into account marathon playing sessions over a number of days, even weeks.

Every hand that makes up a poker game or a tournament is a competition all its own with a beginning and an end. There are winners and losers.

It's the combination of those decisions that determine the ultimate decision, but because there are so many strategic layers involved in getting there, the correlation of poker to sports gets complicated.

The mechanics of the game create the tempo for the playing experience. The subtleties, which revolve around timing and decision-making, are what give it life as a sport.

In tournament poker, success seems to feed on success, or better yet, a position of strength.

The bigger stacks of chips, the more daring you can be and the more gambles you can take. The damage created by mistakes is minimized by the cushion you enjoy over your opponents.

Conservative play, or playing with "scared stakes," dilutes the disciplined, tactical behavior required to succeed consistently under tournament conditions. One mistake can spell defeat.

Failure in poker feeds on impulsiveness and desperation. When you are compelled to gamble big on one hand to get back in the game, hoping that luck will be on your side instead of relying on skill and strategy, you set yourself up for defeat.

Waiting for the opportune moments and then striking while the iron is hot gives credence to the genuine philosophy behind winning poker: Patience plus some nerves of steel! (Credit: nwitimes.com)

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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

ESPN to broadcast WSOP Europe - 5th January 2009

PRESS RELEASE

Beginning on Sunday, Feb. 1, ESPN will devote eight original hours of coverage to the World Series of Poker – Europe Main Event from the Casino at the Empire in the heart of downtown London's theater district.

This tournament was among the most grueling and exciting of all of the tournaments played in the WSOP, and attracted an extremely formidable field of 362 top players from Europe, the United States, and around the world. Play took place over a six-day period, with the initial field divided into two starting days, and culminated in a final table which took more than 19 hours to complete. At stake was the first place prize of more than $1.5 million and the highly coveted WSOP – Europe Main Event bracelet.

ESPN's coverage of the World Series of Poker – Europe will begin on Feb. 1 with the first four episodes beginning at 6 p.m. ET, followed by an encore presentation of episodes 1 and 2 on ESPN2 at 10 p.m., co-hosted by Lon McEachern and Norman Chad.

"The intimate look and feel of this tournament is different from other WSOP events we produced in the United States," said Doug White, ESPN senior director of programming and acquisitions.

The cavernous Amazon Room at the Rio in Las Vegas, which housed all of the tournaments held last summer, has given way to a small club where players are seated at tables on two different levels; off in a side room, under the stairs, behind the bar, near the roulette tables, and in front of an ice cream shop.

Thanks to a new innovation called the Mobile Hole Card Camera, for the first time ever, ESPN will be able to show the hole cards from key hands at many of these outer tables in addition to the feature table.

"We believe the Mobile Hold Card Camera will provide fans a great understanding of the overall story behind the tournament, and how the players advanced to the final table," said Jamie Horowitz, ESPN senior sports producer.

The ESPN2 air dates listed below: (ALL TIMES ARE EASTERN)

2/1
10pm Episode #1
11pm Episode #2

2/8
10pm Episode #3
11pm Episode #4

2/15
10pm Episode #5
11pm Episode #6

3/1
10pm Episode #7
11pm Episode #8

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Sunday, January 04, 2009

Using distractions as advantages, by Steve Rosenbloom - Los Angeles Times - 4th January 2009

If you're playing in a typical no-limit hold 'em tournament at your local casino, you don't have to worry about such things as cameras and boom mikes crowding the table.

But if you play in the World Series of Poker, those things can become a factor, and wily pros such as Kirk Morrison will try to exploit them.

In this hand from the 2008 WSOP $10,000-buy-in main event at Las Vegas' Rio Hotel, with blinds at $50-$100, Morrison found K-10 suited on the button. The player in Seat 7, who had beaten Morrison in several earlier hands, open-raised to $350. The cutoff called, as did Morrison.

"I'd call with anything in position," said Morrison, owner of one WSOP bracelet. "I'd call with deuce-6 offsuit in position in this tournament."

The flop came Q-8-7, two hearts, giving Morrison the second-nut flush draw. Seat 7 bet out $650, the cutoff folded, and Morrison called.

"I thought he was strong," Morrison said. "At that point, I thought he had kings, even though I had the king of hearts."

The turn came the 9 of spades, giving Morrison an open-ended straight draw to the jack or the 6 to go with his flush draw. His opponent bet out $1,200.

"That was a scary board," said Morrison, who won more than $2 million when he finished second in the World Poker Tour Championship in 2007. "When he put out $1,200, I thought there was a good chance he might've flopped a set of queens or a set of 8s."

Morrison called. The river came the 4 of hearts, completing Morrison's flush. Seat 7 checked.

Morrison immediately said, "That's me," and he threw out a $5,000 chip.

"With this gentleman, if I take my time, he was capable of laying it down," Morrison said. "So I had to throw it in quickly and look like I was steaming. If I slow down, I don't think I'm going to get a call.

"Plus, there was a boom mike hanging over the top, the cameras were there, and people don't want to be bluffed. I tried to take advantage of all those nuances that don't get written about in books."

The player in Seat 7 said, "I don't think I can lay this hand down." He didn't. He called, then mucked his hand when he saw Morrison's flush.

"You have to decipher different people's mentality," Morrison said. "That kind of thing wouldn't have worked against 70 percent of the field. I wouldn't have gotten a call. He was the kind of guy who, when you have the cameras in there, he wouldn't want to have it shown that he was bluffed. With his personality, if I slow it down, it gives him more time to think. He probably would've made the correct laydown."

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Second-nut flush draw: Holding the second-highest card of a suit that would complete a flush. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

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Saturday, January 03, 2009

Doyle Brunson profile

Poker’s “TEXAS DOLLY”

Among the Immutable Laws of the Universe is the Law of Legends:

In any group, there can be only one First.

In the world of poker, the game that took over America and become the third most watched sport on television, the first has always been and continues to be, the legendary Doyle "Texas Dolly" Brunson.

Brunson, now 73, is the Babe Ruth, the Michael Jordan, and the Arnold Palmer of poker. He virtually invented the phenomenon that is Texas Hold'em. He paved the way for a sport once viewed to be played by only roughnecks and criminals, but is now played by today’s world leaders and top executives.

He was the star of the infamous band of traveling poker sharks, the Texas Rounders. He was the first of the high stakes hotel poker players in Las Vegas introducing his “power poker” to the world. He has won an unprecedented and record ten World Series of Poker events, including the two back-to-back world championships. In addition, he is a best-selling author and in the world of professional poker, he is king.

Doyle learned early on in life, no matter what you’re dealt, anything can be turned into a winning hand. Raised dirt poor in rural Texas, he was a natural athlete who went to college on both a basketball and track scholarships. His NBA career with the then-Minneapolis Lakers ended before it began when he shattered his leg in an accident at the gypsum factory where he was working pre-season. The leg never did heal properly, and to this day, his place at a poker table is easily spotted by the crutch standing nearby.

In order to survive in Texas after the accident, Brunson took up the game that would prove to be his lifeblood, poker. His upbringing and early life as an outsider made him a lifelong observer of people, and his skill at reading faces was his ace in the hole; he got very good, very fast.

But then life took a turn for the worse in 1962 when he was diagnosed with cancer and given a mere three months left in this world. But he called that bluff and the other guy folded, and 40 years later, Brunson is still at the table, and still winning.


Considered the patriarch of modern poker and the person most responsible for its rise from smoky backrooms to the pop-culture spotlight, Brunson was the leader of the Texas Rounders, a group of men who, in the words of The History Channel, "cleaned Texas dry" playing high-stakes poker in the 1950s and '60s. Outrunning both the law and the hijackers who preyed on winners of illegal big-money card games, he eventually landed in Las Vegas where he became one of the city's earliest tourist attractions: audiences would gather in awe to watch him play.

In 1978, Brunson changed the game of poker forever with his book Super System, a complete guide to Texas Hold'em and other games of poker. Essential reading for everyone from weekend dabblers to high-stakes gamblers, the book remains the bible of poker, the top-selling poker book of all time, still selling 14,000 copies a month. Following the books success, Brunson recently published a sequel, Super System 2, which includes new games, new strategies and insight from not only Brunson himself but also some of the other biggest names in poker today. As well, Brunson has an autobiography, a recently released book specifically on online poker, and the tales of the greatest hands he's ever seen all scheduled to be published in the coming months.

Doyle continues to play at the elite level. Where most poker players’ skills usually deteriorate with age and time, Brunson is sharper than ever still eliminating the competition day in and day out. In 2005, he won both his record 10th WSOP bracelet, and hundreds of thousands more in tournament play.

He is a spokesperson for the online poker website DoylesRoom.com, and writes a syndicated poker column in the London Telegraph. He plays poker every day and often hosts high-stakes Texas Hold'em games that cost $100,000 just to sit down. He'll win, and sometimes lose, $50,000 or more on a single hand. But as he recently told the History Channel, "to be a successful gambler you have to have a complete disregard for money." That and a keen eye for what's happening in the eyes of the other guy.
Most recently, in January 2006, ahead of ESPN, the World Poker Tour, and the rest of the world, BLUFF magazine voted Brunson the #1 most influential force in the world of poker. Despite all these accomplishments, Doyle shows no signs of slowing down. He still has the eye, the nerve and the skill and just in the fall of 2004, won another million-dollar World Poker Tour event at the Bicycle Club in Los Angeles, CA.

Doyle continues to defy the odds and play with the best, but he’ll be the first to tell you, it’s not always what you’re dealt, but how you play the cards.

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Friday, January 02, 2009

History of the WSOP

Since it began in 1970, the World Series of Poker has become the most important poker festival on the planet.

The first Series attracted just seven players and consisted of cash games played across different poker variants. The winner was decided by vote, with the legendary Johnny Moss emerging as the first ever Champion. The format changed in 1971 to the now familiar freezeout tournament structure, a decision that helped make the series more exciting.

As the years went by, the field sizes began to grow, as did the prizes up for grabs. There were also more events added, in a wider range of poker games. The focus of attention however has always been the Main Event. With a $10,000 buy-in that’s remained since day one, the winner is awarded a huge cash prize and crowned World Champion. It’s here that legends of the game have been made, names like Doyle Brunson, Stu Ungar and Johnny Chan.

By 2003, online poker was gaining popularity and PokerStars was about to change the face of the WSOP* forever. After winning his seat via a $39 satellite, amateur player Chris Moneymaker won the Main Event, taking away prize money of $2,500,000. And so began the ‘Moneymaker Effect’, his victory inspiring thousands of other everyday players to try their luck at World Series glory. The following year, PokerStars qualifier Greg Raymer also went on to win the championship, earning prize money of $5,000,000. The result was massive growth, peaking in 2006 when 8,773 players entered the Main Event, generating first place prize money of $12,000,000. With huge fields again in 2007, the World Series shows no sign of slowing down.

PokerStars sends more players to the Main Event than any other site. In fact, since 2002 over 3,600 qualifiers have won a seat via our satellites. For your chance to become part of World Series history in 2008, go to our qualifying page. Read about how members of Team PokerStars Pro and many of our qualifiers have performed at the World Series.

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