Event Comparisons - WSOP 2012/2013

In these turbulent times in the global poker industry, the WSOP stands out as an critical indicator of poker's current strength. The 2012 World Series was shrouded under the cloud of Black Friday, with many players still disillusioned by the seizure of their online funds. With the advent of legalised online poker in two US states and more progress in prospect, it will be interesting to see whether the entry numbers to the 2013 renewal of the WSOP reflect these external factors.

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36 WSOP Seats Up for Grabs

WSOP.com have announced further details of the promotions that will be available to new sign-ups when the USA real money site goes live. As can be seen from the press release below, WSOP.com are planning an intensive player recruitment drive. Feast your eyes upon these goodies! 

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WSOP.com - Optimism Growing for July Real Money Launch

As May began, rumours began to filter through the online poker world suggesting that WSOP.com would be offering real money online poker to US players before the World Series of Poker began. Unfortunately, this proved to be misguided optimism. Although this expected mini sensation of players flocking to Nevada to play online poker during the WSOP was a false dawn, it does seem likely that WSOP.com will go live at some point this summer. 

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William Hill Poker WSOP Giveaways

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WSOP Event #5 - $2500 Omaha/Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better

The mixed game specialists came to the fore in this first non-hold'em event. David 'Bakes' Baker, Mike 'The Mouth' Matusow and the mercurial Daniel 'KidPoker' Negreanu all enjoyed deep runs, but fell short of the final table. Pokerstars pro George Danzer made it into the final 6, but had to yield to the power of eventual winner Mike Gorodinsky. 

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WSOP Event #4 - $1500 No Limit Hold'em (6 handed)

This event saw deep runs from a number of significant pros. Jonathan Duhamel, Yevgeniy Timoshenko and Grant Hinkle were among those who cashed, but they fell short of the final table. The final six players contained former Main Event winner Joe Cada, who was enjoying one of the best runs of his career since that big win. 

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WSOP Event #3 - $1000 No-Limit Hold'em

This turbulent rebuy event was action-packed and fast-paced. The short starting stacks and fast levelled provoked some aggressive play, so eliminations rolled off with dramatic regularity. In an event that proved to be a minefield for big-name players, Scott Seiver briefly held one of the room's biggest stacks. He fell by the wayside in the end and could only muster 33rd place. 

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WSOP Event #2 - $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em (8 handed)

All-time bracelet record holder Phil Hellmuth made many of the early headlines in this event. He nursed a short-stack heroically, but was unable to make it into the money - falling just three places short. This event that saw deep runs from Brandon Cantu, David Sands, Joe Serock, Angel Guillen, Kyle Julius, Antonio Esfandiaria and Brian Rast.

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WSOP Event #1 - $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'Em

 


The final table convened a few days ago in the The Rio Casino Employees event. No big names were involved here as all players were dealers, floor-people and security workers. 
Bobby Rooney held a strong chip-lead with 10 players remaining, although Allan Kwong was not too far behind.

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