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World Series of Poker under way
Philadelphia Daily News ^

Posted on 06/26/2006 8:23:51 AM PDT by frogjerk

LAS VEGAS - The World Series of Poker kicked off the first of 45 events yesterday at the Rio casino-hotel, as defending champ Joseph Hachem faced 26 other elite players for a 2-day, $2 million prize pool Tournament of Champions.

Thousands of players from around the world are expected to come to Las Vegas over the next 2 months before the final table in the $10,000-buy-in main event plays down for the grand prize Aug. 10.

Hachem, a 40-year-old mortgage broker, beat 5,618 players to win the main event last year. This year, organizers say seating will accommodate up to 9,000.


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1 posted on 06/26/2006 8:23:53 AM PDT by frogjerk
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To: CSM; jmc813; Phantom Lord; doubled; Graycliff; Tallguy; Lexington Green; ThinkDifferent; ...

Poker Ping!

Freepmail me if you want on the Poker Ping List.

2 posted on 06/26/2006 8:24:17 AM PDT by frogjerk (LIBERALISM: The perpetual insulting of common sense.)
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To: frogjerk

How's the US team doin'?..........any goals or riots yet?........


3 posted on 06/26/2006 8:26:03 AM PDT by Red Badger (Follow an IROC long enough and sooner or later you will wind up in a trailer park..........)
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To: frogjerk
I wish we had a casino close!
4 posted on 06/26/2006 8:26:52 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto")
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To: frogjerk

Wish I was there, playing.


5 posted on 06/26/2006 8:28:32 AM PDT by rightinthemiddle (Islamic Terrorists, the Mainstream Media and the Democrat Party Have the Same Goals in Iraq.)
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To: frogjerk

Does anyone know when TV coverage will air? I'd like to avoid knowing the winners if it's going to be delayed by days/weeks.


6 posted on 06/26/2006 8:29:51 AM PDT by rightinthemiddle (Islamic Terrorists, the Mainstream Media and the Democrat Party Have the Same Goals in Iraq.)
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To: frogjerk

I checkraise on the turn with a nut flush.


7 posted on 06/26/2006 8:30:19 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran
I know nothing about poker, never having played it...but there's a gal who works in Human Resources for the local paper who last year got to write a "guest essay" about her very first poker tournament.

Since then, she's apparently gotten better and now has her own weekly column, and it's very entertaining even to us ignoramuses.

Her name is Jill Cohen, and I'm sure she's on the women's roster for this tourney.

8 posted on 06/26/2006 8:30:28 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Meep Meep)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran
I wish we had a casino close!

Are you saying you wish you had a casino nearby, or shut it's doors permanently? :-)

9 posted on 06/26/2006 8:30:53 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll. 17,427+ snide replies and counting!)
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To: frogjerk

I'm All In!


10 posted on 06/26/2006 8:31:10 AM PDT by rightinthemiddle (Islamic Terrorists, the Mainstream Media and the Democrat Party Have the Same Goals in Iraq.)
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To: frogjerk
So it's a $10K buyin. Forgive my naivete', when you see these events on TV. It is not uncommon for them to have $1M or more in chips on the table. Are this common folk - a mortgage broker - actually playing these stakes with their own money? Or, are they just playing with chips as a means of keeping "score" to see who stands for the final prize money?

It's hard for me to envision regular Joe's playing no limit poker with hundreds of thousands of dollars. Quite obvious by my questions, this Joe hasn't done it before.
11 posted on 06/26/2006 8:31:18 AM PDT by IamConservative (Who does not trust a man of principle? A man who has none.)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran

http://www.thedesertsun.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060620/UPDATE/60620021/-1/NEWS0101


12 posted on 06/26/2006 8:32:00 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Meep Meep)
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To: Red Badger

Seems the Germans have gotten into the Grolsch and are looking for "Guiness swillers".

Stand by!


13 posted on 06/26/2006 8:32:04 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (But, mom! I need these heat lamps for the basement!)
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To: frogjerk

I would love to see The Sheik, Mattesow, Hellmuth, and Arieh all bust on the first table.

Can't stand those jerks.


14 posted on 06/26/2006 8:33:42 AM PDT by Hammerhead
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To: Tanniker Smith

I'm all in with a high str8 flush, spades, to the ace.


15 posted on 06/26/2006 8:34:01 AM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: IamConservative
...It is not uncommon for them to have $1M or more in chips on the table....

Those are chips given to each player for the tourney.

The only "real" money is the 10K they fork over at first and the prize money they win.

Lots of people don't even have to pony up the 10 grand, they win seats by winning tournaments online.

Others have sponsers pay the fee.

16 posted on 06/26/2006 8:34:47 AM PDT by FReepaholic (Why aren't lawyers ever accused of price gouging?)
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To: ErnBatavia
I play on party poker on line, play money.

I still have 2 bad habits. Getting bored and playing junk and falling in love with a hand that can be beat too easily.
17 posted on 06/26/2006 8:35:51 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto")
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To: IamConservative
Everyone has to buy in. However, some people win contests on on-line poker sites or other card clubs / casinos and get their entry fees payed that way.

The million dollars they are playing with at the end is 10,000 X the 100's of players that have folded before them.

18 posted on 06/26/2006 8:37:01 AM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: IamConservative
It's a one time buy-in and everyone starts with the same amount of chips.

The amount of chips is not necessarily, but can be, the same as the amount of money put up.

19 posted on 06/26/2006 8:38:08 AM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: IamConservative

Each player starts with $10,000 in chips representing their buy-in. As a player runs out of chips, that player is out of the tourney, but the $10,000 remains in the game. Thus, as winning players keep winning, they accumulate a great deal of chips representing actual buy-in Dollars. The winner of the tourney is the one who wins all the chips. Prize amounts are awarded based on final placement and equal a certain percentage of the total buy-in amount, or pot.


20 posted on 06/26/2006 8:38:15 AM PDT by JamesWilson
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To: frogjerk

I've been on tilt ever since I took a bad beat with a gutshot straight.


21 posted on 06/26/2006 8:38:54 AM PDT by edpc
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran
I still have 2 bad habits. Getting bored and playing junk and falling in love with a hand that can be beat too easily.

Wanna play in my regular ring game? ;)

22 posted on 06/26/2006 8:39:14 AM PDT by frogjerk (LIBERALISM: The perpetual insulting of common sense.)
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To: frogjerk

went to a bar in Valdez, AK once.

sign at the bar read:

"Liquor up front...Poker in the rear".

Nuff said.


23 posted on 06/26/2006 8:39:54 AM PDT by Vaquero ("An armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein(the moon is a harsh mistress))
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To: theDentist
LOL
We had a casino, the Alabama-Coushatta tribe.
It must be the only one in the USA that was closed by a Federal Judge bribed by the big boys who run the casinos in
Louisiana.
24 posted on 06/26/2006 8:40:31 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto")
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To: edpc
I've been on tilt ever since I took a bad beat with a gutshot straight.

Was your draw on the turn or on the river?

25 posted on 06/26/2006 8:41:49 AM PDT by frogjerk (LIBERALISM: The perpetual insulting of common sense.)
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To: rightinthemiddle
Does anyone know when TV coverage will air? I'd like to avoid knowing the winners if it's going to be delayed by days/weeks.

Last year TV coverage on ESPN started about a week after the end of the main event, and I think it's the same this year, so look for it mid-August.

26 posted on 06/26/2006 8:42:51 AM PDT by jpl (Victorious warriors win first, then go to war; defeated warriors go to war first, then seek to win.)
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To: Just another Joe

Well, obviously, we're not playing the same hand. So gofur it!


27 posted on 06/26/2006 8:42:58 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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28 posted on 06/26/2006 8:43:25 AM PDT by frogjerk (LIBERALISM: The perpetual insulting of common sense.)
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To: frogjerk

9,000 people? Good golly, it's getting out of control!


29 posted on 06/26/2006 8:44:46 AM PDT by elc
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To: Vaquero
"Liquor up front...Poker in the rear".

Oh, my.

TS
(yeah, that's it. I aint touchin' this with any other comment.)

30 posted on 06/26/2006 8:46:32 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: FReepaholic; IamConservative

One of my buddies was in last year's WPT - he won his entry fee by going to wherever it was about a week early and playing in qualifying tournaments. Didn't have to put down a penny of his own money!

(Mind you, he only made it to the fifth round, but that's five rounds farther than I got.)


31 posted on 06/26/2006 8:46:52 AM PDT by Xenalyte (The wages of sin are death, but after taxes are taken out it's just sort of a tired feeling.)
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To: Hammerhead
I would love to see The Sheik, Mattesow, Hellmuth, and Arieh all bust on the first tI would love to see The Sheik, Mattesow, Hellmuth, and Arieh all bust on the first table

Especially HELMUTH!! His TEN year old antics everytime he losses a hand is priceless to watch!!

32 posted on 06/26/2006 8:47:17 AM PDT by PISANO (We will not tire......We will not falter.......We will NOT FAIL!!! .........GW Bush [Oct 2001])
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To: jpl

Thanks!


33 posted on 06/26/2006 8:47:58 AM PDT by rightinthemiddle (Islamic Terrorists, the Mainstream Media and the Democrat Party Have the Same Goals in Iraq.)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran

I play Poker Stars for play money too. I built up 5 Mil in Hold 'em, and then I started playing Omaha HI/LO 25,000 buy in tournaments. I am up to 11 Mil now. The bad beats you get, and give, are awsome at times.


34 posted on 06/26/2006 8:52:34 AM PDT by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: PISANO

Tony G is right up there with those arrogant bad boy types...They should put on a pay per view boxing match with those guys...


35 posted on 06/26/2006 8:56:21 AM PDT by rolling_stone
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36 posted on 06/26/2006 8:58:59 AM PDT by houeto
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To: IamConservative
So it's a $10K buyin. Forgive my naivete', when you see these events on TV. It is not uncommon for them to have $1M or more in chips on the table. Are this common folk - a mortgage broker - actually playing these stakes with their own money? Or, are they just playing with chips as a means of keeping "score" to see who stands for the final prize money?

Some pro players fork over the 10K from their own money, as do some rich amateurs. But most win seats by either playing satellite or supersatellite tournaments. Satellites are single table tournaments. Ten people each put up 1k and play until one person is left and gets the seat. Supersatellites are big multitable tournaments. They might cost $200 to enter and give away one seat for each 50 players who enter. Traditionally those tournaments are held at the casino, but in recent years there are hundreds (maybe thousands) of online satellites (often multi-level with very small buyins) that produce the huge fields of the last few years. All of the last three winners won their buyins from satellites on pokerstars.com.

37 posted on 06/26/2006 9:00:03 AM PDT by Hugin
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To: Hammerhead
The Sheik, Mattesow, Hellmuth, and Arieh all bust on the first table.

With the exception of Hellmuth, I agree. Hellmuth whines a bit, but he is a good guy basically.

38 posted on 06/26/2006 9:04:56 AM PDT by Sic Luceat Lux
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To: houeto
I like to play solitier strip poker
39 posted on 06/26/2006 9:05:11 AM PDT by al baby (Dick Trickle is not a medical condition)
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To: JamesWilson
As a player runs out of chips, that player is out of the tourney, but the $10,000 remains in the game.

Thanks. On TV, most of what you see is the final table. They leave you hanging a bit on how it all rolls up.

Sounds kind of like Social Security. You put your money in and someone else goes home with it!

40 posted on 06/26/2006 9:07:43 AM PDT by IamConservative (Who does not trust a man of principle? A man who has none.)
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To: Hugin
All of the last three winners won their buyins from satellites on pokerstars.com.

I played at pokerstars two years ago, but left because it was and is simply too crowded. I now play at ultimatebet.com. And I do play for real money, but mainly the tournaments.

41 posted on 06/26/2006 9:08:41 AM PDT by Sic Luceat Lux
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To: Hammerhead
I love to see when one of Hellmuth's opponents plays a bad hand, gets lucky and beat him. He'll stomp and cry about it for an hour.
42 posted on 06/26/2006 9:09:07 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Never ask a Kennedy if he'll have another drink. It's nobody's business how much he's had already.)
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To: Sic Luceat Lux

Yeh, Hellmuth is iffy...I think he's a good guy but he went too far on that one soft spoken good-ol-boy from Texas that had him wired in. (The guy wearing the black cowboy hat.)

The other 3 are flat out no class jerks.


43 posted on 06/26/2006 9:09:41 AM PDT by Hammerhead
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To: Sic Luceat Lux
With the exception of Hellmuth, I agree. Hellmuth whines a bit, but he is a good guy basically.

I agree. I caught him on with Laura Ingraham a while ago and he can take it as much as he can give it. He seemed like a good guy.

44 posted on 06/26/2006 9:09:47 AM PDT by frogjerk (LIBERALISM: The perpetual insulting of common sense.)
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To: rightinthemiddle

Check out the ESPN website. Apparently, coverage of main event will start in September, and we won't get to see the final table until well into October. This is a strange way to go about covering an event in which a lot of people have an interest -- imagine if they covered Wimbledon or the the Masters that way!


45 posted on 06/26/2006 9:12:00 AM PDT by joylyn
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To: frogjerk

I stand corrected on Hellmuth. He's ok. a little much at times.

I loved it when Annie Lederer beat him in that 2 million $ showdown last year.

basically cried afterwards. : )


46 posted on 06/26/2006 9:12:30 AM PDT by Hammerhead
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To: IamConservative
You put your money in and someone else goes home with it!

Good one lol, however a lot depends on how lucky you are in any particular tournament and at the bare minimum, you to have an inkling at least of - when to hold 'em - and when to fold them.

47 posted on 06/26/2006 9:13:04 AM PDT by Sic Luceat Lux
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To: Hammerhead
I stand corrected on Hellmuth. He's ok. a little much at times. I loved it when Annie Lederer beat him in that 2 million $ showdown last year. basically cried afterwards. : )

That was pretty good, wasn't it? :)

48 posted on 06/26/2006 9:13:47 AM PDT by frogjerk (LIBERALISM: The perpetual insulting of common sense.)
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To: frogjerk

WHile we're at it, you can add the Unibomber and that obnoxious hippy dirt bag from England that almost got kicked out of the tourney last year, to the list.


49 posted on 06/26/2006 9:15:15 AM PDT by Hammerhead
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(The guy wearing the black cowboy hat.)

Yes, I've watched him play; he's from Alabama. Soft spoken guy and he's a Preeeettty good player!

The other 3 are flat out no class jerks.

Yep.

50 posted on 06/26/2006 9:16:14 AM PDT by Sic Luceat Lux
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