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Jon Riley 28th Apr 2010 - 13:18

Welcome to the World Series of Poker 2010

The Rio Convention Centre in Las Vegas once again hosts the biggest event in the poker calendar, the World Series of Poker.

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is the largest, richest and most prestigious gaming event in the world awarding millions of dollars in prize money and the prestigious gold bracelet, globally recognized as the sport's top prize.

A total of 57 coveted gold bracelets will be up for grabs in 2010 - equal to last year's total. July 4th is the tournaments sole "off day", and will be dedicated to satellites for all those seeking another entry option into poker's biggest event. The Series is a 53 day event that culminates on July 17th when the play in the Main Event is down to nine players.

Featuring a comprehensive selection of tournaments in every major poker variation, the WSOP is poker's longest running tournament. Since 1970 the greats of the poker world have congregated in Vegas, the spiritual home of gambling, and sat head to head on the felt. The intensity is raised as once your chips cross that white line it could mean doubling up or going home. Annual favourite Scotty Nguyen is famed for his larger than life persona round the poker table and obviously enjoys the World Series, "playing the big one, baby, is like playing the Masters, I imagine. Hard to describe - it's definitely a real natural high, baby."

In 2009, the event attracted 60,875 entrants from 115 different countries to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and awarded over $174 million in prize money.

This year the giant Pavilion Ballroom will be used for the WSOP. A full 58,00 square feet will see card action for over a month. Within the walls of this vast room there'll be fishes, sharks, bad beats and massive suck-outs.

On Friday, May 28, the first open bracelet event will be the $50,000 buy-in Player's Championship - the most expensive buy-in event to ever open up the World Series of Poker.

Playing for the bracelet and the prestigious Chip Reese Memorial Trophy, the event will follow an eight-game format made popular by the late poker legend, and those participating in the mythical "Big Game" around Las Vegas card rooms. Over the first four days, Limit Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better, Seven Card Razz, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better, No-Limit Hold'em, Pot-Limit Omaha and 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball will be played, with the Final Table being No-Limit Hold'em, as was the case when Reese won the inaugural $50K buy-in event in 2006.

The 41st annual WSOP will conclude, as is customary now, with the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Championship (aka the Main Event) which begins play Monday, July 5 and should reach its final table (nine players) on Saturday, July 17, at which time play will be halted for the third consecutive year. To have survived each day is a success in itself. J.C Pearson puts it poetically "It's kind of like a war zone, and you've got to duck a lot of bullets ... for days, to survive."

The famed tournament's culmination will be held with the "November Nine" from November 6-9, before a live audience with special primetime coverage from ESPN.

Last November Joe Cada outlasted the other eight players on the final table to take down the Main Event title and that coveted gold bracelet. His winning hand was 9 (clubs) 9 (diamonds), which he got all-in pre-flop against Darvin Moon's Q J of diamonds. The board ran 8 2 7 K 7 bringing no jacks, queens or diamonds. This hand was the 88th hand of heads-up play between Cada and Moon.

This win meant that Joe Cada surpassed Peter Eastgate as the youngest ever Main Event champion and in the process won him $ 8,546,435. Not too shabby for 22 year old kid from Michigan.

Phil Hellmuth, the Poker Brat himself, has won the most bracelets with eleven. His outbursts at the table are almost as legendary as his flamboyant entrances to tournaments. No one in the modern era can match Hellmuth's record which has led him to spout ‘if it weren't for luck I'd win'em all' after one of a long line of bad beats against him.

Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan have each won ten bracelets. Brunson was the first ever player to win the tournament in consecutive years. Fascinatingly his winning hand on both occasions was the massive 10-2! Johnny Chan repeated this feat of consecutive WSOP Main Event bracelets in 87' and 88' and was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2002.

Bracelet winners who first achieved fame in other fields include French actor/singer Patrick Bruel (in 1998), Danish soccer player Jan Vang Sørensen (in 2002) and American actress Jennifer Tilly (in 2005). In recent years, there have been non-bracelet events at the WSOP, two of the most notable is the "World Series of Rock Paper Scissors" and "Ante Up for Africa."

Here at William Hill we're offering specialist WSOP betting for the event. There's outright betting on who you think will win the Main Event and a market on players just to reach the final table.

We'll also be advertising markets for the entire series on who you think will win the most money and even the most bracelets.

Players now have the option to buy in directly to any of the WSOP events we offer at full price and fly with the William Hill Poker Team to Las Vegas for the WSOP.

We will take care of all the arrangements to ensure you make the most of your playing time.

If your poker bankroll cannot stretch to that full entry fee William Hill is offering nine different ways to win packages to the World Series. We have a package to suit everyone so start playing now to claim your seat at the WSOP.

Go to http://poker.williamhill.com/promotions/wsop-2010/wsop-2010/ to find out how you could be joining us at the WSOP 2010.




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