WSOP 2013 Champion is Ryan Riess

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This past Tuesday night, November 5, 2013, a 23-year-old pro poker player, Ryan Riess of Waterford, won the $8.4 million first prize in the $10,000 buy-in championship event of the 2013 World Series of Poker, outlasting a field of 6,352 players.

Runner-up was Jay Farber, a Las Vegas club promoter, who lost the title to Riess in an intense but brief final head-to-head battle.

The action all took place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, with the initial 7 players eliminated from the famed 2013 November Nine on Monday, November 4th. Farber started out the head-to-head portion of the event ahead by 19 million chips. But Riess was relentless, using both big and small plays alike to whittle down that lead. In the dramatic final hand, Riess called Farber’s bluff, not that it mattered, as he was holding an Ace-King and the cards continued coming out in his favor.

Riess, who this time last year was finishing acquiring his hospitality management degree from Michigan State University, claimed to have been coveting the WSOP Main Event gold bracelet since he was 14 years of age. After winning the 2013 championship while wearing his Calvin Johnson baseball jersey, he got a suite at the Palazzo, invited 100 friends and family, and celebrated.

Farber had come up with the $10K buy-in for the main event by selling multiple stakes in his winnings, a gamble that paid off for him and his investors as they got to split a share of his $5.2 million 2nd prize amounting to $520K for every $1K they put up.

World Series of Poker’s Nevada Real Money Online Poker Site to Launch This Week

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The World Series of Poker’s new real money online poker site for Nevada residents, courtesy of Caesar’s Entertainment, will have its official launch this week.

As of this coming Thursday, September 19, 2013, the World Series of Poker’s long-awaited real money poker site is now officially live. Available exclusively to Nevada players for the moment, the WSOP is betting, like all the other Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware land-based gaming operations getting into the intrastate online gaming market, that interstate and then national online gaming, legal throughout the U.S., will be soon to follow.

The new WSOP real money online poker site is being offered by none other than Caesar’s Entertainment Corp (whose stock has tripled over the past year, no doubt in large part due to this imminent event.) Caesar’s says that they signed up more than 12,000 players for the new online poker site at this year’s 2013 World Series of Poker live at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

After a delay from its originally planned launch for earlier in the year, Caesar’s and the WSOP expressed gratitude to the Nevada Gaming Control Board for the in-depth licensing and testing procedures they implemented.

Nevada passed online gaming within the state in 2011 and that December passed its regulations for online gambling. And while at present the site will only be available to players in Nevada, a pact between Nevada and New Jersey, where online gambling is also now legal, is seen as inevitable, and the WSOP expects its site to offer its services to players across both states by early 2014.

Bovada Poker Already Qualifying Players For Next Year’s 2014 WSOP

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The 2013 World Series of Poker is barely underway and already Bovada Poker is giving players a way to win seats in next year’s WSOP – that’s the 2014 event! And the way to win it is through what Bovada Poker is calling Poker’s Mini Series.

Qualify for a seat in Bovada Poker’s Mini Series and you’ll win a $4,000 prize package that includes entry into a WSOP 2014 side event. Only two such prize packages are on offer. Third through 9th places in the Poker’s Mini Series Finale will each receive a $162 entry into the next Bovada Poker $100K Guaranteed.

To stake your claim on one of those two $4K prize packages, play in Daily Qualifiers and Last Chance Qualifiers running from June 24 through July 14, 2013 when the site will holds its $40K Guaranteed Main Event.

Meanwhile, between June 24 and July 18, Bovada Poker will hold 35 Poker Mini Series tournament events featuring more than $150,000 in guaranteed prize pools. Every day will feature a minimum of two Poker Mini Series tournament events. Either buy-in directly to these events or win your seats through those aforementioned qualifiers.

Buy-ins for daily qualifiers start at just $0.55 and at each award between 1 and 2 seats guaranteed in the corresponding Poker’s Mini Series event. The series events themselves have direct buy-ins starting at $5.50. At each event the top 3 finishers will land seats in the finale where the two WSOP 2014 prize packages will be awarded, while the fourth through 9th place players win seats in the semifinal at which the top 50 players will qualify for the finale as well.

Bovada Poker WSOP Qualifier Schedule: A Closer Look

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We already brought you word of the immense qualifier schedule for the 2013 World Series of Poker at Bovada Poker, and today we’re going to zoom in for a closer look at that schedule.

Qualifier run daily from April 2 to June 24 according to the following schedule:

•    10:50 AM – Main Event Cheap Seat 4 Seats Guaranteed (Rebuy) for a $1 + $0.10 buy-in
•    12:50 PM – Main Event Quarterfinal 2 Seats Guaranteed for a $10 + $1 buy-in
•    2:50 PM – Main Event Semifinal 1 Seat Guaranteed for a $69 + $6 buy-in
•    3:10 PM – Main Event Cheap Seat 4 Seats Guaranteed for a $1 + $0.10 buy-in
•    5:10 PM – Main Event Quarterfinal 2 Seats Guaranteed for a $5 + $0.50 buy-in
•    7:10 PM – Main Event Semifinal 1 Seat Guaranteed for a $35 + $3.50 buy-in
•    7:40 PM – Main Event Cheap Seat 3 Seats Guaranteed (Turbo) for a $1 + $0.10 buy-in
•    8:40 PM – Main Event Quarterfinal 2 Seats Guaranteed (Turbo) for a $10 + $1 buy-in
•    9:40 PM – Main Event Semifinal 1 Seat Guaranteed (Turbo) for a $69 + $6 buy-in
•    10:40 PM – Main Event Cheap Seat 4 Seats Guaranteed (Turbo) for a $1 + $0.10 buy-in
•    11:40 PM – Main Event Quarterfinal 2 Seats Guaranteed (Turbo) for a $5 + $0.50 buy-in
•    12:40 AM – Main Event Quarterfinal 2 Seats Guaranteed (Turbo) for a $35 + $3.50 buy-in

Also, all day at Bovada Poker are Sit & Go Main Event Quarterfinal, which are all 6-Handed events costing $15 + $1.50 to buy-in.

Latest Bovada Poker Blackjack Promo For WSOP

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The latest blackjack promotion being held on Bovada Poker (as opposed to Bovada Casino) is called the Bovada WSOP Class of 2013 promotion and just like it sounds, it promises $15K prize packages into the 2013 World Series of Poker for playing online blackjack, not through Bovada Casino, but through your Bovada Poker software. And yes, there is an online poker freeroll tournament involved as well.

Bovada Poker members have between Tuesday, April 9 and Monday, April 29 to play just 21 hands of blackjack through the Bovada Poker software. You must enter the promotion by clicking the red Enter Now button on the Bovada Poker website or through your Bovada Poker software before you start playing, though, or your hands won’t be counted toward meeting the requirements.

Once you play those 21 blackjack hands, Bovada Poker will award you a seat in a Private Freeroll tournament taking place Saturday, May 4 at 2:05 ET with the grand prize being a $15,000 Vegas Prize Package that includes entry into the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event (worth $10K), plus $5K in cash to apply toward hotel and travel, an invite to a private party while you’re in Vegas and access to an exclusive suite. The runners-up, meanwhile, will cash in a combined prize pool of more than $5,800, with 2nd place getting the top cash prize of $2,100, 3rd getting $1,000…all the way down to 14th through 21st places, who each get $21 cash for their efforts.

Schedule For 44th World Series of Poker Released

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The schedule for the upcoming 44th annual World Series of Poker has been released. Running from May 29th through July 15th, 2013 and taking place as usual at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, this latest installment of the year’s most awaited annual live poker festival features the first high rollers bracelet event ever, with a $111,111 buy-in, scheduled for June 26th through 28th as well as a First Saturday event called The Millionaire Maker on Saturday June 1st with a $1,500 buy-in and a $1 million first prize.

Other highlights of this year’s series include No-Limit Weekends in June, the WSOP’s first ever Turbo tournament (Event #34), the return of the $50,000 entry Poker Players Championship event and more. Several changes have been made to tournament starting times so be sure to read this year’s schedule closely for all the details.

The 2013 WSOP schedule includes 62 gold braceleted events , which is up by 1 from last year’s series the action all culminating in a main event on July 6th with the usual $10,000 buy-in. The player pool will be winnowed down until it reaches the 9 player final table on Monday, July 15th, to be resumed on November 4th and 5th and aired live on both ESPN and ESPN2 television to determine the ultimate 2013 WSOP Champion.

For this year’s event the planners expect to set out 480 poker tables spread through the 3 largest rooms in the Rio Convention Center — the Amazon, Brasilia and Pavilion ballrooms.

Stay tuned here in the coming weeks for more details on the 2013 WSOP schedule.

Time Almost Up To Win Bovada Poker WSOP Main Event Prize Package

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Bovada Poker has slowly been awarding players seats in the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event, and time is almost up to claim yours. That’s why the site is making one last push to get players to the last few rounds of WSOP qualifiers, finishing up on Sunday, June 24.

Each prize package winner will receive a $10k WSOP main event buy-in, $2k for travel expenses and hotel costs, entry to a private welcome party and access to Bovada Poker’s luxury suite. All in all its a $12,000 value.

Qualifiers come in 4 levels and players can enter at whatever level they feel comfortable with. You can Play All The Way for a $1 + $0.10 cheap seat qualifier (running daily), or our can Buy Into A Quarterfinal for $5 + $0.50 to $10 + $1 (also daily), or you can Buy Into A SemiFinal for $25 + $2.50 to $100 + $9 (also running daily), or you can Shorten Your Path and buy into the weekly Satellite directly, for $470 + $30.

Qualifiers are available in regular MTT poker tournament structure as well as turbo, hyper turbo and Sit and Go structures. By the end of this promotion there will have been more than 2,000 daily qualifiers and 12 weekly satellites. There are even Last Chance Qualifiers scheduled immediately preceding each weekly Satellite.

Last year’s World Series of Poker Champion earned $8.7 million for his efforts. There’s no telling how high this year’s grand prize can go, but one things is for sure: a number of Bovada Poker players will be there on hand to find out.

Numbers for Big One for One Drop Jumping Fast

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WSOP Big OneThe Big One for One Drop event is one of the hottest topics in the poker world right now, mainly because of the massive prize pool and the incredibly well-known poker players that this tournament is going to include when all is said and done.  The buy-in for it will be the largest of all-time, at $1 million.  There were questions of whether the tournament was going to hit the 22 player mark which would make it an official World Series of Poker bracelet event, but it has surpassed that number.  Even more impressive is the fact that it has hit 30 total players, and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.

The event is capped at 48 players, and it’s looking more and more like it is going to hit that number every day.  If the tournament was to start TODAY, first place would take down an incredible first place pay day of $12.3 million, and even more incredibly is the fact that if the field hits 48 players then first place will get $18.3 million.  Either of these pay days would be the largest to go to a winner in the history of poker tournaments, surpassing the total that Jamie Gold took down back in 2006 for the WSOP Main Event.

The idea behind this tournament is that it won’t only give a great pay day to the eventual winner, but also helps a great cause in OneDrop.  OneDrop is a charity that is helping to bring clean water all around the world.  One ninth of each buy-in (right at $111,111) will go to the charity, and many are anticipating that multiple players who cash the event will be donating more most likely.

The winner of the event will also get a Platinum WSOP bracelet as well which is just another of the perks for taking it down.  The event kicks off on July 1st and while some of the names have been released, not all of them have leaked.  A few of the players who we will be seeing include players like Guy Laliberte (who is actually the creator of the event and founder of Cirque de Soleil), Gus Hansen, Daniel Negreanu, Patrik Antonius, Johnny Chan, Tom Dwan, Andy Beal, Jonathan Duhamel, Tony Guoga, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Erik Seidel, Dan Shak, and many others.

$1 Million Poker Tournament at WSOP Will Feature Satellites

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WSOPThe Big One for One Drop poker tournament is quickly becoming one of the most talked about tournaments that will be ran at the 2012 World Series of Poker, and a lot of it has to do with the fact that it features an incredible $1 million buy-in.  While this size tournament is really something that almost all poker players see as a pipe dream in terms of being able to play in, it seems that a few different casinos around the world will be offering ways for players to actually have a shot to be able to play in this event.

There will be 14 total casinos that are going to run satellites starting as early as April 5th (today), and running all the way through June 10th.  All players who take down one of the satellites will win a $25,300 seat into The Big One for One Drop Mega Satellite, as well as any airfare and accommodations.  The Mega Satellite for the big event will take place on the 30th of June, and will be held at the Rio in Las Vegas.  Many of the players in these first satellites will have won their way in, but if you are just interested in buying in, it will cost you $500 for your seat at the satellite which will be running at the 14 casinos.

As far as the Mega Satellite goes, if you are able to make it into that and find yourself just one step from the big event, then the layout is one that definitely isn’t impossible to take down.  For every 40 total players who are in the Mega Satellite, there will be one seat awarded into the $1 million event.  With the different satellites that are running, this could mean that there may potentially be a few seats up for grabs into the big one.

If you haven’t heard about the One Drop tournament yet, it is for the charity “One Drop”.  This charity was created by the founder of Cirque du Soleil, Guy Laliberte, and the event will give one ninth of every players buy-in to the charity itself.  This total comes to $111,111, and the remainder of each buy-in will go directly into the prize pool and should make one of the biggest pay days in the history of poker.

WSOP National Championship Adds Additional Players

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WSOPThe World Series of Poker’s National Championship is one of the events that they are hoping to boost up a bit this year in terms of overall interest in the event.  While the National Championship features a nice $1 million prize pool, and also features 100 of the players who have done the best during the WSOP Circuit for that year, they have decided to up the ante a little bit by including some of the best poker players in the world in it as well.

Typically, the event offers 100 guaranteed spots for players who get to play in the National Championship for free.  These 100 spots are made up of the 34 automatic qualifiers which are made up of 17 players who won a Circuit Main Event, and 17 casino champs, who are players that earned the most points at each of the stops on the Circuit.  After that the final 66 spots that are awarded will go to that players who earned the most points across all of the Circuit events throughout the year.

As mentioned, those players get to play for free, but the new addition will offer 100 additional spots for players to take.  These spots are awarded to the top 100 overall earners in terms of points from 2010 and 2011 between the World Series of Poker, and World Series of Poker Europe as well.  These players will NOT be given a free entry into the event though, as they will have to pay a $10k entry fee into the event, but that $10k entry will be added on top of the $1 million guaranteed prize pool.

This means that we could potentially be seeing players like Phil Hellmuth, Jonathan Duhamel, Michael Mizrachi, Ben Lamb, John Juanda, Shawn Buchanan, Chris Moorman, John Racener, Frank Kassela, David Baker, Jason Mercier, Bertrand Grospellier, Tom Dwan, Men Nguyen, Sammy Farha, and many other players in this event on July 6th.

Last year, Sam Barnhart brought in his first ever WSOP cash, and it was in the form of a win and a $300k pay day at the WSOP National Championship.  After that, Barnhart went on to finish in 17th in the Main Event for another nice score at the 2011 World Series of Poker.