No matter if you enjoy a nice poker game on the internet from time to time or if you regularly visit traditional casinos to play your favorite games, you surely know that the World Series Of Poker has reached the main event. It started on Saturday and it is a battle that will take two weeks to conclude with the biggest poker names in the industry taking a sit at the tables available at the Rio Hotel and Casino.
The WSOP Championship event is the biggest poker event of the year with increasing numbers taking part each time. The $10,000 buy-in doesn’t seem to stop poker enthusiasts as they come to Las Vegas for a chance to win the unique diamond and gold bracelet. Registrations are still open so the final prize pool is yet to be determined but there are more than one thousand players that already signed in. Last year, there were 6865 players that took part in the main event and the final table, also known as the November Nine, came from all around the world to make the most international final table in history. The German, Pius Heinz, managed to come back from seventh position when the final table started and won the $8.7 million first prize as well as the renowned WSOP Maine Event bracelet.
Poker amateurs that enjoy playing online had quite a lot of opportunities to score a ticket for this event. Online casinos offered ladder tournaments and satellites for the main event; some even starting from a free registration and going all the way up to a $15,000 ticket for the biggest poker event of the year. Users could just play from their mobile phones and advance through the rankings to win a sit at the tables in Las Vegas. Just follow the link if you want to learn more about mobile casinos and get prepared for the next year as there will surely be even more online satellites available.
Heinz is back this year, trying to defend his title; something that hasn’t happen since the 80s when Johnny Chan won the main event two consecutive times.
As the cards already started to hit the tables, there are some big names that didn’t last the first day of the WSOP Main Event. The biggest shock came from Phil Hellmuth that didn’t survive the day despite having a pretty good year; he won his 12th bracelet just a few weeks ago and finished fourth in the Big One For One Drop tournament where he paid a one million dollars buy-in.
It is still early into the tournament but surprises are never late to appear in the world of poker. Heinz had a sit on the featured table but he didn’t seem to draw in much of a crowd. The 23 year old European champion is not very popular in the United States but the managed to survive the first day. It is still a long way to go until we get to see the November Nine battling it out for what seems to be one of the biggest prize pools in WSOP history.