The 48th annual World Series of Poker in Las Vegas is now in full swing, with roughly half of the marathon poker tournament left to go. This year’s poker extravaganza has been pretty exciting so far, with a mixture of expected results and a few upsets here and there. Attendances have been strong, even for the low buy in-games and some of the bigger weekend events have really drawn the crowds.
The tournament has been dubbed ‘the year of the pros’ by some media outlets, with the story so far dominated by bigger names. The tournament has drawn poker professionals from around the world, cementing the global appeal of poker and the fact that the World Series of Poker is the tournament to win at.
Regular David Bach has taken home two bracelets in the $1,500 dealer’s choice and the $10,000 HORSE event and Mike ‘the Mouth’ Matusow made it clear he was happy with 3 final table appearances in the first half by proclaiming “I’m back” via Twitter. John Monnette, David Singer and David “the Dragon” Pham have also showed their credentials by taking home there third and second bracelets respectively.
WSOP Main Event 2010 runner-up John Racener broke through for his first bracelet this year and all-time online poker tournament earnings leader Chris Moorman picked up his first tournament bracelet. The $10,000 tag team event also looked very exciting from the start, with 101 teams lining up for a big money showdown. The event was eventually won by Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov, a win made even more special by the fact that Boeree and Kurganov have been dating for the last few years.
Doug Polk caused a minor upset and answered his critics by winning the $111,111 One Drop High Roller event, taking home $3.6 million and his third lifetime tournament bracelet. Some players however have managed more than one bracelet already this year, with Upeshka Da Silva, Benjamin Zamani and Jesse Martin all claiming multiple victories in the early stages in the tournament.
One big name that is missing from the winner’s list is Daniel Negreanu. Kid Poker is always hovering around in tournament favourite territory, but he has failed to show any signs of life so far. The six time bracelet winner has only finished third and sixth so far in the events he has played in and will need to find bracelet number 7 soon to be in with a chance of a WSOP Player of the Year accolade.
The goods news is that there are still a lot of events to go, with some big money games coming up over the next few weeks. Event #19 ‘The Giant’ reconvenes on the 8th of July and the $1,500 Monster Stack will hopefully be as exciting as last year, which saw 6,972 entrants. The $50,000 Poker Players Championship is seen as the most prestigious event after the Main Event, the 8 game rotation means that competitors have to be skilled across all varieties of poker to stand a chance of winning. The $10,000 No Limits Texas Hold ‘Em Main Event is of course the big one, with televised coverage and huge crowds expected at Caesar’s on the 8th, 9th and 10th of July for what is undoubtedly the biggest game of poker in the world.