Has Black Friday affected WSOP numbers?

June 22, 2011 by  
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Has Black Friday affected WSOP numbers?

Meanwhile, with the ghost of Black Friday still haunting US-facing online poker rooms as well as the countless US players who continue to have problems with their accounts with the affected operators, the poker world is even more interested than usual in the numbers at this year’s WSOP. Perhaps surprisingly – or not, depending on who you ask – attendance records in 2011 are still being broken, with tournament, side events and cash game numbers showing healthy increases compared with last year.

For example, on Friday, June 18, an impressive 5,946 players showed up for that day’s scheduled tournaments – a record for a single day in live poker history. Moreover, Event 18, the $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament, had the largest ever entry (3157) for such a single day start event, as did Event 20 for a $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em (3,175 entries), the two combining to generate the largest consecutive-days starting field sizes in poker history at 6332 entries.

And if you think poker is exclusively for the baseball cap and shades wearing younger generation, then consider Event 30, the Seniors tournament, which attracted a record 3752 entries…

Good luck at the tables!

Angus Dunnington
32Red Poker Ambassador


Phil Hellmuth: Poker Bridesmaid

June 22, 2011 by  
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Phil Hellmuth: Poker Bridesmaid

After narrowly failing to win his first non-hold’em WSOP bracelet (to add to his collection of eleven) in Event 16 last week, Phil Hellmuth soon found himself at yet another (18th!) non-hold’em WSOP final table in Event 33, the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship.

Day 3 in fact began with the surviving 18 of the original 168 players being whittled down to the final table (and fighting for only 16 prizes). In Event 16 the Poker Brat started the heads-up phase with a 3:1 chip lead over John Juanda but lost to a worthy winner. His second bite of the WSOP cherry found him facing Eric Rodawig of Arlington, Virginia, but this time he was playing the shorter stack heads-up by roughly the same ratio, Rodawig having 3,700,000 to Hellmuth’s 1,300,000.

Despite suffering a considerable setback as the endgame began, Hellmuth nonetheless put up a good fight until the final hand that left him with only three outs to a gutshot straight on the final card, none of which materialised, thus denying the often controversial showman his twelfth WSOP bracelet and earning Rodawig his first, as well as $442,183 for his troubles.

Good luck at the tables,

Angus Dunnington
32Red Poker Ambassador


The Poker Brat’s non-hold’em quest continues; Anyone for tennis wagers?

June 15, 2011 by  
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The Poker Brat’s non-hold’em quest continues

Love him or loathe him, Phil Hellmuth remains one of the poker world’s most famous personalities and, credit where credit’s due, is a top class player. With his 11 WSOP bracelets all being in hold’em tournaments, this year’s Event 16, the $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball, was Hellmuth’s 17th non-hold’em WSOP final table, and his third in this particular format. Was he finally going to end the ‘drought’ as he entered the heads-up phase of proceedings against the mighty John Juanda? With a 3:1 chip it certainly looked very promising indeed…

Alas, it was not to be. Instead Juanda managed to claw back the lead in what was said to be a one-sided affair, thus denying the Poker Brat the elusive bracelet. Attention switched to Juanda picking up his fifth WSOP gold bracelet, on his 27th WSOP final table, and registering his 56th WSOP cash! Enviable statistics.

For Hellmuth to reach the final table 17 times and still fail to win a non-hold’em bracelet is akin to a tennis legend’s feeling of frustration that his career is incomplete until he wins a particular major, such as the great Ivan Lendl, who’s tally of 8 majors included all but Wimbledon, despite reaching the final twice.
 
 
Anyone for tennis wagers?

Speaking of tennis, both Patrik Antonius and Brandon Adams might still be waiting for their first WSOP bracelet but, in the meantime, have been busy for months preparing for their high stakes tennis match. Originally agreed during a Poker After Dark episode, the two poker bigshots had other big shots on their minds as they finally met in Las Vegas during this year’s WSOP.

After a change of both venue and surface – the match was at first going to be played in May in Monte Carlo, on clay, and was switched to Vegas on a hard court – and adjustments to the odds to factor in these changes, the match was played with Antonius (once a budding professional) laying $295,000 to Adams’ $30,000, meaning a win for Adams would see him walk away with around $100,000 more than this year’s quarter-finalists at Wimbledon!

Just before the match, held at the Las Vegas International Tennis Centre, Adams seemed confident: “My strategy is to counterpunch. I have a pretty good game. I can attack, but today I’m just gonna lay low and try not to miss…” Hmmm. Antonius won 6-0, 6-1 to stroll away with Adams’ $30,000.

Good luck at the tables,

Angus Dunnington
32Red Poker Ambassador


Microgaming wins awards; Phil Ivey-Full Tilt: Round 2

June 10, 2011 by  
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Microgaming wins awards

32Red Poker fans might not be too surprised to learn that Microgaming enjoyed success at the recent 2011 EGR B2B Awards.  Held at Chelsea Football Club, e-Gaming Review’s award ceremony is the established premier recognition ceremony in the industry, and rewards the top service providers and B2B operators in online gaming.

I’ve been writing for years about the initial global online poker explosion and the subsequent boom, and the game and this user-friendly format continue to be as popular as ever.  Indeed with online gaming and poker rooms now enjoying ‘everyday’ exposure in the form of various sponsorship deals such as 32Red’s with the English Premier League newcomers, Swansea, for example, then it’s just as important to achieve industry recognition now as it was in the early days.  Thus it should be reassuring to 32red players that Microgaming won the 2011 EGR B2B Poker Network of the Year award (as well as picking up an award for Innovation in Slot Provision).

Phil Ivey-Full Tilt: Round 2

Meanwhile, the Phil Ivey-Full Tilt battle escalated to a war of words following Ivey’s lawsuit about what he perceives as inaction regarding players’ account problems following the clampdown by the US Department of Justice.

Here is Tiltware’s rather combative response:

“Contrary to his sanctimonious public statements, Phil Ivey’s meritless lawsuit is about helping just one player – himself. In an effort to further enrich himself at the expense of others, Mr. Ivey appears to have timed his lawsuit to thwart pending deals with several parties that would put money back in players’ pockets. In fact, Mr. Ivey has been invited — and has declined — to take actions that could assist the company in these efforts, including paying back a large sum of money he owes the site. Tiltware doubts Mr. Ivey’s frivolous and self-serving lawsuit will ever get to court. But if it does, the company looks forward to presenting facts demonstrating that Mr. Ivey is putting his own narrow financial interests ahead of the players he professes to help.”

The pot – I mean plot – thickens…
 
 
Good luck at the tables!

Angus Dunnington
32Red Poker Ambassador