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WSOP 2017 – Kenny Hallaert makes third consecutive main event Day 5, 297 remain

The battle to reach the final table of the World Series of Poker main event is a seven-day journey requiring a dynamic set of skills that can adapt to any situation. By and large (though not exclusively), the first three days are a matter of survive and advance, positioning oneself for an opportunity for something truly special. The 2017 WSOP main event was no exception, and with Thursday’s Day 3 action getting things down to the exact money bubble at 1,084, Friday’s early stages set the stage well for moving…

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Daily recaps from the 2017 World Series of Poker main event

The 2017 WSOP main event is halfway through Day 2, and as the biggest stacks climb closer to 1 million, several players are starting to make serious inroads to a deep run in the tournament. After the simultaneous Day 2A and 2B sessions, 1,023 have locked up their spots for Day 3 on Wednesday, including chip leaders Lawrence Bayley (618,000) and Mickey Craft (pictured, 608,100). Jared Hamby (455,600), Marvin Rettenmaier (359,100), Jamie Gold (346,000) and Kenny Hallaert (331,800) each finished with top-60 stacks of their own. Former champions Gold, Joe…

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World Series of Poker – Catching up with champion Greg Merson five years after he won the Main Event

Five years ago, 14-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth had just captured the WSOP Europe Main Event in Cannes, France, becoming the only player to win both main events in Las Vegas (1989) and Europe. With 10 cashes in 2012, including four final tables and two bracelets (he also won the $2,500 Seven Card Stud in Las Vegas), Hellmuth was poised to win a title that he truly coveted: 2012 WSOP Player of the Year (POY). In 2011, Hellmuth came agonizingly close to WSOP POY but…

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Ex- New England Patriots defensive end Richard Seymour finds post-football identity at poker table

Poker-playing celebrities have long been a fixture at The World Series of Poker (WSOP). In addition to the best players from around the globe, who travel to Las Vegas every summer to compete for the ultimate prize in poker — the WSOP bracelet — the event has been known to lure luminaries from film, television, music, and sports. This summer’s festivities are no exception. It might be tempting to include Richard Seymour on that list of dignitaries from other fields. The seven-time Pro Bowl defensive end for the New England…

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World Series of Poker – The story of Grumpa, the 69-year old poker player who has suffered nine strokes, 11 heart attacks

“If I’m alive, I’m going to the World Series of Poker this summer!” While the words may seem melodramatic on the surface, for Warren “Grumpa” Griffith, a 69-year old poker player, it was simply a promise he made to himself. It almost didn’t happen. Griffith (best known as “Grumpa”), is from Bourne, Massachusetts, and nearly died before he got another chance to play. After developing a severe case of pneumonia that landed him in the intensive care unit last year, Griffith fell into a coma. After the first two days,…

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World Series of Poker – The story of Grumpa, the 69-year old poker player who has sufferednNine strokes, 11 heart attacks

“If I’m alive, I’m going to the World Series of Poker this summer!” While the words may seem melodramatic on the surface, for Warren “Grumpa” Griffith, a 69-year old poker player, it was simply a promise he made to himself. It almost didn’t happen. Griffith (best known as “Grumpa”), is from Bourne, Massachusetts, and nearly died before he got another chance to play. After developing a severe case of pneumonia that landed him in the Intensive Care Unit last year, Griffith fell into a coma. After the first two days,…

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Daily recaps from the 2017 World Series of Poker

Day 1 of the 2017 WSOP is in the books. The first open event of the series, $10,000 tag-team no-limit hold’em, drew 102 teams, with 51 teams making it through Day 1. Team Doug Polk, who won the inaugural $1,000 version of this tournament in 2016, ended with the chip lead. A team comprised of prolific Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, Antonio Esfandiari, Brian Rast and Jeff Gross did not make it through. First place prize is $273,964. The Casino Employees event drew 651 players, with 11 players making it through…

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Daily recaps from week one of the 2017 World Series of Poker

Day 1 of the 2017 WSOP is in the books. The first open event of the series, $10,000 tag-team no-limit hold’em, drew 102 teams, with 51 teams making it through Day 1. Team Doug Polk, who won the inaugural $1,000 version of this tournament in 2016, ended with the chip lead. A team comprised of prolific Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, Antonio Esfandiari, Brian Rast and Jeff Gross did not make it through. First place prize is $273,964. The Casino Employees event drew 651 players, with 11 players making it through…

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What you missed in the first half of the 2017 World Series of Poker

This summer, the 48th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) is awarding a record 74 gold bracelets, one to each of the champions. With the 37th bracelet event ($1,000 no-limit hold ’em) beginning on Monday, June 19, and finishing on June 21, we are now in the midst of the halfway point of this summer’s poker extravaganza. If you haven’t been following the WSOP on a daily basis, it’s easy to miss storylines. Here’s what you’ve missed over the first half of the 2017 WSOP, including my biggest takeaways. Attendance…

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Doug Polk wins $3.69MM in World Series of Poker $111,111 One Drop High Roller

The World Series of Poker crowns a handful of millionaires every summer, and with the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop falling so early in the 2017 schedule, one of the biggest winners of the entire WSOP stood to be crowned in the first week of action. Doug Polk outlasted a field of 130 players to claim that prize, a cool $3,686,865, along with his third career WSOP gold bracelet. Once the tournament got down to heads-up play, Polk defeated Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, who entered the final table with a…

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