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Another day, another million dollar-plus prize awarded at the 2011 World Series of Poker.

Congratulations Joseph Ebanks

Many poker fans may not remember a time when the WSOP Main Event champion received a million dollars. That was big news back then. Bundles of $100 bills used to be carried out in a cardboard box and were unceremoniously dumped on the green felt of the championship final table in front of a jaw-dropping gallery of gawkers. Players and spectators were bug-eyed staring at what at the time was the most amount of cash most had ever seen. Read more

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Depending upon your perspective, everything that is either right or wrong with poker in the modern era was manifested in the heads-up duel between the final two players in the latest mega-tournament, held at the 2011 World Series of Poker.

Three long days, countless poker hands, and hundreds of bad beat stories after it started, an initial starting tournament field of nearly 3,000 had been whittled down to an American versus a Brazilian playing for the coveted WSOP gold bracelet.

The stage was set for the final showdown of the $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Holdem championship, the 43rd gold bracelet event (of 58) on this years WSOP schedule. Andre Akkari

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There is a new leader atop the Player of the Year standings.

Ben Lamb, who won the most recent tournament at the 2011 World Series of Poker, rocketed into first place. Through 42 completed events, he stands alone atop the vast mountain of more than 50,000 poker players who have made their way to the Rio Las Vegas thus far, from all over the world.

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Following the footsteps of all of the other "November Niners" since 2008, Matt Jarvis became a well-known entity in the poker world after making the final table of last years WSOP Main Event. While he would depart from that table in eighth place, in one of the more memorable hands in WSOP history versus Michael Mizrachi-Jarvis nonetheless earned lasting fame from his performance, not to mention a million-plus dollar payday.

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If Mitch Schock did not exist in real life, he would have to be created by a fiction writer.

The man with the perfect name for a dynamic new poker champion just won the most recent World Series of Poker tournament, held at the Rio in Las Vegas. Schock electrified the record tournament field of 606 entries and created a buzz by winning his first WSOP gold bracelet. Read more

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Day 4 began with uncertain expectations, returning five players with big blinds and bigger stacks, no one was sure how it would turn out. After only one and half levels it was Mikhail Lakhitov that would be the last man standing with a new piece of jewelry.

At the start of play the five players were very conservative, mostly taking turns stealing the blinds and antes. But it would be Eddy Sabat that was the first to go. Read more

2011

Day 4 began with uncertain expectations, returning five players with big blinds and bigger stacks, no one was sure how it would turn out. After only one and half levels it was Mikhail Lakhitov that would be the last man standing with a new piece of jewelry.

At the start of play the five players were very conservative, mostly taking turns stealing the blinds and antes. But it would be Eddy Sabat that was the first to go. Read more

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"This is the stupidest rule ever!" rang out one of the railbirds here at the final table of Event #37: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship. What the person is referring to is the ten-level rule, which has caused this event to come to a halt with just two players remaining for the World Series of Poker gold bracelet. Those two players are Shawn Buchanan and Fabrice Soulier.

Buchanan holds just 910,000 in chips and is very, very short to Soulier's 6.29 million. Read more

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Team PokerStars PRO Jason Mercier added to his long list of poker accomplishments today, by winning his second World Series of Poker gold bracelet.

Mercier won the latest Pot-Limit Omaha competition, held at the Rio in Las Vegas. The professional poker player from Davie, FL overcame a strong field totaling 507 entrants, and earned what must be considered as his most impressive career win, to date. No doubt, given the field size and quality of competition, this was as huge a test as Mercier had ever faced. Read more

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Mark Schmid won the latest World Series of Poker competition, held in Las Vegas. The 31-year-old professional poker player from Grand Rapids, MI overcame a monster-sized field of 3,144 entrants, en route to his first WSOP victory.

Schmid collected $488,283 in prize money for his win, not bad for a mere $1,000 investment, which was the grand sum of his entry fee. He won the $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Holdem tournament, classified as Event #34. Read more

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Three days ago 2,828 people put up $1,500 in an attempt to take down a WSOP tournament and win a shiny, gold bracelet. Today only one man remains. Kirk Caldwell was able to best Ben White heads up and win Event #32: $1,500 No-Limit Holdem, taking home $668,276 in prize money.

The $1,500 buy-in events are always an interesting investment, as they are among the smaller buy in tournaments that the WSOP offers, so the fields are always quite large. Read more

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Not too long ago it seemed that the expected final day of Event #31: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha would be extended to a day four, but after a quick succession of eliminations, a winner has finally been declared with Sam Stein proving victorious as the clock ticks past 5:00 a.m.

With the sun rising here in Las Vegas, a look back on Event 31 saw some of the most talented Pot-Limit Omaha players form a field of 685. From past bracelet winners to world champions Read more

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A mere three days ago 2,500 people decided to test their skill and their luck against a massive field for a shot at a gold WSOP bracelet and $599,153 in first place prize money. Now after 2,499 eliminations, just one man stands. Andy Frankenberger was able to defeat Joshua Evans heads up and grab WSOP glory.

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There is only one way to the top after finishing second in a World Series of Poker event.

Dan Idema has just done it.

One year to the very day that he finished as the runner up in the $10,000 buy in Limit Holdem World Championship at the 2010 WSOP, Idema returned to Las Vegas and outdid himself.

Idema won the very same $10,000 buy in Limit Holdem Championship in 2011.

Thats right. Idema now has two top two finishes in what is most certainly one of the toughest annual Limit Holdem tournaments in the world. He also now has a WSOP gold bracelet, his first. Oh, and he also won $378,642 in prize money. Read more

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On the night of June 16th, Mark Radoja added his name to the powerhouse list of poker pros that now live or have lived in the Guelph area. The 25-year-old poker pro just won the most recent WSOP event held in Las Vegas. Radoja won the $5,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Shootout, earning $436,568 in prize money. Radoja was also presented with his first WSOP gold bracelet, which is the ultimate symbol of achievement in the game of poker. Read more

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French poker players have struck again! They are looting Las Vegas of currency and treasure!

The poker bandits reportedly landed at Las Vegas McCarran two weeks ago. Until yesterday, the band of stealthy desperados remained inconspicuous. No one at the Rio in Las Vegas seemed to notice them much, nor paid them any attention. Elie Payan Read more

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If Lady Gaga has a poker twin it must be Bertrand Grospellier AKA "ElkY".

Outrageously flamboyant, gifted beyond compare, and famous on multiple continents, the international maven gamesman is one of those rare individuals in our midst who commands attention without even trying. He changes a room by his very presence inside it. Maybe its the hair. Maybe his towering stature. Maybe even his rock-star lifestyle. Read more

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What started with 3,175 players is now just one. Jason Somerville was our Day 2 chip leader and he waded through a crazy day of play to take down the bracelet in fine fashion. We started today with 27 players and within 40 minutes we had already set a final two tables. Within three hours we were down to an action final table that saw a multitude of chip leaders, double-up after double-up, and eventually just Somerville with the bracelet. He won a few key hands late to regain the chip lead and ride it to victory Read more

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Three nights ago, Darren Woods was inconspicuously watching the final table of the $3,000 buy-in Limit Holdem tournament (Event #14). His friend, Canadian poker pro Tyler Bonkowski, sat among the final nine. Bonkowski ended up winning the tournament and his first WSOP gold bracelet.

As photographers snapped pictures and media swarmed around the new poker champion, Woods sat quietly off to the side, absorbing Read more

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Sometimes, a single moment in time has a monumental impact on the outcome of something which is far bigger and greater.

For Aaron Steury that special moment came in the most recent World Series of Poker competition, when play was down to just three finalists. Facing tough fellow poker pro Adam Friedman in what turned out to be the game-changing hand of the tournament, Steury was dealt a speculative hand with interesting possibilities. But five blanks hit board, Read more

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