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Previewing the 2016 WSOP Championship Event “November Nine,” Part Three: Who Will Be The “Last Man Standing?”

OK, we know how we got to this point and we know how the men will line up on the felt. When the cards hit the air this afternoon at the Penn & Teller Theater in the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, the 2016 World Series of Poker Championship Event will draw closer to a conclusion. For most of the United States and Europe, the final table play will take place after dark. Beginning at 8PM (Eastern time U. S.), the players will open action on the tournament. At 8:30PM, the cameras of ESPN will come to life to bring poker aficionados the play of the final table in a “plausibly live” setting (something that has been very popular with ESPN, WSOP officials and fans alike). The ESPN broadcast will last until 11PM, at which point it will switch over to ESPN2 until most likely the final

Previewing the 2016 WSOP Championship Event “November Nine,” Part Two: How They’ll Line Up

Tomorrow afternoon the nine men who constitute the “November Nine” will reconvene at the Penn & Teller Theater inside the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas to begin the work of determining poker’s next “World Champion.” The World Series of Poker Championship Event is the “holy grail” of anyone who has ever picked up two cards in Texas Hold’em and, as such, there is a great deal of attention (and will be from Sunday until a victor is crowned Tuesday) as to who will be the eventual champion. In the second part of this three-part series, we’ll look at how the players will line up and offer a bit of a scouting report on each player, giving perhaps some clues as to who will be the “last man standing.” When the tournament resumes on Sunday, there will be 35:50 left in Level 35, with the blinds at 250,000/500,000

Previewing the 2016 WSOP Championship Event “November Nine,” Part One: How We Got Here

After what has seemed to be an eternity, the World Series of Poker’s Championship Event will resume action on Sunday. The 2016 “November Nine” will be reseated on the stage at the Penn & Teller Theater in the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas just over three months after they all became millionaires and they will now battle it out for the $ 8 million first place prize. But how did we get here and what can we expect when the tournament restarts. In this three-part look, we’ll examine all the pertinent information and perhaps even sneak in a prediction on the outcome. How Did We Get Here? Way back on July 18, there were 27 contenders that were in position to make poker history. At the start of Day 7 action back then, Vojtech Ruzika of the Czech Republic was at the head of the field, closely

2015 – The Year in Poker, Part 3: The Weird World of Poker Off The Felt

As we enter the final week of the year 2015, it is time to take a look back at some of the great moments of the past year and maybe even some of the less popular times. If there is one thing that is known about the world of poker, it is that there can be some weird, wild and abnormal news that comes out regarding the game. Whether it is involving the players or a particular game or situation, the game of poker always seems to provide fodder. A quick look over the last 12 months will give everyone a chance to remember these times. In a case that would take up much of the early half of 2015, businessman/high stakes poker player Paul Phua and his son were denied the right to return to the poker tables by a Las Vegas circuit court judge in January. Citing the

2015 – The Year in Poker, Part 4: In Memoriam

As we enter the final week of the year 2015, it is time to take a look back at some of the great moments of the past year and maybe even some of the less popular times. For all the frivolity, riches and personalities who made 2015 a fun ride, the poker world also lost some people that will never be replaced. While this isn’t a comprehensive list (writer’s note:  Paul “Eskimo” Clark, who was not included in this list when it was initially published, passed away in April at the age of 68), it does remind us that our time is short on this mortal coil and, above all else, to enjoy those around us and our activities until our time is nigh. That suddenness of mortality kicked the poker world in the teeth just as the New Year began. Poker journalist ‘Diamond Flush’ passed away in January after