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Shuffle Up and Deal at the 2011 WSOP

Shuffle Up and Deal for the 2011 WSOP

All of the stars of the poker world are currently aligning in Las Vegas, with the 2011 World Series of Poker (WSOP) scheduled to get underway on May 31st. The annual series features the Main Event as its crown jewel (with the winner typically taking home $8-$9 million each year in poker's largest tournament) but includes 58 different tournaments in total, with buy-ins ranging from $1,000 all the way up to $50,000.

It may be the millions in prize money that draw the bulk of poker players to Vegas each year for the WSOP but there;s prestige on the line as well, with pros and amateurs alike trying to amass as many winner's bracelets as possible that go traditionally go to the winner of each WSOP event. The gaudy diamond and gold bracelets aren't exactly the most fashionable piece of jewelery but they are a hot commodity in the poker world, as the only way to get one is to be crowned champion of a WSOP event.

Due to the US government crackdown on online poker and casino sites in recent months, expect to see a slightly different scene at this year's WSOP. Overall attendance will likely be down for many events, as two of the sites involved in the US government indictments -- Full Tilt and PokerStars -- have in past years sent thousands of online qualifiers to the Main Event each year. Not only will many of those seats be empty this year but some of the high-profile figures involved with running Full Tilt (and rumored to be owners as well) such as Howard Lederer, Phil Gordon, and Chris Ferguson may skip the WSOP entirely.

The 2011 WSOP kicks off with a bang on May 31st, with the $25,000 NLHE Heads-Up setting the tone and likely attracting some of poker's biggest names such as Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel, and Doyle Brunson. After that it's basically non-stop poker action at the Rio until the Main Event begins on July 5th, with WSOP tournaments scheduled for each and every day. The WSOP not only attracts tens of thousands of poker players each year but also fans as well, dropping by to enjoy a little casino gambling as well as seeing some of their favorite players live and in action.

27-May-2011, 04:16

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