World Series of Poker Still Attracting Thousands of Players

Published Monday, July 09, 2012 -

The ten days in Las Vegas during the World Series of Poker tournament has been described as a marathon for the thousands of poker players who try their luck and test their skill trying to win the gold bracelet at the main event. Thousands try but only a few succeed in taking home some real cash and the honour of being a poker champion. This is a tournament where both amateurs and professionals don their poker faces and stack their chips to vie for the top dog position and the huge prize pool available.

With the addition of more tables at the Rio in Las Vegas the first days of competition have been cut from the normal four days to only three speeding up the marathon giving the winning group a chance to recuperate before the play begins again. Some professional players include Phil Hellmuth, Phil Laak, Scotty Nguyen, Mike Matusow, and Phil Ivey.

Amateur players are eager to pit their poker skills against the big professionals even if it’s just to say they tried, win or lose it’s a learning experience. The Full Tilt fiasco is now in the past for many of its players. Phil Ivey in protest stayed away from the WSOP last year because of the controversy and Full Tilts lack of integrity. Ivey is back and in good form that has seen him cash several times during the 2012 WSOP event. Once the thousands of hands have been played and the cream of the poker playing crop rises to the surface the final table will be set.

Those nine players will hone their skills even sharper over the next several months gearing up for the November Nine main event which will see them compete for the bracelet and the $8 million plus top prize. Last year 23 year old German poker professional Pius Heinz won the $10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship and took home $8,715,638 USD.

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