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sabato 29 giugno 2019

WSOP update through 55 events

It’s been another thrilling week at the 50th Annual World Series of Poker, with a Jeopardy champ sighting, a visit by the Twinkiemobile, NFL, NHL and Soccer star sightings, oh and of course some remarkable achievements on the WSOP felt. Here is the latest from the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas as we’ve reached the halfway point of the 2019 WSOP.

Big Numbers Continue: Through 55 events, the WSOP looks sure to break the all-time participation record set last year. With 35 events remaining, the WSOP has already amassed 111,713 entries – up 28.4% y-o-y, and just 12,152 short of the record 123,865. This year’s WSOP has already awarded $124,228,298 in prize money – up 12.4% y-oy. At same point in 2018, there were 86,997 entries and $110,481,222 in prize money awarded.

Jeopardy James: Answer: The longest-running and richest poker tournament series. We hope our latest WSOP participant knows the question to this answer. Can you imagine being a poker player who just paid $1,000 to enter a World Series of Poker gold bracelet event and find amongst your tablemates, none other than James Holzhauer? Holzhauer is the recent Jeopardy game show contestant who turned the game on its head with his unorthodox style and smarts to win 32 consecutive games and $2,464,216. The 34-year-old Las Vegas resident and professional sports bettor by day is trying his hand at poker, participating in his first two WSOP gold bracelet events today. Holzhauer, played some online poker back in his college days at the University of Illinois, but this marks his first appearance at the WSOP. He showed up to participate in Event 56, a $1,000 buy-in Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold’em one-day event, as well as play in Event 57, a $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em event with Poker Hall of Famer Mike Sexton as his tag team partner. Holzhauer planned to donate 50% of any winnings to a homeless teen charity in Nevada called Project150.

All-In Athletes: The WSOP often gets professional athletes participating in WSOP events, especially those from team sports. Poker is often used as a way to pass time on plane trips and bus rides, and several players use the same competitive drive from their profession and apply it to the WSOP felt. Three notable stars from different sports have played and won money in WSOP events this week.


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