Ready or not, it’s HERE

  • You know what time it is. WSOP time! All of the biggest names in poker, all of the biggest events and the biggest prizes of the year, including $10 million 1st place prize in the Main Event!

  • There is only a handful of things in this word that is as exciting to follow. Yesterday WSOP kicked off with Event #1 Casino Employees and Event #2 $25,000 Mix Max.

    WSOP is here

    The biggest poker festival has begun. It is definitely going to be exciting. Just look at names – Vanessa Selbst, Calvin Anderson, JC Tran, Phil Ivey, John Juanda, Phil Laak, Jason Somerville, Daniel Negreanu…the list of notables can go on and on. Just pick your favorite.

    By the way, if you decided to bet for or against Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu winning bracelets, this is going to be a sweat. It was just reported that Phil Ivey was knocked out by JC Tran out of $25,000 Mix Max two places before the money.

    Overall, this summer there will be 65 events including $10,000 Main Event, $1 million The Big One for One Drop and $50,000 Player’s Championship. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

    In upcoming weeks we’ll bring you all of the biggest stories of this year’s WSOP.

    $25,000 WSOP Fantasy Draft

    Along with following WSOP action, there is also the annual $25,000 WSOP Fantasy Draft. Teams has had $200 to bid on the players they think will do best in WSOP. Overall, there are 12 teams with 8 players each including Team Media (Pokernews), Team Mercier, Team Mizrachi, Team Negreanu, etc.

    For example, Team Media (Pokernews) have Phil Ivey, Stephen Chidwick, Faraz Jaka, Jeff Madsen, Greg Merson, Chris George and Andrey Zaichenko.

    If you want to know more about $25,000 Fantasy Draft and pick your team, follow the progress at http://www.25kfantasy.com.

    Poker players in politics?

    Every community wants to be represented in the government. So do poker players. And probably for the first time we do have a voice in a major political organization. Lithuania’s Antanas “Tony G” Guoga this weekend was elected to the European Parliament.

    He ran as a member of Liberal Party and even though this was first shot at politics, thanks to previous charitable acts and a brilliant campaign all throughout the country, Guoga received the most personal votes in his Party.

    And the timing cannot be better. Lithuania is having plans on regulating poker but the bill is withheld in the European Parliament until August 8.