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Posted 17 July 2007 - 07:19 AM

View PostFlushgarden, on Tuesday, July 17th, 2007, 7:33 AM, said:

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 07:22 AM

View PostTurbo-Boost2000, on Tuesday, July 17th, 2007, 7:34 AM, said:

Hi,i got a question.Are this Year less People at the Mainevent than last Year? Because the Prize Money is less then last Year. 8.5 Million. Last Year 12.5 Million. Or is the Structure changed?I´m a little bit suprised. I thougt maybe this Year 15 Million´s could it be.Greets Turbo-Boost2000P.S.Sorry fo my bad English.
Both points are true. There are less people, and they changed the pay out structure to give more money to the lower levels.There are less people than last year, but many many more than most people expected after the passage of the anti-gaming internet law passed by the Democrat controlled congress. :club:
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Posted 17 July 2007 - 07:47 AM

Pretty interesting question about chopping the 10M, even if it's 1M per year you could figure out how to disburse it, but there are ways to get around the spirit of it.In any event, if another guy wins it, can't he just approach FT and say, "pay me 950K per year for ten years and I'll do what you want"?Anyone in Toronto watching the PPV downtown? Any bars have it? I'm sure they do.E.g., Harbour Sports Grille had the UFC/PRIDE fights, maybe I'll give them a call.
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Posted 17 July 2007 - 08:14 AM

View Postseemorenuts, on Tuesday, July 17th, 2007, 11:47 AM, said:

Pretty interesting question about chopping the 10M, even if it's 1M per year you could figure out how to disburse it, but there are ways to get around the spirit of it.In any event, if another guy wins it, can't he just approach FT and say, "pay me 950K per year for ten years and I'll do what you want"?Anyone in Toronto watching the PPV downtown? Any bars have it? I'm sure they do.E.g., Harbour Sports Grille had the UFC/PRIDE fights, maybe I'll give them a call.
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Posted 17 July 2007 - 08:18 AM

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 08:32 AM

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 08:44 AM

View PostVeener Schnitz, on Tuesday, July 17th, 2007, 12:18 PM, said:

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 08:49 AM

Isn't there some rule agaisnt collusion?
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Posted 17 July 2007 - 08:56 AM

View PostThePhoenix88, on Tuesday, July 17th, 2007, 6:49 PM, said:

Isn't there some rule agaisnt collusion?
Uh, yes? I hope so. ;)If you are referring to the Full Tilt thing that was mentioned - if the remaining players make such a deal it wouldn't be collusion (at least if all the remaining players agree), but I think it would still technically be against the rules, I think Harrah's doesn't permit deals to be made at a final table of the WSOP.

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 08:57 AM

View PostFCP Info, on Tuesday, July 17th, 2007, 8:14 AM, said:

Harbour Sports Grille is owned by Howie Goldfarb who finished 2nd in the main event about 12 or 13 years ago, I'm too lazy to look up the year.
I think he finished 2nd to Dan Harrington in 95.I'm definitely buying the PPV even though there's no Scotty Nguyen. There should at least be some good play and RainKhan should give us some entertainment.
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Posted 17 July 2007 - 09:22 AM

is anyone betting on a player? Here are some odds if anyone cares...7/17/2007 1:55 PM Odds to win the 2007 World Series of Poker 951 David Tran 952 Philip Hilm +425 953 Ray Henson 954 Hevad "Rain" Khan +1015 955 Kevin Farry 956 Scott Freeman 957 Lee Childs +805 958 Jerry Yang +1415 959 Kenny Tran 960 William Spadea 961 Tuan Lam +425 962 Lee Watkinson +645 963 Raymond Rahme +885 964 Stefan Mattsson 965 Bill Edler 966 Ron Kluber 967 Jon Kalmar +525 and here is the espn.com analyst's opinion on each player:Seat 1: Jon "Scalie" Kalmar (Chorly, Lancashire, United Kingdom)Starting third in chips ($20,320,000), the 34-year-old professional poker player is surprised to be here, but not for the usual reason poker players give when they're at the final table. Kalmar wasn't going to play the main event. In fact, he was trying to book his flight home when he realized that the entry fee into a main event satellite was cheaper than changing his ticket. Kalmar entered and won his seat in the event. The rest is history.Interesting facts: Kalmar busted Kenny Tran when he made a river flush, knocking the pro out in 16th place. Kalmar was also the lead singer in a punk rock band.WSOP Cashes: In 2005, Kalmar finished 82nd in the main event.Feldman's take: Kalmar has the fans behind him, but will need to play tight to avoid the more aggressive players at his table early on. If he's still alive with some good chips, and say five players remaining, I wouldn't rule him out.***************************************Seat 2: Lee Childs (Reston, Va.)Childs is an aspiring professional poker player. His story is unlike many others, as the 35-year-old left his high tech position to pursue a career on the felt. Childs holds a BBA in computer information systems and has been living his dream at the 2007 WSOP. Childs enters play fifth in chips ($13,240,000).Interesting fact: He worked on "The JASON Project," which is an educational foundation for students dedicated to scientific expeditions and research founded by the person who first located the Titanic.WSOP Cashes: None.Feldman's take: Childs can pull this one off. He's played well throughout the last four days when the pressure is on and he's controlled pot sizes throughout the entire tournament. I like his chances, but he'll need to find a time to change gears and start swinging at the chip leaders.***************************************Seat 3: Philip Hilm (Cambridge, England)Hello Mr. Chip Leader ($22,070,000). Hilm has Scotty Nguyen to thank for essentially all his chips, as the two tangled hand after hand late on Day 6. Nguyen paid Hilm off time and time again and propelled Hilm from ninth place out of 11 to second. Hilm took care of business from there, chipping up to the top of the leader board. Can the 31-year-old online professional poker player hold onto his chips?Interesting facts: Hilm's previous business venture failed and left him bankrupt and selling coffee makers at grocery stores.WSOP Cashes: 33rd place in the $2,500 no-limit hold 'em short handed event in 2005.Feldman's take: I think that at one point or another Hilm and Tuan Lam will get involved and the two aggressive stacks will eventually result in one of them being eliminated and the other a chip leader. Hilm will have to adjust his strategy against Lam in order to be successful, but either way, he's got the chips to make a run at the title.***************************************Seat 4: Jerry Yang (Temecula, Calif.)How Yang is still alive at this point baffles me for more than one reason. Yang has been the short stack for days and each time he doubles up, he loses his chips and needs to start all over again. Yang doubled up off of Alexander Krevchenko with 11 players left to solidify his spot in the final table. The 39-year-old psychologist and social worker won his seat through a satellite from Pechanga Resort and Casino for only $225.Interesting facts: Yang will be donating 10 percent of his winnings to three different charities -- the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Feed the Children, and the Ronald McDonald House. No, he's not the Yahoo! Jerry Yang.WSOP Cashes: None.Feldman's take: Yang will have to be hit with the deck if he's going to pull this off. Yang hasn't played great poker, but has survived this way due to his desire to win. He's been all-in behind a number of times and he'll have to avoid playing weak hands if he's going to have a chance.***************************************Seat 5: Raymond Rahme (Johannesburg, South Africa)Rahme is fourth in chips ($16,320,000) and the first person to ever reach the final table of the main event from the continent of Africa. The retired businessman is the oldest player at the final table (62) and has fared well in tournaments in South Africa. Interesting facts: Rahme has six children. As part of his fourth-place prize in the "All Africa Poker Championship," he won his seat to the main event, which he has turned into this year's final table appearance. WSOP Cashes: None.Feldman's take: Rahme is quiet and consistent, leaving his supporters to make the noise. He's taken a conservative approach to the last two days, but his success in Africa can't be disputed. It seems that he has the experience to wrap up the bracelet, but does he have the endurance for what could potentially become a 15-hour final table?***************************************Seat 6: Tuan Lam (Mississauga, Ontario)The chips come and go constantly with Lam, who plays an extremely aggressive style. The 41-year-old Canadian professional poker player is second in chips ($21,315,000) heading into Tuesday's action. His favorite words are "raise" and "reraise," and we're sure to hear each plenty during the final table.Interesting facts: Lam was born in Vietnam on New Years Day, 1966, and immigrated to Canada at 19.WSOP Cashes: Two. 46th place in the limit shootout in 2005 and 76th place in the $1,000 no-limit hold 'em tournament in 2005.Feldman's take: See Hilm. I still think the two of them battle most of the night.***************************************Seat 7: Alex Kravchenko (Moscow, Russia)He may be the short stack ($6,570,000), but Kravchenko has put up a fight in that position for what seems like the entire tournament. Kravchenko is one of two players at the final table with a WSOP bracelet, winning his first in an Omaha high-low preliminary event this year. The 36-year-old businessman has been playing poker for eight years and has an impressive résumé of tournament wins in Europe.Interesting facts: Kravchenko has cashed over 30 times in his poker career, including a win in the Austrian pot-limit championship in 2001.WSOP Cashes: Seven. Kravchenko cashed five times during 2007 and twice in 2006. He has nearly $300,000 in '07 earnings at the Rio.Feldman's take: Look out. This isn't just any short stack and his demeanor at the table makes him nearly impossible to read. Kravchenko knows how to win and he won't leave the final table without a fight. He's deliberate with his actions and it would surprise me if he makes a mistake that results in his elimination ***************************************Seat 8: Lee Watkinson (Cheney, Wash.)With 36 players remaining, there were five notable names left. It's surprising that Watkinson is the only one still playing the main event. Not because it's Lee, but because I thought there would be others joining him. The bottom line is that this top professional is no joke and will be ready for anything and everything that may come his way Tuesday night. Watkinson, 40, will look to win his second bracelet, but his first in no-limit hold 'em. He'll start sixth in chips with $9,925,000.Interesting facts: Watkinson actually won a satellite into this tournament on Full Tilt Poker. There's rumors that if he wins the event, he'll win an additional $10 million which was the promotion that the site offered to its qualifiers. Watkinson also holds a degree in economics and also rescues captive chimpanzees which have been used in everything from movies to research laboratories.WSOP Cashes: 9. Two so far in 2007, not including the main event. He won his bracelet in 2006 in a pot-limit Omaha event.Feldman's take: All eyes will be on Lee. The question of whether a well known pro will ever win the main event will be answered Tuesday night and I think he can pull it off. The cautious Watkinson will have to earn some chips early to make an impact or else he'll be on the rail a lot earlier than expected. However, I don't expect to see him there anytime before midnight.***************************************Seat 9: Hevad "RainKhan" Khan (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.)Starting seventh in chips ($9,205,000), Khan told me he's prepared to take a coin flip for his tournament life and he just needs to run good. The 22-year-old SUNY-Albany drop out is ready to make it big time. The loud, ranting, yelling, celebratory Khan went missing on Day 6, but his antics have made him fun to watch and I'm sure he has made some great TV.Interesting facts: The professional online poker player claims to have multi-tabled 43 tournaments at once, but will he be able to focus on one to the best of his ability? 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Posted 17 July 2007 - 09:27 AM

So ummm, who's got the user/pass for us to watch :club: I can't believe it's been a year already since Jamie Gold.


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Posted 17 July 2007 - 09:43 AM

I really hope the Lee Watkinson can win. It couldn't happen to a nicer guy. GOOOOOO LEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 09:46 AM

View PostYoda, on Tuesday, July 17th, 2007, 7:27 PM, said:

So ummm, who's got the user/pass for us to watch :club: I can't believe it's been a year already since Jamie Gold.
It would be very much appreciated if anyone knows a way to watch it without paying.

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 09:47 AM

Just bought it. What time is it now in eastern time?
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Posted 17 July 2007 - 09:48 AM

View PostFCP Info, on Tuesday, July 17th, 2007, 8:14 AM, said:

Harbour Sports Grille is owned by Howie Goldfarb who finished 2nd in the main event about 12 or 13 years ago, I'm too lazy to look up the year.
LOL that guy was awesome...if I recall he was eating a burger and smoking right around when the last hand was going on and wearing a hideous t-shirt that said Kryptonite on it. One of my favorite scenes from pokerdom.

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 09:51 AM

1:50 on the east coast. 10:50 in Vegas.
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Posted 17 July 2007 - 09:57 AM

Someone mentioned the ESPN ad said that hole cards will be shown.Has anyone verified this? I can't find the info anywhere. I may get the PPV if the hole cards are shown.Thanks
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Posted 17 July 2007 - 10:00 AM

I think ESPN said something about that before the Series started and all the pros got mad because someone at the table could have information the others don't. I'm not sure though.
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Posted 17 July 2007 - 10:00 AM

Hole cards WILL NOT be shown.
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