WSOP Bracelet Winner Analyzes a Hand of Omaha Hi Low

Hey High Rollers, very happy to bring this post with the aid of my buddy Calen ‘Big Wheel’ McNeil, a Canadian, who in 2013 won WSOP gold in Event #20, $1,500 Omaha Hi Low 8 or Better. The following year he finished 4th in the very same event. The guy can play! Here, he responds to a listener question about a hand in a $5 NLO8 tourney on Full Tilt Poker.

Listener Question:

I was in the hijack seat, with the blinds at 120/240 in a game of No Limit Omaha Eight or Better, and I raised to 720 with AK36 (3 clubs, including the Ace). The button calls. The small blind ships it all-in for my entire stack. I decided to fold, leaving myself just 15 big blinds. Should I be calling there?
Calen McNeil Answer:
I think in that spot when you raise your committing yourself to the hand. You have two low cards and a big suited ace. That is good enough to go with when you’re short stacked and under 20bb. In the future, perhaps limp the hijack or make it 480. That makes folding more of an option. In this spot folding shouldn’t be an option with that hand and when you make it 3x. If you had only one low card, in this case a 3 and, say a 9 instead of a 6, you might open fold. If you had a 3 and a 10 I would go with it. The 3 and the 6 definitely make it a raise ‘to get it in’ hand. If you had a 5 or a 4, or obviously a 2, to go with the three it’s the same thing. Raise to get it in.

Listener Reply: 
Thanks. I feel I’m playing too tight in certain spots. Especially when there is a caller behind and then an all-in, my gut tells me I’m always crushed there.

 

Calen McNeil:

When raising from steal spots (button) people can raise you all-in with any A2 hand or double suits and the like. Your hand plays well against a wide range of hands your opponent could be doing this with. You are crushed against ACES with a Deuce. That’s a pretty tight range to be crushed by in my opinion, especially in this spot. I like to raise smaller amounts which allows me not to get too pot committed.

 
Editor’s Note:
A day after submitting that question to Calen McNeil, our High Roller sent us a note saying he won his daily $5 NLO8 event for $96. Sweet.

Called McNeil’s bracelet in 2013 was one of 10 won by Canadians and another, Marc Etienne McLaughlin, finished 6th in the main event.
2015 World Champion Joseph McKeehan is a pretty good player. The North Wales, Pennsylvania, native took a lot of criticism on social media for ‘running good’ during the 2015 November Nine. But, since that main event final table McKeehan has already amassed close to $1.8 million in earnings. His run includes a win at the Fall Wynn Classic, a 2nd place finish at the PCA $100k High Roller event for $1.2 million and a 4th at the Borgata Winter Open for $249,267. The guy can play.
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Nevada Regulators give approval for off-strip casino

Nevada Regulators give approval for off-strip casino

Off-Strip Casino Finally Approved!
     The Nevada Gaming Commission and the Gaming Control Board have approved the public offering plan of the off-strip chain, Red Rock Resorts, the name the new company will operate under, after successful completion of its IPO. The news seems to have stirred some much needed attention in Casino Games that Station Casino has been aiming to pout in  place since the Securities and Exchange Commission approved the license.

     This new venture will be headed up by the major shareholders, in brothers Frank and Lorenzo Ferttita, which own 43 per cent and have occupied two of the five seats on the Red Rock Resorts executive board ever since the company went private in 2007. 

     There is some opposition. The local Union of Culinary has indicated its intention to oppose the move through its research director Maya Holmes, who’s cited that the bank has manipulated the interest rate, among her many reasons for campaigning against the IPO.  This, despite talk the union has a closer link to the Deutche Bank, which is believed to be the main funder of the company.

     Despite all the issues, the Station has assured regulators that is has no undue influence and the company is in good financial standing. And, the regulator have verified the claims. The massive $460 million entertainment complex acquisition went ahead as it was approved by regulators.

Hockey in Vegas?
“I just don’t see it not happening. We have a solid owner, an arena and we sold 13,000 season tickets. Vegas has 2.2 million people. It’s a sports town. We’ve been starving for a professional franchise of any kind for many years.”
– Daniel Negreanu, on Las Vegas getting an NHL team.

Poker Quotes

“The night before I left Las Vegas I walked out in the desert to look at the moon. There was a jeweled city on the horizon, spires rising in the night, but the jewels were diadems of electric and the spires were the neon of signs ten stories high.” 
 Norman Mailer

“In Vegas, I got into a long argument with the man at the roulette wheel over what I considered to be an odd number.”
– Steven Wright

“In Vegas, everybody’s gotta watch everybody else. Since the players are looking to beat the casino, the dealers are watching the players. The box men are watching the dealers. The floor men are watching the box men. The pit bosses are watching the floor men. The shift bosses are watching the pit bosses. The casino manager is watching the shift bosses. I’m watching the casino manager. And the eye-in-the-sky is watching us all.”
– 
Ace Rothstein: (voice-over), Casino

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Slot Machine History & Betting Tips

Slot Machine History

     Since their invention in 1899 by Charles Fey, slot machines have been a source of excitement and entertainment for gamblers worldwide. They come in all shapes and forms and occupy most of the space at brick and mortar casinos. The bells and whistles are highly attractive and a proven source of fun for patrons of all kinds.
     In 1964, the slot machine industry was changed forever when electronic processors were added to the mix, a function to determine the outcome of games. This made machines more secure and, because it allowed the reels to stop reliably where they were supposed to, it also meant operators could offer larger prizes and jackpots.
     The next logical step unfolded in the mid 1970’s when Walt Freely introduced the first video-based slot machine called the “Fortune Coin,” which consisted only of the computer unit, the coin hopper and a TV screen. Things were simplified greatly, but despite the benefits for the casinos and better odds, highly controlled payout’s and jackpots, players were at first slow to trust the new technology. Then, video poker came along and, although the two games have few similarities, when players realized video poker games were fair the public perception slowly started to change with respect to video slot games as well. From there things exploded as the three-reeled machine grew to five, seven and nine reel games, massive symbol variations, pay lines, bet sizes, side games and jackpot amounts. Slot machines were added to the roster of online casino offerings. Click here to visit Netbet.  Think about it – 100 years of research has been crafted into each and every slot machine you’ll play at either a brick and mortar casino or online casino.

Tips for Slot Machine Play
     
     Be sure to check and read any information relating to your online casino or individual slot machine you’d like to play. Look for things like payout information, percentages, and if you can’t afford the maximum bet on any one machine switch to one with fewer reels or lower denominations to ensure yourself in the mix for jackpots.
     Be sure to set your limits with the ultimate goal of managing your bankroll in a bid to keep play entertaining, exciting and affordable. Think about it like an evening of fun and always consider playing with a set, comfortable amount.
     When you play consider which machines offer the highest progressive jackpots, a signal they haven’t been ‘hit’ in a while.  Look for machines and online casinos that offer the best bonuses and highest player rewards. Also, consider playing machines that offer higher prizes than one that pays out more often but also pays out less.
     Most importantly, if your machine is hot and hitting stay there until the luck turns. Sometimes swapping machines and games can pay-off. And, always remember slot machine pay-out’s are still random. Sometimes it’s just not your night. Take a break and you’ll have better luck next time.

 

Did you know?
In 1899, Charles Fey produced the first ever slot machine, one resembling the machines we know today. It was called “The Liberty Bell” and featured three reels with various symbols, the major one being a cracked Liberty Bell. It had a coin acceptor, a payout table and a large handle on the side. Fey placed it in a San Francisco saloon to see how the public would react and it became such a hit he quit his job to focus on this new technology. He monopolized the market and became very successful.

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Gambling in a Canadian Chinatown – Fun Gambling Facts

Hey High Rollers, absolutely love it when we get follower submissions…and we thank a young 12 year old fan of High Roller Radio for these pics from Victoria, British Columbia. He was there, visiting Chinatown on his older sister’s birthday. Thank-you young man!

Vintage Gambling Games from Victoria, BC, Canada circa early 1900’s:

(Apparently gambling was huge in Victoria, BC, in Chinatown…can you imagine the action and cigarette smoke back in the day?)

Classic dice games enjoyed by those living in Chinatown many years ago.

Classic dice games enjoyed by those living in Chinatown many years ago.

Craps Anyone? Dice games in Chinatown.

Craps Anyone? Dice games in Chinatown.

 

Slots Anyone?

Slots Anyone?

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Mike Watson Wins PCA, Super High Roller Bowl & Gambling Fun Facts

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Sir Watts Strikes Again

We star with Canadian poker sensation Mike Watson. Can this guy play or what? He always seems to be in the mix, usually at High Roller events, and this time at the very prestigious PCA 2016 main event. ‘Sir Watts’ topped  a stacked field of 928 players to take down his 1st EPT title and $728,325. The 31 year old now has more than $9 million in lifetime earnings and boy would we love to have him on the show. What do you say Mike?

“It means a lot to win a main event with a big field and especially the PCA being one of the flagship events of the EPT, and really a premiere event in the whole poker calendar. It has special meaning to me that Steve Paul-Ambrose won it ten years ago. He was a mentor to me and that makes it extra sweet.”

Anthony Gregg finished 2nd.

Special mention to Marty McCormick of Scotland, who qualified for the PCA thru a $27 satellite on PokerStars, finished 13th or smooth g for 50k. Well done sir…and thanks for the drunken entertainment on twitch poker. We’d love to have you on  the show as well Marty.

Super High Roller Bowl

Poker Central, the world’s first 24/7 poker TV network, has announced plans for its second SHB, this time a $300k buy-in with a 49 seat cap. 

“There are few poker events that can change the landscape of the game overnight — the Super High Roller Bowl is one of them. The 2016 Super High Roller Bowl will be even more exciting than last year’s!”

  • Clint Stintcomb

By the way, Brian Rast defeated Scott Seiver last year to claim the whopping $7.5 million first prize.

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Did you know? 

Writer Damon Runyon allegedly based the character Sky Masterson, the gambler-hero of The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown (on which the musical Guys and Dolls is based), on legendary gambler Titanic Thompson, who is thought to have taught all of his pro-bet, hustling tricks to Amarillo Slim.

Action Man: One of Titanic Thompson’s partners in “the hustling game” included pool player Mnnesota Fats, who considered Titanic a genius, “the greatest action man of all time”.

Pay Cut?
In an era when top pro golfers were lucky to earn $30,000 a year, Thomas (who, after a misprint in a New York newspaper, let people think his name was Thompson) could make that much in a week hustling rich country club hackers. He was once asked if he would ever turn pro? He replied, “I could not afford the cut in pay”.

A Putt for his Life?
Once, during a discussion about golf, Doyle Brunson said that if he had to pick one guy to make a 10-foot putt for his life it would be Puggy Pearson. Not Nicklaus, nor Palmer, nor Watson. Puggy Pearson!
“He’s the greatest pressure putter I’ve ever seen,” Brunson said.

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Walk of Fame
In 2004, the World Poker Tour created a Walk of Fame, inducting poker legends Doyle Brunson and Gus Hansen, as well as actor James Garner.

WSOP Legend Doyle Brunson – ‘Texas Dolly’

Hey High Rollers, Conor McGregor comes up big at UFC 194, a stunning one-punch knock-out of Jose Aldo. Wow! He is the UFC’s money man now as the age pulled in a whopping $10.1 million. Irish eyes are smiling.

This week, we profile Doyle Brunson, two-time world champion and 10-time WSOP bracelet winner. He is a member of the poker Hall of Fame and the author of Poker’s Bible Super System (1 and 2). He won both his world championships with the starting hand 10, deuce, which has forever become known as ‘The Brunson.’

Super System, poker's Bible

Super System, poker’s Bible

What was the original name of the book Super System? Answer HERE

The sections of the book dedicated to strategy were divided as follows:

  • Draw poker written by Mike Caro. Among other things, Caro writes in detail about poker tells, how to gain information about an opponent’s hand based on how they act. He is regarded as an expert on poker psychology and behavior and would later go on to write his own seminal book on tells. He is also known as the ‘Mad Genius of Poker.’
  • Seven-card stud written by Chip Reese.
  • Lowball written by Joey Hawthorne and Doyle Brunson.
  • Seven-card stud high-low split (with no qualifier for low) by David Sklansky.
  • Limit Texas Hold’em by Bobby Baldwin.
  • No-limit Texas hold ’em by Doyle Brunson.

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Odds & Ends
“I love gambling and that’s another bad financial decision I’ve made; to play cards for money.”
– Macy Gray, Singer

Omaha Hi Low
Remember the 3 Bandits; If you’re holding a 7, 8 or 9, keep in mind they create lower hand expectations. Think fold!
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Strip Poker Anyone?
Strip poker is a party game, a variation of traditional poker, where players remove clothing when they lose. Any form of poker can be adapted to the strip form, but it is usually played with simple variants like 5-Card Draw or Texas Hold’em. Played by mixed groups in social situations to generate an atmosphere of fun, strip poker can heighten the sexual atmosphere. Like other adult party games, activities besides removing clothing and playing cards might be involved, like Truth or Dare.

History
It’s been suggested that strip poker originated in New Orleans in the 19th century, around the same time as original poker. It was played in brothels. The term ‘Strip Poker’ has only been confirmed since 1916. What began as a pranl among boys, the current co-ed version was called”mixed strip poker” in England to differentiate it from the all-male, non-sexual variety.

Did you know?  
After winning his bracelet in 2010, Canadian Pascal LeFrancois posed for the winner’s photo topless. It was the result of a dare from friends and he kept his word and removed his shirt for the bracelet photo, what had to be a WSOP first!
A Woman’s Game?
In 1941, the Young Women’s Republican Club of Milford, CT held a night like no other; they indulged in traditionally male pastimes like cigar smoking, poker playing, and wrestling. The night confused the majority of Milford’s male population but made quite a splash none-the-less.

 

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UFC 194 Break Down, Andy’s Bloch-Buster Home & Poker Fun Facts

Hey High Rollers, just a few nights until the ‘Fight of the Century‘ in the UFC, as Conor McGregor, the brash talking Irishman, takes on Jose Aldo, a guy who hasn’t lost in 11 years and a true legend of the sport. Will you be watching? Who will you be taking? Plus, Chris Weidman tries to defend his title against Luke Rockhold. It’s a stacked card at UFC 194, should be MMA at its finest.

Conor McGregor faces Jose Aldo at UFC 194. Can his walk match his talk?

Conor McGregor faces Jose Aldo at UFC 194. Can his walk match his talk?

High Roller Radio’s UFC, MMA and Boxing analyst Chris de Beer, the ‘Don’ of sports betting recently appeared n the show…he dissects the card, the big fights and also breaks down the Ronda Rousey loss to Holly Holm. 

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Poker Superstar puts his Las Vegas home on the Bloch!

Poker Superstar puts his Las Vegas home on the Bloch!

A Bloch-Buster Deal!

The home of poker pro Andy Bloch is up for sale, a 10,591 square-foot mansion that comes with a hefty price tag – $8,999,000. The custom-built three-story home has six bedrooms, along with six full bathrooms and four half-bathrooms. Bloch has $5.2 million in career tournament earnings and was once an investor in the Full Tilt Poker site. Beautiful games too, this home is about 30 minutes from the Strip and has an unobstructed view of it.

A Chip off the Old Bloch
Andy Bloch, a WSOP bracelet winner and former member of the M-I-T Blackjack Team, is a collector of old and rare poker books. He was featured in the blackjack documentary ‘The Hot Shoe’, has starred in his own DVD, ‘Beating Blackjack’ and was a leading man in the book, Bringing Down the House. Bloch, who holds two electrical engineering degrees from MIT and a JD from Harvard Law School, once pocketed $100,000 in one blackjack session.

Are you a Donkey?
Donkeytest.com is a poker skill test, the first of its kind, which features a unique scoring system to measure your overall poker skill level and assess your play in 13 sub categories. The website reveals your strengths and, perhaps more importantly, your weaknesses. Donkeytest.com was developed by a group of professional poker players and is essentially a poker IQ test.

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New Song:
‘Poker Man’ by Canadian Dean Shaw;
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Did you know?  
The sequel to Super System, appropriately titled Super System 2, was published in October 2004. Like the first, the second book is broken up into several sections, each covering a different variant of poker, and written by different experts on those games. Daniel Negreanu, Lyle Berman, founder of the World Poker Tour; Bobby Baldwin; Johnny Chan; Mike Caro; Jennifer Harman; Todd Brunson; Steve Zolotow; and Crandell Addington are among the contributors.

“Poker is an art form, of course, but sometimes you have to sacrifice art in favour of making a profit.”

– Mike Caro

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Fun Facts

  • Romania has the majority of poker rooms in Europe, Bucharest boasts 12 official casinos. Monte Carlo has just four.
  • Even though Daniel Negreanu, one of the best players to ever be dealt cards, is from Toronto, Canada, his parents immigrated from Romania, in 1974. The 6-time WSOP bracelet winner and 2-time World Poker Tour champion is very proud os his Romanian heritage.

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JC Alvarado Interview, MMA Fight Prop Bets, Sports Books Lose on Rousey

Hey High Rollers, some programming note; we have just interviewed JC Alvarado, a who who just finished 3rd in the 2015 WSOPE main event for $347,000. He’s won more than $3 million playing tournaments, and scored for $969,000 in the 2012 EPT Super High Roller vent in Barcelona. Plus, he’s made news for agreeing to a 6-figure MMA fight prop-bet with fellow pro Olivier Busquet. That fight games place in April and has the poker world, and UFC fans alike, abuzz.

Agrees to 6-figure MMA fight prop bet with fellow pro.

Agrees to 6-figure MMA fight prop bet with fellow pro.

Listen to that great Q&A HERE

The Man Alvarado is Fighting
Olivier Busquet
* Earned $2 million in Sit n Go’s before any other player earned $1 million.
* 2009 Borgata WPT Poker Open champion.
* Owner of 2 EPT titles
* More than $6 million won playing live tournaments.

Flashback: Remember the fight between poker pros Lex Veldhuis and Bertrand Grospellier?

Poker Quotes
“I’m giving him odds because I’ve been training for a while and he never has. I think my experience gives me a slight edge coming into this.”

– JC Alvarado on his fight with Olivier Busquet

Ronda Pounded, Sports Books Too
Rough day for sports books in Nevada when Holly Holm nailed Ronda Rousey with that vicious head kick at UFC 193. According to reports, it was a disaster. Most of the action was on Holm. According to a report from USA Today, the consensus line: $900 on Rousey to win $100, while a $100 bet on Holm would win $600. And the odds were much worse for Holm the further back you go from the fight. She was once 14-1 at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. It was reportedly the most heavily bet Ronda Rousey fight to date.

Did you know?

The UFC’s held over 300 events and counting. Dana White is president, while brothers Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta control the parent company Luffa, LLC. The first UFC event was held on November 12, 1993 at the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado.

Bruce Buffer, the ring announcer for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, is an avid poker player and is a regular entry into the Main Event of the WSOP.

George St.Pierre, the UFC Middleweight Champion of the World, represents the online poker website 888.com, one of the most respected poker sites in the world.

EPT Barcelona
The Grand Casino in Barcelona sits right on the Mediterranean Ocean and directly across from Port Olympic, which was one of the main stages for the 1992 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXV Olympiad.

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Odds & Ends
“I love gambling and that’s another bad financial decision I’ve made; to play cards for money.”
– Macy Gray, Singer

Did you know? Mike “Timex” McDonald, a 26-year-old poker pro from Canada who has accumulated more than $12.4 million in tournament earnings. He has 10 huge titles to his name and five seven-figure tournaments scores under his belt. One word – WOW! Timex has also worked with some of the November Nine in recent years, including 2011 champion Pius Heinz.

Great Player!
(would love to have him on)

Lastly: Do you play on PokerStars? Check out this Two Plus Two thread where some players are talking about a strike:

HERE

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November Nine Final Table – Joe McKeehan Dominates!

Hey High Rollers, did you watch the final table? Did you like it? The 2015 WSOP Main Event has concluded and it’s the 25 year old from North Wales, Pennsylvania who claims the $7.7 million first place prize, richest prize in sports, and bragging rights as poker’s new world champ. Now, he has two world titles, he also won the world Risk title in 2010.  Joshua Beckley finished 2nd, Neil Blumenfield 3rd.

Poker's New King!

Poker’s New King!

Things Learned Watching the November Nine:

  • The Italian, Frederico Butteroni, once worked on a watermelon farm in Australia.
  • Frederico Butteroni and Joshua Beckley made the final table in their first ever WSOP main event.
  • Patrick Chan was eliminated on just the 2nd hand of the final table, a November Nine record.
  • #WSOP started to trend on twitter, as did #WSOPMainEvent
  • Israeli Zvi Stern’s slow play and ‘tanking’ on night one prompted Daniel Negreanu, poker’s all-time winningest player, to take to twitter calling for rule changes i.e. shot clock.
  • The $7.7 million McKeehan won is more than Johnny Chan made after three straight WSOP main event final tables, in which two of them he won.
  • The 2015 WSOP gold bracelet is big enough to fit the two winning cards in it for posterity and is worth $250,000.
  • There were 192 million chips in play in the 2015 main event.
  • This is the 8th straight year a 20-something won the event.

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Final Hand

 Ace 10 versus 44

McKeehan ran well to say the least! Played well too. It was the most dominating win since 2006 when Jamie Gold went crazy.

Shot Clock?

The November Nine saw some slow play, especially from the Israeli Zvi Stern and twister attacked. Daniel Negreanu, poker’s winningest all-time money leader and the game’s bets ambassador took to social media calling for a shot clock. WSOP TD Jack Eiffel had this to say to Card Player magazine:

“[Stern] was super cool when I talked to him about it. He was like, ‘Man, I didn’t realize I was taking too much time.’ He got it. I think sometimes players just have to be told. As officials, it’s our job to talk to guys and try to explain that to them and explain it from the other players’ perspective. The first thing that scares me when I think about the shot clock is that if you put someone on a shot clock, and everybody is on that same shot clock, then everybody is going to use that same amount of time before they act every single hand. So that guy who may have folded in five or 10 seconds are now taking 30, and that might pose a problem. I don’t know how it would play out naturally. It would need some more R and D and some trial to see whether or not it would be good.”

  • Jack Effel

Note: We did great interview with Bart Hanson of Crush Live Poker a few years ago and he commented on a shot clock in poker. www.highrollerradio.net INTERVIEWS tab.

Fun Fact

The 2015 World Series of Poker final table finished this week in Las Vegas, with the final nine playing for a combined $24.8 million. According to analysis of tax liabilities of the November Nine by taxabletalk.com the IRS collected nearly $8.5 million of the prize money.

Come’on Man!

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WSOP Main Event Final Table – Tonight! Betting Odds.

Hey High Rollers, biggest night in poker as the November Nine resumes, fans will be watching with bated breath, one of the biggest spectacles and richest prizes in sport. Is poker a sport? We’ll save that for another day, but it is the World Series Of Poker final table, nine players vying for the world championship – and the money doesn’t lie, a whopping $7.7 million to the winner.

Nine players left for the world championship and $7.7 million

Nine players left for the world championship and $7.7 million

These nine have outlasted more than 6400 others, each have already been paid ninth place money, more than a million dollars. The cards fly in just a few hours, 8pm at the Penn and Teller theatre at the RIO in Las Vegas. And yes, you can wager on it! Chip leader Joseph McKeehan is the overwhelming 7-5 favourite, massive chip lead with  more than 63 million to play with. His chip count, more than double that of 2nd place Zvi Stern, from isreal, who’s listed at 7-2. McKeehen, by the way, a native of North Wales, Pa, is a two-time WSOP circuit winner, he almost captured a bracelet last year finishing runner-up in the inaugural Monster Stack event. Tidbit: McKeehan won the world Risk championship in 2010. Third in chips, is San Fransisco’s Neil Blumenfield, 61, who has 22 million chips and is pegged at 6-to-1. Same odds for the oldest player left, 72 year old Belgian Pierre Neuville and what a story that would be. Neuville will unbag 21 million chips in 4th Place. And then there’s Max Steinberg, a little more than 20 million, listed at 7-to-1, and this is our betting favourite. Great story too; he won his $10,000 seat into the main event through an NBA satellite on DraftKings. Yes, this guy used to play poker for a living, he owns a WSOP bracelet already, and what a parlay! He tturned that $27 satellite, into a $10,000 entry fee, now has a $1 million and a chance at the whole enchilada. This guy’s good, he’s underrated and you know he’s riding high, so watch out – Max J Steinberg at 7-to-1…that’s where our money’s going. The remaining 4 players, all between the tender ages of 23 and 25, are long shots. Young gun’s Thomas Cannuli and Joshua Beckley, both from New Jersey, and both listed at (12/1).  Brooklyn’s Patrick Chan and Italy’s Federico Butteroni are (25/1) dogs. Chan and Butteroni have less than 1/10 the amount of chips as McKeehen, the leader. Watch for it folks, live ESPN tonight, when they’ll play down from 9 players to 4, then tomorrow November 9th, from four players down to 2, and poker’s world champ will be crowned Tuesday November 10th.

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Did you know? The $7.7 million first place prize money is more than Wimbledon, The Masters, and the Indianapolis 500 awards to its winners – combined! The largest ever prize at the WSOP ME was 2006 when Jamie Gold collected $12 million for winning the main event. The richest first place prize in poker history was the Big One for One Drop – $18 million – won by Antonio Esfandiari.

Have fun watching tonight…good luck to all…let’s hope for drama folks.

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