WSOP is back!

WSOP has started

Hi everybody!

It was a while since I last wrote and I am sorry for that. I have had a tough period but now I´ve recovered and I have got back the urge to blog again.

As you probably know if you like poker, WSOP has just started, and I am really looking forward to follow the most interesting events. It will also be fun to see the pros battling for the prestigious gold-bracelets. Phil Hellmuth is in the lead with 14 bracelets so far and the second place is shared by Phil Ivey, Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan. I don´t think Doyle Brunson will play this year due to his age, but I hope Ivey and Chan are going to aim for more bracelets during WSOP 2016.

I´ve read that they have changed the pay out rules in the Main Event this year. Instead of share the prize pool between the best 10% of the players they shall give prize money to 15% of the player field. I don´t know what to think about it, but If I have to say something I guess I think it´s good because it might attract more players to the tournament.

Who do you think win the WSOP Main Event this year? I looked at the odds at bet365 and saw that Phil Ivey had the lowest odds, you´ll get 67,00 in odds if you bet at Ivey as a winner. Second lowest odds had Allen Cunningham, Daniel Negreanu and Gus Hansen to 101,00 times the money. I didn´t even know that Gus Hansen played actively these days. At hendonmob his last money placement in a live tournament was in 2014, but I might have missed something or missed that he is an active online player. I like Gus Hansen and his way of playing poker so I would be glad if he won the Main Event, but I don´t think it´s that very likely since I haven´t seen him in any recent live tournaments.

Daniel Negreanu on the other hand was a very active player last year and I think he is eager to expand his title list with a WSOP Main Event win. In 2013 he won the first WSOP APAC Main Event, and WSOP Europe High Roller event. Since then he hasn´t won any bracelets and I think he is very victory craving now.

I wonder why Phil Hellmuth isn´t the betting companies winning favorite. He has won more gold bracelets in WSOP than any other player and as recently as last year he won a big tournament, the $10 000 Razz tournament which got him his 14th bracelet.

I don´t know which payer I would bet my money at, the winner will probably be a big surprise as always. But maybe I would place a bet at Hellmuth if I have to choose someone. I don´t think last years winner Joseph McKeehen will win two years in a row, but if he does he will be a poker legend.

Well that was all I had on my mind today. I will write soon again!

Hello poker friends!

Poker tournamentsIsn´t live tournaments really fun to watch and follow? The greatest of them all is of course World Series Of Poker, the World Championship in Poker that has been played every year since 1970 and has increased in popularity for every year since the debut.

In the last decennium more and more live tournament series have started, for example European Poker Tour (EPT), World Poker Tour (WPT), Unibet Open, Redbet Live and so on. This year there will be a great change in the tournament series WPT. The season final will only be open for the previous winners of an WPT tournament. This season all winners get an free ticket to the final as usual, it´s included in the first prize in every WPT tournament. Players who have won earlier will be invited, but has to pay the $15 400 buy in by themselves.

The WPT season final has also got a new name ”WPT Tournament of the Champions” and will be hosted at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood the 21 of april. Earlier the season final was called ”The WPT Championship” and has been won by players like the swede Martin de Knijff, Carlos Mortensen, Scott Seiver and Marvin Rettenmaier.

Every season one player is announced ”WPT Player of the year”. All players gather points when they participate in an WPT tournament, and the player that gather the most points during the season is awarded the title player of the year. This concept also exists in WSOP, EPT and many more live tournament series. To make a simplified explanation about the point system you can say that the better finishing position a player get in a tournament, the more points the player are awarded. But this is not the whole truth, the point system is based on a complicated formula that calculate the exact point a players prestation is worth based on the size of the prizepool and the players finishing position.

Players like Bertrand Grospellier and Daniel Negreanu has been awarded with the title WPT player of the year through the history.