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2011 World Series of Poker

Poker professional Erick Lindgren competes during Day 2B of the World Series of Poker main event at the Rio Tuesday, July 12, 2011.
Erick Lindgren out to maximize first deep run in World Series of Poker Main Event
July 18, 2011
Like one of the world’s top golfers never making the cut at The Masters, the fact that Erick Lindgren had never cashed in the World Series of Poker Main Event before this year was inexplicable. A banner with a picture of Lindgren graces the hallway at the Rio for when he won the 2008 WSOP Player of the Year. He’s included in the top 25 on the all-time poker tournament earnings list, but could never break through in the game’s world championship.
David Bach of Athens, Ga. plays during the final table of the World Championship H.O.R.S.E. tournament at the World Series of Poker at the Rio Tuesday, June 30, 2009.
David Bach making hold' em his game at World Series of Poker Main Event
July 17, 2011
While everyone at the surrounding tables had left the Amazon Room, David Bach remained at his seat after eight hours of play in Day 5 of the World Series of Poker Main Event.
The bubble player, or last player to not win money, Reza Kashani is introduced by Jack Effel during play at the 2011 World Series of Poker Friday, July 15, 2011.
Payouts begin at WSOP Main Event after amateur player bursts money bubble
July 15, 2011
The last time a hand involving Joseph Cheong became the center of attention in the poker world was when he erred in the biggest pot in World Series of Poker history at the 2010 Main Event final table. Cheong got to experience the other side of a head-scratching play Thursday at the Rio during Day 4 of the 2011 Main Event.

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A stack of chips is shown during Day 2B of the World Series of Poker main event at the Rio Tuesday, July 12, 2011.
World Series of Poker Main Event will reach the money Friday
July 14, 2011
The mood at the Rio for the World Series of Poker is a-changin’. The hallways are significantly less crowded when the players remaining in the 2011 Main Event go on break. The amount of chatter at the tables is drastically reduced.
Las Vegas Sun sports editor Ray Brewer, second from left, competes in the World Series of Poker media tournament at the Rio Wednesday, July 13, 2011.
Pocket 8s spell disaster in WSOP media tournament
July 14, 2011
Playing poker looks easy on television. You are dealt two cards, place a wager or fold your hand, engage in friendly small talk with the stranger sitting next to you and hope to catch a miraculous hot streak. That is only half the battle.

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Poker professional and Las Vegas resident Ben Lamb competes during Day 2B of the World Series of Poker main event at the Rio Tuesday, July 12, 2011.
Ten players to watch out for as WSOP Main Event goes into Day 3
July 13, 2011
It’s almost impossible for one player in the World Series of Poker Main Event to hold the chip lead after both their Day 1 and Day 2 sessions. With the field trimming dramatically — nearly 5,000 players have exited the Main Event through four Day 1s and two Day 2s —and so many chips changing hands, names on the leader board rise and fall like a skyscraper elevator. But unlike everyone else, Las Vegas resident Ben Lamb’s chip count has only gone up.
A view of the poker room at Aria Monday, December 14, 2009.
Las Vegas' biggest poker games have found a new home
July 12, 2011
A sign that greets both motorists and pedestrian traffic as they make their way toward the entrance of Aria reads, “The center of action has shifted.” That’s perhaps most true in the resort’s poker room.

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Annie Duke (pictured) joined Jeffrey Pollack to form the Epic Poker League.
Friess: Annie Duke's new poker league will distinguish the real pros
July 11, 2011
Just a month ago, I couldn’t have picked Rory McIlroy or Novak Djokovic out of a lineup. Like many Americans, I take my sports the way I take the rest of my entertainment news, only paying careful attention beyond my hometown teams when something real is at stake, when someone’s consistent excellence commands awe or when a story line enchants me. Once I’m aware, I’m eager to see what they do next.

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Poker players compete at the ESPN featured table during Day 1C of the World Series of Poker main event at the Rio Las Vegas Saturday, July 9, 2011. To accommodate all the entries, there are four "first days" for the main event.
World Series of Poker Main Event exceeds expectations in registration
July 10, 2011
World Series of Poker officials’ optimism about the amount of players in this year’s Main Event wasn’t hyperbole or wishful thinking. The 2011 Main Event attracted its third largest field of all time.
Poker pro Phil Hellmuth enters the Rio commentating for ESPN during Day 1C of the World Series of Poker main event at the Rio Las Vegas Saturday, July 9, 2011.
Main Event Day 1C proves most eventful at World Series of Poker
July 9, 2011
If subdued was the best way to describe the atmosphere at the World Series of Poker Main Event during its first two days, then enlivened should suffice for Saturday’s Day 1C. “I’m very happy there are still a lot of people playing the Main Event and playing all the tournaments,” 2010 WSOP champion Jonathan Duhamel said.
Poker players compete during the first day of the World Series of Poker main event at the Rio Thursday, July 7, 2011. To accommodate all the entries, there are four "first days" for the main event.
Strategies vary on how to play early days in World Series of Poker Main Event
July 8, 2011
As with most subjects in the poker strategy realm, there’s no definitive answer to the most effective way to approach the opening days of the World Series of Poker Main Event. Some players at the Rio will say a deep chip stack makes a loose aggressive style more rewarding.
Poker professional Doyle Brunson competes during the first day of the World Series of Poker main event at the Rio Thursday, July 7, 2011. Brunson is the first two-time WSOP main event champion to win consecutively - in 1976 and 1977.
Logos are big no-nos at World Series of Poker this year
July 8, 2011
The start of the 42nd annual World Series of Poker main event this afternoon at the Rio has all the hallmarks of the world’s largest poker tournament during the heyday of the game in American popular culture, with throngs of eager participants and onlookers. This year’s crowd looks a bit different from last year, however.
Poker professional Greg Raymer, top center, competes during the first day of the World Series of Poker main event at the Rio Thursday, July 7, 2011. Raymer was the winner of the 2004 World Series of Poker main event.
Poker players out for gold as WSOP Main Event begins at Rio
July 7, 2011
A combination of elite poker professionals and hopeful amateur players began the chase to become the next world champion of poker Thursday. In the first day of the $10,000 buy-in World Series of Poker Main Event, 897 registered to play. Day 1A, as it's titled, is traditionally the slowest of four starting flights that will run through Sunday at the Rio.

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Las Vegas resident Brian Rast competes at the final table of the $50,000 buy-in, Poker Player's Championship during the World Series of Poker at the Rio Wednesday, July 6, 2011.
Brian Rast takes down Phil Hellmuth to win WSOP Poker Player's Championship
July 7, 2011
Brian Rast turned a chance encounter earlier this summer into nearly $2 million and one of the year’s most exalted titles at the World Series of Poker. Upon returning home to his Las Vegas condominium building from a trip to Brazil in June, Rast ran into Antonio Esfandiari, a friend and fellow poker pro. Esfandiari insisted Rast play in a $1,500 WSOP pot-limit hold’em tournament that day and even staked him in the event. Rast went on to win it for $227,232. Because of the cash, the 29-year old Rast felt he had a sufficient enough bankroll to buy into ...
Shawn Marion at the Shawn Marion Foundation Celebrity Poker Tournament at the Palms on July 24, 2010.
NBA champion Shawn Marion may turn to poker after basketball career
July 7, 2011
Shawn Marion hopes to someday own one of the world’s most exclusive jewelry collections. Marion, the former UNLV basketball player who recently won an NBA championship ring with the Dallas Mavericks, would next like to get his hands on a World Series of Poker bracelet. Marion thinks he’s capable of becoming the first man with both an NBA and WSOP championship. “That would be nice,” Marion said Tuesday while competing in a $1,500 no-limit hold’ em tournament at the Rio. “That would be sweet. If I could get some cards and some double-ups here and there, anything is possible.”

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