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2012 World Series of Poker

New WSOP app continues social gaming trend
July 11, 2012
As players vied for millions of dollars at the World Series of Poker Main Event, a free online version made its debut Tuesday.
Hundreds of amateur and professional poker players compete on the first day of the World Series of Poker Main Event on Saturday, July 7, 2012, at The Rio.
This year's World Series of Poker Main Event winner will make $8.5 million
July 10, 2012
The halls of the Rio convention center proved treacherous to navigate through when players in the World Series of Poker Main Event went on break Monday. Although it’s foolish to expect anything less than a flood of humanity during early July at the WSOP, Day 1C of the Main Event was a different beast altogether. The final starting flight of this year’s world championship of poker attracted 3,418 entrants, the biggest single-day field in the history of the tournament.
A Welcome to Las Vegas sign made of cards hangs above professional poker players Ali Eslami and George Dunzer, right, as they play in a $10,000 2-7 no-limit final game on the first day of the World Series of Poker Main Event Saturday, July 7, 2012, at the Rio in Las Vegas.
This poker player's dream lasted 68 minutes in Main Event opener
July 8, 2012
Marco Ritter had aspirations of becoming the next Pius Heinz, Joe Cada, or of course, Chris Moneymaker when took his seat Saturday afternoon at the World Series of Poker Main Event. The event has spiked in popularity over the years since poker hit the ESPN airwaves, giving 20-somethings such as Ritter the dream of becoming poker’s next star.

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Sam Trickett faces off against Antonio Esfandiari in the final round of the Big One for One Drop at the World Series Of Poker at the Rio Pavilion, July 3, 2012.
Poker's Sam Trickett says he was attacked, beaten after 'One Drop' event
July 5, 2012
British poker pro Sam Trickett’s night of celebration in Las Vegas after his runner-up finish in a World Series of Poker tournament turned sour when he says six men jumped him.

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Ian Chan plays during the 2012 World Series of Poker at the Rio in Las Vegas on July 3, 2012.
Immediacy of Twitter a big hit in poker world
July 4, 2012
Ian Chan looked across the poker table and saw other players concentrating not on cards but on their smartphones. Then someone noticed the little blue bird logo on Chan's T-shirt.
Antonio Esfandiari wins the $18 million Big One for One Drop prize at the World Series of Poker at the Rio on Tuesday, July 3, 2012.
Antonio Esfandiari trades in microphone for cards, wins $18 million at WSOP
July 3, 2012
Antonio Esfandiari committed to providing commentary on ESPN for the final table of the World Series of Poker’s The Big One For One Drop weeks ago. Instead of spending Tuesday behind the cameras, however, Esfandiari was in front of them.

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Antonio Esfandiari studies his opponent across the ESPN feature table Tuesday during the seventh day of the 2009 WSOP Main Event at the Rio in this file photo.
Local pro Antonio Esfandiari on top going into $1 million tournament's final day
July 3, 2012
Antonio Esfandiari made drastic changes to his lifestyle before this summer’s World Series of Poker. The 33-year old Las Vegas resident traded long nights partying at the club for early mornings working out at the gym. He also overhauled his diet in hopes of improving his focus for long hours at the table.
Players in the Big One for One Drop poker tournament gather prior to the start of the World Series of Poker event in the Rio Convention Center on Sunday, July 1, 2012.
Pros not intimidated by $1 million buy-in tournament at World Series of Poker
July 2, 2012
When Guy Laliberte began recruiting participants for the World Series of Poker’s $1 million buy-in The Big One For One Drop tournament last year, he told them he expected to convince 18 players to join. The 52-year old founder of Cirque du Soleil severely underestimated. Laliberte, as it turns out, attracts card sharks as proficiently as he does acrobats.

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Michael Mizrachi smiles after taking a pot from Chris Klodnicki during the 2012 World Series of Poker $50,000 Players Championship.
Michael Mizrachi breezes to second Poker Players Championship in three years
June 28, 2012
An emergency workout session, legend has it, enabled Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi to win the Poker Players Championship two years ago. Fixated on the promise of the $1.55 million first-place prize, and overwhelmed by the pressure of trying to snag his first World Series of Poker bracelet, Mizrachi’s friends and family could tell he was an emotional mess when he got down to heads-up play against Vladimir Schmelev.
Michael Mizrachi celebrates after winning $1.5 million and a World Series of Poker bracelet  in the 2010 WSOP Poker Player's Championship.
Final table of eight remains in WSOP Poker Players Championship
June 28, 2012
The $50,000 buy-in Poker Players Championship at the World Series of Poker may crown its first two-time champion Thursday night. Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, who took home $1.5 million by winning the high-profile event two years ago, will enter the eight-handed final table with the chip lead after a memorable surge during the fourth day of play.
Phil Ivey Jr. competes during the opening day of the World Series of Poker $50,000 Poker Players Championship tournament at the Rio Sunday, June 24, 2012.
Smaller field, same stakes for Poker Players Championship at WSOP
June 25, 2012
There’s swimming in a vast sea among sharks, and then there’s diving into a pool flooded with a bloodthirsty school of them. For a recreational card player, the former describes most events at the World Series of Poker. Players are allowed to continue registering through Monday for the tournament, which lasts five days. These aren’t some of the best poker professionals in the world gunning for the most coveted bracelet of the summer. These are all of them, confined to a space the size of a large living room in the northeast corner of the Rio’s Amazon Room.
Professional poker player, Phil Hellmuth, competes during Day 1C of the World Series of Poker main event at the Rio Las Vegas Saturday, July 9, 2011.
Phil Hellmuth wins 12th World Series of Poker bracelet
June 11, 2012
Phil Hellmuth extended his record for World Series of Poker championships and exorcised a demon in the process early Monday morning at the Rio. Hellmuth won a $2,500 buy-in razz tournament to add a 12th golden bracelet to his collection. It was almost five years to the day that Hellmuth won his last WSOP event. He’s agonized over notching another ever since.

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Joseph Cheong plays in the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event at the Rio in this file photo.
Aubin Cazals denies Joseph Cheong to win major World Series of Poker bracelet
June 4, 2012
Many professional card players dedicate their lives to the game without ever winning a World Series of Poker golden bracelet. Aubin Cazals, a 21-year-old from France, earned poker’s top prize within his first week at the Rio. Cazals pocketed $480,564 along with his jewelry in winning the most prestigious event of the 2012 WSOP so far, the $5,000 no-limit hold’em mixed max tournament.
The newly designed 2012 World Series of Poker bracelet by Jason of Beverly Hills on Friday, May 25, 2012.
A comprehensive guide of what to watch at the 2012 World Series of Poker
May 28, 2012
Feeling overwhelmed by the 2012 World Series of Poker, which kicked off with its first open event of the summer Monday, is natural. The 43rd annual WSOP will attract millions of dollars and thousands of players in a combined 61 bracelet events at the Rio over the next six weeks.
The newly designed 2012 World Series of Poker bracelet by Jason of Beverly Hills on Friday, May 25, 2012.
Jeweler: World Series of Poker bracelet most expensive sports prize ever
May 26, 2012
The cards may decide winner, but they can't beat the bling. The World Series of Poker unveiled its championship bracelet for the main event winner with what the jeweler called the most expensive championship adornment to be offered in any professional sport.

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