The World Series of Poker had a record-breaking summer in Las Vegas. Organizers on Monday said the annual poker extravaganza crushed its attendance record with 120,995 entrants. That’s an increase of over 13,000 players compared to 2016.
The prize pool from a series of 74 events at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino is also the largest in its 48-year history, totaling more than $ 231 million. The series tent event, known as the Main Event, is still ongoing. The main poker tournament attracts 7,221 players. Fewer than 30 remaining participants are vying for the grand prize of over $ 8.1 million dewapoker.
This year’s Main Event participation is a 7.2 percent increase compared to 2016, but not breaking the 8,773-player record set in 2006. There were 27 players left at the start of this week. Unlike previous years, the Main Event champions will be crowned in July for the first time since 2007. Since 2008, the WSOP adopted the November 9 format, which halts play for three months after the last nine players have been reached.
ESPN and Poker Central signed a new agreement with the WSOP. ESPN will broadcast 40 hours of live coverage (with delay) of the Main Event for the first time. The network will also produce 16 shows edited outside of the Main Event.
Phil Ivey’s case against a London casino goes to the highest court in England – Poker superstar Phil Ivey’s case against a London casino goes to the UK’s highest court in an attempt to prove he wasn’t cheating to win £ 7.7 million ($ 9.9 million) at the casino Crockfords in London in 2012, reports Bloomberg.
What matters is whether dishonesty is a necessary component of cheating. Ivey, who initially sued for victory in 2014, won money playing Punto Banco, a form of baccarat. He admits using a technique called edge sorting, which involves arranging cards to take advantage of slight design differences or flaws to give players a better idea of high and low value cards.