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WSOP tournament of champions

Friday, June 18th, 2010

There is hardly a more difficult tournament than the Tournament of Champions at the World Series Of Poker.

Unlike all other events at the WSOP, this tournament is different as:

  1. there is no entry fee,
  2. it is invitational for WSOP bracelet holders only,
  3. only elected players can participate,
  4. only star players are to be found there.

This is the largest freeroll tournament in the world with a prize of one million dollars, half of which goes to the winner. 27 players will seat on June 27th 2010 to battle for that money, and what a field!

First of all some past champions (five of them ) had a guaranteed seat: Joe Cada (winner of the WSOP main event 2009), Barry Schulman (winner of the WSOP Europe main event 2009), Annie Duke (TOC 2004 winner), Mike Matusow (TOC 2005), Mike Sexton (TOC 2006).

Then from a list of some of the fifty most revered poker players with a WSOP bracelet, twenty were elected by the public. Phil Ivey came on top of the list (not a surprise, is it?) and Daniel Negreanu came second. This is going to reinforce the big rivalry between these two men who on some accounts can be considered the two best players in the World. For example Phil Ivey has the largest live tournament winnings of all times, and Daniel comes second as well. Pokerstars is number one, Full Tilt second.

The other 18 players in the list are not really surprises either, Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, Johnny Chan, Dan Harrington, Antonio Esfandiari.

Finally, the last two qualified players did not get their seats the easy way.

Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier won a special satellite tournament. Only nine-seated, but only with strong players without yet a WSOP bracelet, such as Liv Boeree or Sorel Mizzi.

The 27th players is a totally unknown amateur player, Andrew Barton, who won his seat online. Certainly an unforgettable experience for Andrew to seat among this crowd of top pros.

Good luck to all.