Martin Jacobson Wins 2014 WSOP Main Event By Flopping A Set

Swede Martin Jacobson took poker's biggest prize with his first World Series of Poker bracelet in this year's Main Event, dispatching Norway's Felix Stephensen on the final table's 328th hand with trips 10s, a fitting hand to match his $10,000,000 prize. » 11/12/14 1:29am 11/12/14 1:29am

Inconceivable: How Ball-Bustin' Norman Chad Became The Voice Of Poker

The funniest man working for ESPN is most famous for a line that wasn't funny at all. Is that the punchline here? Nobody in newspapering over the past few decades has delivered as many morning-coffee-through-the-nose laugh lines as Norman Chad has in his media and football-betting columns. An unsentimental smart-ass… » 11/11/14 5:55pm 11/11/14 5:55pm

Guy Loses $1 Million Buy-In On Pocket Aces Vs. Pocket Aces Bad Beat

Oh god, we've all seen this happen, but you probably haven't seen it in a $1 million buy-in tournament. But with 18 out of 42 entrants remaining, and a $15 million prize sitting at the end, Connor Drinan saw his aces cracked by Cary Katz's. » 7/30/14 11:33am 7/30/14 11:33am

Bad Beat Turns Pro Poker Player Into The World's Saddest Man

Here's a bit of action from this year's World Series of Poker. As you can see on the screen, Carter Gill had a 93 percent chance of winning the hand when his opponent called his bet. Now sit back and let the agony wash over you. » 9/03/13 11:00am 9/03/13 11:00am

Paul Pierce Gets Massage, Busts Out At World Series Of Poker

New Brooklyn Net Paul Pierce decided to spend part of his summer vacation competing in this year's World Series of Poker this weekend, taking part in the $10,000 pot limit Omaha tournament. Good idea, right? We know he's good for the entry fee, and it sounds like a fun, exciting event to take part in. With a little… » 7/07/13 5:15pm 7/07/13 5:15pm

Former World Series Of Poker Champion Busted In Bullshit Male…

Back when the World Series of Poker was a thing, one of the game's biggest stars was Greg "Fossil Man" Raymer. You probably spent at least one lonely night in front of your television, watching Raymer tear his way through the 2004 WSOP main event while wearing his signature holographic sunglasses. Things aren't going… » 3/15/13 1:33pm 3/15/13 1:33pm

Greg Merson Is WSOP Main Event Champion After 12-Hour Marathon Session

A record-breaking final table of the World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas finally came to an end this morning as 24-year-old Greg Merson put Jesse Sylvia all-in and took home the $8.53 million title. » 10/31/12 10:06am 10/31/12 10:06am

Finally, A Championship That Could Actually Save Detroit

Joe Cada, a 21-year-old from Shelby Township, Michigan, won the World Series of Poker's $8.55 million Main Event prize. That's like half the state's GDP. (By the way, 21 is also Michigan's legal gambling age, so....beginner's luck, right?) [Detroit4Lyfe, Freep] » 11/11/09 5:10pm 11/11/09 5:10pm

ESPN Creates Poker Drama, Then Spoils It For Everyone

ESPN has spent months building up to tonight's broadcast of the final table of the World Series of Poker. They even convinced organizers to take an unprecedented 117-day break before settling the final table so that they could broadcast a "plausibly live" show tonight, just hours after the champion was decided. It was… » 11/11/08 12:30pm 11/11/08 12:30pm

World Series of Poker Resuscitated by ESPN Cameras

ESPN's gambit to shut down the World Series of Poker for four months to give them time to pump up the nine participants at the final table (and position the final table action in a better time slot and month for them) seems to have paid off, with ratings up on the shows leading up to the main event's final table. That… » 11/09/08 5:30pm 11/09/08 5:30pm

Lots Of Charming People At The WSOP

So hey, did you know the World Series of Poker was going on right now? Yeah, we didn't either: We kind of forgot they still played it. It's amazing what can happen when ESPN loses its taste for something around the time they start making Burt Reynolds movies about it. » 6/17/08 2:20pm 6/17/08 2:20pm

For Those Who Can't Handle The Sheer Intensity Of Cards On TV

There was this couple-of-month stretch when poker on TV was actually sort of cool, right before the world discovered the ancient game of Bejeweled. But now poker needs a renaissance. It needs a voice. It needs — you guessed it — radio coverage. » 1/23/08 3:30pm 1/23/08 3:30pm

Poker Tournament/Carnival Gets Underway

The World Series of Poker main event kicked off last night. About 1/4th of it, anyway. 2,138 players began play, and they played until they were down to 800. Some factoids from Day 1A (days 1B, 1C, and 1D run through Monday): » 7/29/06 7:28pm 7/29/06 7:28pm