Canadian poker pro and writer Daniel Negreanu says that when the WSOP (World Series of Poker) started in the early 1970s, there were barely 50 players. In this year’s 37th Annual WSOP, which is currently in progress, over 8600 players were in the starting gates, each paying the $10,000 entry fee – which was present even in the ’70s.
Let’s see, that’s $86 million overall, to compete for12 top prizes of at least $1 million. But despite the popularity, Negreanu says that the $50,000 buy-in for the 2006 H.O.R.S.E. tourney was more important, and in his opinion, the winner, Chris Reese, is the true World Champion of Poker, not whomever wins this year’s WSOP.
Poker is enjoying such popularity right now that a lot of businesses want in on the action. Who better than Playboy, with their four-day Playboy Poker Camp. Cost is $5K or $7.5K, depending on the package you choose. Some biggies in the poker biz, including Chris Moneymaker and Layne Flack will be instructors. [via Card Squad] The tournament takes place from Jan 17-21, 2007, in Palm Springs, California.
If you’re not sick yet of the Cbetcasino Ocean’s 11 series of movies, lucky Ocean’s 13 (aka sequel #2) is about to start shooting, and will have an exclusive on-set poker lounge for the cast. [via The Daily Dish] You may recall that one of the several well-known stars of 11 publicly shot his mouth off about how much he disliked the other stars and why. (It was either George Clooney or Brad Pitt, but which one escapes me.) But then again, maybe he just was acting.
But enough of professional and celebrity poker players, and combinations thereof. The APAT, or Amateur Poker Association & Tour has just launched in England. [via Poker News] Wouldn’t be surprised if more amateur associations popped up.