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Poker Fans Gear Up for Tourney of Champions

Last updated: March 16, 2010 at 11:25 am. Posted by in Gaming, Las Vegas Casinos, Rio Las Vegas, Things to Do in Las Vegas. Comments Off on Poker Fans Gear Up for Tourney of Champions.

The World Series of Poker is putting up a million bucks to award during the 2010 World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions. The tournament will take place during the 41st Annual WSOP at the Rio. Learn more.

To sweeten the pot, ESPN will air the event in a special two-hour telecast on Aug. 3.


Known as "pocket aces," this poker hand has been known to make grown men weep tears of joy.

Just 27 players will participate in the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions, with 20 players selected by voting from the public. Voting will remain open until Jun. 15.

To qualify as one of the 20 eligible fan-voted participants, players must be a WSOP bracelet-holder. All living WSOP bracelet holders are able to receive votes, and currently there are 521 eligible players.

The three previous WSOP Tournament of Champions winners gain automatic entry, plus the reigning WSOP champion and the reigning WSOP Europe champion get seats at the table. The five shoo-ins are Annie Duke, Mike Matusow, Mike Sexton, Joe Cada and Barry Shulman.

Play will start at the Rio on Jun. 27, and will stop once the final nine players are reached. Those nine return on Jul. 4.

The World Series of Poker runs from May 27 to Jul. 17. Find out more about the world’s premier poker event.

WSOP bracelet

The Holy Grail for poker players, a WSOP bracelet. The Holy Grail was, sadly, not available for a photo.

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