Las Vegas, NV - Victoriano Perches came to this country as many good people do - to seek a better life. The native of Chihuahua, Mexico arrived in the United States 25 years ago and began working inside a food processing plant in Oregon. He eventually moved to Las Vegas and started playing in local poker games for fun. Along the way, Perches discovered he had a hidden talent for the game and progressively started playing for higher-stakes. He now plays regularly in big cash games - frequently as high as $200-400 limit.
Las Vegas, NV - Every World Series of Poker tournament has a special moment or two. This one had a dozen special moments that will linger on in the minds of everyone lucky enough to have been at the Rio on the night of July 25, 2006. Phil Hellmuth, Jr. finally broke down the barricade that had separated him from winning an elusive tenth World Series of Poker gold bracelet and sky rocketed to the top of the poker pyramid.
WILDHORSE Resort & Casino, just outside Pendleton, in the Northeast corner of Oregon annually conducts two of the most popular and successful tournaments in the country: the "Spring Poker Round-up" and the "Fall Poker Round-up".
Fifteen years after making his first WSOP final table appearance, Californian defeats Carlos Mortensen in heads-up play
Las Vegas, NV - Seven-Card Razz has developed a bad reputation. It's the proverbial step-child of poker games. While the rest of the poker world is playing Texas Hold'em, Razz is the quirky card game that pops up every now and then at a few major poker tournaments. The game attracts an admittedly older and more traditional crowd.
21-year old college student Jeff Madsen sets World Series of Poker record unlikely to ever be brokenJuly 24, 2006 - 2:53am
Las Vegas, NV - The unthinkable happened on July 22, 2006 when 21-year-old Jeff Madsen won his second gold bracelet within a week. Even more remarkable is the fact that Madsen turned "21" just six weeks ago. This was Madsen's third final table at this year's World Series of Poker, presented by Milwaukee's Best Light. He is one of only two players to hold such a distinction. Madsen now has two firsts and one third-place finish on his WSOP resume.
Las Vegas, NV - Many people might be surprised to learn that Scandinavia is one of poker's hottest new markets. Perhaps it's the cold dark winters. Perhaps it's the relatively high income and education levels. Or, perhaps it's the high-tech sophistication of the region. Scandinavians own more personal computers and cell phones, per capita, than any other population group. Not surprisingly, Swedes, Fins, Danes, and Norwegians also play more online poker than any other region.
Las Vegas, NV - When play at the final table of the $5,000 buy-in Seven-Card Stud championship became three-handed, a few bystanders glanced at the remaining players up on the main stage at the Rio. They had the following exchange:
Spectator 1: Who's left?
Spectator 2: I see Cyndy Violette up there.
Spectator 1: Who else?
Spectator 2: There's Sean "Sheik" Sheikhan.
Spectator 1: What about the other guy?
Spectator 2: I don't know. He's just some other guy.
Las Vegas, NV - One of poker's classic quips came from "Amarillo Slim" Preston back during the 1970s. Slim was asked what made the World Series of Poker so special. He answered, "It's where a poker player can turn a toothpick into a lumberyard."
Washington State poker player wins first gold bracelet one month after winning event on WSOP CircuitJuly 19, 2006 - 2:53am
Las Vegas, NV - Scott Clements understands Las Vegas. He knows of the various vices and distractions the gambling Mecca presents to visitors. When Clements boarded his flight from his home in Washington State to come and play in the 37th annual World Series of Poker presented by Milwaukee's Best Light, Clements viewed his experience as a business trip.
Las Vegas, July 19, 2006 -- Today, seven of the world's top poker players filed an antitrust Complaint against WPT Enterprises, Inc. ("WPTE") in federal district court in Los Angeles. By this lawsuit, Plaintiffs Chris Ferguson, Andrew Bloch, Annie Duke, Phil Gordon, Joseph Hachem, Howard Lederer, and Greg Raymer seek to enjoin - and seek treble and punitive damages for - WPTE's continuing violations of federal and state antitrust laws.