World Series of Poker, Event 31-32 Summary


The WSOP is the biggest poker event in the calendar. It is where hundreds and hundreds of players from all around the world gather together for over 60 events ranging from all flavours of poker. The events take place at the world renowned Rio Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. These articles will focus on the WSOP events from 2012, and recap everything you will need to know.Event 31: No Limit Hold'emAnother record breaking turnout for Event 31: A No Limit Hold'em match.Buy in: $1,500Entrants: 2,811Prize Pool: $3,794,850Paid Places: 297Almost 300 of the 2,800 players who turned up to play in Event 31 would cash out (One of the highest so far in this tournament) But the winner here is Carter Phillips, a previous six handed event winner, making this his second ever bracelet, and a sweet prize fund of $664,130 to add to his bankroll. Phillips's victory would not come easy however; he had to top a mountain of poker players to grab the win, including a heads up match against the youngest main event champion ever: Joe Ceda. It would seem that winning the biggest poker event in the world casts a hanging shadow over your head, as none of the main event winners in the past decade have secured a second gold bracelet.

The heads up match started with Ceda having a rough 2-1 lead on Philips. The lead teetered between the players but Phillips started to take a lead. After some all in hands, the pivotal moment came when Phillips turned 3 of a kind, and Ceda couldn't claw it back. He made over 6 million in chips and crippling Ceda by leading with an 11-1 lead. The game was over a few hands later and Ceda came so close, yet so far and takes home $412,424.Event 32: H.O.R.S.EA high buy in for the second mixed game event this year.Buy in: $10,000Entrants: 178Prize Pool: $1,673,200Paid Places: 24Winning a final table against poker pros is a challenge, even having 1 player who has won before puts everyone on their game. How about a table with 2 winners? 4? Nope. This final table had 6; 6 previous bracelet winners, making this the second most stacked final table in poker history. Between the star studded final table which included Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, John Monnette, Dan Kelly, Abe Mosseri and David Baker they hold 25 titles between them. I feel sorry for the other 2 players on that table.

The winner here was David 'Bakes' Baker. Baker is taking home his second gold bracelet and $451,779. His win came in his heads up match against John Monnette during Seven Card Stud. Both players were all in and showed their first street. Baker had a pair of sevens by Second Street. Monnette failed to hit anything by seventh but had many high cards to make a higher pair. It was all for nothing as Baker had trip sevens on Seventh. Monnette mucked and left, taking home $279,206

How To Research Games For More Winners


Every day thousands of pounds worth are placed in online bets. However their are hundreds of punters that place their bets with a hunch or very little knowledge what so ever. These kind of punters also often get bad value on their bets because of this and the online bookmakers love them because of the profit they bring to them. On the other hand however are the more successful bettors who find good value bets and have tonnes of research and information prior to placing their bets. In short the more information you have the easier it will be to place a profitable bet provided you take the correct action with the information you have.

So information is key and the more you have the easier it becomes to placing your bets. With the internet being so widely available there are tonnes of resources you can use to gain information you would never have been able to. With all the betting sites and tipsters out there, there is no reason why you should ever place a bad bet again. Here are a few of the aspects you should look over. The first thing you can look over is how well the teams are doing in their league. Assess what position the two teams are in. You can find out if they are at the top of the league, in the middle of the league, in the relegation zone or even fighting out for a champions league spot. Also look at the position they are in for example if a win will take them to the top of the table, all of these will have an affect on how they will play. Relegation battles are often under valued as the teams tend to play their best when they need points to survive this is were upsets can happen. Another thing you can look at is how well the teams attack and defend. If both teams have superior strike force and bad defence it will often be high scoring games. If however on the other hand they rarely score and concede it will likely be a low scoring game.

Other aspects you should research is their key players and if they are likely to be playing. If a key player is missing or injured the defence or attack can be worthless so such information is vital to predicting how a game can play out. Other information you can find useful is outside factors to the club, i.e. how well the club is managed, is their any ongoing crisis, have they had to travel. What is the climate like, do teams struggle playing away, is their fitness low etc etc. So as you can see the more information you have the easier it becomes to predict how the match will play out. Now all you have to do is find the best value in the odds if there is any.