UK PokerNews Roundup: 2010 World Series of Poker Europe Announced, WSOP Betting Markets Open, and more
2010 WSOPE Announced
Just hours before the 41st annual World Series of Poker opens its doors, the official dates for the World Series of Poker Europe have been announced and it will once again take place in the fall from Sept 14-28. The WSOP Europe will have five events total this year, one more than in 2009, and will once again call the Casino at the Empire in London, it's home.
The 2010 WSOP Europe will kick off with a £2,500 no-limit hold'em six-max event, and will conclude with coveted £10,000 no-limit hold'em main event, which has become one of the most sought after bracelets of the year. Since it's inception in 2007, the WSOP Europe main event has been won by Annette Obrestad, John Juanda, and Barry Shulman who beat out Daniel Negreanu heads-up in one of the longest final tables in WSOP history.
Also on the schedule this year are a £1,000 event with three starting days, a £5,000 pot-limit Omaha tournament, and a new a £10,000 high-roller heads-up tournament, which will definitely be an event to keep an eye on. You can rest assured that PokerNews will be on hand at Leicester Square for every card dealt at this years WSOP Europe bring you chip counts, live updates, photos, interviews and videos.
Event 1 – £2,500 no-limit hold'em 6-max – Sept 14-16th
Event 2 – £5,000 pot limit Omaha – Sept 16th-18th
Event 3 – £1,000 no-limit hold'em – Sept 17th-21st (three starting days)
Event 4 – £10,000 High-Roller Heads-Up no-limit hold'em Sept 21st-23rd
Event 5 – £10,000 no-limit hold'em Main Event – Sept 23rd-28th (two starting days)
2010 WSOP Betting Odds
It took some of the top UK sportsbooks a while to get some markets up, but finally there are some books running for the World Series of Poker. The biggest markets are on William Hill and Bet365 who are the only ones to run an outright win market. More books have final table markets including SportingBet and Ladbrokes.
Interesting markets include event 2, the $50,000 Players Championship, which you can bet on at Bet365. Naturally Phil Ivey is the favourite at 21-1 with Barry Greenstein at a tempting 34-1 and Jeff Lisandro at an equally tempting 65-1.
Ladbrokes are the only ones with a market for the prestigious $10,000 PLO Championship. Lots of UK and Ireland players amongst the favourites for this including Richard Ashby, Marty Smyth and Dave Ulliott. Ben Grundy is on at 50-1 and we think that is a fantastic looking bet, as is John Kabbaj at 66-1.
Then of course Bet365 have a top GB & Ireland player in the main event market. Naturally James Akenhead is the favourite with Neil Channing, Julian Thew and Roland De Wolfe also near the top. Amongst this huge field we really like the look of Steve Jelenik, who keeps on missing out on major titles and has stayed under the radar a lot, although we would like better than the 66-1 odds offered.
We like betting on the WSOP here at UK Pokernews, so stay tuned as we will keep you posted on all the most interesting markets.
World Series of Poker Live Reporting on UK Pokernews
Speaking of the WSOP, you may like to know that we have exclusive live reporting and videos from the event at UK Pokernews. Not only can you catch all the latest action via our live updates we will also be showcasing the ups and downs of all the UK players in the event as we try and replicate the Year of the Brits from last year.
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London Tournament Raises £110,000 for Charity
The 10th Annual Omar Sharif Poker and Backgammon Tournament raised more than £110,000 for a children’s charity earlier this month. The event sponsored by Full Tilt Poker took place at the resteraunt and club Sketch and featured a host of poker playing celebs. Neve Campbell, Hardeep Singh Kohli, Ed Byrne, Michael Greco, Douglas Henshali, Justin Edwards, and Navin Chowdhry joined pros Karl Mahrenholz, Roland De Wolfe, Roberto Romanello, and James Akenhead.
The event was won by Mark Bramley and amongst the special prizes was a speaking part on Terry Pratchett‘s next film.
1: Mark Bramley — £3,000
2: Beverley Pace — £2,000
3: Azzy Ashgar — £1,250
4: Jonny Doulton — £1,000
5: Ben Page — £800
6: Kevin Daly — £600
7: Matt Dale — £500
8: Michael Greco — £450
9: Reza Maghzian — £400
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