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2008 World Series

Peter Eastgate, a new world champion

They called them the Million Dollar Men, the November Nine and the PokerStars Six. But everyone knew that when the smoke cleared there could only be one of them left standing. And now we know his name. The 2008 World Series Main Event champion is 22-year-old Peter Eastgate, from Odense, Denmark.It t...more

by Stephen Bartley on November 11, 2008 4:34 PM

Just two players remain in historic main event

Every World Series final table has carried with it a sense of anticipation, but none quite like the one we watched today.It was an historic final table four months in the making. Nine men from around the world reconvened after an extended poker vacation. They walked into the Rio Hotel and Casino Pen...more

by Stephen Bartley on November 10, 2008 1:55 PM

2008 World Series: A few words from the PokerStars Six

The PokerStars video blog team talked frequently with PokerStars players during the World Series, meeting great characters who had interesting stories. Perhaps the best stories though are reserved for the ‘PokerStars Six’, the half dozen PokerStars players who made it to the last table of the World ...more

by Stephen Bartley on July 25, 2008 10:02 AM

2008 World Series: The PokerStars Six

In the Rio Amazon Room, there is no Monday. There is no July. Time and date are irrelevant. There is no news from around the world, lamentations about the economy, or even the usual banal discussion of the weather. It took rain in the desert to get anyone to notice the sky. In the thunderdome that i...more

by Stephen Bartley on July 15, 2008 8:30 PM

2008 World Series: Three tables in search of one

By the PokerStars World Series blog team in Las Vegas...It had to happen and now it has. We have reached three tables in the World Series main event. Three tables, 27 players, one more day until we reach the final nine. Along the way, there were all the twists and turns we expect as we reach the bus...more

by Stephen Bartley on July 14, 2008 4:20 AM

2008 World Series: Edging closer to the prize

The few became fewer today. This beleaguered poker bastion known as the Amazon Room got smaller and smaller and its surviving 79 occupants endured another day of triumph and trauma. The camp was small as players took their seats at high noon and by 11:30pm what remained were just a handful of tables...more

by Stephen Bartley on July 13, 2008 7:46 AM

2008 World Series: They fell and they fell and they fell

By the PokerStars blog team in Las VegasWow. Seriously, wow.We may have already used that word to start a previous post from today, but it becomes no less applicable in the duplicate. Wow. Seriously, wow.Day four started an hour late after yesterday's extended bubble shenanigans, but we ended up unp...more

by Stephen Bartley on July 12, 2008 7:41 AM

2008 World Series: Time for Day 3

There will be no more days like these, at least not this year. No more days of a mathematical fog hanging over the main event as you try to calculate numbers and chip averages, or consecutive days of new faces whose enthusiasm knows nothing of the repetition that preceded them, a retread of the same...more

by Stephen Bartley on July 9, 2008 7:04 AM

2008 World Series: Day 2 halfway in the books

The World Series math is hard to understand for an outsider. This 2008 event had four day ones. It has two day twos. More people competed in the second half of Day 1 than the first, and consequently, the second Day 2 will be more populated than the first Day 2. Follow? No? No worries. We will get th...more

by Stephen Bartley on July 8, 2008 7:02 AM

2008 World Series: Day 1 in the wake

The early flights of Day 1 made it look as though this year's World Series might not be as big as last year's. Saturday called that pessimism into doubt. Today erased it completely as the Rio filled with the final flight of Day 1. By the end of it all, a calculator spit out the final number. The 200...more

by Stephen Bartley on July 6, 2008 7:00 AM

2008 World Series: Three quarters through a long, long day

It is the end of the third of four days ones here at the World Series of Poker and this tournament is almost beginning to take shape. There's still a long way to go, but patterns are emerging and, typically, Team PokerStars Pro are looming large.Chief among the giants today is the most famous player...more

by Stephen Bartley on July 5, 2008 6:01 AM

2008 World Series: Independence on Day 1B

Poker is defined largely by its American heritage on Mississippi river boats and dusty Texas back roads. The variant played here at the World Series of Poker takes its name from those areas in the Lone Star state. But, by name and definition, this tournament is an international event. From Russia, t...more

by Stephen Bartley on July 4, 2008 5:53 AM

2008 World Series: First of four Day 1s comes to a close

By the PokerStars blog team at the World Series in Las Vegas...We thought we might go our entire life without seeing Wayne Newton. We were almost certain we wouldn't ever hear him accompanied by a marching band. We would've placed good money down on Newton never uttering these four famous words: "Sh...more

by Stephen Bartley on July 3, 2008 1:15 AM

2008 World Series: A new HORSE rides into town

Monday was originally intended to be the quiet day, a day when aside from the pot limit Omaha, a few minor tournaments would play out in the usual way with players getting in their last preparations before the main event starts on Thursday. But even with the early fallers from the ranks of Team Poke...more

by Stephen Bartley on July 1, 2008 4:59 AM

2008 World Series: Third day of HORSE complete

As most people were leaving the Amazon Room late last night, Team PokerStars Pros Barry Greenstein and Daniel Negreanu were chipped up in the $50,000 HORSE, their team-mate Victoria Coren and sponsored player Kiril Gerasimov were nearing the money in the $2,000 event, and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier...more

by Stephen Bartley on June 29, 2008 8:26 AM
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