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2008 World Series of Poker Bracelet Winners Vol. 5, No. 9 Card Player Magazine

World Series of Poker Main Event

by Card Player News Team

On July 3, 2008, the poker world breathed a collective sigh of anticipation as the 55th event of the 39th World Series of Poker approached: the $10,000 no-limit hold'em world championship. With all the variety and colour of Mardi Gras in the Brazilian city that shares the tournament ...

  • WSOP 2008: The Story So Far - Part II

    by Card Player News Team

    Although there were no Europeans sporting bracelets after the first 18 events of the World Series of Poker, things made a dramatic turnaround between events No. 19 and No. 36. It could be said that international bracelet winners are more of a recent ...continued

  • European Bracelet Winners at the 39th World Series of Poker

    by Card Player News Team

    Marty Smyth - Ireland - $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha World Championship The final table of the $10,000 pot-limit Omaha World Championship event had the atmosphere of a World Cup soccer match, and Marty Smyth of Ireland gave his boisterous cheering section ...continued

  • Capture the Flag

    by Lizzy Harrison

    Lyle Berman is one of the players in the "big game," but only when he can find the time, which is not as often as he would like, due to his position as the chairman of the board of World Poker Tour Enterprises. He was first exposed to the ...continued

  • The Oracle's Corner

    by The Oracle's Corner

    This hand comes from the 2008 World Series of Poker main event, day 1A, and is just unbelievable. I thought I busted out on a rough hand, but this is just plain dirty. The poker gods must have laughed themselves silly with this one. One good thing ...continued

  • The Inside Straight

    Team Full Tilt Triumphs at World Series and Signs Patrik Antonius Team Full Tilt poker pros had an extraordinary run at the recent World Series of Poker, collecting 10 bracelets - half of which ended up on European wrists. Europeans won a record 11 ...continued

  • What a Wonderful World Series for Europe

    by Brendan Murray

    As predicted by your humble Bureau Chief in the July editorial of Card Player, Europeans not only surpassed 2007's bracelet haul, they positively demolished it. With 11 bracelets from 54 events (compared to six in 2007) and with two Europeans ...continued

  • Happenings in Europe

    United Kingdom By: Ross Jarvis As the World Series of Poker wraps up for another year - sorry, until November - it seems time to reflect on how the UK's best fared over in Vegas. They travelled in hundreds, with great hopes of emulating recent ...continued

  • Industry News

    by Brendan Murray

    AsianLogic Establishes Macau Poker Room AsianLogic has followed the lead of PokerStars by opening a facility of its own, the APT Poker Room. With the success of the Asian Poker Tour, the deal came from the growing demand for poker facilities in the ...continued

  • The World Series Show

    by Gus Hansen

    By the time you read this, the final table for the World Series of Poker main event will be set in stone, and the promotion of the nine remaining players will have taken off. I believe that most players, including myself, have gotten used to the ...continued

  • Bluff Central!

    by Phil Hellmuth

    Every year, I look forward to the most prestigious, most meaningful, and most important tournament of the year: the World Series of Poker. Here in Vegas, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, it's that time of the year! The Amazon Room at the Rio ...continued

  • Flat Season Showdown

    by Noel Hayes

    The first weekend of September is one of tradition for sports fans. If you're Irish, contingent on your disposition, you are either making your way to Croke Park for an All-Ireland Hurling final or making your way to the leafy suburbs of Foxrock ...continued

  • Football Frenzy - '08-'09 Season's Greetings

    by Aidan Elder

    Head down. Shoulders slumped. As the noise and dull vibrations of the demanding crowd's elongated groan register in his senses, he sighs deeply and allows himself to consider the option that this is not for him. Years of adoration from those who ...continued

  • Antepost

    by Roy Brindley

    Looking for a Parimutuel Edge The best racehorse in the world, the best we have seen for many a year, Curlin, could finish only second in the Man o' War Stakes at Belmont, meaning the great horse will surely not be making the trip over to Paris ...continued

  • Best Bets From Blue Square

    The 2008 renewal of the Ryder Cup takes place at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, and the USA will be hoping that the return to American soil can bring a change of luck for them as they aim to deny Europe a fourth straight victory. Nick ...continued

  • League of Gentlemen

    by David Downing

    It would be a bit of an understatement to say that there are mixed views about the British Empire. The British, well, the "English," tend to look back on this time as a halcyon age when the "Great" was truly in Great Britain. Most ...continued

  • Paddy's Corner

    by Padraig Parkinson

    Stu, Doyle, Johnny, Dan, Phil … and Billy There's a new champion every day now; some great, some good, and some who would send you back to buying lottery tickets with new fire in your belly. That's why there is a game. Over time, you ...continued

  • Distractions and Deviations - The WSOP as a Holiday Destination

    by Jennifer Mason

    2008 marked the first time that I have attended the carnival of cards known as the World Series of Poker without any sort of work remit. Usually I am one of a myriad of bloggers, dodging the security guards, pad in hand, reporting on the action, and ...continued

  • The World Series of Poker ... and More

    by 'Mad Marty' Wilson

    The World Series of Poker made it feel like back to normal in Downtown Las Vegas. With the Horseshoe - Binion's Horseshoe, that is - and the Golden Nugget both running mini festivals, poker interest downtown was running real high. Binion's was ...continued

  • Poker Authors Analyzed

    by Rolf Slotboom

    Editor's note: In "Poker Authors Analyzed," some of the best, worst, and most influential poker strategists are discussed. Rolf Slotboom has read just about every poker book available, and in this series of columns, he analyzes one poker ...continued

  • Medium-Stakes Cash Games: Value-Betting

    by Daragh Thomas

    This is the eighth column in this series. Here, I will be discussing value-betting. If you find this column useful and want to read the others, go to and click on authors to find my previous thoughts on medium-stakes cash games. ...continued

  • World Series of Poker Diary Extracts

    by Warren Lush

    July 2 I'm still jet-lagged, even though I've been in Vegas a couple of days. I walk around the Rio in a bit of a daze and bump into Jesse May and Padraig Parkinson. News filters through that Marty Smyth is at the final table of the $10,000 ...continued