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The World Series of Poker - Part VI

by James McManus |  Published: Oct 03, 2008

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In 2000, there were 23 World Series of Poker events, the smallest of which yielded more prize money than the main event of most competing tournaments. Copying the WSOP's freezeout format, with a $10,000 no-limit hold'em event as the finale, they included Jack Binion's World Poker Open, held during January in Tunica; Amarillo Slim's Super Bowl of Poker in February, hosted by various casinos; the Diamond Jim Brady in August at The Bicycle Club in Los Angeles; and the U.S. Poker Championships, mid-September to mid-October at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. National championships were also being held in a dozen European cities, including the Helsinki Freezeout, the Irish Open at the Merrion Club in Dublin, and the Euro Finals of Poker at the Aviation Club on the Champs-Elysees. The Australasian Championship took place in Melbourne, along with smaller events in New Zealand, South Africa, and Costa Rica.


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