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The World Series of Poker - Part VI

by James McManus |  Published: Oct 03, 2008


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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