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The World at our Feet

by Brendan Murray |  Published: Aug 01, 2009

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Reports of the demise of the World Series of Poker have been greatly exaggerated. While Las Vegas had previously been considered recession-proof, the sharp downturn experienced by the gambling mecca over the last year had many fearing for the health of the WSOP. We needn’t have been so concerned. While it is still early days the numbers appear to be robust and the prize pools have been holding up. While the $40,000 no-limit hold’em event may not have delivered on the numbers — just 201 players took to the felt — it made up for the shallow field with an above average quality final table comprising Ted Forrest, Noah Schwartz, Dani Stern, Lex Veldhuis, Alec Torelli, Justin Bonomo, Greg Raymer, and Isaac Haxton. However it was Russian Vitaly Lunkin who took the prestigious honour, his second bracelet, and Europe’s first of the 57-event Series. Elsewhere, more than 6,000 players turned ...


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