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$25,000 World Poker Tour Championship Proves Resilient in Wake of Black Friday

$25,000 World Poker Tour Championship Proves Resilient in Wake of Black Friday

by Brian Pempus |  Published: Jun 29, 2011

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The 2011 World Poker Tour Championship, at the time the largest buy-in poker tournament on United States soil since the events of Black Friday, saw 220 players register for the event — an increase of 25 players from last year. The host of the WPT’s The Raw Deal, Tony Dunst, who also played in the event, weighed in on why online poker shutting down in the country had little effect on the $25,000 WPT Championship. “Most of the professionals, who were going to be able to come up with the money or sell pieces of themselves, were not going to be greatly affected by money being wiped out online,” Dunst said. While Dunst’s explanation worked for most players, it didn’t for Galen Hall, who went to the final table with a tiny chip lead over eventual champ Scott Seiver. Both players had nearly identical stacks of just over 5 million ...


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