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Early Voting Strong for WSOP's Tournament of Champions

Top 50 Continues to Take Shape

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The Rio, home of the WSOPSo far, the World Series of Poker is quite pleased with the fan turnout for its first Tournament of Champions since 2006. In the first 24 hours that fans could say who they wanted to be in the exclusive 27-person field, more than 40,000 votes had been cast.

“In just 24 hours, the poker community has spoken loud and clearly, and they should be applauded for their passion,” said Ty Stewart, the vice president for Harrah’s Interactive Entertainment. “We really love the idea of turning the fans into executive producers, and they are taking the challenge head on and making sure their voices are heard.”

The WSOP announced that it would be bringing back its prestigious Tournament of Champions event earlier this week.

While voting will remain open until June 15, the WSOP is allowing players to look at a constantly-updating list of the 50 players who lead the vote in random order. The top 20 vote-getters at the end of the voting will be awarded seats into the televised freeroll, along with Mike Matusow, Annie Duke, Mike Sexton, Joe Cada, and Barry Shulman, who were awarded automatic entries for their previous TOC wins or their current title as reigning WSOP or WSOPE champ.

Two spots are reserved as sponsor exemptions, and they will be given out to players who win Harrah’s qualifiers leading up to the event.

As of 1:30 p.m. on March 17, the 50 players who currently lead the tally are as follows (in random order):

The Top 50

All living WSOP-bracelet holders are eligible. Vote today at wsop.com.

Update: As of 6 p.m. on March 17, the WSOP has informed Card Player that the vote total has now surpassed 90,000.

 
 
 
 

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SevenKidsPoppy
almost 12 years ago

Don't vote for Barry Shulman, Joe Cada, Mike the Mouth, Annie Duke, or Mike Sexton, folks.

They have byes and they're in already.

 
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Prieure
almost 12 years ago

SevenKids, you obviously haven't voted, it isn't possible to pick any of the people that are already in. It would be pretty silly to put them on the list of possible nominees if they already have a seat.

 
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michawat
almost 12 years ago

Jamie Gold? Prahlad Friedman? Really?

 
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MNNU83
almost 12 years ago

call it what it is: "poker all star game". saying "tournament of champions" while having no requirement in terms of winning anything makes harrah's look like a bunch of idiots. having said that, it will get great ratings so who cares if it is a legitimate event, right?

 
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kingwalter
almost 12 years ago

MNNU83 You have to be a WSOP braclet holder to play. Except for the 2 spots Harrahs gives away. So its the TOC25 and 2 Nobodys.

 
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grog911
almost 12 years ago

I dont understand why they dont let any of the circuit winners and any one of the bracelet winners from the year before just play in the tournament. Tournament of Champions is a big free Roll. Why not let players who are traveling round the country playing in tournaments and buying themselves in have a chance for the free roll. Instead of giving free money to players who all sponsored and dont need the money. Come on Men the master he was caught cheating lets give him free money. At least make these people work for the free money. Some of these people havent won a bracelet in years. Stupid stupid stupid way to do this tournament.

 
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