The poker world waits with bated breath for the WSOP Main Event final table to unfold. Byron Kaverman overtakes Anthony Zinno in the GPI Player of the Year standings. New Jersey lawmakers considering a regulatory approach to daily fantasy sports.
November Nine starts this Sunday
It’s the moment the poker world has been waiting for, ever since Alex Turyansky lost his coin flip back in July to reduce the WSOP Main Event field to nine and put the tournament on a three-and-a-half month break. Play resumes this Sunday, with pro player Joe McKeehen holding a monster chip lead. On the line is a $7.6 million first place prize, and a special, jewel-encrusted gold WSOP bracelet worth another half-million or so. The event will be broadcast on ESPN on a 30-minute delay.
Exact chip counts and player bios are available on the WSOP website.
If you want to get in on the action, most major betting sites are offering lines on the players involved. McKeehen is of course the favorite at +175 (2.75-1), while at the other end of things, underdog Federico Butteroni would net you +2800 (29-1) in the case that he manages an upset. Back in July, I offered my opinion on who the good bets are.
Alternately, for those interested in playing for non-financial stakes, PokerUpdate has an array of November Nine drinking games you could try.
– With his win in the €10,300 EPT Malta High Roller, Byron Kaverman has overtaken Anthony Zinno in the GPI Player of the Year race. Kaverman now tops both the overall GPI rankings and Player of the Year, although he’ll have to settle for 17th in the WSOP Player of the Year standings.
– New Jersey is the latest state to announce that it is considering regulatory laws for the daily fantasy sports industry. Lawmakers will meet Monday to discuss the possibility. New Jersey follows on the heels of Massachusetts, which made a similar announcement last week. According to Dustin Gouker at Legal Sports Report, other states likely to have a regulated market for DFS include Illinois, Pennsylvania, California and New York, while Indiana, Georgia and Minnesota are also possibilities.
– Card Player reports that the legal agreement the Seminoles had with the state of Florida which allowed them to spread blackjack games has expired, yet the tribe continues to offer games. The state is suing in an attempt to get them to stop, but the Seminoles have indicated that they plan to fight.
– Alex Scott, Head of Poker at Microgaming, has released some interesting data showing that short-stacking tends not to be a profitable or enjoyable strategy for most cash game players. As an experiment, the Microgaming Poker Network will try forcing Omaha Hi/Lo players to buy in for a full stack; if this proves to have a positive effect on the game, the change may eventually be extended to Omaha Hi and even No-Limit Hold’em.