WSOP Event #2: $10,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold'em Championship

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WSOP Event #2: $10,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold'em Championship
02 Jun

Few games embody the individual spirit more completely than poker where it is always just you against the world: a table full of villains looking to screw you out of your hard earned potatoes before you can rake in theirs.

But after the success of the $1,000 Tag Team event at the 2016 WSOP the masterminds at the Rio have decided that cooperation isn’t impossible between sharks. So, not only is the $1k tag team back but the first open event of the WSOP is going to be a $10,000 buy-in version.

The set up is simple, teams of two to four players play each stack and split any prize money they win. They have to register together, and must all check in at the table and play a blind level before the end of the late reg period. Players can tag in or out whenever the team is not active in a hand. There are no breaks, so managing everyone’s pit stops is gonna be a key part of strategy.

Doug Polk and co are back after taking down the $1,000 event last year, while other teams have made it more about pooling their celebrity than expertise: Antonio Esfandiari’s team of Jeff Gross and Brian Rast rounded out with poker amateur and Olympian Michael Phelps. Whoever wins is gonna be set up with a gold bracelet and a share of the $273,964 first prize to start their summer off with.

At the end of day one, with half of the hundred and two teams gone busto, Doug Polk’s crew (Doug Polk, Ryan Fee, Jason Mo and Michael Finstein) are top of the table and looking to go back to back, with 240,600 chips while some big name teams like Eric Seidel’s and the Andy Bloch/Chris Ferguson duo are struggling away in the bottom ten.

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Jon is a freelance writer and novelist who learned to play poker after watching Rounders in year 9. He has been giving away his beer money at cards ever since. Currently he is based in Bristol where he makes sporadic donations to the occasional live tournament or drunken late night Zoom session. He ...Read more


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