Poker players wanting to catch the action from the Rio but weren’t able to make the trip to Vegas are in luck because thanks to sponsor Jack Link’s Beef Jerky, players around the world can watch the excitement at WSOP.com!
The WSOP website has been the only place that players have been able to watch live stream coverage which includes all 58 bracelet events. In case you haven’t tuned in yet, the view is amazing with two-camera coverage and audio via the tournament’s final table announcer.
The wide overhead shots of the entire table and the players coupled with the flop camera gives great visuals while the announcer gives a blow by blow of the betting action. Regular TV viewers who watch poker events on television miss the ‘hole card’ camera angle, but if you can’t be at the Rio, this is a good substitute to catch the play by play at the final tables. On most days two final tables are streamed starting between 2:30 and 3:00 PM Pacific time.
The Ladies Shine at Final Tables
When you tune in, be sure to watch for the lovely ladies of the WSOP who are burning up the felt. This definitely is the Year of the Woman at the 2011 WSOP and it started with Maria Ho in Event #4. After missing her bid for the gold bracelet by one spot in the $5,000 NL Hold’em Event and coming in second to win $540,000, Ho now holds the record for the single biggest score by a woman at the Vegas WSOP.
Next was Odette Trimblay from Mesa, Arizona who placed 9th in Event #8, the $1,000 No Limit Holdem event. Taking home $49,258, Trimblay trumped her other three WSOP cashes: the $2,940 she won for finishing 122nd in the 2010 No Limit Seniors Holdem Championship; her $10,406 win the same year for her 11th place finish in the Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8 or Better event and her $6,634 win in 2007 in the Limit Holdem Shootout when she finished 65th.
Another lovely lady suffered a near miss in Event #19, the $2,500 Limit Holdem/six handed event. Stephanie Nguyen from San Diego, CA came up one notch short in a field of 354 when she made the final table. By barely losing her bid for first, Nguyen took home $131,900 of the $805,350 prize pool for her second place finish.
The fourth lady to put in a final table appearance so far this year at the WSOP was Las Vegas native Diana Allen in Event #20. Allen was one of 3,175 players to join the $1,000 No Limit Holdem event, but one of only nine to make it to the spotlight table. The prize pool was an impressive $2,857,500 and Allen took home her $63,493 share when she busted out in 7th place.
Sheets Signs on to Keep Players Pumped
The action has been non-stop at the Rio and to help players keep fighting in the green felt arena is a new WSOP sponsor - Sheets Energy Strips. Hailed as “the new way to do energy,” the company was co-founded by basketball star LeBron James and top brand executives Warren Struhl, Jesse Itzler and Maverick Carter was launched in May 2011. They just came onboard to serve as an Official Sponsor for the 2011 WSOP to provide players the energy necessary to try and claim fortune, fame, and a coveted Championship gold bracelet. As part of the sponsorship agreement, the Sheets Energy Strips logo will be featured on the inner ring of the main television tables during all events with the product being available from all servers who will be wearing Sheets branded uniforms.
In the competitive world of energy drinks, Sheets is something different; a paper-thin, individually wrapped, dissolvable strip that is placed on the tongue. It dissolves instantly and is easily swallowed and digested delivering hours of energy. Available in several flavors, unlike popular energy drinks, Sheets won't spill, has no calories, no carbohydrates, no sugar, and requires no water.
“We’re thrilled to be an Official Sponsor of the 2011 World Series of Poker and provide energy to the top poker players in the world,” said Sheets Energy Strips CEO Warren Struhl. “Poker is a game that requires you to be sharp and attentive every single hand, and Sheets will help players do that. We look forward to working with the World Series of Poker.”