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The WSOP $10,000 7-Card Stud World Championship

On June 1st, 2009, at just over 120 participants, the $10,000 Seven Card Stud World Championship tournament has one of smallest playing fields that will be seen at the 2009 world series of poker. But despite those numbers, the Stud championship will probably be one of the most hardest to win.

The field is loaded with poker pros, mainly because of the $10,000 buy-in cost, which the World Series of Poker raised from $5,000 in 2008 before officially recognizing the event as a World Championship. The bigger buy-in cost has filtered some amateur poker players but the title is still highly-coveted for poker pros, all of whom will need to play at their very best to get the bracelet.

Daniel Negreanu, who finished in 10th place in the event in 2008 to take home $33,417 said that anytime that you change the buy-in, you get a little more homely feel. He added that participants in this event cannot get sloppy and should stay sharp at all times. Eric Brooks stunned the playing field in 2008 by winning the event, which was his first big cash in at the WSOP.

However, with a field that is heavy with poker pros, there is a good chance that a big name poker player will win this year's bracelet. Jeffrey Lisandro, who won a bracelet at the 2007 WSOP $2,000 Seven Card Stud event, said that players have to keep their eyes open in this event if they want to take home something. He added that the quality of participants in the event is really high so it is hard to get to the final table.

Lisandro, who has twenty-three lifetime cashes in World Series of Poker events, is among the field of pros that would like to see Seven Card Stud become more popular with poker players. But Daniel Negreanu does not see the game making a comeback on mainstream poker soon because of the slow speed compared to Texas Holdem, but WPT host Mike Sexton sees other reasons for Stud poker's lack of visibility.


07/09/2009, Thursday
Sherry Barlow

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