For the three American players left at the World Series of Poker, it’s all about the big payday and living the dream. Phil Collins (no relation), Matt Giannetti, and Ben Lamb (who made $2 million over six weeks at the Rio) are all former college students with youth on their side that play quite aggressively, and are ready to take on the biggest moments in their poker careers after dominating the online poker scene. At noon Saturday at the Penn and Teller Theater at the Rio, they’ll get their shot.
If one of them wins, it would be the first time since 1998 that the champion’s gold bracelet stayed in Las Vegas. We wish them the best!
All-time participation and prize pool event records were shattered this year as 6,865 Main Event participants, the third-largest turnout in the 42-year history of the World Series of Poker. The players created a prize pool of $64.5 million for the Main Event, which is the No Limit Hold ‘Em World Championship. Attendance was expected to be down with new online gambling regulations perhaps cutting into the action. This was not the case, however, as huge groups turned out to the Rio to get their shot at millions. If you have WSOP dreams, try our How to Play Poker link to get started on the path to super stardom.
Want to watch all the action through July 19? Discounts at the Rio can be found HERE.