Published on May 31st, 2006 4:14 pm EST

Last year Australian Joe Hachem turned a 7/3 (unsuited) deal into a straight, capping an unforgettable comeback and netting him seven and a half million dollars as the winner of the 2005 World Series of Poker.

Hachem’s improbable victory is evidence of just how exciting--and unpredictable--the most prestigious poker tournament in the world can be. The 2006 World Series of Poker will commence on June 25 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. If recent history is any indicator, it promises to be another thrill ride.

Before Hachem there was Greg Raymer, the nice guy “fossil man” who parlayed his ten thousand dollar buy-in into a five million dollar fortune. In 2004, an unknown with the fortuitous name of Chris Moneymaker went from being an anonymous online player to becoming an instant celebrity.

The World Series of Poker attracts famed masters and weekend house players. It’s a collection of card playing geniuses and novices hoping to catch a wave of luck. There is no other event like it and it’s not a stretch to argue that the excitement of the telegenic super tournament has been a driving force behind the rapidly growing popularity of the game.

The 2006 World Series of Poker will again feature the familiar faces poker aficionados expect, along with an assortment of newcomers. The massive event will begin in late June and will continue through early August, ending with a final table vying for the coveted World Series of Poker gold bracelet and millions in cash on Thursday, August 10.

Harrah’s Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino will play host to the action for the second year in a row. In addition to the well-known Hold ‘Em tournament, many other games are scheduled. Additionally, the Rio will welcome a poker-related trade show featuring a bevy of items targeted at the poker playing public.

The World Series of Poker is a one-of-a-kind event that combines carefully crafted strategy with impossible luck with a multi-million dollar backdrop. Handicapping the event and selecting a winner may be a difficult bet, but a fun and exciting time is one of the few sure things Vegas has to offer.


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