This article first appeared in the Jul/Aug 2012 issue of World Gaming magazine.
It’s July, so you know what that means… tens of thousands of gold bracelet hopefuls are descending upon the Rio in Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker. The first event actually started way back on May 28 and there will be a total of 61 bracelet events, culminating in the main event which runs July 7 to 16 with its final table from October 28 to 30. There was even a special platinum bracelet this year for “The Big One for One Drop”, a US$1 million buy-in event, which Antonio Esfandiari took down for a cool US$18 million. If you happen to be in Vegas, grab yourself a copy of WGM#18 – our WSOP 2012 special issue previewing the 2013 Aussie Millions. The special issue will only be available at the WSOP in Las Vegas.
Back in May, Marvin Rettenmaier of Germany pocketed almost US$1.2 million at the World Poker Tour Championship by besting 151 players in the US$25,000 no limit hold’em event. And Sweden’s Martin Nilsson is now INR 1,942,000 (US$34,530) richer after winning the INR 50,000 event at the APT Asian Series Goa 2012.
By far the most anticipated event in June was the return of PokerStars Macau to the Grand Waldo hotel and casino. A total of 28 tournament tables were assembled at the Grand Waldo Conference and Exhibition Center, including dedicated areas for the final table and three sit-n-go tables. In such a grand space, every table could be railed. And if you wanted to tell someone your bad beat, you could ramble on ad naseum to one of the World Gaming Member’s Lounge hostesses.
This Railbird followed the action across the 10 days of the Macau Poker Cup and saw our friend Celina Lin slay the Dragon for a second time, the first person to ever do so. Even our CEO, Andrew Scott, got into the action and won the Charity Event benefiting various local charities in Macau. Nice one boss man!
For a complete list of upcoming tournaments and previous results of particular interest to Asian and Australian poker players and fans, check out Railbird Ronny’s Tourney Tracker on our website wgm8.com.