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World Series of Poker set for August

The World Series of Poker television series on ESPN will begin Aug. 23 and run weekly through Nov. 15. The first 14 telecasts will offer reports on tournaments played June 5-6, 10-12, 14-15, 16-22, 24-25, 26-28 and 29-30 in the Rio Casino-Hotel Resort in Las Vegas. The final 12 shows, starting Oct. 11, will report on what happened in the $10,000 buy-in WSOP championship tournament, which runs July 7-15. 

The TV schedule:Aug. 23 - $1,500 no-limit hold'em tournament, which attracted a record 2,304 players;Aug. 23 - $1,500 limit hold'em tournament. 
Aug. 30 - $1,000 no-limit hold'em, with rebuys. 
Aug. 30 - $2,000 no-limit hold'em. 
Sept. 6 - $2,000 pot-limit hold'em. 
Sept. 6 - $2,000 pot-limit Omaha, with rebuys. 
Sept. 13 - $5,000 no-limit hold'em. 
Sept. 13 - $5,000 pot-limit hold'em. 
Sept. 20 - $1,500 no-limit hold'em. 
Sept. 20 - $5,000 seven-card stud. 
Sept. 27 - $2,500 no-limit hold'em. 
Sept. 27 - $5,000 pot-limit Omaha, with rebuys. 
Oct. 4 - $5,000 limit hold'em. 
Oct. 4 - $2,000 no-limit hold'em. 
Oct. 11-Nov. 15 - The $10,000 buy-in World Series of Poker Championship tournament, which is expected to attract 6,600 players and generate a prize pool in excess of $60 million. Which would mean a possible first-place payoff of $10 million.? Software-based poker robots will play for $100,000 at Binion's in the GoldenPalace World Series of PokerRobots the second week of July. 

The event is not associated with the World Series of Poker, currently begin contested at the Rio Casino-Hotel Resort in Las Vegas. 

NOTES - T.J. Cloutier won $657,100 and was awarded his sixth gold bracelet for winning the $5,000 no-limit hold'em tournament ... A former pro football player, Cloutier has been in the money in 47 WSOP tournaments, one behind Phil Hellmuth and Barry Johnston on the all-time list ... Cyndi Violette has cashed in three tournaments, earning over $310,000 ... Annie Duke has $17,800 in two payoffs ... Erik Seidel earned his seventh gold bracelet, winning the $2,000 no-limit hold'em title and earning $611,795 out of a $2,551,520 prize pool ... Pahrump resident Don Barton earned $3,230 in the $1,500 no-limit hold'em shootout ... Phil Hellmuth, the NBC Heads-Up tournament champion, has had his problems in the early going, getting two payouts worth $20,100.



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