National pride and friendly rivalries
Post by PokerJunkie.com
Every summer, poker players and gamblers from all over the world converge on the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV for the World Series of Poker. While this year is no different in regards to poker player turnout, the atmosphere is a bit different as World Cup fever has hit the WSOP.
While it is true that the majority of players at the WSOP are from the United States, each year, a growing number of players, many of whom started their careers playing free no download poker, are coming in from other countries. This year is no exception.
Players from many nations are following their home nations in the World Cup. Among them is professional poker player Max Pescatori. In 2006, Max Pescatori won his first WSOP bracelet on the same day that Italy won the World Cup. Pescatori is one player whose national pride is always on display in every event he plays at the WSOP.
Play poker or watch the game?
For some players, they has been a dilemma between watching the games and following their home team or trying for a WSOP bracelet. Harrah’s has tried to help alleviate that with showing games in the Bad Beat Bar, located across from the Pavilion Room where many events start. In addition, there are several televisions around the room that are almost always tuned into the games. One exception to this rule is former WSOP Main Event Champion Peter Eastgate. He decided that the World Cup is actually more important than the WSOP and has skipped all of the WSOP to attend World Cup games.
Betting is heavy
A lot of betting is going down at the Rio on the games. Naturally, the casino is booking action for the games, and in addition, there are a lot of bets being done privately between players. These types of bets are known as side bets or prop bets. Many player can use the wireless internet access from inside the Rio to track their bets or to play Mac poker. The amount of money flowing due to betting action is staggering and some may make more off of their side bets than at the tables.
While the WSOP is special every year, this year is different due to World Cup fever. As the games progress to the eventual champion, the fever pitch will grow and by the day of the championship game, the excitement may equal that of a popular player taking down his first bracelet.