Kassem Ibrahim "Freddy" Deeb is a professional poker player who emigrated from Lebanon to the United States at the age of 19. Deeb was attending Utah State University when civil war broke out in Lebanon in 1975, he lost contact with his parents for two years. Deeb was unable to gain employment due to the restrictions of his student visa, so he began gambling. Deeb was forced to leave school, just 12 credits away from graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. At the 1996 World Series of Poker, he won the $5,000 Deuce to Seven Draw event, receiving $146,250 and besting a field that contained Mickey Appleman, Gabe Kaplan, David Grey, Doyle Brunson, he finished in the money of the World Series of Poker Main Event twice, placing 17th in the 1995 World Series of Poker and 13th in the 2003 World Series of Poker. He won the Season 4 World Poker Tour Ultimate Poker Classic event, where he won $1,000,000. Deeb has appeared in the Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament series and in the GSN series, High Stakes Poker.
Deeb is well known for wearing patterned/multi-colored shirts, one of which became famous at the 2003 World Series of Poker. Holding pocket kings, Deeb went all-in against Phil Ivey. Afterwards, Ivey remarked, "Must be the shirt." World Series of Poker tournament director Matt Savage referred to the same shirt as the "magic shirt" during a pot-limit Omaha tournament in the 2004 World Series of Poker, after Deeb eliminated two players on the same hand. As of August 2014, his total live tournament winnings exceed $8,100,000, his 41 cashes at the WSOP account for $3,723,334 of those winnings. On June 29, 2007, Deeb won the $50,000 H. O. R. S. E. Event at the 2007 World Series of Poker winning $2,276,832. During five-handed play, Deeb was down to his last $365,000 in chips, but managed to recover and win the WSOP bracelet. Deeb said. “But this one – it means everything to me. These are the toughest players in the world, it has the highest buy-in. Except for the $10,000 buy-in, this is the bracelet that means the most of any of them.”
World Poker Tour profile Pokernews.com feature article
Poker is a family of card games that combines gambling and skill. All poker variants involve betting as an intrinsic part of play, determine the winner of each hand according to the combinations of players' cards, at least some of which remain hidden until the end of the hand. Poker games vary in the number of cards dealt, the number of shared or "community" cards, the number of cards that remain hidden, the betting procedures. In most modern poker games the first round of betting begins with one or more of the players making some form of a forced bet. In standard poker, each player bets according to the rank they believe their hand is worth as compared to the other players; the action proceeds clockwise as each player in turn must either match the maximum previous bet, or fold, losing the amount bet so far and all further involvement in the hand. A player who matches a bet may "raise" the bet; the betting round ends when all players folded. If all but one player folds on any round, the remaining player collects the pot without being required to reveal their hand.
If more than one player remains in contention after the final betting round, a showdown takes place where the hands are revealed, the player with the winning hand takes the pot. With the exception of initial forced bets, money is only placed into the pot voluntarily by a player who either believes the bet has positive expected value or, trying to bluff other players for various strategic reasons. Thus, while the outcome of any particular hand involves chance, the long-run expectations of the players are determined by their actions chosen on the basis of probability and game theory. Poker has increased in popularity since the beginning of the 20th century and has gone from being a recreational activity confined to small groups of enthusiasts to a popular activity, both for participants and spectators, including online, with many professional players and multimillion-dollar tournament prizes. Poker was developed sometime during the early 19th century in the United States. Since those early beginnings, the game has grown to become an popular pastime worldwide.
In the 1937 edition of Foster's Complete Hoyle, R. F. Foster wrote: "the game of poker, as first played in the United States, five cards to each player from a twenty-card pack, is undoubtedly the Persian game of As-Nas." By the 1990s some gaming historians including David Parlett started to challenge the notion that poker is a direct derivative of As-Nas. Developments in the 1970s led to poker becoming far more popular. Modern tournament play became popular in American casinos after the World Series of Poker began, in 1970. In casual play, the right to deal a hand rotates among the players and is marked by a token called a dealer button. In a casino, a house dealer handles the cards for each hand, but the button is rotated clockwise among the players to indicate a nominal dealer to determine the order of betting; the cards are dealt clockwise around one at a time. One or more players are required to make forced bets either an ante or a blind bet; the dealer shuffles the cards, the player on the chair to his or her right cuts, the dealer deals the appropriate number of cards to the players one at a time, beginning with the player to his or her left.
Cards may be dealt depending on the variant of poker being played. After the initial deal, the first of what may be several betting rounds begins. Between rounds, the players' hands develop in some way by being dealt additional cards or replacing cards dealt. At the end of each round, all bets are gathered into the central pot. At any time during a betting round, if one player bets, no opponents choose to call the bet, all opponents instead fold, the hand ends the bettor is awarded the pot, no cards are required to be shown, the next hand begins; this is. Bluffing is a primary feature of poker, one that distinguishes it from other vying games and from other games that make use of poker hand rankings. At the end of the last betting round, if more than one player remains, there is a showdown, in which the players reveal their hidden cards and evaluate their hands; the player with the best hand according to the poker variant being played wins the pot. A poker hand comprises five cards. Poker variations are played where a "low hand" may be the best desired hand.
In other words, when playing a poker variant with "low poker" the best hand is one that contains the lowest cards. So while the "majority" of poker game variations are played "high hand", where the best high "straight, flush etc." wins, there are poker variations where the "worst hand" wins, such as "low ball, acey-ducey, high-lo split etc. game variations". To summarize, there can be variations that are "high poker", "low poker", "high low split". In the case of "high low split" the pot is divided among low hand. Poker has many variations, all following a similar pattern of play and using the same hand ranking hierarchy. There are four main families of variants grouped by the protocol of card-dealing and betting: Straight A complete hand is dealt to each player, players bet in one round, with raising and re-raising allowed; this is the oldest poker family.
2011 World Series of Poker
The 2011 World Series of Poker was the 42nd annual World Series of Poker. The WSOP is the most prestigious poker tournament in the world with the winner of the Main Event considered to be the World Champion, it was held at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada between May 31 – July 19, 2011. There were 59 bracelet events, beginning with the WSOP National Circuit Championship and culminating in the $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Championship; the November Nine concept returned for a fourth consecutive year, with the Main Event finalists returning on November 6, playing down to three that evening and adjourning until November 8. The 2011 WSOP marked the first time; because of the nature of the competition, live coverage was not allowed by the Nevada Gaming Commission. WSOP.com streamed 55 gold bracelet events on a 5-minute delay via the internet. ESPN3 streamed $50K Poker Players Championship and the Main Event online. ESPN doubled the airtime given to the WSOP from prior years. For the first time television coverage of the WSOP Main Event was "live" with a 30-minute delay.
The final table of the Main Event was televised in its entirety on ESPN. As per Nevada Gaming Commission stipulations, play was broadcast with a 15-minute delay and the hole cards were not shown to the television audience until after the hand was over. Since 1970, the WSOP was held in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2004, Harrah's Entertainment purchased the rights to the WSOP and immediately started to expand the name brand. After the purchase, Harrah's introduced Circuit Events around the country; these events were intended to build up hype for the WSOP. In 2011, they introduced WSOP Circuit National Championship; the WSOP Circuit National Championship was an exclusive tournament, limited to 100 players who qualified through the circuit events. The winner of the championship was awarded a WSOP bracelet; the event, which took place from May 27 through May 29, was won by amateur player Sam Barnhart. Through the first 57 events, the 2011 WSOP: awarded $127,468,010 in prize money. Had 68,807 tournament entries.
Had 98 countries represented. Had representation from all 50 U. S. states. Had a male participation percentage of 94.7%. Had one multiple bracelet winner; the Main Event: had 6,865 entrants. Had 85 countries represented. Had representation from all 50 U. S. states. Had a male participation percentage of 96.5%. Had 4,604 participants from the U. S. had 2,265 participants from other countries. The $10,000 No Limit Hold. After reaching the final table of nine players on July 19, the remainder of the tournament was delayed until November 6; the Main Event drew 6,865 players, creating a prize pool of $64,531,000. The top 693 finishers placed in the money, with first place paying $8,715,638; the Main Event was won by Pius Heinz. There were 301 hands played at the final table, including 119 hands of heads-up play, the most in WSOP Main Event history. Several celebrities participated in the Main Event: Day 1-A: Jason Alexander, Vincent Van Patten Day 1-B: Sam Simon, Patrick Bruel Day 1-C: Paul Pierce, Brad Garrett, Petter Northug, Audley Harrison, Shane Warne, Ray Romano, Robert Iler Day 1-D: Jennifer Tilly, Shannon Elizabeth, René Angélil, Mars Callahan, Colson WhiteheadOf these celebrities, Sam Simon, Robert Iler and Mars Callahan finished in the money.
* Indicates a player who finished in the money. NB: This list is restricted to top 30 finishers with an existing Wikipedia entry. *Career statistics prior to the beginning of the 2011 Main Event
Michael David Mizrachi is an American professional poker player who won the 2010, 2012 and 2018 World Series of Poker $50,000 Players Championship. Mizrachi has two World Poker Tour titles, he finished 5th in the Main Event of the 2010 World Series of Poker. In January 2013, Mizrachi signed on as a team pro with Lock Poker. Mizrachi was born in Florida, he is the younger brother of Robert Mizrachi who has numerous World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour finishes to his own name. He has a twin brother Eric Mizrachi and a younger brother, Daniel Jay Mizrachi, a professional DJ known as DJ Mizrachi. Mizrachi is fluent in Hebrew. Growing up, Mizrachi dropped out of college to play poker full-time. Mizrachi has three children: Paul William, Julie Malka, Joseph Mizrachi, he lives in Florida. He purchased a motor home out of his poker winnings which he used to keep his family near him when he was on the road, but sold it as it was depreciating in value. In early 2010, a federal tax lien in the amount of $339,711 was filed against Mizrachi for unpaid taxes related to his earnings from 2005 to 2007.
Mizrachi had two residential properties in Florida foreclosed on including a condominium he owned with his brother, Robert. In 2016, Aidiliy Mizrachi, his wife, divorced Michael for irreconcilable differences. In 2006, Mizrachi won CardPlayer Magazine's Player of the Year Award; as of April 2019, Mizrachi's live tournament winnings exceed $17 million. His 64 cashes at the WSOP account for $9,169,857 of those winnings. In the 2005 World Series of Poker, Mizrachi tied the record of seven money finishes in a single year. In the 2008 World Series of Poker, he finished third in the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha World Championship. In 2010, Mizrachi won his first bracelet in The Poker Player's Championship, defeating Vladimir Shchemelev heads-up and winning $1,559,046, his brother Robert Mizrachi finished 5th in the same event. That year, Mizrachi made the November Nine in the Main Event, he would go on to finish 5th, earning $2,332,992, was eliminated by eventual winner Jonathan Duhamel. Despite his strong performance at the 2010 WSOP, Frank Kassela was awarded the Player of the Year award based on the pre-existing scoring system.
This was controversial because some felt that Mizrachi's year was better, which resulted in a refinement of the scoring system. Mizrachi's success in 2010 led to ESPN poker announcer Norman Chad labelling it "The Year of The Grinder". In 2011, Mizrachi just missed winning another WSOP title when he took 2nd in the $2,500 Omaha/Stud Eight or Better event for $158,148. At the 2011 WSOPE, Mizrachi won his second bracelet in the €10,400 No Limit Hold'em by defeating Shawn Buchanan in heads up play, earning €336,008. Mizrachi made three final tables At the 2012 World Series of Poker and won his second $50,000 Poker Player's Championship title, earning $1,451,527, becoming the event's first 2 time champion in the process; the 2013 WSOP Africa saw Mizrachi win $3,300 Main Event for $101,267. In 2018, Mizrachi won the Poker Player's Championship for a record setting 3rd time, earning $1,239,126. An "E" following a year denotes bracelet won at the World Series of Poker Europe In January 2005, Mizrachi finished fifth in the World Poker Tour World Poker Open at a table featuring Daniel Negreanu and Scotty Nguyen.
The next month, he won a first prize of $1,859,909 at the L. A. Poker Classic, defeating a final table including Erick Lindgren, he finished 11th place in the $25,000 WPT Championship. Mizrachi played during the second season of High Stakes Poker. ALL IN Magazine 2010 Poker Player of the Year Official site InsidePoker magazine interview
Thuận B. "Scotty" Nguyễn is a Vietnamese American professional poker player, a five-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, most notably as the winner of the 1998 World Series of Poker Main Event and the 2008 World Series of Poker $50,000 H. O. R. S. E. World Championship, he is the first and only player to win both the WSOP Main Event and $50,000 Players' Championship. Scotty Nguyen was born in Vietnam; because of the conflict in Vietnam, his mother sent him out of the country, first to Taiwan. He came to the United States at the age of 14 after finding a sponsor in California, he was expelled from school for spending too much time in underground poker games. Nguyen was employed at Harrah's poker room. While with Harrah's, he lost most of it playing $3 -- $6 stud, he wanted to gamble regardless. His luck improved in 1985 when he was invited to Lake Tahoe to deal in a no-limit Hold’em tournament, he played cash games all night with the meager bankroll he brought with him. He felt he was invincible.
He gambled his bankroll up to $1 million. His name spread around Vegas and soon he began playing poker with Johnny Chan, Puggy Pearson, David Grey, he purchased a Chevrolet Camaro for $17,000, a Corvette for $21,000, a condominium for $60,000 all in cash. He was winning $50,000 to $900,000 a night. Bad habits plagued Nguyen. After a costly losing streak, he ended up going broke. Nguyen was spared $5,000 in cash. Nguyen had to rebuild his bankroll after losing his million, his next success came at the 1997 World Series of Poker where he won the $2,000 Omaha 8 or Better event, netting a profit of over $150,000. Nguyen blew this bankroll again and was broke shortly before the 1998 World Series of Poker. Nguyen had to play in a small satellite tournament which he did not have enough money to buy into. Mike Matusow decided to bankroll 1/3 of the buy-in. Nguyen is noted for playing with lots of emotion, he split 1/3 of the winnings with Matusow. On the final hand of the 1998 World Series of Poker's Main Event, a full house was dealt on the table.
Nguyen made the memorable quote to his opponent Kevin McBride: "You call, it's gonna be all over baby!" McBride called. I play the board." Nguyen beat McBride with a better full house by holding 9♣ J♦. Nguyen's Main Event triumph in 1998 was followed by tragedy—the next day, one of his brothers was hit by a car back home in Vietnam, killed. For this reason, Scotty does not wear his 1998 WSOP championship bracelet. After making several World Poker Tour final tables, Nguyen won a WPT event in January 2006, defeating Michael Mizrachi heads-up in the fourth season Gold Strike World Poker Open when his A♠ Q♠ made a flush against Mizrachi's A♣ J♦ on the first hand of heads-up round. With this WPT victory, Scotty became one of only 6 people to win both the main event of the World Series of Poker and a World Poker Tour title. Nguyen earned a second-place finish at the 2007 World Series of Poker in the seven card stud high low split eight or better event won by Eli Elezra. Scotty stated after the event that he hadn't played cash games in over two years because he enjoys a friendly environment, difficult in serious cash games.
Scotty nearly made the final table of the 2007 World Series of Poker Main Event, finishing in 11th place out of a field of 6,358 and earning $476,926. At the 2008 $50,000 World Series of Poker H. O. R. S. E. Event, Nguyen exhibited what many have considered objectionable, rule-breaking behavior, including a soft-play in a hand with Erick Lindgren. In the broadcast of the prestigious event, Nguyen was shown drinking numerous alcoholic beverages while swearing and scolding others at the final table, drawing criticism from commentators. Following the event, Nguyen issued an apology to his fans and stated that the event's editing depicted him unfairly, he cited issues like exhaustion, frustration with the perceived gloating of Michael DeMichele, pressure to succeed as reasons for his unconventional behavior. Nguyen formally apologized to the fans in an interview, said that he no longer blamed any other players for his behavior, that there was no excuse for his behavior at the 2008 H. O. R. S. E. Event. In 2009, Nguyen won the inaugural LA Poker Classic $10,000 H.
O. R. S. E World Championship at the Commerce Casino's annual LA Poker Classic Series, which earned him $339,743, further cemented Nguyen's reputation as one of the greatest masters of all variations of fixed limit poker; as of 2014, his total live tournament winnings exceed $11,700,000. Of those winnings, $5,100,999 have come at the WSOP. Nguyen has made appearances on the Ultimate Blackjack Tour playing Elimination Blackjack. Nguyen made an appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in April 2004. In January 2012, Nguyen was named as team captain of the Expekt Poker pro team for EPT Deauville; the team included Julian Kabitzke and Jack Salter as well as EPT London 3rd-place finisher Andre Klebanov. World Poker Tour profile
PokerStars is an online poker cardroom owned by The Stars Group. It can be accessed through downloadable poker clients for the Windows, macOS, Android and iOS. A PokerStars.com online satellite tournament produced the 2003 World Series of Poker champion, Chris Moneymaker. As the first person to become a world champion by qualifying at an online poker site, Moneymaker's 2003 win was an important factor in catalyzing the poker boom of the mid-2000s; the press has called this the "Moneymaker effect."PokerStars is the largest real money online poker site in the world, controlling over two-thirds of the total online poker market. PokerStars launched its beta play-money-only site on September 11, 2001; the company began offering real money wagering on December 12, 2001. PokerStars was a Costa Rican company, Rational Enterprises, majority owned by the Israeli Scheinberg family; the company was subsequently moved to Isle of Man. The move was driven by the establishment of a 0% corporate tax rate and the removal of rules barring companies from accepting casino and poker bets from the United States of America.
PokerStars holds its licence with the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission and holds numerous licences in other jurisdictions. On February 10, 2012, PokerStars acquired a European Union license granted by the Malta Lotteries and Gaming Commission. While owned, PokerStars had been the subject of financial media speculation regarding a possible initial public offering or merger with a publicly listed company. Analysts estimated its market value would have been $2 billion in 2006, which would have made the company one of the world's largest held gambling companies. PokerStars overtook PartyPoker as the world's largest online poker room at after the U. S. Congress passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006. Many sites, including PartyPoker suspended business with U. S. gamblers, while others, including PokerStars, did not. On December 27, 2009, PokerStars set the world record for the biggest online tournament; the tournament entry fee was $1, the number of entrants reached 149,196.
They broke that record on December 4, 2011, when 200,000 players played in a $1 buy-in tournament with a first prize of $50,000. PokerStars was so busy during the early stages of the tournament, all tournaments had to be stopped for 20 minutes because the heavy traffic crashed their servers; this record had been broken again at June 2013, with 225,000 participants. The buy-in was $1 and went into the prize pool, with no rake. In January 2012, PokerStars introduced a downloadable mobile client for iOS from iTunes. In February 2012, the company introduced a client for Android. On July 31, 2012, PokerStars bought Full Tilt Poker; the $731 million deal settled a civil lawsuit with the Department of Justice while giving ownership of Full Tilt Poker's assets to PokerStars. On June 12, 2014, The Stars Group known as Amaya Inc. agreed to buy PokerStars and its parent company for $4.9 billion in cash. The deal was completed on August 1, 2014; as of April 6, 2016 they have reached an agreement with Netent to add desktop and mobile gambling games to its poker lobby in New Jersey and other locations.
In February 2017, Microgaming announced a partnership with PokerStars, owned by parent company for the integration of its Quickfire platform. In July 2017, PokerStars agreed to a deal with bankruptcy administrators to acquire some of rival PKR.com's assets and in doing so will reimburse 60,000 PKR players 100% of their final balances. In December 2017, PokerStars unveiled a brand new player tournament called the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold'em Championship, to be held in January 2019; the tournament is expected to become one of the biggest events in the annual poker calendar with a twenty-five thousand dollar buy in and a $1 million bonus for the eventual winner. In March 2018, The Stars Group reached an agreement with gaming company Sugal & Damani to support the launch of its PokerStars brand in India. In September 2018, PokerStars revealed PokerStars VR, a immersive virtual reality poker experience. PokerStars offers a large number of poker variations: Texas hold'em, Omaha Hi/Lo, Stud, Stud Hi/Lo, Five-card draw, 2-7 Triple Draw & 2-7 Single Draw, Badugi, HORSE, HOSE, Mixed Hold'em, Mixed Omaha Hi/Lo, Triple Stud and 8-Game Mix.
PokerStars offers "Mixed Games," which rotate through several of these games. PokerStars averages over 15,000 players playing real money cash games daily. PokerStars launched Zoom Poker in March 2012, with an official launch in May 2012. Zoom Poker is a fast fold ring game poker format; the aim of Zoom poker is to offer players more hands of poker than in a regular ring game. In January 2013 PokerStars rolled out Zoom Poker Tournaments due to popular demand for the fast fold variant The site's weekly Sunday Million tournament has a guaranteed $1 million prize pool and a $215 buy-in; the Sunday Million is the biggest weekly online poker tournament. On March 7, 2011, The 5th Anniversary Sunday Million broke records, with 59,128 players creating a total prize pool of $11,825,600. World Championship of Online Poker has been running since 2002 and is regarded as the online equivalent of the World Series of Poker; the WCOOP tournament series is the largest online poker series and pays out the largest prizes in online poker.
The WCOOP 2010 Main Event champion Tyson “POTTERPOKER” Marks won $2.2 Million, the largest online tournament prize in history. Spring Championship of Online Poker was established in 2009 and has since become the most popular online tournament series. Unlike WCOOP, there are t
2010 World Series of Poker
The 2010 World Series of Poker was the 41st annual World Series of Poker, held at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Paradise and ran from May 28 to July 17. There were 57 bracelet events, culminating in the $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Championship that began on July 5; the November Nine concept returned for the third year, with the Main Event finalists returning on November 6. A notable change from 2009 was the revamping of the $50,000 buy-in tournament. From its inception in 2006 through 2009, it had been a H. O. R. S. E. Event in which play rotated between Texas hold'em, Omaha 8-or-better, Razz and stud 8-or-better, all played with a limit betting structure. In 2010, it became an "8-game" tournament, rotating between the five H. O. R. S. E. Games followed by rounds of no-limit hold'em, pot-limit Omaha, limit 2–7 triple draw. Once the final table was reached, play switched to no-limit hold'em; the tournament, now known as The Poker Player's Championship, was moved to the second spot on the WSOP schedule, preceded only by the restricted $500 Casino Employees No Limit Hold'em event.
Thus, the 2010 WSOP open events started with The Poker Player's Championship and ended with the No Limit Hold'em Championship/Main Event. Several celebrities were in attendance, including Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Ray Romano. Robert and Michael Mizrachi's appearance at the final table of the $50,000 Player's Championship is only the third time in WSOP history that two siblings faced each other at the final table of a WSOP event. In 1995, Howard Lederer and Annie Duke made the final table in a pot-limit Hold'em event and in 2002, Ross and Barny Boatman made it to the final table in a pot-limit Omaha event. While the event is called the "Ladies Championship," the WSOP cannot ban men from participating. In past years, a few men have played in the Ladies Championship, but in 2010 at least half a dozen and "some estimates on the floor are that the number of men who entered the event is in the double digits." WSOP Communications Director Seth Palansky called the men "scumbags" and declared, “The good news is at the World Series of Poker, we have the right to refuse service to anyone at any time at any point that we deem, as operators of the event.”
Robert and Michael Mizrachi were part of another sibling milestone. They and their brothers Eric and Donny became the first set of four siblings to cash in the same Main Event. Eric finished in 718th place on Day 4, Donny finished in 345th place on Day 5 and Robert finished in 116th place on Day 6, while Michael made the final table and played for the title in November, when he finished fifth. Breeze Zuckerman won the 2010 Last Woman Standing Cup in the Main Event, finishing 121st and cashing for $57,201; the $10,000 No Limit Texas Hold'em Championship Main Event began on July 5 with the first of four starting days. Each of the participants at the 2010 WSOP Main Event received 30,000 in tournament chips for the $10,000 buy-in event. After reaching the final table of nine players on July 17, the final table was delayed until November 6; the total number of entrants in the 2010 Main Event was 7,319 with a prize pool of $68,798,600 with the winner receiving $8,944,138 for first place. The payout "bubble" was reached during Day 4 at 747 players, each of whom earned a minimum of $19,263.
The bubble finisher was Tim McDonald, a professional angler and recreational poker player from Lexington, Kentucky. Matt Affleck, with his 15th-place finish in this year’s championship combined with an 80th-place in 2009, outlasted 13,718 players in back-to-back years, the fourth-most in WSOP history; the Main Event was a draw for many celebrities to play including: Day 1-a: Ray Romano, David Alan Grier, Sara Jean Underwood, Petter Northug, René Angélil, Irving Lorenzo Day 1-b: Orel Hershiser Day 1-c: Scott Ian, Shanna Moakler, Anthony Rapp, Sully Erna, Gabe Kaplan, Alexia Portal, Shane Warne Day 1-d: Bruce Buffer, Shannon Elizabeth, Emmitt Smith, Audley Harrison, Hank Azaria, Jason Alexander, Trishelle Cannatella, Sam Simon, Jeff FenechOf these celebrities, Northug and Buffer made the money. NB: This list is restricted to top 30 finishers with an existing Wikipedia entry. *Career statistics prior to the beginning of the 2010 Main Event. American jewelry designer Steve Soffa was chosen by the World Series of Poker to design and manufacture the entire set of bracelets for the 2010 World Series of Poker