WSOP Announces Made-for-TV Rematches of Heads-Up Battles

Payback is a bitch, Johnny Chan.

Have to hand it to the poker world for coming up with some innovative TV concepts recently.

It started last year with the PokerStars Big Game. Then last month, Full Tilt introduced the ONYX Cup. And today, the World Series of Poker announced a made-for-TV program pitting past Main Event heads-up matches against each other once again.

The first battle is between Chris Moneymaker and Sammy Farha. Recreating the 2003 WSOP Main Event final table, Moneymaker and Farha will compete in a best out of three rematch. Game one will have them compete with their same starting stacks. Game two will reverse the stacks. And game three will be at even stacks.

Then, the 1989 Main Event gets revisited, as Johnny Chan will go up against Phil Hellmuth in a single match with even stacks.

Finally, fans get to vote on a third (re)match between the following:

– Johnny Chan vs. Erik Seidel – i.e. the shoe-in
– Greg Raymer vs. David Williams
– Jamie Gold vs. Paul Wascika
Duhamel vs. John Racener

The rematches will air on ESPN on July 26, 2011.

Read more about the rematches here. To vote [for Chan vs. Seidel] go to the WSOP Facebook page here.


3 Responses

  1. Jay G

    April 6, 2011 5:03 pm, Reply

    Doesn’t this sound a little… what’s the word…. pathetic? Really? 20+ year old matches redone? Awful.

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