WSOP Announces New All-Star Tournament of Champions

Phil Hellmuth would be among the mortal locks for inclusion in the TOC all-star balloting.

The World Series of Poker has been trying to perfect its Tournament of Champions event for years. Announced yesterday, its latest incarnation is a hybrid of a traditional TOC and an all-star game. Here are the basics:

  • 27 players compete in a $1M freeroll (<–great they’re doing this, btw). The entire final table gets paid, and the winner banks $500,000.
  • 5 automatic bids to previous TOC winners (Annie Duke, Mike Matusow, Mike Sexton) and previous year’s WSOP and WSOPE ME winners (Joe Cada, Barry Shulman).
  • 20 spots filled out by fan voting. In order to qualify for fan voting, you must have won a bracelet (Sorry Gus, durrrr…)
  • 2 “sponsor exemptions” (you’re welcome, Gus, durrrr…)
  • The event will be televised on ESPN.

Not a bad idea by the powers that be at the WSOP. First, it gives some money back to the players. Second, it gets some fan participation going. Third, it gives us another potentially high-profile WSOP TV event, which felt somewhat missing last year.

Interestingly, Russ Hamilton was left on the ballot. Russ, who hasn’t been seen in public since this ambush, was NOT invited tot he special WSOP ME winners-only event last year.

Vote for your top 20 at the site here and let us know who you picked.


7 Responses

  1. Kevin Mathers

    March 16, 2010 9:16 am, Reply

    From the press release:

    “Two sponsor exemptions will be awarded by the WSOP, with details forthcoming on how those seats can be won. ”

    Don’t see how Gus and/or Durrrr could get in the field.

  2. Slim

    March 16, 2010 9:40 am, Reply

    I don’t understand why they are calling it Tournament of Champions. Why not just call it WSOP All-Stars?

  3. AlCantHang

    March 16, 2010 12:06 pm, Reply

    Not a single shot taken at Dennis Phillips?

    I kept searching and searching for his name. From all his exposure, surely he won the Main Event a few years ago.

  4. Chris Tessaro

    March 16, 2010 7:51 pm, Reply

    The Hardcore Poker Show has randomly selected our candidate for the TOC…… our random selection is Shankar Pillai…… vote early, vote often. Also, if you have any idea who or what a Shankar Pillai is, please let us know..

  5. gav

    March 17, 2010 2:52 pm, Reply

    D Negreanu: “I just realized you can vote for Russ Hamilton for the WSOP TOC! Would be interesting to see how he does with the cards face down.”

    wp sir

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