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Thursday, April 07, 2011

Moneymaker and Farha Going Head-Up Again?

Who would not enjoy a strong rematch? Funny enough , the WSOP is convinced poker fanatics will love to watch former adversaries go at it once more. The World Series of Poker launched a series of rematches from previous Main Event showdowns.

The WSOP has done a great job deciding on the matchups, Chris Moneymaker vs. Sammy Farha (2003), Johnny Chan vs. Phil Hellmuth (1989), and the final they are leaving up to the supporters. You can vote for the third match up over at the WSOP Facebook fan page.

The fan choices will be:

1988 WSOP: Johnny Chan vs. Erik Seidel
2004 WSOP: Greg Raymer vs. David Williams
2006 WSOP: Jamie Gold vs. Paul Wasicka
2010 WSOP: Jonathan Duhamel vs. John Racener

My particular favourite is 2004 WSOP: Greg Raymer vs. David Williams

The WSOP will do something a bit different with each one of the contests which should be extremely exciting.

Moneymaker vs. Farha is going to be best two out of three. The initial match-up is going to have both players with the same actual chip count that they had going heads up in 2003. The second rematch will reverse the chip stacks. And if there is a need for another game it'll be arranged with even chip stacks.

Chan vs. Hellmuth will be a straight-up one match with even chip stacks.

Zero details have been offered for the structure of the third, fan chosen, event.

The Moneymaker vs. Farha event will be a popular one. It was Moneymaker's win of the 2003 WSOP Main Event championship that is recognized as the beginning of the online poker boom. The tale of a normal guy playing a $40 online qualifier and making his way through some of the best poker players on earth to win poker's most presitgious prize in poker was virtually too good to be real.

In the same way, Raymer vs. Williams was another tale of relatively undiscovered but particularly personable players making it a lot further than some folks imagined probable.

The events will be shot for ESPN on June 2 in the Rio in Sin City. If you're in town the rematches are open to everyone and free to watch.


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