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  1. [caption width="640"] Michael Phelps' 'game face' was all the rage at the Rio Olympics[/caption] Michael Phelps’ Olympic career is now officially over and many are wondering if he may turn his attention to poker to fuel his competitive spirit. It seems he may have already done that - even during one of the most iconic moments of Rio games. In an interview with NBC TODAY Show’s Billy Bush, Phelps confessed that while South African rival Chad le Clos was doing his best to get in the head of Phelps prior to their 200-meter butterfly semi-final meeting, the most decorated Olympian in history was, among other things, playing Open Face Chinese on his phone. “Texting sometimes. I was playing Pineapple, it’s a card game, and I was changing music,” said Phelps. Pineapple is an OFC app that is popular with a number of top poker pros including Shaun Deeb, Jason Mercier and Phil Hellmuth. Phelps went on to finish second in the semi-final, one spot ahead of le Clos, on his way to winning his 20th career gold medal while le Clos did not hit the podium. Phelps is no stranger to the world of poker. During the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, Phelps gave an interview to the Baltimore Sun where he indicated his desire to play on poker’s biggest stage. "I think it would be cool to play in the World Series of Poker," Phelps said. "My game is a little off right now, so I'll have to start improving it a little bit. But I think that would be cool, and it would be cool to meet some of those poker guys." He recorded his first live tournament cash in October 2008, making the final table of a $1,500 buy-in WSOP Circuit event in Las Vegas. In September 2012, not longer after his first retirement following a successful London Olympics, he won allegedly won $100,000 in a cash game at Caesars Palace and soon found himself getting tabloid attention. Phelps went on to deny the big score but he didn’t stop playing poker. In January 2013 Phelps entered his first $10,000 buy-in poker tournament when he played the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event. Later that summer he went on to play in his first WSOP event, a $5,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em event. He failed to cash in either event. Phelps also has a number of friends in poker, most notably former roommate Jeff Gross who has been in Rio to cheer on Phelps during his final Olympics. He’s also been known to pal around with the likes of and Antonio Esfandiari and is clearly a fan of the world of poker. In 2012 he sent a good luck message to fellow Marylander Tony Gregg. Phelps' Hendon Mob profile lists three cashes but the most recent one is a $1,123 score on August 11 at the Venetian in Las Vegas. It's highly unlikely that cash belongs to the Olympian, given that Phelps was in Rio, finishing second in the 200 meter individual medley semi-final. His only two cashes are the WSOP Circuit Main Event in 2008 and a 104th place finish in a WSOP Daily Deepstack. His total winnings are $5,580.
  2. Doug Polk already has one WSOP Tag Team bracelet to his name, after Day 1 of the $10K Championship, he's well positioned for another one. (WPT photo)[/CAPTION] The 2017 World Series of Poker got underway Wednesday with two bracelet events starting and it ended with a familiar face sitting atop the chip counts. Employees Event Opens Things Up, Gallagher Leads Final 11 As has become custom, the first event on the schedule was the $565 Casino Employees event. This year 651 players, all of whom work in the casino or poker industry in some respect, showed up to take their shot at winning a WSOP bracelet. David Tuchman, Erica Lindgren and former November Niner Kenny Hallaert were among some of the recognizable faces in the crowd. After playing 20 30-minute levels on Wednesday, just 11 players remain and a pair of Christopher's sit atop the chip counts, separated by a single small blind. Christopher Gallagher, representing Portland, OR, bagged up 519,000 while Christopher Solomon, out of Jacksonville, FL, finished with 513,000. Vincent Russell, from Bagshot, England, is the only international player still in the tournament. Action resumes at Noon and will play down to a winner. Chip Counts Christopher Gallagher - 519,000 Christopher Solomon - 513,000 Jermel Stephens - 418,000 Alexis Cordova-Nieto - 348,000 Victor Kim - 323,000 Bryan Hollis - 290,000 Adem Arbuckle - 243,000 Vincent Russell - 216,000 Joshua Clanton - 172,000 Haviv Bahar - 145,000 Nathan Bolinger - 77,000 Team Doug Polk Leading $10,000 Tag Team Championship Last year Doug Polk and Ryan Fee teamed up to take down the inaugural $1,000 buy-in Tag Team event. Wednesday they returned with reinforcements and ended up bagging the chip lead. Polk and Fee added Jason Mo and Michael Finstein to their squad and made it through 10 levels of play with 240,600, good enough for the chip lead. The event allows teams of between two and four players, with each player required to play just one set of blinds to qualify as a team. A total of 102 teams made their way into the field and exactly half of the moved on to Day 2. Two players who were picked by PocketFives staff to win their first bracelet this summer, Stephen Chidwick andDan Smith, teamed up and would up with the third largest stack at the end of Day 1. Team Rast, which was comprised of Brian Rast, Jeff Gross, Antonio Esfandiari and Olympian Michael Phelps was unable to make it through Day 1. Andy Bloch and good friend Chris Ferguson barely survived through Day 1, with all but 24,300 being seized by other players. The final 51 teams return at 2 pm PT. Day 1 Top 10 Chip Counts Team Polk - 240,600 Team Staats - 216,400 Team Tran - 207,000 Team Chidwick - 204,500 Team Salter - 192,300 Javier Gomez - 191,100 Team Fast - 187,100 Team Gathy - 183,000 Team Shuchi - 178,400 Team Snead - 157,000 Day 2 Schedule Thursday should see the Casino Employees event will play down to a winner, while the Tag Team Championship is scheduled to play 10.5 levels. Two more events get underway on Thursday. The $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout event begins at 11 am PT while the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8-or-better starts at 4 pm PT.
  3. [caption width="640"] Players get their first shot at winning a 2017 WSOP bracelet this week (WSOP photo)[/caption] The 2017 World Series of Poker officially gets underway Wednesday with the first two bracelet events but there's so much more packed into the first week of events. A total of nine events open up the first week with both ends of the buy-in spectrum covered. Tag Team Action It doesn't appear that the Young Bucks - the self-proclaimed greatest tag team in the world - are going to be making an appearance in the $10,000 Tag Team Championship event, but that doesn't mean it's without star power. Michael Phelps, yes THAT Michael Phelps, is joining his good friends Antonio Esfandiari, Brian Rast and Jeff Gross to form a team. The "Tag Team" format made its first appearance of the modern era last year, with Ryan Fee and Doug Polk taking down the $1,000 buy-in event. The three-day event wraps up on Friday. Third Time's a Charm: Colossus III Two years ago the WSOP decided to see just how many bodies they could fit into a single bracelet event with the $565 buy-in Colossus event. The inaugural event drew 22,374 for a $11,187,000 prize pool with Cord Garcia winning it all. Last year, with more starting flights available, the field dropped to 21,613 players. Ben Keeline took home $1,000,000 for beating the massive field. This year there are again six starting flights, with players able to re-enter after busting the previous flight. Day 1A is Friday, June 2 at 10 am with the Day 1F starting Sunday, June 4 at 4 pm. The final table is scheduled for June 7. Hey, Big Spender Might as well get the biggest buy-in event out of the way early. The $111,111 buy-in One Drop High Roller begins Friday, June 2 with all of the big names expected to be in the field. Last year, Fedor Holz beat Dan Smith and 181 other entries to win the first bracelet of his career. In 2015, Jonathan Duhamel topped the 135-player field to win his second bracelet. One Drop events raise money for the Guy Laliberte-founded One Drop Foundation which helps provide access to safe and clean water to people around the world. Week One Schedule DATESBUY-IN#EVENT May 31 - June 1$5651Casino Employees Event (NHLE) May 31 - June 2$10,0002Tag Team Championship (NLHE) June 1 - 3$3,0003No Limit Hold'em Shootout June 1 - 3$1,5004Omaha Hi-Lo Eight or Better June 2 - 7$5655Colossus (NLHE) June 2 - 5$111,1116One Drop High Roller (NLHE) June 3 - 5$2,5007Mixed Triple Draw Lowball June 3$3338WSOP.com Online (NLHE) June 4 - 6$10,0009Omaha Hi-Lo Eight or Better Championship

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