Vote for Annette for the Tournament of Champions
In just over two months the 2010 World Series of Poker begins and it promises to be bigger and better than ever. In order to drum up some publicity Harrah's. Owners of the WSOP brand, have announced there will be an all-star Tournament of Champions that will be televised on American sports network, ESPN.
The Tournament of Champions will see 27 of poker's best players do battle at the felt over the $1,000,000 prizepool, with the only rule being they have to have won at least one WSOP bracelet, which makes Betfair's very own Annette Obrestad eligible to take part.
Of the 27 places up for grabs, five have already being filled. Annie Duke qualifies for winning the 2004 Tournament of Champions, Mike Matusow for winning the 2005 edition and Poker Hall of Fame inductee Mike Sexton for his victory in the 2006 event. Also guaranteed a seat is Joe Cada, the reigning WSOP Main Event champion and Barry Shulman who won the Main Event of the 2009 WSOPE.
Harrah's have said two places will be reserved, possibly for a special online or live promotion but the remaining 20 places are all going to be given to players who the public have voted for. Until June 15, the poker playing public can register at the World Series of Poker website, which will give them one set of 20 votes that they can use to select the players they would like to see take part in the 2010 Tournament of Champions. Each of the 521 living WSOP bracelet winners are on there but once you have cast your votes you cannot change your mind.
The made-for-TV event will start on June 27 with the final table being played on Independence Day, July 4. At this year's WSOP there will be no other play on July 4 so it is an ideal date for the players to complete this tournament in case they are still in other events. The winner of this invite-only event will take home $500,000, the runner-up $250,000 with third place winning $100,000. Each of the remaining players who reach the final table of nine will be awarded $25,000 for their troubles.
Annette has been asking for people to vote for her on her Twitter page and the last time I checked, after making her one of my 20, she was in the top 50 so definitely in with a chance to take on some of the biggest names in poker.