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03/09/2007 No. 40
he Guardian G2 Poker Column
Victoria Coren
Monday Sep 03, 2007

This Thursday, as if to celebrate September's loosening up of British gaming laws, the World Series of Poker comes to London. Next week's main event is a staggering pounds 10,000 no-limit hold 'em event.

I'm not sure why they made the buy-in quite so enormous - almost double the cost of the main event in the Las Vegas WSOP. Most people would consider this a prohibitive price, especially when it's a first run for this event, with a lot of new dealers, and we can't be sure how smoothly it will go.

Nevertheless, in the betting for "How many entrants?", clear favourite is "over 700", at less than 3/1. If this proves correct, it will be both exciting and frightening - where the hell would 700 people find that kind of money to throw at a poker tournament?

The sane method is to win a seat in a satellite for much less money. One person who has already done that is the actor Neil Pearson, who collected one at very impressive for a man who is already so successful in his day job, and who (given the extra exposure that celebrity players receive) could have tried asking the organisers for a free seat, rather than grafting to win it online. His tip for satellite success is: "It's easier to get chips from bad players than good ones, so controlled aggression early is good [while the bad players are still around]. And I decided in advance to take one big 50/50 risk late on, if it would convert me from a medium stack to a big one; I did, with 10 10 v AQ, and it worked."

My own tip is that the tournament sponsors,, have guaranteed at least 125 players from their website, so this week is a great time to look there for last-minute squeezes, ie online super-satellites with extra money or seats thrown in by Betfair.

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