Thursday, May 20, 2010

2009 WSOP - Tao of Poker Review

By Pauly
Off the Grid

While I'm on vacation, it's time to take a magic carpet ride in the Tao of Poker time machine and re-visit the 2009 WSOP...

First of all, I took off 20 days last summer to follow Phish while researching an upcoming book about the band. During my time away from Vegas, I relied heavily on on the Tao All Stars, a collection of some of my favorite scribes, who contributed guest posts while I was gone. Check them out...
2009 Tao All Stars WSOP Coverage:

The Tragedy of Mr. Nice Guy by Benjo
The WSOP Fashion Report - Week 1: The Year of the Makeover by Change100
All That Glitters by Snoopy
Fringe: Jeffrey Pollack and the Fine Line by Otis
Just Another Day in the Office: Phil Ivey Wins His Sixth Bracelet -- and $12 Million by BJ Nemeth
World Series of Penny by the Poker Shrink
WSOP Fashion Report - Week 2 & 3: The Douche-O-Meter by Change100
The New Kid in Town by Snoopy
Ladies of the Night by the Poker Shrink
The BJ Report: A Look Back at the First 19 Events by BJ Nemeth
The BJ Report: A Look Back at the First 31 Events by BJ Nemeth
The Kabbaj Regime by Snoopy
Flipchip's WSOP Photo Dump #1
Mean Gene's WSOP Photo Dump #1
Mean Gene's WSOP Photo Dump #2
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Here's what I wrote on the Tao before I hit the road...
Day 1: No Respect
Day 2: It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times
Day 3: The Valley of Ashes
Day 4: Nostrum Donkulus
Day 5: Vitaly Who?
Day 6: Scooter Races and Fading the Great Dane

When I returned from my roadtrip, I quickly got back into full coverage mode with...
Day 27: The Weigh In and the Miami John Incident
Day 28: Lisandro's Hat Trick
Day 29: Jeff Goldblum Is Not Dead
Day 30: Dying HORSE and Never Mind the Pollocks, Here Come the Sex Pistols
Day 31: Horses, Deuces, and DonkeyBombers
Day 32: Undercover and What Does Benjo Think?
Day 33: Gus Hansen Orgasm
Day 34: David Bach Wins $50,000 HORSE Championship and What Does Benjo Think, Vol. 2

And here's the 2009 Main Event coverage...
Day 37 - Main Event Day 1A: Summer of George?
Day 38 - Main Event Day 1B: Theme from the Bottom
Day 39 - Main Event 1C: Welcome to the Psychedelic Circus
Day 40 - Main Event Day 1D: No Soup for You
Day 41 - Dollar Bill Blues and What Does Benjo Think, Vol. 4
Day 42 - Main Event Day 2B: Schadenfreude
Day 43 - Third Place for Charity
Day 44 - Main Event Day 3: Two Frenchies, One Cup
Day 45 - Main Event Day 4: Bubbles, Leap Frog, and What Does Benjo Think Vol. 5
Day 46 - Main Event Day 5: Rapido and The Rise of the DonkeyBomber
Day 47 - Main Event Day 6: When I'm 64
Day 48 - Main Event Day 7: Evil Lurks on the Cusp of Greatness
Day 49 - Main Event Day 8: Phil Ivey Advances to November Nine
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Here's an index of the Tao of Poker's coverage of the November Nine...
November Nine Quick Stats
November Nine Bios
November Nine Final Table - Live Blog
From Nine to Two; Cada vs. Moon
November Nine Heads Up - Live Blog
Joe Cada Wins 2009 WSOP Main Event & Becomes Youngest Champion
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The 2010 WSOP begins in one week. Click here to see the 2010 WSOP Schedule.

Tao of Poker will return to Las Vegas for a sixth summer in a row and you can experience the mayhem with me.






The 2010 coverage will feature old school Tao updates and daily recaps, not to mention a couple of innovative concepts. The Tao All Stars will make a triumphant return, and many of your favorite scribes will share their favorite WSOP stories that they can't publish anywhere else. I'm super happy that Change100 will be whipping up her scintillating fashion updates and I'm proud to announce that BJ Nemeth will be returning with a weekly version of The BJ Report as Tao of Poker's WSOP stat-guru.

Also, don't forget about the Tao of Pokerati podcasts, and bonus updates on Twitter (via @taopauly).

That's it for now. I'm slipping back into vacation mode, and when I return it's time for me to head to the front lines at the Rio and cover my sixth WSOP.

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