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World Series of Poker 2006 Betting Market Opens

World Series of Poker 2006 Betting Market Opens

(PRWEB) June 8, 2006

Paddy Power, Ireland’s largest bookmaker, today launched betting on the World Series of Poker World Championship Event held in the Rio Hotel and Casino Las Vegas from 28 July to 10 August 2006.

This historic event is the jewel in the crown of world poker. It is expected that the 2006 event will attract upwards of 10,000 players vying for an estimated first prize of $ 10 million.


If a chosen player finishes in the top 60 in this event but fails to make the final 9 Paddy Power will refund the bet.


Current prices for some of the world’s biggest poker stars to make the final table of 9 players (non-runner, no bet) include:

Phil Ivey              50/1

Daniel Negreanu          66/1

Johnny Chan              80/1

Dave ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott     100/1

Barney Boatman             100/1

Andy Black             125/1

Ram ‘Crazyhorse’ Vaswami     150/1

Donnacha O’Dea         150/1

Doyle Brunson             150/1

David Sklansky             250/1


Many players at the main event will be famous for activities other than poker but will be throwing their hats into the ring along with hundreds of pro’s and thousands of online amateurs.

Ben Affleck             200/1

Matt Damon             400/1

Teddy Sheringham         400/1

Toby Maguire             400/1

Paddy Power, spokesman for the company said, ‘The sharks usually get their fish in these big poker games but with thousands and thousands of online qualifiers and 9 days of play to get through it really could be anybody’s game this year so we’re upping the ante and making things a little more interesting for the punter.’

Many more markets will be added in the run-up to the event including top European player, top Irish player, online qualifiers finishing in the money, group ‘last longest’ betting and a woman to reach the final table.

For more information contact: Brendan Murray, Paddy Power Poker Communications Manager, Tel: 00 353 1 488 1759, Mob: 00 353 86 916 6000, or visit


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