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The day came. Today, when in Las Vegas it is a midday, and in Spain already it is falling down the evening, one will proceed to typically ” Shuffle Up and Deal ” that will mean the beginning of the Edition XLVII of the World Series of Poker.Since always, the festival will begin with the typical event focused on the employees of the casino, and from there, other 68 more events will be celebrated for all the tastes, colors and pockets. Evidently, the culminating point will come at the beginning of July, when it will begin the Main Event, winner about which we will not know until November.

Since already we have told you in previous occasions, this edition of the WSOP comes loaded from innovations, between them the new supplier of playing cards, which will be Copag to the detriment of the Italian signature Modiano, which so many critiques was removing last year for the doubtful quality of his letters.

The rest of innovations that you have to bear in mind if you think to line up your way to Las Vegas and to take part in the WSOP, are the following ones.
Full Plazas

The majority of events with right to bracelet, they will pay 15 % of the field instead of 10 % that was habitual till now. The minimal ITM will be 1,5 times the buy-in of the event.

Fresh off another successful cycle of the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), PokerStars made another big announcement on Tuesday. U.K. poker pro Liv Boeree was named the newest member of Team PokerStars Pro a few months after leaving UB.com.

Boeree became one of the game’s hottest commodities after winning the PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) San Remo Main Event in April for $1,698,000. Media and fans have become taken by not only her stunning looks, but also her academic background. Boeree earned a degree in astrophysics from the University of Manchester before committing to poker full-time.

Her poker career got started when she was selected as one of five contestants in the reality TV show “Ultimatepoker.com Showdown” and she has since worked as a presenter at the World Series of Poker (WSOP), WSOP Europe, and European Poker Tour (EPT). On the felt, Boeree’s biggest accomplishments aside from her San Remo title include a victory at the 2008 Ladbrokes European Ladies Championships for $30,000 and a 37th place finish at the 2009 World Poker Tour (WPT) Championship.

Boeree represented UB.com at the 2010 WSOP, wearing patches for the majority of the schedule. But, those patches were visibly absent during the Main Event, leaving many wondering if she had left the company looking for greener pastures. Sure enough, Boeree officially parted ways with UB.com in August and it was only a matter of time before one of the major online poker sites grabbed the rising star off the free agent market.

“It’s more of an honor than I can really describe,” Boeree said about joining Team PokerStars Pro. “It’s something I’ve been aspiring towards ever since I learned about the world of poker and I am over the moon to be achieving such a huge personal goal!”

Boeree will make her first appearance as a Team PokerStars Pro at this week’s PokerStars EPT London event, which takes place at the Hilton Metropole Hotel from September 29th to October 4th. She’s had a busy month at the tables already, taking 12th at the English Poker Open and then participating in the WSOP Europe Main Event. Boeree took 184th in the PokerStars WCOOP Main Event for $12,800. She trusts that hard work will help take her career to the next level.

“I hope to grow my game as far as possible by studying and playing as much as I can,” Boeree said. “I’ll also hopefully get to use the wonderful resource of the other Team Pros – some of the greatest poker minds in the game! Hopefully, I’ll use this to produce further results and make the Team proud!”

Boeree joins Vicky Coren, John Duthie, Jude “j.thaddeus” Ainsworth, J.P. Kelly, and Julian Thew as members of Team PokerStars UK and Ireland. All are expected to be on hand for the EPT London festivities.

Straight Flush: Five cards in sequence, of the same suit.

In the event of a tie: Highest rank at the top of the sequence wins.

The best possible straight flush is royal flush – ace, king, queen, jack and ten of a suit. A royal flush is an unbeatable hand.

Four of a Kind: Four cards of the same rank, and one side card or ‘kicker’.

In the event of a tie: Highest four of a kind wins.

Full House: Three cards of the same rank, and two cards of a different matching rank.

In the event of a tie: Highest three matching cards wins the pot. In community card games where players have the same three matching cards, the highest value of the two matching cards wins.

Flush: Five cards of the same suit.

In the event of a tie: The player holding the highest ranked card wins. If necessary up to fifth-highest cards can be used to break the tie.

Straight: Five cards in sequence.

In the event of a tie: Highest ranking card at the top of the sequence wins.

Three of a kind: Three cards of the same rank and two unrelated side cards.

In the event of a tie: Highest ranking three of a kind wins. In community card games where players have the same three of a kind, the highest side card, and if necessary, the second-highest side card wins.

Two pair: 2×2 pair of cards of a matching rank, another two cards of a different matching rank, and one side card.

In the event of a tie: Highest pair wins. If players have the same highest pair, highest second pair wins. If both players have two identical pairs, highest side card wins.

One pair: Two cards of a matching rank, and three unrelated side cards.

In the event of a tie: Highest pair wins. If players have the same pair, the highest side card wins, and if necessary, the second-highest and third-highest side card can be used.

High card: Any hand that does not qualify under a category listed above.

In the event of a tie: Highest card wins, and if necessary up to fourth-highest and smallest card can be used to break the tie.