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2008 World Series: Ylon Schwartz

12,525,000 chips Ylon Schwartz has been playing competitive table games for most of his life, having started playing chess in Washington Square Park in Manhattan ever since he was 13-years-old. Now 38, the Brooklyn native reverted to the more profitable world of poker after 12 years of competitive chess and is now fifth going into the final table of the biggest show in the game. Schwartz is already a veteran of the World Series, earning his first cash at in 2005 and recording 12 in-the-money finishes at the WSOP and...more

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2008 World Series: Have we seen this before?

At last year's Main Event final table, spectators from Denmark watched aghast as their man - Philip Hilm - went from dominant chip leader at the start of play to first man out, giving all his chips to the eventual champion Jerry Yang with a misplaced semi-bluff. The serried ranks...more

2008 World Series: First hour in the books

The money has been bigger. The star-power has been brighter. But never has the final table of the World Series of Poker looked like this, had this many people watching, or had such fanfare as its foundation. Though we've already mentioned it, the atmosphere in this room is such a...more

2008 World Series: Shuffled up, and dealing has begun

Any reporter running out of ways to describe how poker has changed over recent years need only set foot in the Rio Hotel and Casino this morning. Countless articles have been written about the vast numbers of players, the influence of online poker, the newly dominant aggressive style of play,...more

2008 World Series: Final table set to begin

It's a special kind of day in Las Vegas. Ignore the fact is rained in the desert this morning, the two Madonna concerts, the Professional Bull Riding tournament in town, and the giant air show that flew over Las Vegas last night. Those kinds of things happen, if irregularly, at...more

2008 World Series: A taste of things to come

We are now less than 20 hours from seeing how the World Series of Poker November 9 will face off against each other. Six of those runners are tough PokerStars players. Over the course of the last few days, they have been spending time with the PokerStars Blog Video team....more

2008 World Series: Million Dollar Men hit Las Vegas

In less than 48 hours, the six PokerStars Million Dollar Men will sit down in the Penn and Teller Theater at the Harrah's Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino. Making up 2/3 of the November 9, the PokerStars Million Dollar Men come from all walks of life. Though their paths...more

2008 World Series: Dennis Phillips profile

26,295,000 chips The 2008 World Series of Poker chip leader has an interesting back ground and almost none of it involves poker. Dennis Phillips started playing Texas Hold ‘Em only four years ago. Phillips was a blackjack player until a college friend dragged him to a poker table at the...more

2008 World Series: Darus Suharto

12,520,000 chips When Darus Suharto dreams, he dreams like Chris Moneymaker. Just like his pro idol, Suharto is an accountant, who qualified for the 2008 Main Event through an $80 satellite on PokerStars. Suharto may be an unknown at the final table, but he is the quiet, powerful competitor few...more

2008 World Series: David "Chino" Rheem

10,230,000 chips David "Chino" Rheem knows how to use the law to his advantage. During his teenage years in Florida, Rheem took advantage of the law allowing 18-year olds to play casino poker. He got his start in 1998 playing at The Seminole Hollywood Casino with the Mizrachi brothers and...more

2008 World Series: Peter Eastgate

18,375,000 At just 22-years-old, Peter Eastgate is the youngest member of the November Nine and has his sights set firmly on the record books as well as the $9 million first prize. Eastgate is the second player from Denmark to make the final table of the World Series Main Event...more

2008 World Series: Ivan Demidov

24,400,000 chips Ivan Demidov is the form player coming into the final table, having used his break from the World Series to play in, well, the World Series. Demidov returned to Europe after his heroics in Las Vegas and made the final table of the World Series Europe Main Event...more

sirhindle1 claims Million Dollar Men Main Event Championship

Although he won't have the chance to take down more than $9 million in the World Series of Poker main event, PokerStars player sirhindle1 did manage to win $100,000 Saturday afternoon against six of the players who will get the chance to become world champion in a week. sirhindle1...more

Million Dollar Men Main Event tomorrow

We are just a little more than a week from knowing who will be the 2008 World Series of Poker champion. Among the November 9, there are six PokerStars Million Dollar Men who have a chance to win the big one. Before they get the chance to win the bracelet,...more

One hundred to win piece of Million Dollar Man

Do you want a piece of PokerStars Million Dollar Man Darus Suharto? You can't buy a share of his winnings right now, but you can win it this weekend. It is understood, buying a piece of someone in a tournament is always a tricky proposition. Even if you have a...more

Chris Moneymaker wins Million Dollar Men TOC

It was like a cage match in which metal chairs, chainsaws, and howitzers were fair game weapons. Competing were the Pattons 21st century poker. Four of them had World Series championship bracelets. The other five have a chance at one in just a few week. In what PokerStars billed as...more

Million Dollar Men face off against Champions

There is a pretty good chance that one of the PokerStars Million Dollar Men will be a World Series Champion in just a few weeks. Only problem is, right now, we have no idea which one it will be. But, here's an interesting question (somewhere along the lines of whether...more

Get a piece of PokerStars' Million Dollar Men

In just about six weeks, we're going to see six PokerStars players sit down at one of poker's most historic final tables. PokerStars' Million Dollar Men Dennis Phillips, Ivan Demidov, Peter Eastgate, Ylon Schwartz, Darus Suharto and David ‘Chino’ Rheem will be vying for the World Series Main Event championship...more

2008 World Series: Darus Suharto interview

It only cost him $80. Darus Suharto qualified on PokerStars for the World Series Main Event. His $80 win got him into a bigger qualifier and there he won his prize package to Las Vegas. Now, Suharto is one of the November Nine, the final table players of the 2008...more

2008 World Series: Dennis Phillips interview

Dennis Phillips told us ini the last few days of the World Series that the ESPN crews were calling him "red hat." His autographed St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap was not hard to spot in the crowd. Otherwise, the accountant from Missouri is humble enough to blend into any poker...more

2008 World Series: Ylon Schwartz interview

Perhaps better known online as TenthPlanet, Ylon Schwartz is no stranger to live poker. A regular on the East Coast live scene, Schwartz has been around long enough to have paid his dues. Now the chess expert, lover of all games, and PokerStars is looking to get away for a...more

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