London, UK (PRWEB) July 27, 2007
The Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas was the venue for the 49th leg of the 2007 World Series of Poker and the final $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em event on this year's schedule. With a turnout of 3,151 players, the occasion became the largest, non-main event, tournament in World Series of Poker history.
The tournament, which ran from June 30th to July 2nd, ranked as the third largest live poker tournament of all time with only the WSOP main events of 2005 and 2006 attracting more players. This was also the busiest day in WSOP history in terms of total number of tournament entries within a 24-hour period.
As a consequence, many new names registered themselves on the final leader board. In fact, of the top 324 finishers who made it into the money, only two players had previously won a WSOP gold bracelet and neither of these made it onto the final table.
One of these new names was CelebPoker player Cort Kibler-Melby. After battling through qualifying, he took his seat on the final table ... an outstanding achievement considering the level of competition and quality of poker being played. Kibler-Melby eventually finished in sixth place behind eventual winner Ghandrasekhar Billavara from California, who took home a cheque for a cool $722,914 after five hours of intense play. Kibler-Melby was delighted with his work, and his cheque for $96,755, and is now aiming to take Europe by storm and continue to fly the flag for CelebPoker.
Dave Donovan, CelebPoker CEO, said:
"We are so excited about Cort's achievement and really pleased for him. It is another clear indication of the calibre of poker player that CelebPoker is associated with. We have some of the best online, and live tournament, players in the world as part of the CelebPoker network. Cort is a tremendous player and a fantastic ambassador for our company… we wish him well as he targets the WSOP Europe Event, in London, this September."
CelebPoker is an exciting, fully licensed and regulated online poker room dedicated to providing the ultimate poker playing experience to the worldwide poker community. CelebPoker's realistic and player-friendly software offers a wide range of poker tournament and ring game play, including sit 'n' go tournaments and offering prizes as high as $100,000. For more information, please visit: CelebPoker.com.
More About Team CelebPoker
Team CelebPoker provides the unique opportunity for ANY CelebPoker.com player to represent CelebPoker at a major European poker tournament! CelebPoker is sending two different teams of players to major European Events. Each time Team CelebPoker jets-off to a European Poker Event, we will give ALL of our players an opportunity to qualify via the tournament structures mentioned below
Every player that makes it to the final table of an EPT event will automatically receive entry to the next EPT event. Every player that wins an EPT event will receive fantastic sponsorship for the rest of the EPT season. This result means Team CelebPoker can only get bigger and bigger.
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