Charitable Motives Reach World Series Of Poker Tournament Of Champions

April 1st, 2010 – by Glen

In the past few weeks, the World Series of Poker has announced the return of the Tournament of Champions. The Tournament of Champions, a $1 million dollar freeroll, is a possibility open only to those who have won World Series of Poker championship bracelets. One such champion, Marty Smyth, has announced his promise to donate his winnings to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Dublin – provided he makes it into the tournament.

The Tournament of Champions is an invitation only tournament, sponsored by the World Series of Poker. This event can only be entered by those who would be voted into the event. Voting is already open, and the ballots are being cast by the fans.

Each person who signs up to the ballot will be entitled to cast twenty votes. The top twenty candidates will be entered into the tournament. Only WSOP bracelet holders can enter the running, and Smyth had, in 2008, won the WSOP’s Pot Limit Omaha World Championship.

Smyth is currently using multiple channels to qualify for the Tournament of Champions, including a Facebook fan page, which has already received over 500 members. Smyth’s chase to the Tournament of Champions has only just begun, and his promise of the donated winnings may be incentive enough for many fans to cast their vote in his favor.

Having won the World Open, Irish Open, and Poker Million events, Smyth could prove a devastating presence at the table. Current popular votes have gone to Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, Eli Elezra, Johnny Chan, Doyle Brunson, David Sklansky, and many other big names in the industry.

Anyone who has won a World Series of Poker championship is eligible for the tournament, so even the amateur players can start their campaign to make it to the top. Those who have not won a bracelet that are interested may be happy to know that USA online poker rooms are already running satellite qualifiers into the events, ranging from the $1,000 dollar buy in tournaments to the Main Event.

No other poker series has attracted as much attention as the WSOP, and the games continue to grow – especially with the reduced buy-ins that are currently being offered.

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