You Vote, They Play

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In May the baseball season saw another opening day and a new season begin to unfold. While the baseball season is long and anything can happen, many diehard fans are already dreaming of their favorite player taking home that MVP All-Star title.

In the words of Jackie Robinson, “Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he’s losing; nobody wants you to quit when you’re ahead.”

If Robinson is right and baseball is like poker, then those diehard baseball fans might enjoy checking out another All-Star series while they wait for the long-lasting baseball season to play out. The first World Series of Poker* Tournament of Champions, in other words poker All-Stars game, is set to be dealt in June of 2010; 20 of the 27 players who participate in the World Team Poker Event are chosen and voted on by individuals in order to participate, similar to Baseball’s All-Star Game.

Furthermore, the format of poker’s All-Star event draws upon a concept very similar to the baseball All-Star game that baseball players and fans are more than familiar with. You can’t play in the baseball all-star game without first being voted in by your fans. The World Series of Poker* Event Tournament has a unique format from those of other poker events in the sense that fans vote on who they want to participate in the event and compete for the one-million dollars in prize money.

Anyone can vote now for their favorite player among all living poker players who have previously won a World Series of Poker bracelet. The top twenty players nominated by fans will be invited to participate in the event. Another previously selected five players who are past champions of the WSOP Tournament will also be invited to participate. These five All-Star veterans attending the 2010 Championship include Annie Duke, Mike Matusow and Mike Sexton. Also making a first veteran appearance are the two champions from last year’s tournament, Joe Cada and Parry Shulman the European champion. Two wild-card participants will also be chosen to participate prior to the first trick. The majority of participants however, are chosen by the public.

The tournament therefore offers the public a chance to step up and show some support for their favorite poker players and inspirations. Votes are currently being taken and will be accepted until 12am standard Eastern time until June 15th, 2010. Voting regulations state that voters must be at least 21 years of age and only one vote per ballot email will be accepted. The players selected by fans with the most votes will then be given the opportunity to show the world what they can bring to the table.

Is your favorite poker All-Star worthy? Can your card shark hero make the cut? There is currently a field of 521 WSOP bracelet holders out there so better cast your vote and add to the count in order to make sure your player is represented in the field. First place will walk away with $500,000, second place $250,000, 3rd place $100,000 and 4th-9th take home $25,000. Do you think your favorite star can take home some of that All-Star prize cash? There’s only one way to find out, so cast your vote and catch the World Series of Poker Tournament to cheer your player choice on.

The World Team Poker Event is a great example of how we can accomplish great things with a little help from each other. Your favorite player may be dependent on your vote to help get them into the playing field.

Another example of how effective working together can be, and one example that can accomplish great things for your pocketbook, is available right now at At RakebackPartners you can easily get the ball rolling as your RakebackPartners will take care of all the dirty work for you; with no minimum payout and no setup or recurring costs it is easy to join the team and start reaping the benefits. Just like you can help out your favorite poker All-Star, RakebackPartners can back you up as well.

* World Series of Poker and WSOP are trademarks of Harrah’s License Company, LLC (“Harrah’s”). Harrah’s does not sponsor or endorse, and is not associated or affiliated with RakeTheRake or its partners, products, services promotions or tournaments.

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