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Here we see the two large buy in events of the series take place - the £10,350 High Roller Heads Up and the £10,350 WSOPE Championship Event. Both should differ a great deal from the three preliminary events, and the fields and structure will have a very different texture than the other tournaments.

The WSOPE main event has long been known for its very slow and well constructed structure. It is an event where - for the most part anyway - the cream really does seem to rise to the top year in year out.

Event#4: The £10,350 High Roller Heads Up

Heads up poker has become an integral part of every main nosebleed players game since the explosion of heads up poker online, and there are now literally hundreds of high stakes heads up specialists in poker, many of whom will be showing up at this event to test their skill. Heads up poker is arguably the most skilled and technically complex variation of the game playable, and this tournament will most likely consist of all of the main heads up players in the online game, most big name live pros, and possibly a few rich amateurs. Not only will the field be very strong, but it is a three day event, meaning that the structures will be slow, allowing for a great deal of hands and play.

Expect a small and very technically gifted field, a very slow structure, and a very large prize for the winner. My money would also most likely be on someone who has at least cut their teeth in the big heads up online games to win - these are the games with the highest standard and the most money trading hands right now, and this should filter into the tournament results accordingly.

Event 5#: WSOPE Championship No Limit Hold'em

With the heads up played, we are left with the big one - the Main Event. This tournament arguably combines into one the great features of the rest of the series, and should provide one of the best tournament experiences available anywhere. The WSOPE main event has long been known for its very slow and well constructed structure. It is an event where - for the most part anyway - the cream really does seem to rise to the top year in year out.

Not only does it have one of the best structures available in tournament poker, but it also attracts one of the worst fields relative to the buy in. Like any WSOP Main Event, it attracts numerous weaker players who come up through the satellite system hoping for their shot at glory. Although £10,350 is still a hefty price tag, there is probably no tournament on earth that is as good as the WSOPE Main Event in terms of strength of field compared to buy in size.

Expect amateurs and pros alike, a very slow structure, and a huge prize pool/first place money. History has shown us that anyone is capable of winning this tournament, although my money would probably be on one of the young online pros, who have always seemed to get deep in this event.
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