On June 2nd, 2009, as the defending 2-7 World Champion, Poker pro Mike Matusow has to be considered the favorite to win another Lowball bracelet for his collection in 2009. Matusow said that if he plays well, he will have a chance to win the event. This year, the WSOP added a brand new $2,500 Lowball tournament, while increasing the buy-in cost for the World Championship event from $5,000 to $10,000 and removing the rebuys.
It is a change that Matusow disagrees because removing the rebuys just ruins the whole event. He added that if it is not a rebuy, it needs to be at least a $20,000 buy-in with a single optional rebuy. A Lowball Triple-Draw will also take place at the 2009 World Series of Poker, giving participants three Lowball bracelet events to pick from. The $2,500 event will start today drawing 122 players and playing field heavy with poker pros.
Matusow, Jennifer Harman and Gavin Smith were just a few of the poker pros who will be participating in the event. Lowball is not a common casino and online poker game and previous lowball event at the WSOP have only attracted top-notch playing fields filled with respected poker names. Matusow won his lowball bracelet last year, defeating a final table line-up that includes Barry Greenstein, Jeff Lisandro and Erick Lindgren. Matusow agrees that lowball games are hard to come by, with only one known high-stakes games played in Los Angeles.
Despite lowball's obscurity, last year's event drew considerable crowds, including several poker pros. Matusow knows that winning again would not be simple in what is expected be another tough playing field. Vanessa Rousso is participating in the lowball event after opening the World Series of Poker with a respectable 27th place showing in the $40K anniversary event. Rousso said that she likes the idea of adding the $2,500 event but does not expect the event to be major draw.