Today on The Final Table, we continued our coverage of the 2011 World Series Of Poker at the Rio in Las Vegas, but first we dove into some breaking news — the acquisition of the Heartland Poker Tour by Federated Sports and Gaming. Todd Anderson, one of the founders of the HPT, joined us to explain how the sale will affect both companies, with one targeting poker pros and the other targeting recreational and amateur players.

Then we had an extended conversation with Matt Affleck, who has racked up 19 cashes in 3 years for nearly a million dollars in winnings, including deep runs in the 2009 Main Event (finishing 80th) and the 2010 Main Event (finishing 15th). Matt explained what it was like walking back into the Rio to start this year’s WSOP, shared some very valuable advice on how to play $1k and $1,500 buy-in WSOP events, talked about how he made the move from online poker to live cash games even before Black Friday, and much more.

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