The World Series of Poker is entering the home straight – or should that be home run? Event # 39 is almost upon us; the WSOP $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship Main Event. Some 8,000 or more players will compete for the staggering top prize of $10,000,000. The majority of these players will be internet tournament qualifiers from the myriad of online poker rooms; each proudly wearing their sponsors’ colours - like jockeys in a giant horse race – and intermingling with the best poker players in the world.
Included amongst those in the starting gate will be a small but loyal band of Team Poker News qualifiers each making it here through special satellites held at the likes of Titan Poker, CD Poker, Noble Poker, Hollywood Poker, Pokerroom.com, Poker.com, Doyles Room, Pacific Poker and Full Tilt Poker.
The Bambaleo Mexican Restaurant at the Rio Hotel and Casino played host to the Poker News players where everyone involved, many of whom had arrived from as far away as Japan and Australia, had the chance to greet and mingle. Amongst the throng was Poker News CEO, Damon Rasheed (pictured left). They also met the chief player in Team Poker News, a certain Tony G, one of the best professional poker players outside of the USA, fresh from an excellent final table appearance at the WSOP. Tony G came a creditable 9th place in the highly-publicised $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Rebuy tournament. This was the event won by Phil Hellmuth securing for him a record-equalling 10th Gold Bracelet at the expense of Finland’s Juha Helppi.
Back at the restaurant, Tony G wished everyone well and then went on his way. It was left for the Team to polish off the food before receiving a pep-talk and a bag full of Poker News goodies from John Caldwell, editor of Pokernews.com. The T-shirts, jackets, caps and other Poker News embossed products will be on show as each player takes his or her seat.
Tomorrow (Friday 29th July) is Day 1A of the Championship Event, the first of four “Day 1” flights to reduce the expected 8,000 players to a more manageable 3,200. These will then continue their quest for gold in two more flights. Days 1A and 1B players still in the event will play Day 2A. The 1C and 1D players will play 2B. All clear so far? Good.
Those two flights play down to the last 1,400, and then it starts getting serious. Day 3 on 4th August will see the “bubble” and the first cash places determined, leaving 600 to march on to day 4. The rest, as they might say, will determine history!
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