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By Dianne R. Davis
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The Main Event  at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) began at the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino on July 5 with 6,683 entries creating a prize pool of $62,820,200, exceeding last year’s numbers.  The winner is guaranteed $10 million.  The main event will continue until July 14 when the tournament will be narrowed down to the nine players who will compete at the final table in November.


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I stopped by the Rio for the start of the second day of tournament play.  There were three starting days.  In boxing, the start is designated by, “Let’s get ready to rumble.”  In baseball, it’s “Play ball.”  In tournament poker, the words are “shuffle up and deal.”  The WSOP designates a variety of people to say those words.  On the second day of beginning play, Comedian, TV star and poker player Ray Romano was accorded the honor of starting the play.

Check out Ray’s remarks below.

The WSOP is open to the public and there is no charge to stop by and watch the action and excitement.  Games often run late into the night.  And keep your eyes open and your camera ready.  You may encounter some of the players in the hall.  Flash photos are not allowed during play, but most players are quite accommodating when recognized in the halls.



Inside the rest room


WSOP cards

WSOP in the hallRecord numbers of players have signed up for the WSOP




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