By Dianne R. Davis
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The World Series of Poker Main Event Enters The Critical Day Three

The World Series of Poker is not just a poker tournament, it is a happening. If you are in Vegas between now and July 14th, come by the Rio and catch the action. There's no charge to stand behind the ropes just a few feet away from some of your favorite players or some of your favorite celebrities who are competing in this event which draws players from all over the world.

The luck of the draw

As LVRTC goes to press on July 10, the World Series of Poker's Main Event at the Rio is in the midst of the critical Day 3.  This day is important because during today’s play the field will be narrowed down from 1800 remaining players to 1,000 or less.  And the 1,000 players will be guaranteed to cash in at least $15,000 after paying $10,000 to enter this prestigious tournament.

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Here's a view of some of the action at the Main Event

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Don't have the dough for the Main Event?  There were side games as well.

The Main Event started with 6420 players with some beginning each day over a three day period. These players all hoped to share in the $60,348,000 prize pool.  The tourney winner will receive approximately $7.8 million, while those finishing in places 649-1,000 will receive the $15,000.

Among those notables eliminated during Day 1C were 2004 Main Event champion Greg Raymer; 2006 Main Event champ Jamie Gold; 2007 Main Event winner Jerry Yang; 2007 Player of the Year Tom Schneider; 2010 Main Event runner-up John Racener; this year’s “Monster Stack” event winner Hugo Pingray; cricket player Shane Warne; Jackie Glazer, the last woman standing last year; Sam Trickett; Men Nguyen and Kathy Liebert.

Day two saw the elimination of James Wood, Chris Moneymaker, and Jennifer Tilley.

Several stars turned up for the $10,000 buy-in No-limit Texas Hold ’em World Championship, including UFC announcer Bruce Buffer, NBA forward Paul Pierce, former NFL defensive lineman Richard Seymour and actor James Woods.

The Main Event will be played at the Rio each day beginning at twelve noon until Tuesday July 14.  On that day, the field is narrowed down to nine players who will return to Vegas on November 8 to play at the Final Table and vie for the prestigious championship.

It’s a real hoot to watch the poker action.  There is no charge to stop by and watch the action at the Rio. You get a chance to see well known poker celebrities such as Daniel Negreanu, and Scotty Nguyen playing at the same table! In addition, many celebrities enter each year.

Be sure and stop by the Rio before July 14—the play generally lasts late into the night. No flash photos allowed, but you'll be surprised at how close you can stand to Ray Romano or Bradd Garrett. Close enough to get a photo.

Check out these photos from this week's play.

Ray Romano
Ray Romano came back again this year for a shot at the WSOP title.  Unfortuantely, he was knocked out of the competition on Thursday evening.

WSOP Brad Garrett
Brad Garrett provided some of the fun on July 9 as he joked with players and spectators.

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Brad Garrett did have some serious moments as he tried to outlast his good friend Ray Romano.

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Daniel Negreanu as always a nice guy as he played.

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Hey, Nice To Meet You

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Mike "The Mouth" Matusow lived up to his reputation for table chatter

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Spectators lined the ropes to watch Phil Hellmuth in action

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Scotty Nguyen and Daniel Negreanu played at the same table on July 9.

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What could I say when Brad Garrett invited me to sit on his lap!  Yes! - get some good Joomla extensions now!