Waiting to get into the 2009 WSOP Main Event Final Table… When you first arrive, you’re anxious and shift your weight from foot to foot to expend some of the energy. Then you start talking with those around you, then the poker pros start to arrive, and you turn into a real tourist!!! Here’s some of the photos that I got of poker pros and one very special couple… Phil Ivey’s #1 fans…
Mel and Pat Humphrey stood near the entranceway for quite a while and took photos with all the spectators that wanted to pose with them.
Wendy Moon, Darvin’s wife, was very visible throughout the day in the shops, eateries, halls, and Penn & Teller Theater (of course) and very friendly and accommodating to the fans. Here she poses in front of a banner of the great Johnny Moss, a multi-time champion of the WSOP. Banners of former WSOP Champions lined the (waiting) hallway of the Rio.
Greg Raymer walked down the very long line of spectators several times. He was super friendly and very accommodating to the fans – signing autographs left and right.
Phil Gordon was also generous with his time and walked the line of spectators waiting to get into the WSOP a couple of times, stopping along the way to sign autographs.
While we were waiting in line, one of the guys in front of me was standing reading Phil Gordon’s Little Green Book of Poker. Suddenly he realized that Phil was in the area…
Chris Ferguson arrived a few minutes before 12:00 (scheduled start time).
Poker Pros I saw while waiting in line and did not get a shot of…
- Jennifer Harman
- Phil Hellmuth
- Mike Matasow
- Barry Greenstien
- Ylon Schwartz