The most prestigious no limit hold’em tournament in the world – the WSOP Main Event – starts at Noon today at the RIO All Suites Hotel in Las Vegas.
Sitting at the poker tables last week, it was evident that the Main Event was on its way. Each night I played, there were more and more players from other countries. Conversation revealed that they had flown in for the Main Event. Indeed, they were practiced players with bankrolls. Tuesday night at one table we had 3 from USA, 1 from Belgium, 1 from Norway, 1 from England and the remaining from other countries which escape me now. Thursday night at Planet Hollywood, Jamie Gold played at a $2/$5 table. He won a huge pot right off the bat – up to $700-$900 (table max was $300) in a single hand. He didn’t stay long… Last year while I was playing at the MGM, he did the same thing days before the start of the Main Event. My theory is that he comes out to practice with the masses to remind himself of how to play with the up-and-comers and wanna-be’s.
Great pic that gets the nervous anxiety of anticipation going is over at the WSOP website , first snippet in The Daily Shuffle for Saturday by Nolan Dalla.
Another great pic of the registration line over at PokerNews.com in its All Mucked Up daily blog written by PokerNews staff.
The 2012 WSOP Main Event is Event #61. There are three Day 1s, and today is Day 1A. It is listed as a ten day tournament – although we all know there will be a huge break once they get down to nine players. This year, there will be no November Nine as the final table will take place in late October. But… let’s stay focused on the excitement of getting to those nine…