With those famous words, poker legend Doyle Brunson started off the first event for the 2010 World Series of Poker (WSOP). This was the start of $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship – 8 game mix. A tournament that will play over 5 days.
Doyle is one of those guys who would probably sit and talk to you for hours, if only he had the time. He would probably also take you for everything you had while talking to you. But you would have an enjoyable conversation while he was doing it.
Doyle spent his life shuffling cards and dealing the hands dealt. He knows his place in the history of the game and he tries to honor that. Being one of the few people still around who can talk about the early days of WSOP and the people who made it happen, he is always being pulled off for an interview or posing for pictures when you can tell he just wants to be at the tables playing cards.
For the next 50 days, Doyle Brunson and poker players from around the world will be in Las Vegas. Even those who think they may be poker players be really aren’t will be here. Many others who want to be here or just dream about being here, will be watching the “action” from home on ESPN. We will be there as well..
This is the longest running, largest, richest and most prestigious gaming event in the world (their words). Last year’s winner was Joe Cada. A relative unknown who went against some of the best in the business to win the silver bracelet and $8.5 million in prize money. He is also the youngest player ever to win.
That’s where the fascination in this event is. The fact that anyone can win it. Last year you had two newcomers play it to the finish. Joe Cada who dropped out of college because he was making more money playing poker. He went against Darvin Moon who won his seat at a local poker event. Moon had never been to Las Vegas nor had ever been on an airplane until WSOP.
Over the next 50 days we will watch some of the best poker players as well as some of worst poker players battle it out. Literally dreams against schemers. It gets fascinating. Many will have friends and fans along the ropes watching and cheering the on. Characters in their own right. We will get some of them in our interviews and photos.
On July 17, the final 27 will battle it out until only nine are left at the main table. After that, they all take a break and return November 6-9. That’s why they call it “The November 9”. Over the three days and nights, they battle out for the grand prize… A silver bracelet and some cash.
This will be the year a woman makes it to the final table. Last year was close with several ladies int he final 27. This is the year. I would love to see a woman walk away with the whole thing. That would be more of an upset than the year internet player Chris Moneymaker won the final round.
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