You can easily get blown away at the WSOP; it is wall-to-wall pros, bracelets have started to flow, and the poker is phenomenal. But yesterday, you could have literally been blown away if you were playing the $1500 Omaha hi/lo.
With 65 mile an hour winds, the inside of temporary structure housing Event #9 resembled something from a horror classic. First, the lights started swaying. Eventually the door hinges broke off; security guards had to be posted to keep the doors shut. When the doors were opened, the air flow literally tried to lift the "building" off the ground. Players screamed, complained, and some (reportedly Doyle Brunson) left.
Harrah's accelerated moving the players into the main tournament room, but with two final tables, the continuing start of the $1000 NLHE re-buy event, and day two of both the $5K PLO and $1500 Limit Hold'em, the main room wasn't cooperating. At 9:00pm they sent the Omaha hi/lo people on an extended dinner break until 10:30pm in the hopes they could make enough room to accommodate the players by then.
Harrah's eventually found seats for the Pavilion players in the main room for the restart; and not a moment too soon. An hour after the restart, a section of the structure's wall had collapsed.
Today's winds are reported to be in neighborhood of a still healthy 30 miles an hour. But even with low winds, last night's structural damage to the Pavilion may put a real crimp on seating the many fields scheduled to go off today.