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And We're Off!

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It's 11:15 a.m. and the tournament room is as quiet as it will be over the next seven weeks. Members of the media are roaming around, re-acquainting themselves with people they haven't seen in a year. Daniel Negreanu is out in the hallway being interviewed by Poker Road radio and awestruck poker fans walk through, amazed at the sight of 200+ poker tables lined up. It reminds me of the first time I walked into this room, nearly four years ago. The thing is... it still gets me every time. As a poker player/writer/fan, I can’t think of any other place I'd rather be right now. The following is a running commentary of the beginning of today's action. It's not the same as being here, but I'll do my best to make it feel as if you are.

12:00 p.m.

I'm not sure whether to laugh or applaud. The UNLV marching band stomped their way through the Rio and made their way to the main area of the tournament floor playing “Viva Las Vegas.”

What's next? Putting a sun roof in the ceiling so a sky diver can plop in?

Regardless of the spectacle, I could feel the excitement in the air as players found their seats, and waved at old familiar faces. WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack kicked off the festivities and everyone got down to the reason everyone is here. Playing poker!

With this being a $10,000 event the field is littered with most of the big name professionals you would expect in a big buy in event. One table that would make any newcomer shake in fear included Allen Cunningham, Joe Sebok, Andy Black, Tony Cousineau, Mel Judah, Amnon Filippi, and Kathy Liebert. Filippi was talking about the juice that Harrah's is taking out of each event joking about how hard they worked for the $600. That's right, for every $10,000 they take out $600 from the prize pool, $420 withheld for entry fees and $180 for tournament staff.

12:30 p.m.

Shannon Elizabeth has signed a deal with Doyle's Room and was playing in today's event and was in bright spirits as the day started, excited to try and improve on her performance from last year. It wasn't a very promising beginning for her, however, as she twice held aces when someone flopped a set. She walked out of the tournament area quickly, her disappointment evident.

No Phil Hellmuth sighting yet. How disappointing. I'll give him another hour. (He never showed up)

Speaking of disappointing, the Milwaukee's Best girls are wearing entirely too much clothing this year. Silly corporate moral values.

WPT commentator Vince Van Patten has been known to play a few non-WPT events and is here today joining the action. He's much quieter at the poker table than he is on television. His colleague, Mike Sexton, was talking with Phil Ivey a few tables away about making a prop bet on winning a bracelet but I don't think Mike liked the fact that I was right there listening as he told Ivey “see me on the break.” Ivey seemed to be having fun. He's had a good year thus far so it'll be interesting to see if it carries over into the Series.

2:00 p.m.

Some things never change. First break and as players exit out of the Amazon Room they are dialing someone on their cell phone and talking about a hand they played. It's not quite as entertaining as people that do this in the $1,500 events because generally speaking players in a $10,000 event are seasoned players who deal with things better than someone who has put up 1/10th of what they make in a year, but it is good to know that even the best like to whine about their bad luck.

Harrah's has figured out a way to get players into the cash games quicker. They've sped the clock up secretly. Players might think they are getting hour long levels but in reality they are only getting fifty five minute levels. OK, so that's not really true but a spectator was timing the event with a stopwatch from the rail (ok, who in their right mind actually stands on the rail of a poker event and times it?) and determined the tournament clock was running fast. Players found out, started complaining, and the tournament director let them play an additional ten minutes at the same level at the end of the break. Drama #1 and it only took two hours.

3:00 p.m.

One noticeable change I've seen is the number of players who are wearing promotional logos from online poker sites this year. Not to be unexpected in an event of this nature, but I would say that as much as one out of three people are wearing logos.

A ruling took place that the floor made an error with. Jamie Gold bet 1,400 and Dustin Dirksen said raise and threw out a 5K chip. The maximum bet he was allowed to make, however, was only 4,800 so the floor ruler that the raise was just a minimum raise rather than a raise to 4,800. Gold folded and the table began debating the merits of the floor ruling. Dirksen was unsatisfied with the answer and called the floor back over and asked if they could seek further clarification. The floor returned a few minutes later, apologized to the players, and said that the raise amount should have been to 4,800.

A rule has been implemented this year where players are not allowed to use cell phones at the table. This rule has fallen on deaf ears and the tournament director issued a final warning that player's using cell phones at the table would be given a penalty. Players are allowed to go one table length away and use them.

Number of entrants for the event was 352 and the prize pool is $3,308,800. Thirty six players are getting paid with the bottom money finisher receiving $23,161 and first place receiving $794,121.

That sums up the first three hours of action, check back frequently for more updates on the exciting action here at the World Series of Poker.

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