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Yee Haw! Day 1C Of The WSOP Main Event

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11:30 a.m.

Andy Griggs, the country singer who sang the national anthem yesterday is warming up on the stage that they use to kick off the events. I'm not a big country music fan... ok, I hate it, but I gotta admit it this guy's songs are kinda catchy. I found myself tapping my foot and wanting to yell Yee Haw! at the top of my lungs.

11:40 a.m.

They are letting the dead money in. Players so excited to be playing that they have to get to their table 20 minutes before cards are even in the air. Who am I kidding though, if I was playing in the Main Event, I'd probably do the same thing. Larry Flynt just rolled in on his wheelchair followed by ESPN cameras and about 3 Harrah's suits.

12:45 p.m.

This is more like it. Not only is the Amazon room packed with players, but Brasilia is as well. What I figured would happen, but after the first two days I was admittedly a little worried about the low numbers in attendance.

The pink teddy bear is quite the hit. I get these pretty young things coming up to me all the time asking me about it. Note to self – carry around pink stuffed animals more often. I'm up to 180, still a ways to go but plenty of time.

Evelyn Ng has Garry Gates from PokerNews dressed like an ancient Roman standing behind her holding grapes and fanning her. Yes, the result of a lost prop bet. Garry came by and told some of us the story. According to Garry, Evelyn Ng is really good at Guitar Hero so some of the folks at PokerNews had the idea to have a prop bet with her. The winner would get $1,000 to be donated to their favorite charity and as an additional side bet if Evelyn won, Garry would have to be her fan boy for 30 minutes and if she lost, she would wear a PokerNews patch. She won easily, so there stood Garry fanning Evelyn and feeding her grapes. He took all the attention in good humor as cameras came up and took his photograph a million times over. The ESPN cameras were hovering around so his embarrassment will be captured for the ages.

2:30 p.m.

Every time there is a break, someone will sneak in the back door when someone walks out. This starts a chain of players walking in, eager to take their seats, followed by security guards and dealers yelling at the players to turn back around. About one minute later, it'll happen all over again. And again. And again. Oh, you get the point. It's funnier if you're here watching it.

4:45 p.m.

I am such a glutton for punishment. I just signed up for the last mega satellite they are offering. I wanted to play the $500+40 they had starting at 4 p.m. but it was sold out, so it's one more $300+30 crap shoot. I'm rubbing the pink teddy bear for good karma.

The players are on their 2nd break right now and the hallway as usual is a complete mess. You really have to be alert when you navigate through the people otherwise you might take an elbow to the face or other unmentionable areas. There was a line 40 deep at the Pizza Hut stand. Players were shoving their faces with pizza and were usually done with their snack before they got to the register. It wouldn't take much for a player to just walk up there, grab a pizza, and walk off because the cashier is occupied.

5:35 p.m.

Currently on the tournament clocks they have a window covering up the official number of registrants for the Main Event. I talked with my floor supervisor friend to find out the reasoning behind this and he told me it was because Jeffrey Pollack didn't want media organizations like the New York Times that might not understand how poker registration works to report a number that was significantly lower, and wrong, from previous years. The number as of right now is at 6,065, so it's definitely jumped up in the last day.

That's all for now, I'll be back with a late edition after I finish one short of a WSOP seat in the mega. I know, I know, the power of positive thinking. OK, I'll be back AFTER I win a WSOP seat in the mega.

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