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$10K WSOP Main Event – Day 1C Perspectives

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The main source of excitement on Day 1C was the increased number of entrants and a greater number of professional players in the crowd. And then there was the rail full of fans, significantly thicker than the past two days.

But first, let’s look at the numbers. After two days of semi-disappointing numbers to those expecting a bigger main event field than last year, those registered to play today totaled 1,928, bringing the total number of main event players thus far to 4,383. To surpass the number of main event participants in 2007, only 1975 must register to play tomorrow, and by all accounts, that will most certainly happen.

For at least two days, the registration staff has been telling players that Day 1D is sold out. While there do seem to be seats opening up for players who know the right people, there are also many tables reserved for satellite winners playing tonight. So many last-minute attempts at entry were being made today that satellites were selling out and running out of the staff and space to host all who wanted to play. No one is willing to make an official prediction at the number for tomorrow, but off-the-record comments put the number at over 2,000, which will allow the 2008 WSOP main event to surpass the 2007 field.

All of this is hearsay, however, until the final numbers are in at the end of the second level of Day 1D. But rest assured that the entirety of the poker media will have their eyes glued to the screens in the Amazon Room tomorrow to wait for that final number to appear.

In the meantime, an increased number of players today – 770 more than yesterday – meant more railbirds. More participants in the tournament bring with them their family and friends who stand along the rail or linger in the hallways. It can be the spouse or significant other of the player who express their support from the sidelines and wait for updates via a thumbs-up or thumbs-down, or poker buddies who are nearby for advice between hands or to listen to bad beat stories as needed. Some of the supporters bring snacks or bottled water so the player doesn’t have to worry about anything, and others simply want to see what their friend or family member is actually doing with the $10,000 that they likely plunked down to enter this massive poker tournament.

There are also railbirds who are strictly fans of the game and were intrigued enough to walk the length of the Rio Convention Center hallway to see what the fuss was about. When people hear that thousands of people have bought into a $10K tournament and will likely play for millions of dollars in the end, it propels the average Vegas tourist to catch a glimpse of the spectacle. And it works. People who play a home game with friends or the occasional kitchen table poker game at family gatherings come into the Amazon room, and their eyes light up. The enormity of the event sinks in, the sound of the chips and tournament staff announcements perk their ears, and the seriousness with which the players take this event grabs their attention.

How hard can it be? I could read a poker book, play a little online poker and win a satellite, and maybe that will be me next year. And that is what WSOP marketing, not to mention the game of poker itself, does to draw new players to the World Series of Poker each year.

In some cases, the fans are also here to see their favorite pros in action. By walking the length of the rails, they hope to see Phil Hellmuth in a tirade, Doyle Brunson schooling the young’uns, or Scotty Nguyen calling someone “baby.” Cameras in hand, they try to zoom from across the room to get a photo of Evelyn Ng or Daniel Negreanu to show friends.

Case in point, Daniel Negreanu did an autograph session at the Champions Lounge in the Rio hallway from 6pm to 9pm tonight. It was advertised, and free t-shirts were being given away that read, “I Met…” on the front and “Daniel Kid Poker Negreanu” on the back. By the 6pm start time, there was a line forming that required extra security to be called to help keep order. By the time the session began, the line of people zig-zagged like one would see at an amusement park, and much of the hallway was clogged with hundreds of people awaiting the chance to receive an autograph from Daniel and take a photo with him. The madness that surrounded the event, not to mention the joy in each person’s face at speaking to Daniel face to face, showed that poker is somewhat of a spectator sport and entices fans to see it, participate in it, and dream about it.

The fans are a necessary part of the WSOP. They ensure a constant flow of money through the games that keep poker alive. Though they sometimes clog the hallways, walk too slowly, and generally make it difficult for players to navigate, the fans are as much a part of poker as the players.

Between the players and fans, Day 1C has been completed. Everyone now anxiously awaits Day 1D, the last day for main event registration and determining who will comprise the Day 2 fields. Back tomorrow with the wrap-up of the four first days of the 2008 WSOP main event…

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