by Joseph Smith Sr.
The most prestigious poker tournament in the world began today when the first day of Day 1 welcomed thousand of players and shortly after high noon 2006 Main Event Champion Joseph Hachem gave the that famous command, “Shuffle up and Deal!” And just like that the cards were in the air and all those thousands of hopefuls sitting behind identical stacks of 30,000 in play money, all daydreaming of owning the fabled Championship bracelet for 2014.
No-Limit Hold'em is the game for the Main Event. Due to the overwhelming number of entrants Day 1 has been divided into three flights, A-B-or-C. Day 2 will also be played as 3 flights, A-B-or-C. Day 3 (7th day of Main Event play) will combine the field into one group for the remainder of the tournament. The group will continue play for day 4, Day 5, Day 6 and on Day 7 play will end when the final November Nine is reached.
The winner of the 2014 WSOP Main Event is guaranteed a minimum of $10,000,000 and a very special piece of jewelry.
In years past many of the pros waited until the final Day 1 flight was played before making an appearance. Not so this year. The field was salted with many well known players, WSOP bracelet holders and past Main Event champions. The number of entrants will be released by WSOP officials once available.
This is a spectacle that is not to be missed by anyone interested in the game of poker. It's the once a year poker party that attracts thousands and pays out millions and millions of prize money. No poker event in the world has the excitement or importance of the World Series of Poker Main Event. It's the one that started it all so make an effort to spend some time at the Rio Resort in Las Vegas observing poker history being made.