The 2014 World Series of Poker is here! The 65-event schedule kicks off on Tuesday with two tournaments, the annual $500 Casino Employees event at Noon local time and a special $25,000 Mixed-Max No Limit Hold’em event that begins four hours later. Twitter was ablaze with players making their way to the Rio in Las Vegas, the host venue of the WSOP for the tenth straight year.
Among those arriving in Las Vegas on Tuesday night was Griffin Flush_EntityBenger, who reached #1 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings earlier this month. Benger poked fun at his arrival being after the Mixed-Max event starts, Tweeting, “Booked my flight to Vegas for late this evening. Can you believe it was $25,000 cheaper than any other flight in the last few days!?” Benger has just over $100,000 in career WSOP earnings.
Amit amak316 Makhija said it best on Twitter, telling his followers on Tuesday, “I have a ton to do before going to the WSOP tomorrow, but I will be running errands with a smile on my face. Such an amazing time of the year.” Makhija has three WSOP scores of at least $150,000.
Andres andressoprano Pereyra (pictured) Tweeted that he thought the fields would be more difficult to navigate in 2014: “Best of luck to all my button-clicker friends playing the series. Fields will be tougher this year; this fish won’t be donating.” Pereyra has two WSOP cashes to his name; both came in 2012.
Although WSOP officials hawked free wireless internet, Bluff’s Lance Bradley was less-than-enthusiastic about the Rio’s in-room WiFi, saying, “When my daughter begins to use the internet, I’m bringing her to @RioVegas to use the in-room WiFi so she can learn what dial-up was like.” Players will be able to grind online on WSOP.com, a regulated online poker site in Nevada, while in tournaments or cash games at the WSOP, which could put a heavy strain on internet bandwidth.
Terrence Chan (pictured) was another player looking forward to the start of the WSOP, Tweeting on Tuesday, “Game day! Tried so hard to sleep in late, but woke up at 5:15am like a kid on Christmas morning.”
We’ll leave the last word on the start of the 2014 WSOP to the Two Plus Two Pokercast team, who Tweeted the following fun fact about this year’s series: “The only player going into the 2014 WSOP having won bracelets in both 2012 and 2013 is Belgium’s Michael Gathy.”
As a reminder, non-US players are encouraged to bring a second form of ID that has proof of their address on it, else be faced with paperwork to prove residency. Not having a second ID will not preclude anyone from playing, according to WSOP officials, just make registering more problematic.
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