2008 WSOP Day 38: Still time to play Main Event

Jerry Yang
Thousands of players are hoping to have the Jerry Yang experience.

More than 4,000 players have already come out to try their luck at the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event, and there's still time for more to join in today.

Sure, today is the final Day 1 of the Main Event. But that doesn't mean poker players and fans in Las Vegas can't still get in on the action.

Registration for the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em World Championship is still open and will remain open through the first two levels of Day 1d today.

The two levels are expected to be complete by about 4:30 p.m. PT today. Then, and only then, will the 2008 WSOP Main Event have an official head count, as the registration booths stop taking entries and await the end of the event like the rest of us.

That's a long wait as well. After four Day 1's, the Rio will have a quiet day on Monday with the Main Event taking a break before Day 2a starts on Tuesday. Day 2b will take place on Wednesday and then the survivors will finally come together as one for Day 3 on Thursday.

The Main Event will then play until July 14 when the nine final-table players will be found. Normally there would be one more day of play to find a winner, but Harrah's Entertainment Inc. has changed things up this year.

Instead of playing out the final table right away, play will be stopped until November. During that time, the players will have a chance to study up, practice and make sponsorship deals.

While they're busy earning accolades for having made it that far, ESPN will also start broadcasting footage from the Main Event so that their episodes will culminate with a wrap-up that coincides with the final table coming back to the Rio to play again in November.

The final table will take two days to play, and ESPN will then broadcast the final table the evening right after a winner is found, making it nearly a live broadcast.

If you're in Vegas, you've still got time to be a part of that excitement. Head to the Rio now to put down your $10,000 buy-in and become a part of WSOP history.

If you're not in Vegas and just want to see the action as it's unfolding, head to the 2008 WSOP Live Tournaments section where we've got live updates, reports, photos, videos and more to keep you in the loop.

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