Alright, fine, technically it's event number two. The WSOP started quietly yesterday with the Casino Employee Event, but who cares? Today the real money comes into play.
The familiar faces make their first entrance to the Amazon Room. The stories of bad beats and lucky suckouts will begin to echo through the halls. Today begins the 2009 World Series of Poker.
PL.com is happy here to bring you the action which, like every other year, promises to be insane.
PokerListings.com blogger Jason Mercier showed up today ready to play. Just a few days ago it was unclear whether or not he would be able to put the cash together to get into today's event.
Somehow he managed, and that's a good thing. He said he likes playing against good players and seems to do pretty well against them. Luckily for Mercier there won't be a shortage of them.
The Pokerlistings team will be on the floor here at the Rio all day shipping full updates of the $40k tournament so keep an eye on the live updates page.
Sit back and get comfortable because today is just day one of 49!