Boom! 2011 WSOP Main Event Begins


The 2011 WSOP Main Event got underway Thursday afternoon with thousands of players and fans clamoring for action.

Living legend Doyle Brunson, who had been torn about even playing the massive tournament, provided the traditional shuffle up and deal.

On Twitter the 10-time WSOP bracelet winner mentioned he wasn’t feeling up to the mental and physical challenge of the Main Event but eventually decided he had to play, at least one more time.

“Am I gonna try my best? Damn right,” he said.

WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel, who introduced Brunson to the stage, said the 77-year-old is a fixture of the Main Event.

“It just wouldn’t be the same without him,” said Effel. “We’re thrilled he decided to ante up and play one more tournament.”

Registration will remain open for two levels but after three hours of play there were already 800 players signed up for Day 1a of the 2011 Main Event.

There will be three more Day 1s before the remaining players are combined for two Day 2s and finally everyone will be under the same roof on Day 3 of the Main Event.

A number of big-name pros took to the felt early today including Chris Moneymaker, Greg Raymer, Lex Veldhuis, Maria Ho, Vanessa Selbst, Sammy Farha and Eli Elezra.

There has been no word as to whether Phil Ivey, who was rumored to be playing the Main Event after settling his business with Full Tilt, will actually take a seat in the tournament.

The 2011 WSOP Main Event continues through July 19. For comprehensive coverage live from Las Vegas check PokerListings' Live Updates brought to you by PartyPoker.

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