The 46th annual World Series of Poker is officially underway. With two events getting the seven-week long journey started from the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Wednesday.
- Event #1, the traditional kickoff $565 Casino Employees Event, drew a healthy 688 entrants and cut the field down to less than 10% heading into Day 2 tomorrow.
- Event #2, $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em, brought out most of poker's best and brightest hoping to get the summer started off in the proper column of the ledger.
Among the 422 entrants were, of course, the king of the WSOP Phil Hellmuth. Plus, former champs Greg Merson, Ryan Riess and Martin Jacobson and a litany of top-flight pros you'd rather not have a seat next to. With Day 1 now wrapped they've sliced off a good portion of the field in the running for the $466k first-place prize and the all-important gold bracelet and will be back tomorrow to go at it again.
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What's the vibe like off the felt? Well, as it usually is in the early days of the series. It's an excitable mix of unbridled enthusiasm, feel-good reunions and sharp-tongued Internet angst about logistical problems. Want a taste? Check the Tweets below. For a full recap of all the action on the felt, check WSOP.com for updates. For a list of what's new and notable for 2015, go here.
Just registered for the Colossus (all four flights) and the Omaha/8 tourney tomorrow. The excitement in the air is electric. #wsop #poker— Dutch Boyd (@DutchBoyd) May 28, 2015
About to embark on what's probably my 10th or so 6-week trip to Vegas for the #WSOP and still get excited like a kid going to Disney World.— Eugene Katchalov (@EugeneKatchalov) May 26, 2015
PIC: just sat down for 1st time in 2015 @WSOP, I ALWAYS wear black, but not tonight! $5,000 NLHold'em #TeamSpirit pic.twitter.com/ffz9rFqjEv— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) May 28, 2015
2015 46th Annual World Series of Poker is underway! https://t.co/M0lqmdkkU2 https://t.co/Xic7BBBDZK— WSOP (@WSOP) May 28, 2015
Grow, little stack grow! @WSOP pic.twitter.com/bafZnvmlUx— Jennifer Tilly (@Jtillathekilla2) May 27, 2015
"@MacLeodKempton: Can't believe I'm actually here @wsop! So cool! Thank you @blaycation @BernardLeePoker pic.twitter.com/IAY1ZdkoRL"good luck2u— Gee Freeze (@GeeFreeze1) May 28, 2015
[email protected] @wsopSUITd Box line is currently over 2 hours long and only one window is open. Can you fix this please?— Justin Bonomo (@JustinBonomo) May 28, 2015
I highly doubt this playing 10 levels with no dinner break in these 4 pm tourneys is going to be popular with the players @WSOPTD @wsopSUITd— Jared Hamby (@TWKftw) May 28, 2015
Service at the cashier and box desks is horrific. Complete shambles. This is only day 1. #WSOP2015 @WSOPTD @wsopSUITd— Toby Lewis (@810ofclubs) May 27, 2015
2 new hoodies, 8 black t shirts, 1 pair of jeans, 2 pairs of shoes. 1 new hashtag. Summer 2015. He's back. And more dangerous than ever.— matt salsberg (@msalsberg) May 27, 2015