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Intensity Rises At World Series Of Poker In Las Vegas

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The World Series of Poker is now underway, and the fun and games are over. The intensity has risen with the cards being dealt, and the gloves are off. Pros and amateurs alike are now in competitive mode trying to gain bracelets.

The money is only the beginning of the prize at the WSOP. The prestige that comes with winning an event is just as much about the bracelets as it is the money. On Friday, the first tournament of the year got under way.

Early on, there already has been a notable player who was eliminated. Jennifer Tilly, found herself with A-Q, and was all in before the flop. Her opponent, Hasan Habib, held a pair of J's. The flop came Q-9-10, the turn made Habib a straight with an 8. The river was an A, and Tilly's first tournament of the WSOP was complete.

Another player, Theo Tran, took an early hit to his chip stack, but was still alive in the tournament. The buy in for the tournament was $10,000. It was a Pot-Limit Hold'em event.

Play will continue throughout the day. Currently there are 350 players still alive in the tourney. Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, and Allen Cunningham were all among the players that still have a shot at the first bracelet of the 2008 WSOP.

Saturday will be the day that the first No-Limit Hold'em tournament will get under way. It is a $1,500 buy in event. That will be all the tournaments starting for this weekend.

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