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Players And Fans Excited On Eve Of WSOP Main Event

The World Series of Poker has taken on a life of its own over the past decade in Las Vegas, Nevada. The biggest event in poker each year, the main event has drawn players from upwards of 50 nations, all with their eyes on becoming a multimillionaire and a household name.

This year'e event will be no different as players and fans have started preparing for the tournament that begins tomorrow. Excitement is high in Sin City, with everyone having their eyes on the events that will unfold over the next two weeks.

"I've come out here for the past five years on Fourth of July weekend," says Gary Trayver. "It is already an amazing trip each year, being that it is a holiday weekend, but watching the start of the main event makes it that much better. There is so much pageantry, things you don't usually see at the hometown casinos."

One of the most anticipated events of the start of the main event is the arrival of professional poker legend Phil Hellmuth. Each year, Hellmuth makes a grand entrance to take his seat in the main event. Every year brings a different arrival from Hellmuth. In one instance, Hellmuth showed up dressed as Julius Caesar. What he will do this year is anybody's guess.

Once the excitement turns to reality, over 5,000 players are expected to try their skills in the main event. With a $10,000 buy-in, and a guaranteed first place prize of over $5 million, players will be in serious mode the minute they step to the tables.

As has been the case over the past few years, the main event, which starts Saturday, will run until the final table is reached. At that time, play will be suspended for several months, and the final nine players will hone their skills in preparation for the final round of play.

The biggest names in the sport are always in the field. Fans can expect to see Antonio Esfandiari, Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Mike Matusow, and dozens of other big name stars starting tomorrow. Outside of Hellmuth, most of the legendary players will be looking for their first main event crown.

From Saturday through Monday, players will compete in three starting days. Tuesday and Wednesday will bring day two action, and days three through seven will run until July 15th.

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