By Burt Davis
Photos by Burt Davis or Dianne Davis unless otherwise noted
The buzz has started at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.
The World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2013 began its 48 day initial run in late May. The WSOP will end temporarily on July 15 when the Main Event is suspended. Play will begin again on November 4th with the nine remaining players who will vie for the 2013 championship.
Jack Eiffel, Tournament Director, started the play at the 2013 World Series of Poker's Millionaire Maker Tournament on June 1 with the traditional "Suffle Up and Deal"
This year’s schedule includes 62 bracelet events. Even if you are not a poker player, you should try to make it to The Rio to view and feel the excitement. You'll be up close to players you may only have seen on television prior to this. There is no charge to be a spectator at these events.
The WSOP wanted the 2013 events at the Rio to open with a bang and they did thanks to the “Millionaire Maker” which began on June 1. The winner was guaranteed $1 million. Tourney officials had hoped to get 5,000 entries. But the lure of a guaranteed $1 million attracted 6343 players. Benny Chen from Canada won the event and pocketed $1,119,000.
If the attendance at this event is any indication of the future, the World Series of Poker should have quite a run this summer. Stop by, see the players in action, pick up a souvenir, and root for your favorite. But do it to yourself, this is one sport where you don't cheer out loud during the play.
Events start in late morning and often last until the wee hours of the night/day. For more information, go to www.WSOP.com.