2010 World Series of Poker Day 1 - Employee's Event Kicks off 2010 WSOP
A new chapter in poker history begins today. The first event of the 2010 World Series of Poker kicked off at Noon with the $500 Casino Employeeâs Event. Jack Effel, Tournament Director for the World Series of Poker, kicked off the event with introductions and a couple of brief announcements. He then âattemptedâ to get the room to join him in the obligatory âShuffle Up and Dealâ call, but in reality it was just Jack that made the call.
Beyond the fact that it is the opening event of the World Series of Poker, most people really do not care about the Employeeâs Event with the exception of those actually playing in the event. I know this sounds harsh, but it is true. I saw several colleagues that were there âcoveringâ the event, but they were either training new bloggers or reporters or the event or they were âeasing their way into working the series.â About the only real point of interest that I saw in the event was that Anthony Yeh was playing. Anthony used to work with me for another company covering the WSOP in 2008. He is quite the player and even has a WSOP Circuit final table to his belt. He is likely one of the better players in the field.
It is interesting how perspectives can change in a year. Ever since I have been coming to the WSOP, the Amazon Room has been perceived as a massive poker room. For years, all of the cash games, satellites, and tournaments were held in this room, including the final table. The satellites were moved out a couple of years back, but the cash games and tournaments remained. A couple other rooms were used to carry the overflow, but the Amazon Room was the top dog.
Not anymore. The Pavilion Room is just absolutely sick. For those that have been to the WSOP in the past, take the Amazon Room, multiply it by four, and then add a stage. You then have the Pavilion Room. You have never seen such a massive poker room. I literally want to stand on one side of the room when it is empty and see if I can get an echo going. The Amazon Room seems like a closet in comparison. Right now, the Amazon is being setup to handle Day 2âs of events as well as final tables. There are multiple final table areas this year at the WSOP, so you do not have to worry about playing your final on Green 15 surrounded by railbirds wondering if it is an actual event.
The other event for today is the $50,000 Poker Playerâs Championship. The event is an 8-game mix and replaces the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event. This event is going to be jammed with big named pros and is scheduled to take place over five days. Out of all the events at the WSOP, this is the one I am most looking forward to. This is the true Worldâs Championship of Poker and the winner of this event must be proficient in all poker disciplines, not just NL Holdem.
On a personal note, I am playing in tomorrowâs $1,000 NL Event. Table 83 Seat 1 is my starting table over in the Pavilion Room, also known as the âroom that never ends.â If you are out and about Vegas, feel free to stop by and rail me. Otherwise, follow me on twitter at @compncards.
Iâll be back a little later today with some updates from the $50,000 Poker Playerâs Championship. Stay tuned to PokerJunkie.com for continued coverage of the 2010 World Series of Poker.