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2012 WSOP Kicks Off and WSOP TD Gets Rid of Extra Baggage

28 May 2012, By: compncards
Jack Effect 2012 WSOP Weight Loss 400x300
Jack Effect 2012 WSOP Weight Loss 400x300

The 2012 World Series of Poker kicked off earlier today with the Casino Employees Event. This will be the slowest day at the WSOP for a while as it is the only event running today, meaning that tomorrow is when the Rio will start to get a little crazy.

So far, it appears that the numbers for the event will be a bit down. Right now there are around 733 players registered for the event and as such will have a decent drop off from the 850 players from last year.

Granted, this is the Employees Event and isn't always indicative of the overall WSOP. We will have to see what the next couple of days or so holds to get a better grasp on attendance.

The big story ... isn't as big as he used to be. WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel has lost a significant amount of weight over the last few months and is looking very trim going into the WSOP. The picture above was posted by BJ Nemeth.

I know how hard it is to go through the weight loss process so I applaud him on his efforts.

Speaking of such, this is my personal 1-year mark on my own weight loss journey. I began my weight loss last May and have since lost 70 lbs.

I still have a long way to go, but I am no longer a 400 lb man and that in itself is something I haven't been since probably the 2007 WSOP.

Speaking of the WSOP, other than my writing here on PokerJunkie I will not be covering the WSOP this year.

That was a personal choice I made earlier this year and not indicative of any issues with the poker job market. I didn't even put any feelers out this year.

Part of my choice has to do with not wanting to put in long hours covering events and coming up with content. The money was good, but just didn't want to do that again.

With that said, we will bring you stories and coverage on the WSOP this summer on PokerJunkie but won't focus as much on the day-to-day reporting.  There are about a dozen sites that do that and we don't need to replicate their work.

Stay tuned as we have six weeks of WSOP action ahead of us.

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