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WSOP Main Event Day 1A entrants down

6 July 2007

A little more than 1200 players participated in the first day of the 2007 World Series of Poker Main Event, a near 40 percent drop off from the same day last year.

WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack said the decrease could be the result of several different factors, including a simple plateau in the poker boom. Pollack said there is no direct evidence that the U.S. Internet gambling prohibition contributed to the decease.

"This year's WSOP is the best ever," Pollack said. "Poker is alive and well based on the great success we've had for the entire 2007 Series. Whether we have three, six, or nine thousand player in the Main Event, everyone who plays will have a wonderful and thrilling experience.

This year's Main Event will field will be about 5,000 players if Days 1B-1D mimic Day 1A. Only the 2006 (8,773 players) and 2005 (5,619) Main Events will have had more players.

Participation numbers mattered little to the players seated inside the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino's Amazon Room. The excitement was palpable when tournament organizers opened the doors and allowed players to take their seats.

There were minimal delays. The tournament started at 12:15. Officials read off the rules and Las Vegas legend George Wallace told the room to "shuffle up and deal."

Amateur Matt Jansen became the first casualty in exactly four minutes. Holding pocket Aces, Jansen called an all-in bet from an unknown player. The unknown flopped a flush with Kh-Qh on an all hearts board. Jansen had the Ah, but did not improve, sending him to the rail where a sea of reporters were waiting for an interview.

"I'm not upset," Jansen said. "It's no big deal, just another tournament."

Several big name players decided to play the first day including Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, Huck Seed Amarillo Slim, Mike Sexton, Michael Mizrachi, Jeff Madsen, David Grey and Barry Greenstein.

Grey said the sweltering Las Vegas heat aided his decision.

"It's 118 degrees out there," Grey joked. "Someone's got to play the first day and if I lose, I can go home."

Celebrities were also playing Friday afternoon. Spiderman's Tobey McGuire made his annual Main Event appearance, as did Everybody Loves Raymond star Brad Garrett. Garret started entertaining his table the moment he sat down, causing a rush of ESPN cameras to come record the fun.

Garrett also cited the heat as his reason for starting the Main Event early. His 2007 mission is to beat his record of lasting seven hours in the Main Event.

"It's so hot out there it feels like you're three inches from the sun," Garrett said. "Every time I go outside I sweat as much as Paris Hilton in a spelling bee."

Ram Vaswani was the first big name eliminated. Vaswani, who won his first bracelet in Event #53, is one of Europe's most popular players.

Marcel Luske, another European superstar, began his 2007 Main Event at the ESPN featured table.


Mucking McLane
WSOP Main Event Day 1A entrants down is republished from CasinoVendors.com.
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Ryan McLane

Ryan McLane was a poker reporter for Casino City. Although he has a strong background in reporting, the same can't be said for his poker skills. He has never won a major tournament nor is he a professional player. He applied for this job thinking it was a joke, only to find it out that it's true, people will pay you to write about poker. His favorite word is ridiculous.

After receiving his BA in History from Stonehill College in Easton, MA, he somehow ended up freelance reporting for a couple years before being deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom III with the Massachusetts National Guard. He's back now and is a strong advocate of the phrase "God Bless America."

Currently, Ryan lives in Boston and occasionally makes international treks to cover tournament poker and news. Feature writing is his passion and there is no need to ask for his opinion, he'll probably offer it first - free of charge.
Ryan McLane
Ryan McLane was a poker reporter for Casino City. Although he has a strong background in reporting, the same can't be said for his poker skills. He has never won a major tournament nor is he a professional player. He applied for this job thinking it was a joke, only to find it out that it's true, people will pay you to write about poker. His favorite word is ridiculous.

After receiving his BA in History from Stonehill College in Easton, MA, he somehow ended up freelance reporting for a couple years before being deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom III with the Massachusetts National Guard. He's back now and is a strong advocate of the phrase "God Bless America."

Currently, Ryan lives in Boston and occasionally makes international treks to cover tournament poker and news. Feature writing is his passion and there is no need to ask for his opinion, he'll probably offer it first - free of charge.