WSOP Kicks Off Today

Today is a special day for poker players, as the World Series of Poker kicks off today. Drawing thousands upon thousands of poker fans each year, Las Vegas is going to be especially busy this week. This year, the World Series of Poker is being held at the Rio Hotel and Casino just off the Las Vegas Strip.

Poker players are playing for millions of dollars, 61 championship bracelets, the coveted gold bracelet, and the ultimate poker player title. This year’s buy-in for players is $1,500, and more than 2,000 players have entered the three day tournament. Players get chips worth $5,000, and from there, they can not cash out. The aim of the tournament is to stay in as long as possible without going bust. Players aim to make it to the final rounds this Wednesday, and from there, champions will win their bracelets that are given out during the series. Besides the bracelets, there is also several hundred thousand dollars paid out, but only to participants that make the final top 10 percent of players.

Poker champions like Phil Ivey, Allen Cunningham and Daniel Negreanu are just some of the poker players participating in this year’s event.

Poker fans can watch the games for free, and the finals will be held in October.

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