The 2010 WSOP Main Event just started with 2004 champion Greg Raymer given the
honor curse of calling out the first ceremonial “Shuffle Up and Eat Deal.” Today is the first of four Day 1s. Day 1a and Day 1c will combine to become Day 2a while Day 1b and Day 1d become Day 2b.
Like every year, the talk the first four days is all about whether there will be smoking hot Girls on the Rail, and after that, how big the field be. Regarding the former, it’s going to be hard to top last year’s talent (see Angel Girl and Miss Hungary 2008) but we’re hoping/praying to be surprised. On the numbers front, last year’s 6,494 was a drop from 2008’s 6,844, with many people blaming The EconomyTM for the decline. Not much has changed on that front but with numbers up across the board this year at the WSOP, most are predicting the field to out number 2009. Go ahead and give us your predictions in the comments.
While the “big name” pros generally like to play either Day 1c or 1d, plenty notables are here today, including Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, Chris Moneymaker, Nick Schulman, Scott Seiver, Greg Mueller, Isaac Haxton, Chino Rheem, Lee Markholt-Watkinson, Beth Shak, a woman, Lacey Jones, a woman, 2007 Last Woman StandingTM Maria Ho and 2008 Last Woman StandingTM Tiffany Michelle.
Stay tuned for some updates and photos from the 2010 WSOP Main Event today including Girls on the Rail photos.
UPDATE: Mike Matusow is at the ESPN featured table right now. At the secondary featured tables is Erik Seidel and Greg Raymer.
UPDATE: 2004 WSOP Main Event champ Greg Raymer has already been eliminated with 40 minutes still left in Level 1.