2014 WSOP Main Event Starts Today

Number of years we've used this pic for Day 1A of Main Event: 7.

In 10 years of using this photo, not much has changed. The Main Event still gives the common man a shot at saying he or she is the best in the world.

To quote poker enthusiast and UFC ring announcer Bruce Buffer…”Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit’s Tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiime!”

The 2014 WSOP Main Event kicks off Saturday. The winner is guaranteed at least $10M as well as a bidding war for a deal between PokerStars, Full Tilt, and UltimateBet.

Thousands of amateurs will showcase the dark side of poker chase their dream of poker stardom and riches against an increasingly tough field of professionals.

With any luck, an entitled, petulant child lacking the maturity and perspective to handle the big moment one of those amateurs, a common man if you will, can break through this year. Because it’s time. It’s time to remember the “anyone can win” mantra that fueled the first boom and helped bring in millions of helpless fish waiting to empty their bank accounts and ruin their marriages recreational poker enthusiasts who enjoy the social and competitive aspects of the game and only wish for that one shot of testing their skills against the world’s best.

Only poker can provide that chance.

For the estimated 64M+ that play poker globally, the WSOP Main Event is that one last chance in life of saying you’re the world champ at something. It’s accessible. Attainable. For some, maybe it’s a one-in-a-million shot, but as Lloyd Christmas would say, “So you’re saying there is a chance.”

Some may think it’s a false dream. And that’s totally fair, especially since poker is literally the only competitive game or product in the world that sells a false dream. THE ONLY ONE. Never happens with anything else. All other games, products, and experiences are totally pure with no intentions of ever exploiting anyone ever. Like, Gatorade’s “Be Like Mike” ad campaign sold no false hope at all. If you drank Gatorade, you actually could be EXACTLY like Michael Jordan. And if you drink Coca-Cola, you’ll always get a smile and have a great time. Axe Body Spray will always without question make girls chase after you. Nothing is ever marketed for the betterment of the product. Never happens. In any other field. Just poker. 

And that’s what makes the WSOP Main Event so exciting. For over a decade, poker has given the rank amateur the ability to come in and test his or her mettle against the best in the world. You could end up a world champ. If you’ve got a chip, you’ve got chance. It’s a unique and exciting to watch spectacle. It’s something you only get with poker.

It’s time for the Main Event.

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