This is ridiculous and over-the-top and fantastic.
The above video is (obviously) of Phil Helluth’s WSOP Main Event entrance. Yes, he’s dressed as Julius Caesar. Yes, they’re throwing rose petals. Yes, those are girls in body paint escorting him in.
Hellmuth is among the many marquee names playing today. All told, registration is just about at 2,000. With Day 1D expecting to be full, breaking 6,000 entrants seems to be a lock now.
Here’s a non-all-inclusive list of who is playing today: Daniel Negreanu, Scotty Nguyen, Jeffrey Lisandro, John Juanda, Lacey Jones, Christina Lindley, Gavin Griffin, Dan Harrington, Howard Lederer, Liz Lieu (a woman), Brandon Cantu, Jean-Robert Bellande, not our pick to go deep this year Chino Rheem, Isabelle Mercier, Dan Druff, FOWCP John Caldwell, Liv Boeree, Evy Ng, and Jamie Gold.
UPDATE: Now with photos…