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Shuffle Up and Deal! The 2005 WSOP is Here! (almost)

By Chuckmonster on Friday, 25th March 2005 5:03pm
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In a corridor off the main pit at the Rio, a crowd of gawking tourists has collected behind a velvet rope to watch amateurs battle seasoned professionals for a championship.

It's not the sports book and this isn't the NCAA basketball tournament.

It's Day 3 of a no-limit Texas hold 'em tournament. The $10,000 buy-in tourney is the first Las Vegas event in a new World Series of Poker Tournament Circuit created by Harrah's Entertainment Inc. after the company's purchase of the famed poker tournament last year.

Las Vegan Russ Hamilton has just been knocked out of the tournament after a three-hour session.

"Poker is a young man's game -- it's an endurance game," said Hamilton after standing up to leave the event. Hamilton, the 1995 World Series of Poker Champion, is one of a growing number of pros who no longer have to travel the world to make a living playing in poker tournaments.



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