(Way) Outside the WSOP – Day 1

$500 Casino Employees Event, WSOP Kickoff

by , May 27, 2009 | 5:40 am

At noon today, the World Series of Poker officially gets under away with the first event, the $500 Casino Employees tournament. Yesterday, the Amazon Room officially opened for registration, cash games and satellites, especially the first of two $1,570 mega-satellites for Thursday’s $40,000 NL event. An early report of someone who paid the full $40k yesterday afternoon said he was the 14th to register.

What will hopefully be a daily feature is attempting to outguess the WSOP by doing mythical over/under bets on the field size for each WSOP bracelet event. The WSOP Staff Resource Guide has made projections on the number of entries for each WSOP bracelet event. Last year, this event took place towards the end of the WSOP with Jonathon Kotula, an employee at O’Sheas on the LV Strip, winning $87,929 in besting a field of 980. The Resource Guide set the projection for this year’s Casino Employees’ event at 1,023. I say take the over, as closer to 1,100 will be ramming and jamming their way to tomorrow’s final table. Live coverage of this event will be minimal, but any other news that comes out from the Rio will surely be reported by someone on Team Pokerati, so check back this afternoon for more news.

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