WSOP Day 1 Came and Went With a Whisper

Days 2 and 3 Will Bring the Noise

by , May 27, 2009 | 1:32 pm

Day 1 of the World Series of Poker is a misnomer, really. Much of the Amazon Room is still being put together, as is the ESPN feature/final table area, and the media room was dark (well, awfully bright, actually, but without staff to hand out press passes). Many of the hallway displays were still being constructed or had not yet even arrived, and cash games were still being played in the Rio poker room in the casino. However, pre-registration was open as promised, and satellites were in full swing in the Convention Center area.

Players were anxiously getting their game on in the satellite room, looking to be some of the first to win their WSOP event seats via the mega-satellites. And there were a few excited faces walking down the hallway after having purchased their first WSOP seats. But the hallways were relatively empty, as they will not be again for the next 50 or so days.

Today is Day 2, when Event 1 allows the casino employees to get their games on before the madness begins. And that will lead us to tomorrow, which is officially noted as Day 3 but will offer up the first of the much-anticipated big WSOP tournaments – the $40K buy-in NLHE (Event 2) – as well as the first final table, which will award the first WSOP bracelet of the year to a casino employee.

5 Comments to “WSOP Day 1 Came and Went With a Whisper”

  1. DanM

    We might need to get Kevin to weigh in on this one … because while insignificant, it could cause some confusion a few weeks in … Is today Day 1 … or was yesterday?

    I’m siding for now with the Jen interpretation of the calendar.

  2. Kevin Mathers

    I’d consider today day 1 since there is a bracelet event today.

  3. California Jen

    Really, Kev? I was looking at Pollack’s countdown to the WSOP as well as the start to the schedule, which was yesterday. Hmmm. Maybe we can dispense with the Day ??? altogether, as it doesn’t matter much by the second week. 🙂

  4. Kevin Mathers

    You’re probably right on the last point Jen, but the article I’m reading over on state that the WSOP kicked off today with the Casino Employees’ event. I’ll just say that the WSOP is officially underway, so time to hunker down for a few weeks.

  5. DanM

    I think the Day kinda matters because it gives you a sense of where we are in the overall WSOP calendar.

    You know something about the whole scene on Day 17 or 18, which is definitely different than Day 42 or 43.

    The actual numeral assigned to the days may not make a difference, but the general timeline does.