Over 4 days of Day 1 play, 7,319 poker players anted up and took their shot at becoming this year’s 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion. With the amount of registered players increasing on each of the 4 Day 1s, from about 1,100 to over 2,400, the 7,300+-player field comprises the 2nd-largest live poker tournament ever held (only the 2006 Main Event field was larger).
Never far from center stage in the 14 years since his Main Event win at the World Series, Huck Seed has done it again, winning this year’s Tournament of Champions (TOC). Essentially a 27-person freeroll comprised of essentially the greatest assembly of bracelet winners poker has to offer, Seed emerged from this most loaded of fields to claim the $500,000 winner’s payday.
Ante Up for Africa, a joint venture of actor Don Cheadle and poker pro Annie Duke, was held for the 4th time at this year’s World Series of Poker. The duo has teamed up to raise millions of dollars over the past few years to benefit victims of the Darfur conflict.
Let’s take a look at a couple of the main stories that occurred over the past week at the 2010 World Series of Poker.
Scott Montgomery and Dean Hamrick, while not the best known names in the poker world, are known to plenty of avid fans of the World Series of Poker. The reason? Both had made deep runs in the Main Event in 2008.
Phil Ivey? Men “The Master” Nguyen? Michael “The Grinder” Mizrahi?
If you had bet that one of the “household name” poker pros would be the first player to win 2 bracelets this year, then you’d have lost some money.