"This is the day! The time is now!"
So said WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel when making his preliminary announcements prior to the start of play. Players have been waiting all year, and now many of those who've registered for today's Day 1b are in their seats and being dealt their first hands of the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event.
Today UFC fighter and current Welterweight Champion George St-Pierre handled the task of instructing dealers to get things started. "GSP" was the MMA fighter of the year in 2008 and 2009, and he's playing in today's event.
"I wish all you the best of luck. It's my first major tournament… I'll try not to tap out too fast," said St-Pierre.
"Without any further waiting, shuffle up and deal… and have fun!"