Welcome to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, where our largest field of the three starting days is about to compete!
Lead tournament director Jack Effel has just finished making his preliminary announcements and proceeded to make two special introductions.
Our first introduction for today is the player to play the most consecutive World Series of Poker Main Events in history. Today marks his 39th consecutive year of participation - and that man is Howard Tahoe Andrew. Our other guest was former Congressman and poker-rights activist Dean Heller.
Heller then proceeded to give us the four "most important words in poker,"
..."Shuffle up and deal!"