The Main Event is a beast of a tournament. It requires hours of sitting idly in chair with infrequent moments of thrill. Most of the time poker tournaments are long grinds of boredom and we like to give our readers an inside look at playing in the most prestigious tournament in the world.
At the center of the craziness is one of poker's biggest stars - Daniel Negreanu. He's constantly surrounded by cameras, having his picture taken and asked for autographs at the WSOP. We'll let you behind the ropes to spend an orbit with Kid Poker.
Hand 1 - Negreanu started on the button, action folded around to him and he raised to 18,000. The small blind folded and the big blind, Ryan Young, had not returned from dinner and Negreanu won the pot.
He noticed the cameras around Jason Somerville's table and asked another player at the table if Somerville was in the hand. He wasn't and Negreanu seemed relieved.
Hand 2 - Negreanu was in the cutoff and opened for 18,000. The player on the button folded, Young's small blind was forfeited and Sam Soverel folded his big blind after a long pause.
"I was gonna call if you jammed," Negreanu said. "I could see you doing the math in your head." He showed .
Hand 3 - Negreanu folded preflop and lamented, "Why didn't he bet there?" He got up from the table and pulled Somerville away from the camera circus of a table. They talked in hushed tones for about 30 seconds before they each returned to their seats.
Hand 4 - Negreanu opened for 18,000 and Soverel moved all in from the button.
"I'm gonna get busted by Daniel," Soverel said.
The blinds released, Negreanu called and took it upon himself to call the cameras over.
The board ran and Soverel doubled up from 183,000. Negreanu's stack slipped to a little over 500,000.
Hand 5 - Negreanu folded preflop and shifted back and forth uncomfortably in his chair. As a hand played out Negreanu leaned back in his chair and told Somerville about the hand he lost.
Hand 6 - Ryan Young finally returned to his seat and Negreanu welcomed him back. He briefly told Young about the hand he lost as players at the other side of the table got to a four-bet preflop.
Negreanu refocused on the table and studied his opponents as they played to the turn.
Hand 7 - Negreanu was in the big blind for 8,000 and Joel Bullock opened to 19,000. A player on the button called and Negreanu called as well. The flop came and they all checked. The turn came followed by a round of checks. The river saw all players check again.
"Jack high," Negreanu said and the player on the button tabled to win the hand.
Hand 8 - Olivier Chubilleua opened for 16,000 in late position and Negreanu raised to 44,000 from the small blind. Chubilleua tanked for a short time while Negreanu leaned forward and studied him from across the table.
Chubilleua folded and Negreanu took the small pot.
Hand 9 - Negreanu was back on the button and folded preflop with not action in front of him. He ended the orbit with 560,000.