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by Stephen A. Murphy |  Published: Aug 21, 2009


Hundreds Turned Away From World Series of Poker Main Event Players Left Stunned, Angry By Stephen A. Murphy “Right now, I’m in shock. It’s way beyond disappointment.” Those words came from Mickey Appleman, a longtime veteran of the World Series of Poker who doesn’t believe he has missed a main event since he first started playing the tournament 30 years ago. That streak ended this year when Harrah’s closed off additional entries to day 1D of the 2009 main event after reaching the day’s capacity. WSOP Communications Director Seth Palansky believes “at least 500 people” and probably more were turned away from the main event on July 6, the final day 1 of the main event. “We’re sympathetic because our goal is to accommodate everyone who wants to play. But once we run out of space, there’s gaming licenses at stake,” said Palanksy. “People could start registering on March 1, ...

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