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The Highs and Lows of the World Series of Poker main Event 2009

by Rebecca McAdam |  Published: Sep 01, 2009


The magic number for this year’s World Series of Poker main event is 6,494. It didn’t beat last year’s attendance, but certainly would have if the hundreds of disappointed day 1D wannabes registered on a different starting day. Among those who walked away with their feet dragging were Patrick Antonius and Mickey Appleman. The Amazon room at the Rio just about squeezed in 2,809 players that day, but there is no doubt that there would have been room for them previously, especially on day 1B which saw just 873 hopefuls turn out. These figures, however, make it clear that poker is standing strong in the face of the recession, and what is the most anticipated event of the year continues to see success despite adverse economic conditions. Aligning of the Stars Stars from the celebrity world merged with stars from the poker world with people like hip-hop star Nelly, former ...

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