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WSOP Main Event Premiers Tonight on ESPN

Watch the First Days of the 2007 Championship Tournament

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In football, it is the Super Bowl and in golf, it is the Masters. In poker, the most prestigious event of the year is the World Series of Poker $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold'em championship tournament. This event showcases amateurs and pros alike on a quest to claim their piece of poker history. The 2007 main event begins airing tonight on ESPN at 5 p.m. PDT.

After 54 preliminary events, players were itching to play in the big one. Poker players from all over the world descended upon the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas with dreams of replacing Jamie Gold as the reigning world champion. The total prize pool this year was nearly $60 million which was generated by 6,358 entrants. First place was $8.25 million, significantly less than the $12 million Gold took home last year. Nonetheless, players fought tooth-and-nail for the money and the bracelet.

Everyone from high stakes poker icons like Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, and Gus Hansen, to internet pros such as Kevin "Belowabove" Saul and Sorel "Imper1um" Mizzi, played in this event.

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Even Hollywood and sports celebrities could not resist. Montel Williams, Jose Conseco, Nelly, and Spiderman himself, Tobey Maguire all played.

Tonight's episodes will show the first few days of the tournament when thousands of hopefuls are eliminated. If any of the last few televised WSOP main events are any indication of what to expect from this year's ESPN episodes, there are sure to be crazy antics, bad beats, miracle river cards, inspirational stories, and a slew of emotional roller coasters. The play will be called by Lon McEachern and Norman Chad. At the end of the 11-day long tournament, one more world champion was crowned. Jerry Yang of Temecula, California, joined the likes of previous main event winners including the legendary Doyle Brunson, Scotty Nguyen, and Johnny Chan.

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Card Player was there to report on everything going on in the Amazon room of the Rio where the main event took place. For results, update logs, and more on this event, click here.

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