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World Series of Poker Main Event Begins Today on ESPN

Day 1A of the 2010 Main Event Featured on ESPN


The RioOn July 5, 1,125 poker players took their seats to compete in day 1A of the 2010 World Series of Poker main event. Today, ESPN unveils the highlights of that day to the world.

Main-event coverage of the World Series of Poker is finally here. After a combined four weeks of coverage on the $50,000 Players Championship and the WSOP Tournament of Champions, ESPN will be airing Day 1 coverage for the next four consecutive Tuesdays.

One player who received quite a bit of coverage in ESPN’s first few episodes of the season and is guaranteed to receive much more is Michael Mizrachi, aka the Grinder.

After Mizrachi won the $50,000 Players Championship with ESPN’s cameras rolling, he sat down on day 1A and got off to a great start to the main event, improving his 30,000-in-chips starting stack to over 100,000 by the end of the day.


As most poker fans are well aware, Mizrachi would not squander that great start, taking those chips and steadily improving throughout the event to become the most recognized player remaining in this year’s November Nine.


The Grinder isn’t the only big name who competed on day 1A, however. Greg Raymer, Barry Shulman, Scott Seiver, Chino Rheem, John Hennigan, and Maria Ho all also decided to play in the first starting day of the world championship.

Major pros aren’t the only ones who will likely get ESPN airtime. Among the sea of amateurs were a few celebrities on day 1A, including comedian Ray Romano and the NBA’s Shawn Marion.

As the network will do for the next several weeks, ESPN will air two consecutive hours of coverage on that day’s play on Tuesday night, from 8-10 p.m.

For more information on the 2010 WSOP, check out’s news archives and Card Player TV for special videos from the Rio.