he World Series of Poker started just after noon Friday with the start of a us$ 10,000 pot-limit Texas Hold ’em tournament. The most expensive buy-in will be us$ 50,000 for a tournament called H.O.R.S.E, where players rotate between five poker games according to a time schedule.
Seven other tournaments will cost us$ 10,000 to get in, including the main event, a no-limit Texas Hold ’em tournament that likely will carry the highest prize. Last year’s winner, Jerry Yang, won us$ 8.3 million. Tuan Lam of Mississauga, placed second and took home more than us$ 4.8 million.
This year, the field of thousands will be whittled down by mid-July to a final table of nine, who then will take a four-month break before finishing the tournament in November.