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Published May 28, 2012, 04:32 PM

World Series of Poker Opens in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The first official World Series of Poker gold bracelet event is unfolding in Las Vegas.

By: Cristina Silva, Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The first official World Series of Poker gold bracelet event is unfolding in Las Vegas.

Large crowds of poker players arrived at the Rio hotel and casino off the Las Vegas Strip Monday for the $1,500 buy-in tournament.

The World Series of Poker draws tens of thousands of poker fans to Las Vegas each year to compete for millions in prize money and a championship bracelet.

The 61-event schedule runs through July 16.

The World Series of Poker will host a never-before-seen $1 million buy-in tournament this year expected to generate the biggest top prize in poker history at more than $12 million.

The Big One for One Drop starts July 1 in Las Vegas. The final table will air live on ESPN.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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