NAPT Mohegan Sun: Stars gather under the Sun

napt-thumb.jpgDon't get me wrong, I like a blog post about bucolic towns, pastoral prints and Mystic Pizza as much as the next guy, but that was yesterday and this is today.

Moments ago in the Convention Center of this mighty complex, the 60-plus dealers received their introductory instructions for the first day's play of the North American Poker Tour Mohegan Sun extravaganza. We're inching ever closer to the noon start time of this wonderful new venture - a $5,000 buy in Main Event lasting five days, then a High Roller Bounty Shootout at the end. It's poker, poker, poker from hereon in. (And maybe a little pizza, who knows.)

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As ever, PokerStars Blog will be the best place to follow all this action. We'll have level-by-level updates on all the nitty gritty, frequently updated and accurate chip counts plus the best photography, video blogs and then a dreary and convoluted comprehensive wrap up of all the day's action at the close.

We also have all the key tournament information, which includes (but is not limited to) the following.

Start time: Noon ET (give or take)
Plan for the day: Eight one-hour levels, with no dinner break. (There will be a 15-minute break at the end of every other level.)
Tournament structure: Look at the NAPT tournament structure page
Expected field: 650 approx (at 11.30am 615 players are registered)

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Our first task once the cards are in the air will be to take a scan of the room and compile a list of some of the biggest names playing today. (And then we'll spend the next several hours saying things like: "Hey, did you notice that (INSERT STAR NAME HERE) is also playing?" "Hell no, I missed that.") We're expecting a galaxy of stars, including the likes of Joe Cada, Daniel Negreanu, Chad Brown, Vanessa Rousso, Greg Raymer, Gavin Griffin, Barry Greenstein, Dennis Phillips, Jason Mercier and Victor Ramdin and many many more.

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Joe Cada and Jason Mercier

We're also looking forward to catching up with the aching heads and bruised dignity of the revellers at last night's PokerStars welcome party. This was a textbook affair: poker players + open bar = well, I don't need to tell you. (I also won't be telling you which prominent poker player was seen being pushed out of the venue in a wheelchair.)

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Anyhow, enough. Play is due to begin at noon. Stick with us.