WSOP Main Event: Day 1A begins

by Brad "Otis" Willis

They say Las Vegas is a dry heat. It's a desert where little more than scrub brush grows and old western tumble weeds bounce along on the highway to Barstow. There was a time I believed that. Today, the Rio feels like Mississippi. The Amazon Ballroom is a swamp. Perspiration fuels the humidity. Body heat and anxiety attack the thermometer. If bugs could live in this environment, they would rise up like swarms from a delta puddle.

There is a hum in the air, like a two thousand locusts in a mason jar. It's a little creepy. However, as dire and sick as this all sounds, it's actually one of the most exciting moments in all of sports. The longest continually-running sporting event is about to kick off. The biggest ever prize pool in all of gaming is on the verge of being won. The 2006 World Series of Poker is underway.


The Amazon Ballroom


The line to get into the WSOP tournament room


Today we began with a few thoughts from members of Team Blog. Wil Wheaton, who is playing for Team PokerStars' today told us about his attempts to shut up the voices of self doubt that sometimes creep up in his head.

He writes:

"There are going to be a lot of tough players out there tomorrow," I thought, "and they're all going to be trying to beat me. I certainly don't need to give them any help by beating myself..." (Read Wheaton's preview)



Team Blog's Dr Pauly interviews Team PokerStars' (and Team Blogs') Wil Wheaton


In other news, Craig Cunningham has been sweating the start of the tournament with the folks who can barely wait to play. He tells us:

For those qualifying through PokerStars, these last couple hours were times to rest, relax, and chat with new friends. Michael Edens, David Daniel, and Hector Garza hail from Iowa, Tennessee, and Texas respectively. The only time they'd huddle together would be learning the game at PokerStars or sitting on a bench waiting for their dreams to become reality. (Read Craig Cunningham's report)



PokerStars fan sporting a new Moneymaker Million shirt


Greg "GSpin" Spinder, the first PokerStars player to make the 2006 WSOP Main Event Blog


Team Blog has its members fanned out all over the room. I'm already hearing reports of tables dominated by PokerStars players. After a hectic start to what is sure to be a hectic two weeks, every player is sitting behind $10,000 in chips. Somehow they will have to navigate through more than 8,500 other players in the run to become the 2006 WSOP champion.


Every play starts like this


PokerStars will have more than 1,600 players in the WSOP main event. Here's a partial list of who is playing today.

PokerStars Day 1A Starters

1001001
22tlb
2A472
4THn26
59TBird
7_becks
aaaaseanaaaa
AaronC
acemaxer
afiopeneyes2
ALH3
allin3421
amichaiKK
arbianight
ARIES1966
bakdoorbambi
batman56
BBdoctorBB
beachrat1946
billoyar
Blessed
BonesMaster
borohead
BOROSS
cardmanfrank
CarpeZiem
cfoster
cheers98
chip7911
ClintH
cmadrid20
Colby J
cole0707
Constant
CrownMike
CrRoyalMan
Crumcake777
Cstu82
cwmack
danube
darrenpb
Dazanack
Deadmnhnd
Dean101
derek7
Deslok
destructor
deznuts
DFman777
dgevil
doinmax
dolphin
doogieass
Dr. B33
durron597
Easy11
El Abogado
EludeU
ely_cash41
ender555
eskimopie
fish569
foshio
foucault82
four40
foxfox1
Fryday
Gambaholic
Gandolf_iam
gboro780
GeeJoon
glennbrooke
glnh
Goldfishlove
goldfishman
Gouge
greektome2
Grizzly Joe
GUSSY01
gymbear1
happymann
harbour
Hassan
hermannelson
herra poro
hughesrandy
idletreasure
indiangiverr
indio1
J9SUITED
jackspleen
jasiac123
JasonKoD
jaxtraw
jayjayme
Jenna Fan
jeremieparis
jimbo322
JimmyTogni
john1226
JoseyJust
jusgivithere
K1Vegas
KC_UK
KFKYF
king rei
kodie
konchi
Koop78
lasfinest
laxgod26
leonne
LimeGelatin
Lindy89
lirarerik
LTP124
LuckyTC
luckyz
M@DDOGCHUY
march11x
Maseratti
mattman420
MAVSDADDY
mcsatan1
meatcity
milehightex
modfan
mogwaa
Monomaker
Mr.Wrong
Mr5Million
mrgolfstud
mrmrb
mtmint
mugsy33
Murray
MyRabbiFoo
No Fold It
nodonkhere
Nole91
now_what?
NYC99
ODYSSES
PapaSmurf84
PatBateman1
pboy
pege
petian
PhantomRay
philhell33
PickyTooth
PLAYAMAN
POPS528
Randers
razzinu
redeye3030
RiverRat1
ron2beat
SaintClarky
SakeRed
sameer408
samh133
sdiddysdiddy
sdplayer
seniorhank
showin8
sidbird
SienSteve
sirslop007
sloberknockr
smarx
smittydog3
smooch1
soapsuds
soft touch
southern58
SpadeGrade
SpaulSmails
spiderfrank
sprstoner
Sr Mike
Stack Monkey
StanDman
Starsky25
stas77
Steel Trader
stevesbets
stevo6745
stikit2u
SuperDuty
supergudur
suresh0t
-tablesa-
tatta
TBohms
technologic
TexDuke
The Shrike
thedon5156
theHFR
TheMuppet1
ThePokrMnky
TIJO
tkal007
Tony4Finger$
TOPDOG0927
TOPTEN
tourneykid
travdawgks
tri19stan
Two Ones
VegasSami
wader
WhenPigsFly
wineguytx
woolly
Zcounselor

Brad Willis
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