WSOP: Poker Gaming & Lifestyle Expo and the Moneymaker Millionaire
By Dr. Pauly
The WSOP main event tournament room at the Rio convention center is buzzing with the ambient sounds of clattering chips and dealers shouting "Seat open!" after players are eliminated. Down the corridor in another huge area, you will find the Poker Gaming and Lifestyle Expo which features everything possible about poker including books, chips, tables, t-shirts, magazines, card protectors, playing cards, and sun glasses.
If you are coming to the Rio to check out the WSOP, I encourage you to stop by the PokerStars booth at the Expo because you never know who might run into. Several members of Team PokerStars are around at different times such as Isabelle Mercier or John Duthie. Plus, you might have the chance to meet one of the last three World Series of Poker Champions.
Today was a special day because all three champions were at the booth taking photos with fans and signing autographs. Chris Moneymaker, Greg Raymer, and Joe Hachem also played a series of round-robin heads up matches on PokerStars.net called Battleship.
Comedian Louie Anderson, who'll be playing in the main event for PokerStars, was also in attendance. After Joe Hachem beat Greg Raymer heads-up, Hachem took on Louie Anderson who had Chris Moneymaker in his corner giving him advice.
"Where's my help?" joked Hachem.
PokerStars is one of the sponsors for the Aston Martin's racing team and you can catch a glimpse of the sleek race car on display at the booth in the Expo. You can also have a shot to own your very own Aston Martin DB9 as part of the winner's package for the Moneymaker Millionaire.
If you don't know, the PokerStars Moneymaker Millionaire is the largest poker freeroll in the world, with over $2.5 million in cash and prizes being given out to PokerStars members. In addition to cash and the Aston Martin, you also have the opportunity to win a trip to the luxurious Atlantis Resort & Casino in the Bahamas and a seat in the WPT PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.