WSOP 2013: Passport, please

Times change. I know that, and I'm willing to accept that fact. There was a time when PokerStars was sending more than 1,000 qualifiers here to the WSOP Main Event, and I won't lie and say I don't miss those days. I do, because it gave me a chance to meet hundreds of very cool people who were chasing a dream. But, yeah, times change.

While the numbers may be smaller these days, the PokerStars Main Event Passport has kept some of that hope alive. For the past few years, PokerStars has given its players a chance to play satellites for which they can chose which Main Event they want to play. This year, several dozen chose the WSOP Main Event. Now as we begin Day 3 of the Main Event, six of those Passport winners remain in action.

Rupert Elder -- 342,500
Dan Murariu -- 267,100
Rafael Porzecanski -- 215,900
Ilkin Amirov -- 66,000
Anton Morgenstern -- 65,200
Maksim Semisoshenko -- 45,200

If you follow poker, the name Rupert Elder is probably already familiar. He won EPT Sanremo back in 2011. We'll have more on him a little bit later this afternoon.

Meanwhile, the Passport office is busy processing longtime grinder Dan Murariu's documents. Murariu came into the day with loads of chips and a very good chance of making the money.

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Dan Murariu

If Murariu can't get there, the Passport team may want to look to Uruguayan standout Rafael Porzecanski who showed up today with 215,900 in chips, or Ilkin Amirov who is not too far removed from an EPT Berlin High Roller third place finish.

We'll be keeping an eye on these gentlemen this afternoon. Who knows? PokerStars qualifiers have won a lot of WSOP Main Events over the past decade. There's no reason it can't happen again.

Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging. Photos courtesy Poker Photo Archive.

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