WSOP 2013: Wanted - Table weirdoes

With the numbers in for Day 1a (943 players in all) there seems to be less of one of this contest's natural phenomena, usually found in great number on the opening day of the World Series of Poker main event. Those guys, who, seeking attention denied to them by society on the whole, use alternative methods to catch people's eye and make a name for themselves at the poker table.

I'm talking of course about the extroverts, the oddballs, the table weirdoes who bring colour, menace and a novelty hat in the shape of a fuzzy bear, providing photographers with something to shoot and reporters something to talk about.

Not a weirdo to be seen

They also add a curious dynamic to proceedings as players at the same table inwardly debate whether the "live one" sitting opposite is a decent player, or a lunatic, all while being careful to avoid talking to him directly, lest they encourage him.

Alas, there seem fewer of the breed in the main event today, save for a guy with comedy sunglasses and another in a pink bowtie. There's none of the eye rolling predictability that their type usually arouse, nor the discomfort felt by those in their proximity. It means they'll be no defining weirdo to mentally bookmark the day for the rest of us. Instead, today is just like any other day.

So weirdoes everywhere, take this as your call to action. Do you have a pink wig you've been saving for a special occasion? Do you like to bark like a dog when your favourite hand holds up? Do you like to perform the splits between hands or bash cymbals together at the start of play? Do you have a favourite shirt and a fear of washing? Do you also have ten grand burning a hole in your pocket?

If the answer is "yes" then we encourage weirdoes to hurry along to the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas. We have vacancies.

Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter. Pictures courtesy of Poker Photo Archive.