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Barry Greenstein Begins the Long Haul

Barry Greenstein plays a hand on the last starting day of the WSOP Main Event -- Day 1d. Players who begin play today will have to survive for another nine days to reach the November Nine. Then there would be a four-month wait before playing out the final table. The WSOP Main Event is a marathon tournament unlike any other.



Jason Alexander and the Summer of George

Jason Alexander, most famous for playing George Costanza on the sit-com "Seinfeld," is one of the celebrities who plays the WSOP Main Event each year. Alexander enjoys the event, but is still looking for his first WSOP cash.



Emily Jillette Shows the Spoils of Victory

The final table for the WSOP Main Event is played in November in the Rio's Penn & Teller Theater. (Penn & Teller are the comedic duo of magicians who perform a regular show at the Rio.) What does that have to do with this photo? That's Penn's wife, Emily Jillette, proudly showing the spoils of a pot she just won on Day 1d of the WSOP Main Event.



The World Series Is No Super Bowl

While Emmitt Smith won three Super Bowl rings and multiple MVP awards, he had less luck with the game of poker. Smith was one of the early eliminations on Day 1d of the WSOP Main Event.



Jack Ury, the Oldest Player in the WSOP Main Event

Jack Ury is 97 years old, which makes him not only the oldest player in this year's WSOP Main Event, but the oldest person to ever play it. Ury is further proof that poker is a game that you can play over the course of an entire lifetime.



Emmitt Smith Announces 'Shuffle and Play'

WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel (right) shares the stage with NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith. Smith was on hand to play on Day 1d of the WSOP Main Event, and was given the honor of announcing "Shuffle up and deal." Unfamiliar with tournament tradition, Smith flubbed the line and said, "Shuffle and play" -- but when you have three Super Bowl rings, you're allowed to go off script a little bit.



It's Been a Long Series, Charlie Brown

Tom "Durrrr" Dwan looks tired after weeks and weeks of playing as many WSOP events as possible, often two at the same time. Dwan is playing Day 1c of the WSOP Main Event, and this is his last chance to win a bracelet in Las Vegas and cash in all of his prop bets, rumored to be in the millions. It's not visible in this photo, but Dwan is wearing an oversized button with Peter Jetten hugging a koala bear -- presumably due to a prop bet that Dwan lost.



The Popularity of Durrrr

Tom "Durrrr" Dwan is a legitimate poker superstar, and his presence on Day 1c of the WSOP Main Event attracts ESPN's cameras and a large group of fans on the rail. (Dwan is in seat 7, mostly obscured from view.)



The Legend of Johnny Chan

Johnny Chan was the last player to win back-to-back WSOP Main Events, something that seems inconceivable in the modern era with fields of thousands of players. Chan is also famous among casual fans for being prominently featured as the best poker player in the world in the 1998 film, "Rounders." Chan played on Day 1c of the WSOP Main Event, and he was among the chipleaders at the end of the day.



The Return of Jennifer "Jennicide" Leigh

Jennicide is the intimidating online poker name for Jennifer Leigh, who returns to the WSOP for the Main Event after taking a hiatus from high-stakes live tournaments. Jennicide is a very successful online player who says she is focused and ready for the Main Event. Jennicide was also featured in the May 2008 issue of Playboy magazine, showing that young, beautiful women can play poker too.



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