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Double Olympic Champion Petter Northug

Petter Northug won four medals for Norway at the 2010 Winter Olympics in cross-country skiing, including two gold medals (in 50 km Classical and Team Sprint). There were plenty of Norwegian fans and media taking a big interest in Northug when he sat down to play Day 1a of the WSOP Main Event.



The Mad Genius of Poker

Poker author Mike Caro is known as the "Mad Genius of Poker," and his wild hair definitely adds to his appearance as a mad genius. Caro has contributed a lot to the poker world through his writing, contributing a chapter to Doyle Brunson's original "Super/System." Caro also wrote "Mike Caro's Book of Poker Tells," which became the definitive work on the subject.



Comedian David Alan Grier

Comedian David Alan Grier is one of the non-poker celebrities who came out to play in the WSOP Main Event. Grier played in the WSOP's Ante Up For Africa tournament over the weekend, and may have picked up a taste for poker.



James Akenhead and Praz Bansi

James Akenhead (left) and Praz Bansi check out the field on Day 1a of the WSOP Main Event. Akenhead finished ninth in the 2009 WSOP Main Event, while Bansi won his second WSOP bracelet this summer in what was a very good year for Great Britain -- British players collected five WSOP bracelets this year. (So far.)



Playboy Playmate Sara Jean Underwood

Sara Jean Underwood is one of many celebrities who entered the WSOP Main Event. Underwood was a Playboy Playmate of the Month (July 2006) before being named the 2007 Playboy Playmate of the Year. Underwood has been playing more and more poker recently, and even has a sponsor.



Lowball Specialist Billy Baxter

Billy Baxter is seventh on the all-time bracelet list with seven WSOP bracelets -- all in low games. Baxter has won five bracelets in deuce to seven, one in ace-to-five draw, and one in razz. No player in history has come close to winning as many lowball bracelets as Billy Baxter.



Tiffany Michelle Defends Her Title -- A Year Late

Tiffany Michelle was the last woman standing in the 2008 WSOP Main Event, but missed the 2009 Main Event when she participated (along with Maria Ho) in the hit TV show "The Amazing Race." Tiffany wasn't able to defend her last-woman-standing title last year, but she's ready to make another deep run here in 2010.



Maria Ho Returns From "The Amazing Race"

Maria Ho was the last woman standing in the 2007 WSOP Main Event, and the following year she saw her best friend, Tiffany Michelle, accomplish the same feat. In 2009, neither woman would try to claim that title, as they skipped the WSOP Main Event to participate in the hit TV show, "The Amazing Race." Now Maria takes her seat on Day 1a of the 2010 WSOP Main Event to see if she can do it again.



Poker Author David Sklansky

David Sklanksy has won three WSOP bracelets in his career, but is perhaps better known as being one of the most prolific authors of books on gambling strategy. Sklansky has written more than a dozen of these books, and the most famous is probably "Theory of Poker."



Rene Angelil

Rene Angelil is the husband and manager of superstar singer Celine Dion, and also a high-stakes poker player. Angelil plays in some of the biggest cash games and tournaments in Las Vegas, which of course includes the WSOP Main Event.



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