At Poker's World Series, 838 Jokers, One King is an article written by Jodi Wilgoren and appeared in yesterday's NY Times.
Here's a bit: "LAS VEGAS, May 20 — And so it goes in the World Series of Poker, where gambling legends who autograph books and photographs during the breaks can be taken down by unknowns, like Robert Varkonyi of Brooklyn, who walked away with last year's $2 million first prize. That 2002 upset, combined with the enormous growth of online gaming and the prime-time television broadcast of high-stakes tournaments, brought a record 839 players to Binion's Horseshoe Hotel and Casino this week for the 34th annual event known as the Big One.
That is a 33 percent jump from last year's record 631 players, making the total purse $7,802,700: $2.5 million for the winner, $1.3 million for the runner-up and $15,000 each for those who place 55th through 63rd."
Thanks to Boogie for pointing out the article! Thanks for looking out... and that's why Boogie is like the coolest chick on the planet, and I love her so!