(Las Vegas, NV)  —  More than 70,000 players are hoping to become this year’s champ in the World Series of Poker.  The 42nd annual event kicks off today at the Rio hotel in Las Vegas with various tournaments that run through July 19th when the field comes down to nine players. 

Those poker champs will return to Vegas in November for a shot at a grand prize of nearly nine-million dollars.  This year’s World Series of Poker has a total prize pot of more than $180-million.


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