LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Wynn Las Vegas casino has become the first to take event wagers on a non-sporting event with bets on the World Series of Poker main event.

Race and Sports Director Johnny Avello told The Associated Press that he put several wagers up Wednesday for players to bet on poker’s most prestigious tournament.

The $10,000 buy-in no-limit Texas Hold ’em main event begins Thursday. It’s expected to attract thousands of players and be worth millions to the winner.

The Wynn has begun accepting bets like whether a woman will finish higher than 40th in the male dominated tournament, and whether poker legends Johnny Chan, Allen Cunningham or Erik Seidel will win money in the event.

The new bets follow new Nevada gambling regulations passed this year.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


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