LAS VEGAS (AP) — The legends of Amarillo Slim, Benny Binion and Gentleman Jack Keller will be in the air, and several recent champions will be in the seats when play begins in the marquee Main Event of the 2012 World Series of Poker.

Organizers say past winners Peter Eastgate of Denmark, Joe Cada of Michigan, Jonathan Duhamel of Canada and Pius Heinz of Germany are among thousands of players who’ll have a chip and a chair when the $10,000 buy-in No Limit Texas Hold’em World Championship begins this weekend in Las Vegas.

Ten days of play start Saturday, Sunday and Monday, with a prize pool expected to top $60 million.

A winner will be crowned Oct. 30, and could take home almost $9 million in the event that Binion started in 1970.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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