The spectacle that is the World Series of Poker main event is unlike any other sporting event, but perhaps poker legend Doyle Brunson said it best. "It looks like a football game!" the 76-year-old said, looking out on the animated crowd of 1,500 at the Penn & Teller Theater in Las Vegas on Saturday. Brunson was on stage to say the honorary "Shuffle up and deal," the equivalent to baseball's first pitch. Before him was the November Nine, nine players who had survived the field of 6,494 at the World Series main event in July. And after a four-month hiatus, they were ready to battle it out for the title.
How would it all pan out? Laura Lane has the details.