A Look Inside the Rio At the World Series of Poker, Before It Starts
I’ve been involved in the poker industry for quite some time. But I’ve never gone to the World Series of Poker, either as a player or a member of the media.
So, I was in Las Vegas this past weekend, and decided to stop by the Rio just to see what the WSOP looks like — sans all the poker players — since I’m likely not to be there yet again this year.
And, before I start, I should say I got kicked out, as well (not in a mean manner, more like, “you’re not supposed to be back here.” I was kindly asked to leave the area). I guess it’s not terribly surprising. I didn’t call ahead as a member of a media. But there also wasn’t anything really telling members of the public not to go inside. There were a few stanchions with openings, but no signs declaring the WSOP area off limits.
Anyway, the grand takeaway? It’s not that exciting. There are a lot of tables. And signs. But it was still cool just to see what it looks like in person.
The stuff that is actually of interest:
Here’s some pictures, if you’re curious. Good luck to everyone who is playing. And maybe I’ll see some of you there when they are actually playing poker, some day.