The Annual World Series of Poker Circuit Event at Harvey's in South Lake Tahoe.
(Lake Tahoe Real Estate Blog / November 14, 2010 / Richard Bolen)
We haven't attended one of these here in South Lake Tahoe before, but friends of ours from Texas, who we sold a house to some years back, is playing in it, and we thought it would be fun to catch some of the World Series of Poker circuit event yesterday.
This WSOP event is held at Harvey's Resort & Casino every year, and it was fascinating to watch. The image above is of the final table at one of the day tournaments leading up to the main event next weekend. The winner at this table won $25,000. Ten players were on it, and 10th place earned a bit more than $2,000.
Here's a short video of it, but we didn't know one can not shoot video at a WSOP event. A gentleman politely told us, and what was cool was he really was exceptionally polite.
The entry-fee was about $350 and some 419 hopefuls entered this particular tournament. Two other tournaments were being played at the same time.
There weren't any of the poker superstars here yet, but some are coming as the event nears it's climax next week, but the crowd, a quiet courteous one, was interesting to say the least.
Big time poker draws a cross section of our populace. There's lots of young, fearless players: Poker Turks lets call them, and they are easily recognizable with hats backwards, baggy clothing, back-packs and the ever present iPod earphones. Mixed in are middle ages, more than just the occasional woman, and lots of poker grizzlies in telltale beards and western attire too.
It's us folks, Americans trying their best in a capricious game of skill and chance.
Posts on some other South Lake Tahoe events:
08/15/2010, Hula Hoops, Bluegrass, or Splash?, here
08/13/2010, Lake In The Sky Air Show, here
07/19/2010, Elton John Concert, here
06/27/2010, Ranger Programs at Taylor Creek, here
06/18/2010, Lake Tahoe Paddle Festival, here