The Norman Transcript

Sports

July 10, 2013

Celebrities try to buck odds at poker world series

LAS VEGAS — Each summer, actors and athletes who are stars in their own right compete alongside professional gamblers and wannabes for the world’s biggest poker prize.

This week, sitcom star Ray Romano and comedian Kevin Pollak are among the glitterati donning caps and ear buds at the World Series of Poker at the Rio hotel-casino off the Las Vegas Strip.

The $10,000 buy-in, no-limit Texas Hold ‘em main event started Saturday and runs through July 15, when the field will be cut to a final nine. Play then pauses until November, when competition at the final table airs live on ESPN.

Entries are slightly down this year, with 6,352 players from 83 nations anteing up. The winner takes home $8.4 million and a gold-diamond-drenched bracelet — the Super Bowl ring of gambling.

Players trickled in Tuesday for the 44th annual main event dressed in tracksuits and T-shirts, sporting baseball caps and looking bleary-eyed in the oppressive afternoon sun.

Inside, they played in silence at closely clustered tables, where game-day cologne scented the air (women constitute about 5 percent of entrants). Hundreds of stacks of clicking chips sounded like locusts.

Wearing a black cap, Romano chatted with eight-time bracelet winner Eric Seidel about his days at the Comedy Cellar and his upcoming shows at the Mirage casino as a steady stream of chips flowed from around the table into the professional’s stacks.

The comic said he was learning from Seidel’s patient style, and hoping to stay in the game for as long as possible.

“When I want to do something that I suck at but I’m obsessed with, it’s golf for 11 months out of the year.

So I like to switch it up,” he said. “Believe me, when I bust out, it’s as devastating to me as everyone else,” he said.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
  • Big 12 Media Days Football Most Big 12 squads won’t shy from tough non-conference

    DALLAS — Never have the words “Final Four” been used so often at a football media gathering. Monday at Big 12 Football Media Days, the College Football Playoff was the hot topic. On Dec. 7, the 12-member panel will announce the best four ...

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Commish forecasts end of college sports as we know them

    You really have to read everything Bob Bowlsby said Monday, because kicking off Big 12 Football Media Days, all the conference commissioner did was not only predict the end of college sports as we know them, but explain with fairly ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Tour leader Nibali says he’s ‘flag-bearer’ against doping

    CARCASSONNE, France — Barring a disaster for him on French roads from now until Sunday, the man who looks set to win the Tour de France says he understands that cycling is still paying for its longtime doping plague....

    July 22, 2014

  • McIlroy will emerge even stronger than ever

    HOYLAKE, England — The celebration began long before Rory McIlroy had a chance to drink out of the claret jug....

    July 22, 2014

  • Petrino ushers Louisville into ACC

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Bobby Petrino turned Louisville into a top-10 team nearly a decade ago. Now, more than two years after a scandal derailed his career, Petrino is back with the Cardinals as they enter the Atlantic Coast Conference....

    July 22, 2014

  • Bowlsby:Changes come with a price

    DALLAS — Big 12 Conference Commissioner Bob Bowlsby spoke in a reserved tone Monday. But what he said to begin the Big 12 Football Media Days news conference painted a bleak future for college athletics....

    July 22, 2014

  • Stewart still riding high

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tony Stewart heads into the busiest week of his year riding high from a win in his return to sprint car racing. Stewart raced in a sprint car last weekend for the first time since he broke his leg in an extracurricular ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Witness: Sterling must sell to pay debts

    LOS ANGELES — The chief financial officer of Donald Sterling’s properties said Monday that the billionaire may be forced to sell a large portion of his real estate empire to cover $500 million in loans if he persists in refusing to sell ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Mikolas pitches Rangers past sloppy Yankees

    NEW YORK — Miles Mikolas earned his first win as a starter, pitching into the eighth inning Monday night and leading the Texas Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the sloppy New York Yankees. Trailing by a run with none on and two outs in the ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Angels with latest big move before deadline

    Oakland general manager Billy Beane acted boldly, trading top prospect Addison Russell in a deal that brought starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Athletics....

    July 22, 2014

Facebook