World Series of Poker Under way In Vegas

World Series of Poker Commences

World Series of Poker winner Jerry Lang 2007

The 45th Annual World Series of Poker kicked off seven weeks of play in Las Vegas on Tuesday, promising the tournament champion of at least $10 million and enticing tens of thousands of players with a prize pool estimated at $200 million. the 65-event series at the Rio Resort begins with a $500 casino employees’ game, a sort of warm-up for organizers, and will culminate July 5 with the start of the No-Limit Hold’em Main Event. An estimated 80,000 players will enter the tournament and organizers expect they’ll cross the $200 million prize giveaway threshold for only the second time in their history. Last year, the World Series of Poker gave out $197 million in prize money.

AM 820 News anchor Robert Pankau discussed with ABC News correspondent Scott Goldberg.