World Series of Poker Updates: More Pros Bow Out, Shut Out

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More big name pros have made early exits at the 2009 World Series of Poker.

On Monday, Huck Seed was out along with Jeff Madsen, Mark Seif, Eric Baldwin and Dario Minieri.

Sunday we lost Liv Boeree, Brandon Cantu, David "Chino" Rheem, Annie Duke, JJ Liu, Tom McEvoy, Daniel Negreanu and Evelyn Ng.

Joe Cada led the pack after Day 1c.

The big news related to the World Series of Poker had to do with organizers turning away more than 500 angry people. 

"We are sorry, and I am sorry," said Jeffrey Pollack, World Series of Poker commissioner. "The last thing that we ever want to do is deny people entry into our events."

Among the more than 500 players rejected were some big-name professional poker players, including Patrik Antonius, five-time gold bracelet winner Ted Forrest and six-time gold bracelet winner T.J. Cloutier.

Hundreds of hopefuls waited in the hallways at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to see if they could get into the tournament, which had plenty of seats available during its first three opening days. Roughly 2,700 players entered the tournament on Monday.

Officials expected to release the total prize pool and top prize later in the day. About 10 percent of roughly 6,400 players will earn money in the tournament.

Tournament officials had warned of a potential sellout on Monday.

"Doyle Brunson always said the saddest day of the year is getting knocked out of the main event of the world series," said Tyler Meierotto, a 39-year-old jeweler from Kansas City, Mo. "The saddest day of the year for me is not being able to play in the main event of the world series."

"You look so forward to it as a player and for them to say that you can't play is just awful," he said. Staff


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