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World Series Of Poker -2002

May 19, 2002 - The night before the big event!

Here's Mike handing over the 10,000 big ones for his shot at $2 Million!

It's official - he's registered to play! 
His seat is all ready and waiting..
Ah, the big day - He's lookin' confident and feeling good!
The play begins! All the big names of Poker are here, and Mike is right in the midst of them. There are 631 people entered. They are divided up between 70 tables, half upstairs and half down stairs.  The first day is 8 hours of play, with 1 hour 45 minutes of breaks in between. Every 2 hours, the stakes go up. There are over $6 Million dollars of  chips in play! The casino is Binion's Horseshoe in downtown Las Vegas (go to for more on the series.)

7 hours later, the tournament is down to under 400 people, Mike still being one of them! His table moved up stairs - all the tables did - there's only 45 tables left! There are TONS of people watching and lots of Press photographing and making video's.
And so ends the first day -  Nearly half the people are out. A surprising lot of the top names did not not survive the day, but Mike did! He's coming back tomorrow.... Stay tuned...