Jul 6, 2010 1:29 AM
LAS VEGAS (AP) - More than 1,000 card players have flocked to Las Vegas for the start of the World Series of Poker main event, each gambling $10,000 on hopes of winning millions at the game's richest no-limit Texas Hold 'em tournament.
Greg Raymer, the tournament's winner in 2004, gave the famous "shuffle up and deal" order on Monday before promptly being eliminated during the first level of play.
Raymer lost the bulk of his chip stack within the first 10 hands of play, when he gambled on hitting a flush but missed and lost to three 10s.
Raymer lost the rest of his chips later when his pocket eights couldn't beat an opponent's pocket aces.
Monday's field was the first of four to begin the main event between now and Thursday.
Last year's winner, Joe Cada, won $8.55 million.
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