World Series of Poker shows no mercy
By staff
Lady Luck showed no mercy on former World Series of Poker champs and a few contenders who thought they had a chance at the $7.5 million grand prize.

In fact, just getting a seat at the final table that begins Friday will take a staggering amount of luck.

The first round of the tournament's main event was a bust for some of the game's top professional players. After three gruelling days, the field of 5,619 entrants is down to 1,884, with more making their exit quickly at the Rio Hotel and Casino.

“It's insane,' said former 2003 champion Chris Moneymaker, who got knocked out in the second round Sunday. “It's tough to make money. Every time I made money, something bad would happen. I could never accumulate any chips.”

Eleven former winners have already succumbed to lackluster cards, including Moneymaker, Robert Varkonyi (2002), Bobby Baldwin (1978) and Dan Harrington (1995).

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