LAS VEGAS (AP) - The world's richest series of card tournaments are beginning in Las Vegas amid the return of the websites that helped make them what they are today - a destination for everyone from the wealthiest gamblers to the everyday players who learned the game online.
The World Series of Poker - a seven-week extravaganza featuring trash talking, catch-up session and shifting stacks of chips- gets underway one month after the return to the U.S. of legal online poker.
Organizers hope the online rebirth will help restart the poker craze of the 2000s.
Tens of thousands of poker fans will flock to Sin City to compete for millions of dollars in prize money and 62 champion bracelets.
More than 3,000 players are expected to enter Saturday's opening weekend "millionaire maker" tournament.