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For the past week, the mention of Las Vegas has conjured up the horrifying sights and sounds from the deadliest mass shooting in history that took place last Sunday night. Our thoughts and prayers have centered on the 59 innocent concert-goers who were killed in the cowardly attack by a lone gunman and the more than 500 attendees who were injured, many critically. On this tragic night, what happened in Vegas definitely did not stay in Vegas, as outrage, grief and heartbreak spread to the families and friends of the victims, while also affecting everyone, everywhere.

Of course, it spread immediately to the gaming industry, hotel and casino owners and workers and, of course, the thousands of poker players who either live in Vegas or consider the neon mecca their second home.

A Las Vegas Victims’ Fund was started on GoFundMe on Monday morning by Steve Sisolak, current chairman of the Clark County Commission. He began the campaign with a $10,000 donation, and an initial goal of $500,000. To date, the donations have exceeded over $10 million to be used to provide relief and financial support to the victims and families. In addition, many pledges of support have come directly from the gaming industry, including $3 million from MGM Resorts, $4 million from the Las Vegas Sands and many others.

Members of the poker community took to Twitter to express their sympathy, sorrow and support. What follows is a small sampling: Boeree @Liv_Boeree  Thinking of you, Las Vegas. Look after each other 😢❤️
Mike Leah @GoLeafsGoEh  So many lives..stolen senselessly. why people are allowed to purchase guns that can do this kind of harm I’ll never understand. Cmon world smarten up.🙏
Phil Hellmuth @phil_hellmuth Sending prayers to the victims, and families of the victims, in Las Vegas.

Mike Sexton‏ @Mike_partypoker So proud of Vegas community – lines to give blood very long, people waiting hrs – others bringing free food & drinks to them. 👍 Andersen @dmoongirl – Do not say his name. He is nobody. Do not show his face. He is nobody. Do not share his motives. He is nobody. Let him die a nobody.

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Day 1C started today at noon EST at  the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, for the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open 10 Million Dollar Guarantee Tournament. I agree with Mike Sexton’s praise and congratulatory post for SHRO having the balls to guarantee 10 million dollars. It certainly does take balls to do that, but I believe it takes just as much on the part of the players to lay down more than 5K  just to enter the mix. Of course, it’s all those players dropping 5K that gives the Seminole the mils to pay for their guarantee.

Our friends, the Alexander brothers, both showed they had the cajones to enter the mix and James is still in it. We were sad to hear that Duane busted out early, but we know he’s at his brother’s rail showing his full support. And we’re right there with him in spirit fully cheering James on as he battles against a field that currently is well over 800 entries. Amongst the notables that started out on Day 1C include Phil Ivey, Phil “The Unabomber” Laak, Mike Sexton and Dwight Pilgrim. The poker tables are buzzing and the poker chips are flying and we are calling on all the Poker Gods and Lady Luck to stand by Mr. Alexander’s rail.

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We have seen lots of people rushing to Vegas to try their luck. Some have succeeded where many have failed. But they have all claimed how excited they were when they made it to whatever level they reached at the World Series Of Poker in previous years and how the beat goes on this year, even bigger and better at the 44th Annual WSOP and how they are hoping this will be their year.

Joshua PollockLate on Friday night, 29-year-old poker pro from San Diego, California,  Joshua Pollock, having previously cashed eight times at the WSOP, finally reached his goal after an almost 2-hour heads-up battle with Noah Schwartz, a pro with 13 WSOP cashes. Pollock defeated Schwartz in the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event 22 earning his first gold bracelet and a fat check for $279,431.

David ChiuFour-time bracelet winner, 52-year-old David Chiu wrapped his hand around his fifth gold bracelet after winning the $2,500 Seven Card Stud event and snatching the WSOP Championship title away from 28-year-old Scott Seiver. Chiu ran through a field of 246 players that included some serious notables, including Daniel Negreanu, Hall of Famer Mike Sexton, Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, just to name a few. There were a total of 12 gold bracelets and millions of dollars in previous earnings represented just at the final table.

Corey HarrisonProfessor Corey Harrison from Birmingham, Alabama, practiced patience and held on tight through a hard fought heads-up with Daniel Cascado. Harrison walked off with the title, his first gold bracelet, and a sweet $432,411 payday. 36 year old Professor Harrison, who is used to teaching his students, extended his teaching capabilities to teach a field of 1,731 players in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event, how it is done.

Danny FuhsLong Beach, California, poker pro Danny Fuhs overpowered a field of 241 players and reigned supreme at a heavily competitive final table of the $5,000 Omaha Hi-Lo event. Fuhs squashed Christopher George’s dream of his first bracelet, in a heads-up that ended with all the poker chips shipping over to Fuhs, giving him the Omaha Hi-Lo WSOP 2013 title along with his first gold bracelet and $277,519 for his efforts.

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