Earlier this year, the much loved poker player Amir Vahedi unfortunately passed away.
The Iranian professional poker player amassed over $3,000,000 in lifetime earnings and has nine WSOP cashes to his name. In 2003, Vahedi won this same event for his first bracelet before going on to final table the Main Event.
The World Series of Poker has decide to mark this day as a celebration of Vahedi's life, and consequently has began play with a moments silence.
Welcome back to the Rio and the 2010 World Series of Poker for Event #49: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em!
Apart from the upcoming Event #53 Shootout, this is the last $1,500 buy-in tournament of the series.
Although falling on a Monday, another bumper crowd is expected as things begin to heat up for the upcoming Main Event. 2,000? 3,000? Or even 4,000 players . . . only time will tell.
PokerNews will be on the floor once again to provide continuous live updates of every rivered flush, turned straight and flopped set from 12:00 pm PST, so don't go anywhere as Event #49 coverage is coming your way!