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World Series of Poker heads to Tunica

(WMC-TV) – Poker players from across the country are in Tunica this weekend for the World Series of Poker.

Many poker players came from hundreds of miles away for a chance at the winning hand.

"We've been here, this is our fourth year here," said Linda Stafford, a player's wife.

Players waited in line Friday to sign up for a spot at one of the tables.

"We have 60 tables here," said tournament director Bill Bruce.  "You're going to see every one of these tables going."

Dealers prepared for the empty room to fill up.

This is the eighth year Harrah's Casino in Tunica has hosted the World Series of Poker.

Marsha Silber won Thursday, so she spent Friday supporting her husband.

"I'm already going to the next round, so I'm hoping my husband makes it today," she said.

Stafford was also watching her husband after the couple drove all the way from Detroit.

"About 12 and a half hours to here," said Stafford.  "About 800 miles."

After all the anticipation and preparation, the cards were all out on the table.  The hustle and bustle fell to the sounds of players shuffling through their chips, all hoping to win the hardware and a stack of cash.

Harrah's said more than 1,100 players will compete in this ring, and the winner will take home a little more than $325,000.

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