Rain Stops Play at the WSOP

Rain Stops Play at the WSOP

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event is one of the biggest tournaments of the year and not one that's usually affected by the elements. However, midway through Monday's session inside the Rio, the organisers were forced to "pull a Wimbledon" and stop play because of rain.

Despite the casino having the means to cope with the extraordinary desert heat, it seems the Rio's roof isn't quite as good at coping with severe storms. With the weather outside looking decidedly apocalyptic, one corner of the roof inside the Brasilia Ballroom buckled under the weight of the water and began to leak.

With the tables in danger and talks of flash floods sweeping chips away, the organisers were forced to pause the event and redirect dozens of players to a new table inside the Amazon room. While the incident was something truly out of the ordinary for the staff inside the Rio, the team worked hard to get things back on track and it caused relatively few problems in the end.

After getting past the unexpected rain delay, Day 1B of the Main Event got underway last night and earlier this morning the action came to a close with some of the top players in the game, such as Dominik Nitsche, Annette Obrestad and Phil Galfond all made it through and a step closer to a top prize that cold reach $10 million this year.

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