In 2009, Charlie Elias lived his poker dream and played in the WSOP Main Event, along with 6,483 other players right here at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Nobody expected the then-26-year-old floor tiler from Sydney to go deep, but he defied the odds and finished up in 53rd place, taking home USD $138,568.
In the same year, Jonathan Werthheim (248th place - $32,963) Craig Ivey (267th place - $32,963) and Emma Grace (404th place - $27,469) all made the money, before Nick Filippopoulos (487th place - $27,519) and Phil Faux (577th place - $24,079) made their run to fortune and fame in 2010.
This year, 14 players from all around Australia have flown into Las Vegas to take their shot at poker stardom, thanks once again to the Australian Poker League, the world's largest freeroll pub poker provider.
Amongst the pack in today's Day 1d flight are Adam Hills, Kevin Gardner, Thor Sutherland, Cameron Shepherd, Zoran Stanojevic, Shane Shalders, Chris Alleaume and Khai Nguyen, while Shivan Abdine, Alex Sandys, Sarah Loft, Troy Brindle, John Azzi and Eli Bakirtzidis have already played on Day 1b.
The PokerNews Live Reporting team will do their best to keep an eye out for them during the Main Event, but you can also click here for exclusive coverage.