Ray Romano Needled to Start Day 1B of 2014 WSOP Main Event

Ray Romano and son at the "Shuffle Up & Deal" ceremony on Sunday. (Photo by Drew Amato)

Ray Romano and son at the “Shuffle Up & Deal” ceremony on Sunday. (Photo by Drew Amato)

Ray Romano, a longtime World Series of Poker supporter, has had massive success in Hollywood films and nine seasons of the hugely popular “Everybody Loves Raymond” sitcom. But WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart needled Romano about his WSOP success when Romano was on-hand to give the “Shuffle Up & Deal” for Day 1B of the Main Event on Sunday.

Stewart introduced Romano as someone who’s best efforts had been to last until Day 3 of the event. “Which means, I still haven’t cashed,” Romano said as he took the microphone. Romano brought his recently-turned 21 year-old son with him to Las Vegas “like a good father” to also play in the Main Event.

Romano offered to buy anyone a drink who knocked his son out of the tournament and if it was early enough they would take a trip to the “Chicken Ranch.”

Romano and his “Everybody Loves Raymond” co-star Brad Garrett have been featured on ESPN’s broadcast for a couple years needling and ribbing each other. Garrett was not on hand to play on Sunday but has been the usual target of Romano’s bounty offer.

The Day 1B field appeared to be significantly larger than Day 1A at the start with players spread across the Amazon and Brasilia Rooms, plus the entire White Section of the Pavilion. Huck Seed, David Sklansky and 1995 WSOP ME champ Dan Harrington were seated at the ESPN Feature Stage while Romano and Hollywood alum Kevin Pollak were seated at the secondary feature tables.

Brandon Shack-Harris and George Danzer, the current leader and second place in the 2014 WSOP Player of the Year powered by BLUFF race, were on-hand to play on Sunday. A number of former November Niners were spread across the field, including; Russell Thomas, Antoine Saout, Jeff Shulman, Martin Staszko, Joseph Cheong, Ben Lamb and Michiel Brummelhuis.

Other notables spotted in the field were Vanessa Selbst, Erick Lindgren, BLUFF contributor Dan O’Brien, Brian Hastings, Chris Moorman, Frank Kassela, Phil Galfond and Scott Seiver.

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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join PokerNews.com. After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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