Jonathon Marchessault Kicks Off 55th Annual WSOP

The 55th Annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) began with a bang as Jonathon Marchessault, the Vegas Golden Knights’ Stanley Cup champion, initiated the Shuffle Up & Deal ceremony at Paris Las Vegas.

In 2023, the WSOP set records, and the 2024 series aims to surpass them. This year’s event started at Paris Las Vegas and Horseshoe Las Vegas, with Canadian Ice Hockey star Jonathon Marchessault opening the first weekend of competition. He was joined by Daniel Negreanu, last year’s WSOP Main Event Champion and the current world number 3, for a sit-down discussion on poker strategies.

During the opening, Marchessault shared his excitement, saying, “I’ve heard about how special the World Series of Poker is, but seeing all of this energy today with former champions on hand really drives home the magnitude of this event.

“While I’d rather still be on the ice fighting for a championship, sitting down to give it a shot in my first competitive poker tournament against WSOP legends is a nice consolation. The WSOP holds a special place in Las Vegas history, and I am so glad I could come out and be a part of it today.”

WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart also commented on the event’s kickoff, saying, “What a way to start out the 2024 World Series of Poker as we aim for our biggest and best series ever, following the record-setting summer that took place last year.”

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