The 2011 World Series of Poker officially started this week Las Vegas at the Rio Hotel & Casino.
But one of the biggest names in the game, Phil Ivey, will be missing.
Ivey is reportedly boycotting the event because of a lawsuit against Tiltware, the marketing and software company for Full Tilt Poker, which has allegedly failed to pay out online player accounts.
Although Ivey is absent there are still plenty of interesting characters that will be making news as the tournament moves forward.
The early chip leader in Event No. 2: $25k Heads-Up NL Hold'em, is Yevgeniy Timoshenko.
There are plenty more events coming your way with No-Limit Hold'em Championship slated for Thursday, July 7th.
We've still got long a way to go but we'll be here to bring you the latest news, results and more as the events take place.