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On “Heidi,” “Hopkins” and playing with house money

POSTED BY STUART LEVINE

A few wandering thoughts while waiting for the season two premiere of “Mad Men” Sunday night. More on that later, but for now …Wsop
— You can take the NBA Finals, Wimbledon and British Open, but I’ll go for ESPN’s World Series of Poker coverage every time. I find very few TV events — even though this one is highly edited — that has as much drama. Tuesday, the cabler premiered the tourney, with satellite games to start out with the main event to begin in a few weeks. (Pictured right is 2007 WSOP champ Jerry Yang and his $8.25 million in winnings. Cash.)
While attending the Cinevegas Film Festival at the Palms last month, I walked across the street to the Rio and caught part of the WSOP in person. Two massive rooms with hundreds of tables, the sound of chips rattling around like the white noise of honeybees busy in a hive. As a player, it was music to my ears.