Celebrities try to buck odds at poker world series

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Each summer, actors and athletes who are stars in their own right take a shot at the biggest poker prize alongside professional gamblers and wannabes.

This week, sitcom star Ray Romano and comedian Kevin Pollak are among the glitterati donning caps and ear buds at the World Series of Poker at the Rio hotel-casino off the Las Vegas Strip.

The $10,000 buy-in main event started Saturday and runs through July 15, when the field will be cut to a final nine. Play then pauses until November, when competition at the final table airs live on ESPN.

Entries are slightly down this year, with 6,352 players from 83 nations anteing up. The winner will take home $8.4 million and a gold-diamond-drenched bracelet -- the Super Bowl ring of gambling.