Everyone involved in the poker world – players media, officials and fans – have waited patiently for the World Series of Poker to get here, and now, they have to wait no longer. As a media person who hosts some of the greats of the game on the podcasts, I’ve developed friendships among these players. (Well, maybe “friendships” is a little strong, but they’ve certainly have become my acquaintances.)

As a result, I now have many players to cheer on as they all chase poker’s holy grail: a WSOP bracelet. Basically, if they were on my show, I’m probably sweating them on the internet rail. (Everyone except Todd Brunson, that is.)

So far, with three events in the books, things are off to a great start for Poker Action Line guests. With my dual roles as radio talk host and monthly columnist for Ante Up Magazine, I follow the exploits of the South Florida players (after all, I am the “South Florida Ambassador for the mag), and I didn’t have to wait long for one of South Florida’s most popular players, ¬†Darryll Fish, to come through. Fish, who coincidentally was Ante Up’s POY in 2011, reached the final table in the $5K Event #2, and despite being the small stack, finished in 3rd place and cashed for $215K. Darryll has been on the show a couple of times, and I wrote a column about him and his life at last year’s WSOP, so we’ll have plenty to discuss when he comes back on after the summer is over. (The high finish was especially gratifying for me to watch as Fish has a disastrous summer in 2012, with only 2 min-cashes to show for an entire summer at the Vegas felt.)

Before that, Chad Holloway won a bracelet in the opener, the Casino Employee’s Event , and while a lot of players don’t pay much attention to it, the victory was extremely popular among the media (check out the post below). Chad writes for Poker News and is the Wisconsin Ambassador for Ante Up, and he came up and introduced himself to me when I was at the Rio last year. We had a couple of nice conversations, and he later appeared on Poker Action Line – he writes many of the table updates/hand descriptions and is extremely knowledgeable about the game, and obviously, a great player as well.

Since then, a few other past guests have made deep runs (Amanda Musameci was 71st in Event #3, while Matt Salsberg was 21st and Maurice Hawkins 36th in Event #4), so I feel like this is going to be fun to watch this summer. With online poker just around the corner, and some participation in Fantasy Poker, I can’t wait to check out the chip counts and view the final table streams on a daily basis.

Hope you’ll join me for the ride on Poker Action Line.