We found Allen Blanton in the Orange section sporting one of the best hats we've seen this year. All sorts of characters find their way to the Main Event and Blanton is no exception. His hat reads "I spend my money on Booze, gambling, and women. The rest I WASTE."
Blanton is playing in his first ever WSOP event. He's 58 years old and said in a syrupy thick Kentucky drawl, "I've got some medical problems so I'm not sure how much time I've got left."
Blanton has been watching in on ESPN for years. "I've been watching it so long I figured I want some of those millions. I've been playing (poker) for 42 years."
As we were talking to him he limped into a pot from early position and the player on his left raised to 650. Action folded all the way back around to Blanton and he said, "Well there son, you tryin' to get me off my hand? I guess I'll play the next one."
Blanton folded and is enjoying his WSOP experience. "I'm enjoying this thing, it's really fun. I wasn't a while ago because I was down."
When asked if he'd been to the Pavilion room yet he said, "No not yet, but I figure I'll get lost in there."