Harrah’s has just released the 2010 World Series of Poker schedule which will once again be held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Running from May 27th to July 17th 2010, there will be a total of 57 coveted gold bracelets up for grabs – equal to that of last year.
The biggest change to the schedule sees the $50,000 HORSE event replaced with the $50,000 Player’s Championship. Not only is it the first open bracelet event of the series, but it will also carry the prestigious Chip Reese Memorial Trophy and follow an eight-game format with the first four days playing Limit Hold’em, Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better, Seven Card Razz, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better, No-Limit Hold’em, Pot-Limit Omaha and 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball, with the final table being No Limit Hold’em.
With the change in format, ESPN will be providing television coverage of this event as it serves as the true test of the game’s greatest all-round player and the no limit format of the final table will appear to the viewing audience. For those people that would love to sit next to Doyle, Phil and Barry in the Player’s Championship but don’t have a spare $50,000 lying round, then there are a $1,500, $3,000 and a newly formed $10,000 HORSE Mini-Championship on offer.
An event that is truly going to attract some of the world’s best players also will be the newly formed Event 52: $25,000 No Limit Holdem Six-Handed event which is set to begin on Wednesday June 30th. With a 75,000-chip starting stack containing 250-big blinds, it will no doubt be a great event to play, watch or follow online.
Another first at the WSOP next year will see the first five weekends of the series featuring a $1,000 No Limit Holdem event with two starting flights. Following the success of the $1,000 No Limit Holdem events in 2009 – one in which saw a non-Main Event record of 6,012 entrants – the new scheduling will attract the tournament first-timer to the hardened veteran with the lure of huge prizepools and a gold bracelet. Just days before the Main Event commences, the final $1,000 No Limit Holdem event of the schedule will provide players one last opportunity to snatch their piece of WSOP immortality before the big dance.
Concluding with the $10,000 Main Event, play will begin on Monday July 5th and finish on Saturday July 17th when the final nine players are reached. Just like the previous two years, play will be halted as the “November Nine” get their fifteen minutes of fame, until November 6th where play will resume on the final table before a live audience.
"Whatever your game and whatever your bankroll, the 2010 WSOP schedule offers something for everyone,” said WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel, who will oversee the event for the fifth consecutive year. "We are planning for the largest WSOP ever and look forward to welcoming all players to the Rio in Las Vegas next summer."
Player comfort is also being addressed with gold bracelet tournaments – excluding the Main Event – starting at 12 noon or 5pm each day with a maximum of ten one-hour or eight one-hour levels for each respective start. Re-starts for 12pm events will be at 2:30pm while 5pm events will restart at 3pm with a maximum of ten levels being played each day until a champion is crowned. Registration will remain open until the start of the third level or until all available seats have been sold.
Following such a successful 2009 WSOP that featured over 60,000 entries from 115 countries competing for more than $174 million, next year’s series is a certainty to surpass those figures due to such a well-rounded schedule being announced.
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