12/18/09 – Harrah's Entertainment has whetted player and industry appetites as the year ends by publishing the schedule for next year's World Series of Poker, listing 57 events that include six $1 000 Hold’em competitions and a new $50 000 Player’s Championship.
Dates for poker's multimillion dollar 41st edition next year are May 27-July 17, 2010, and the epic series will again be hosted at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Many events remain unchanged from 2009 and offer buy-ins ranging from $1 000 to $50 000 for the new Player’s Championship.
WSOP tournament director Jack Effel said in a statement accompanying the schedule: “Whatever your game and whatever your bankroll, the 2010 WSOP schedule offers something for everyone. We are planning for the largest WSOP ever and look forward to welcoming all players to the Rio in Las Vegas this summer.”
With the economic recession showing some early signs of easing, Effel's ambitions could well be realised, as poker's popularity appears undiminished. Last year's WSOP drew a total of 60 875 players from 115 different counties with $175 million up for grabs.
The high point of the 2010 WSOP will as always be the $10 000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em World Championship, which will commence on July 5 with a final table reached on July 17. As has been the case for the past two WSOPs, there will then be a four month interval before the nine finalists gather once more to decide the winner – this will take place between November 6 and 9, 2010.
Getting the 2010 series off to a running start will be the $50 000 buy-in Player’s Championship, which is scheduled for Friday, May 28th. For those with smaller bankrolls, there is a smaller competition over the same weekend – the $1 000 buy-in Hold’em tournament. Harrah's plans a series of these $1 000 buy-in Hold'em events throughout the series – one every weekend for the first five weeks of the 41st WSOP, followed by an additional event between July 1-2.
There will be mixed feelings about the replacement of the popular $50 000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. event, which is to be replaced by the new $50000 Player’s Championship. This will add 2-7 Triple Draw, No-Limit Hold’em and Pot-Limit Hold’em to the mix of games, with big money prizes and the Chip Reese memorial trophy going to the winner.
H.O.R.S.E. purists have not been neglected, however; the schedule lists a new $10 000 buy-in Championship H.O.R.S.E. event.
Another innovation is a $25 000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max event, possibly prompted by the popularity of this genre on the high stakes tables, which should attract some exciting action players.
Well established faves in the epic series such as the Ladies and Senior events, and the charity Ante Up for Africa remain on the list which in general sticks with the familiar and popular events of the past.
Harrah's plans to utilise the whole convention centre at the Rio for the World Series of Poker next year – an impressive 58 000 square foot space in the Pavilion and 38 000 square feet in the Amazon Room
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