World Series of Poker Announces Changes for 2007

by Lou on March 16, 2007

The World Series of Poker announced yesterday that a wing will be built next to last year’s tournament area to accommodate more tables and players at this year’s event, which runs from June 1-July 17. The total number of tables used for tournament play will be 258, up from 200 in previous years.

Other changes for this year’s WSOP range from the number of starting chips in each event to dealer training.
Approximately 300 Las Vegas-based dealers will be trained and certified in all the games scheduled to be played this year. Las Vegas based dealers will handle most of the WSOP work, while dealers from properties outside of Las Vegas will backfill fill their shifts at other casinos.

Harrah’s will double the number of starting chips to give players more play. So rather than beginning with $1,000 in a $1,000 buy-in event, players will begin with $2,000 in chips.

Harrah’s is making plans to host 10,000 players for the main event (8,773 people played last year). Even if the attendance is actually smaller, their planning is based on 10,000 — better to be safe than sorry.

While Harrah’s has loosened its rules on wearing logos, it will ban logos on from online sites that serve U.S. customers. Logos from sites that DO NOT serve U.S. customers will be allowed.

For more details and a complese schedule of events, check out www.worldseriesofpoker.com

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