2010 WSOP Schedule Highlights

by Lou on December 23, 2009

The 41st annual World Series of Poker returns Thursday, May 27, 2010 and runs through July 17, 2010, when it goes on hiatus until November 6 – 9, when this year’s November Nine meet to decide the main event winner.

Fifty-seven gold bracelets are up for grabs, the same as in 2009. July 4th is the only off day, and will be dedicated to satellite play.
On Friday, May 28, the first open bracelet event will be a new one: a $50,000 buy-in Player’s Championship. Play follows an eight-game format and will replace the HORSE event. 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 will be played during the first four days, but the final table will be no-limit hold’em.

ESPN will televise this event. They did not televise last year’s HORSE event, which may be one reason only 95 players signed up for it. After all, not many players want to pony-up $50,000 to enter a poker tournament without even the chance of face time on TV in return.
The opening weekend (May 29-30), features a $1,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament, which last year established a non-main event record of 6,012 entrants. The four-day event includes two starting flights, one each on Saturday and Sunday at 12 noon.

New this year: The first 5 weekends of the series will feature $1,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournaments with two starting flights. Those weekends are May 29-30, June 5-6, June 12-13, June 19-20 and June 26-27, and I expect they’ll succeed in emptying out the cardrooms and casinos of southern California as players make the 275 mile jaunt up I-15 to play at the WSOP.

A sixth event on July 1-2, will also offer the same event at the same buy-in level, just days before the Main Event commences.

The Rio’s entire convention center will be exclusively dedicated to the 2010 World Series of Poker for the first time, with tournament tables in the 58,000 square foot Pavilion and the 38,000 square foot Amazon Room. The final number of tables in play is subject to regulatory approval, given just prior to the tournament commencing.

Excluding the main event, gold bracelet tournaments will begin at noon and 5 p.m. Pacific Time each day, with a maximum of 10-one hour levels being played for the noon starts, while the 5 p.m. events will play a maximum of 8 one-hour levels.

Day 1 play is expected to conclude at 12:45 a.m. for noon starts and 2:45 a.m. for the 5 p.m. starts. For those advancing past the first day, re-starts for noon bracelet events will be at 2:30 p.m., and 5 p.m. tournaments will restart at 3 p.m., with a maximum of 10 levels played each day until a champion is crowned. The main event features two-hour levels and play begins at 12 noon each day.
Highlights of the 2010 schedule:
• 57 gold bracelet events over 51 days.
Expanded footprint – The giant Pavilion Ballroom (58,000 sq. feet) will be in use this year for poker in the Rio Convention Center. The Pavilion is the largest ballroom at the Rio, and along with the famed Amazon Room (38,000 sq. feet), will make-up the playing rooms for this year’s WSOP. The entire convention space will be used, and about 20 percent more tables will be used.
• No Food Tent – The outdoor food tent will now become an indoor food court. The Miranda Ballroom, last year used as a room for play, will be converted into a food court with a variety of popular food items for players and spectators.
Structures & Starting Chips – Bracelet events will feature triple the buy-in in starting chips and deep structures, providing plenty of play.
• $25,000 6-Handed No-Limit – A new event this year will be a $25,000 buy-in, 6-handed no-limit hold’em 4-day event, beginning Wednesday, June 30 at noon.
• $50,000 Players Championship – The Chip Reese Trophy is up for grabs at the $50,000 buy-in eight-game mixed event, dubbed the Players Championship. It begins Friday, May 28 at 5:00 p.m.
• HORSE – A new $10,000 buy-in HORSE Championship tournament will be offered, to go along with $1,500 and $3,000 buy-ins to the popular game.
Ante Up For Africa Celebrity-Charity Tournament – $5,000 buy-in celebrity and charity tournament on Saturday, July 3, (two days before the Main Event begins).
• June $550 No-Limit Hold’em Tournaments – Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 1:00 p.m. throughout June, the Rio will host new $550 no-limit hold’em tournaments for those looking for a Hold’em fix. These one-day tournaments are not bracelet events.
• Satellites – from single-table to mega, will be offered beginning from May 27-July 8. Nightly no-limit hold’em tournaments will be offered from May 27-July 4 at 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.

More information is, and will continue to be available, at www.wsop.com

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