2009 WSOP registration opens online


Players anxious to get in on the World Series of Poker action this year can now preregister online.

Harrah's Entertainment announced Wednesday it has opened up preregistration at www.worldseriesofpoker.com under the Event Registration tab.

Players also have the option of preregistering at the main cage of the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.

Preregistration instructions are available on the Web site.

The 2009 WSOP is scheduled to run May 26 through July 15. It includes 57 bracelet tournaments with buy-ins ranging from $1,000 to $50,000.

Harrah's indicated it is important to note capacity is limited and entry is on a first-come, first-served basis for the events. Once an event reaches its maximum attendance or fills its expected table capacity, the event will be declared a sellout.

"As [is] now customary, no alternates will be seated at the 2009 World Series of Poker," said Jack Effel, WSOP tournament director. "We encourage players to preregister early to guarantee their seats."

Preregistration payments can be done with cash, cashier's checks, wire transfers or Rio casino chips.

Wire transfers from foreign countries will receive the exchange rate into U.S. dollars at the time of the wire transfer.

Poker players can also see the rules for the tournament for this year on the WSOP Web site. Officials have made a few changes since the 2008 series.

Some of the notable changes involve the code of conduct.

Last year players could use foul language as long as it wasn't directed at anyone, but this year Harrah's has prohibited use of obscene or foul language in any public area of the casino at any time.

It has also strengthened rules involving common courtesy toward other players. In what 2+2 forum members are calling the ScottyNguyen/Phil Hellmuth rule, Rule 30 Part B states:

All participants are entitled to expect civility and courtesy from one another at every Tournament table and throughout the Tournament area. Any individual who encounters behavior that is not civil or courteous - or is abusive in any way - is encouraged to immediately contact a Tournament official.

To see what other rules may have changed from last year, and to get registered for the WSOP events, visit www.worldseriesofpoker.com.


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