2010 WSOP Set To Explode

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The one thing all but nine poker players have been waiting for since last summer starts just hours from now.

The 41st annual World Series of Poker kicks off in Las Vegas with the first two of 57 events and the entire poker world is sitting on the edge of its seats tonight in anticipation of the biggest WSOP yet.

As has become tradition, the WSOP will begin with the $500 Casino Employee event starting at 12 p.m. PT tomorrow.

However, Harrah's has also added something new to day one in the desert, scheduling the $50,000 Poker Player's Championship to begin at 5 p.m. PT.

The hefty buy-in and 8-Game format - outside of an all No-Limit Hold'em final table - should restrict the field to poker's elite, who have long claimed the event's predecessor, the $50k H.O.R.S.E. tournament, was akin to a Main Event strictly for professional players.

Played six-handed, 8-Game features eight of the different poker variants players will all be vying for bracelets in over the next month and a half, including 2-7 Triple Draw, Limit Hold'em, Omaha 8, Razz, Seven Card Stud, Stud 8, No-Limit Hold'em and Pot-Limit Omaha.

It's much like a H.O.R.S.E. game with the added action of poker's most popular variants, No-Limit Hold'em and Pot-Limit Omaha and has been rising in popularity online and off over the past year.

The event will be filmed for broadcast this fall on ESPN and will likely showcase the WSOP's biggest stars in Las Vegas this weekend.

The action continues Saturday with the first of a number of $1k No-Limit Hold'em event organizers are hoping will draw record fields throughout the summer, based on the success of the $1k Economic Stimulus event at the start of last year's schedule.

With an expanded footprint inside the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino ready to handle record breaking numbers, WSOP tournament director Jack Effel said his team is ready to roll.

"The team is all in position and everything is going to run smoothly this year," he said. "We're ready to open up the doors to the world."

PokerListings will have comprehensive coverage throughout the entire 2010 World Series of Poker, beginning with live coverage of the $50k Poker Player's Championship.

"We are certainly looking forward to the year of no limits, as we're billing it internally," Harrah's VP Ty Stewart said. "Hopefully fate will shine on us with another set of great stories."

Keep it locked on PokerListings' 2010 WSOP page to read those great stories and follow all the action as it happens.

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