2011 WSOP Schedule Released

The Final Table

The schedule for the 42nd Annual World Series of Poker was released Monday.

The World’s longest-running and biggest poker tournament series will run May 31 to July 19, 2011 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas with a grand total of 58 bracelet events over 50 days - one more than 2010.

This year the festivities begin with a new $25,000 Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em Championship open to a maximum of 256 players.

The first weekend of the series, June 4-5, will feature another of the extremely popular $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em events that have seen as many as 6,000 entrants. This first $1k will hold two starting days Saturday and Sunday.

Throughout the month of June the weekends will feature affordable buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournaments, including $1,500 events on Saturdays and $1,000 events on Sundays.

Another multiple starting day $1k will be held July 2nd and 3rd and the final $1,000 tournament of the series runs July 5.

Other highlights include new tournaments like the $2,500 buy-in 10-Game Mix/Six-Handed event and the $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha/Six-Handed event, plus the return of the $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8 or Better tournament.

The $50K Poker Players Championship won by Michael Mizrachi in 2010 returns July 2 and is expected to draw some of the best in the game to play 8-Game and compete for the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy.

Once again there is a Seniors-Only and Ladies-Only Championship, plus a second Triple Chance tournament will be on offer.

Of course, the 2011 WSOP will conclude with the $10,000 Main Event set to begin Thursday, July 7 and reach the final table of nine on Tuesday, July 19.

Once again, the Main Event will host four starting flights and the November Nine will play out Nov. 5-7 before a live audience at the Penn & Teller Theater inside the Rio with ESPN coverage running Nov. 8.

"Something for everyone is the best way to describe the 2011 World Series of Poker schedule,” said WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel

"It’s staggering to think that last year alone the WSOP hosted nine of the 17 largest tournaments in poker history. We had 44 events produce more than a $1 million prize pool, so we can’t wait to get at it again and offer players at all levels the best poker action on the planet."

The entire convention center at the Rio will be dedicated to the 2011 WSOP again this year, with tables in the 58,000 square foot Pavilion and the 38,000 square-foot Amazon Room.

Bracelet tournaments will begin at noon and 5 p.m. PT every day with a maximum of 10-one hour levels being played for the 12 p.m. starts and a maximum of eight one-hour levels for the late events.

Re-starts for noon bracelet events will be at 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. events begin again at 3 PM with a maximum of 10 levels being played each day until the bracelet is handed out.

Registration for all bracelet events will remain open through four levels or until they are sold out - twice as long as the past - with the Main Event still sticking to the old two level rule.

Pre-registration is available on-site at the Rio and online through www.WSOP.com beginning Feb. 7, 2011.

Click through here to see the entire 2011 WSOP schedule.

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