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Official 2009 WSOP schedule released
In one of its more diverse schedules, the WSOP will hosting tournaments with buy-ins that range from $1,000 all the way up to $50,000 for the marquee H.O.R.S.E. event.
On May 28 the WSOP will be offering a special one-time-only $40,000 No-Limit Hold'em event to commemorate the 40th year of the Series.
If you don't have $40,000 to buy into a poker tournament, you might be more interested to learn that Harrah's is also adding a special "stimulus" $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em event during the opening weekend of the WSOP.
It is the lowest buy-in offered by Harrah's since 1989 (not including "closed" events and rebuy events).
The November Nine delay will make a return, with the final table to be played out Nov. 7-10, 2009, at the Rio.
Here's a rundown of all the major points of interest:
- 57 gold bracelet events over 50 days
- No more re-buy events. Concerns were raised over the possibility of professional poker players' essentially buying a bracelet, and it appears Harrah's has eliminated them for the time being
- A onetime commemorative gold bracelet event, a $40,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em tournament, to help mark the 40th annual WSOP on May 28, 2009
- A "stimulus special" $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em tournament on the opening weekend, May 30-31, 2009, which is anticipated to draw the largest-ever live tournament field outside the Main Event and offer a prize pool approaching $5 million
- The third annual $50,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. tournament, with an enhanced gold bracelet and the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy awarded to the winner
- 10 $10,000 buy-in World Championship events (World Championship refers to tournaments with a buy-in of $10,000 in each of the various disciplines of poker)
- 35 open events priced at $2,500 or less, seven of which are the popular $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em events
- New events including 2-7 Single Draw (without rebuys) and a No-Limit Hold'em "Triple Chance" event
- Return of the ladies, seniors and casino employees events. The ladies-only event features a $1,000 buy-in, and helps raise awareness about the Nevada Cancer Institute
The Amazon Room in the Rio will once again be the heart of the poker world for all 50 days, with the same blueprint as last year.
Gold bracelet tournaments will begin at 12 p.m. or 5 p.m. Pacific Time every 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 eight one-hour levels.
For those who are fortunate enough to advance past the first day, restarts for 12 p.m. bracelet events will be at 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. tournaments will restart at 3 p.m., with a maximum of 10 levels being played each day until a champion is crowned.
"Whether you play poker around the kitchen table or consider yourself a professional you will find a comfortable seat at the 2009 World Series of Poker," said Jeffrey Pollack, commissioner of the WSOP.
"This year's schedule offers more variety than ever before and we look forward to welcoming players from around the world to our 40th extravaganza this summer."
Preregistration for the 2009 WSOP will begin in late February. A number of online poker rooms are already starting to offer satellites for the Series, and you can check out the very best ones here. As usual PokerListings.com will be providing extensive live coverage so be sure to familiarize yourself with the live tournaments section.
You can find the complete WSOP schedule by going to www.worldseriesofpoker.com.