World Series of Poker: 2008 WSOP schedule released

Jerry's In the Money
2007 WSOP Main Event champion Jerry Yang.

Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. has announced the full schedule of events for the 2008 World Series of Poker (WSOP). The poker action at the Rio is set to begin May 30, and 55 bracelet events will be played, including eight $10,000 World Championships.

The $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em World Championship kicks off the 2008 WSOP, and the tournament series ends with the $10,000 No-Limit Texas Hold'em Main Event, scheduled for July 3-16.

The six other $10,000 buy-in events - all World Championship competitions - include: Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em; Seven-Card Stud; Limit Hold'em; Omaha Hi-Low Split Eight or Better; Pot-Limit Omaha; and a new Mixed Event.

The Mixed Event will feature eight variations of poker: Limit and No-Limit Hold'em; Omaha Hi-Low and Pot-Limit Omaha; Seven Card Stud; Razz; Seven Card Hi-Low Split; and 2-7 Triple-Draw Lowball.

In addition to this, the spectacular $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship event will return, and there will be a total of eight $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em tournaments.

The $1,500 Hold'em tournaments traditionally draw the largest fields except for the Main Event, and the WSOP organizers have added a second Day 1 for the first of them, which will start May 31.

"This is our most exciting schedule yet," said Jeffrey Pollack, commissioner of the WSOP.

"Both amateur and professional poker players will have new opportunities to compete for a WSOP bracelet and can choose from the widest variety of games and buy-ins ever offered in one poker tournament and certainly at the WSOP.

"We're holding steady at 55 events this year. But, we've mixed it up a bit to keep it interesting for our players and fans."

The schedule of bracelet events for the 2008 WSOP is as follows (all times PDT):

  • May 30, noon - Event 1, World Championship Pot-Limit Hold'em $10,000
  • May 31, noon - Event 2 Day 1a, No-Limit Hold'em $1,500
  • June 1, noon - Event 2 Day 1b
  • June 2, noon - Event 3, Pot-Limit Hold'em $1,500
  • June 2, 5 p.m. - Event 4, Mixed Hold'em $5,000
  • June 3, noon - Event 5, No-Limit Hold'em w/re-buys $1,000
  • June 3, 5 p.m. - Event 6, Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better $1,500
  • June 4, noon - Event 7, No-Limit Hold'em $2,000
  • June 4, 5 p.m. - Event 8, World Championship Mixed Event $10,000
  • June 5, noon - Event 9, No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed $1,500
  • June 5, 5 p.m. - Event 10, Omaha Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low Eight-or-Better $2,500
  • June 6, noon - Event 11, No-Limit Hold'em Shootout $5,000
  • June 6, 5 p.m. - Event 12, Limit Hold'em $1,500
  • June 7, noon - Event 13, No-Limit Hold'em $2,500
  • June 7, 5 p.m - Event 14, World Championship Seven-Card Stud $10,000
  • June 8, noon - Event 15, World Championship Ladies Event No-Limit Hold'em $1,000
  • June 8, 5 p.m. - Event 16, Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better $2,000
  • June 9, noon - Event 17, No-Limit Hold'em Shootout $1,500
  • June 9, 5 p.m. - Event 18, No-Limit 2-7 Triple-Draw w/re-buys $5,000
  • June 10, noon - Event 19, Pot-Limit Omaha $1,500
  • June 10, 5 p.m. - Event 20, Limit Hold'em $2,000
  • June 11, noon - Event 21, No-Limit Hold'em $5,000
  • June 11, 5 p.m. - Event 22, H.O.R.S.E. $3,000
  • June 12, noon - Event 23, No-Limit Hold'em $2,000
  • June 12, 5 p.m. - Event 24, Pot-Limit Hold'em/Omaha $2,500
  • June 13, noon - Event 25, World Championship Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em $10,000
  • June 13, 5 p.m. - Event 26, Seven-Card Razz $1,500
  • June 14, noon - Event 27, No-Limit Hold'em $1,500
  • June 14, 5 p.m. - Event 28, Pot-Limit Omaha w/re-buys $5,000
  • June 15, noon - Event 29, No-Limit Hold'em $3,000
  • June 15, 5 p.m. - Event 30, World Championship Limit Hold'em $10,000
  • June 16, noon - Event 31, No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed $2,500
  • June 17, noon - Event 32, No-Limit Hold'em $1,500
  • June 17, 5 p.m. - Event 33, World Championship Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better $10,000
  • June 18, noon - Event 34, Pot-Limit Omaha w/re-buys $1,500
  • June 18, 5 p.m. - Event 35, Seven-Card Stud $1,500
  • June 19, noon - Event 36, No-Limit Hold'em $1,500
  • June 19, 5 p.m. - Event 37, World Championship Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better $10,000
  • June 20, noon - Event 38, Pot-Limit Hold'em $2,000
  • June 21, noon - Event 39, No-Limit Hold'em $1,500
  • June 22, noon - Event 40, World Championship H.O.R.S.E. $50,000
  • June 22, 5 p.m. - Event 41, Mixed Hold'em (Limit/No-Limit) $1,500
  • June 23, noon - Event 42, Seniors No-Limit Hold'em World Championship $1,000
  • June 24, noon - Event 43, Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better $1,500
  • June 25, noon - Event 44, No-Limit Hold'em w/re-buys $1,000
  • June 25, 5 p.m. - Event 45, 2-7 Triple-Draw Lowball $2,500
  • June 26, noon - Event 46, No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed $5,000
  • June 26, 5 p.m. - Event 47, Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Eight-or-Better $1,500
  • June 27, noon - Event 48, No-Limit Hold'em $2,000
  • June 28, noon - Event 49, No-Limit Hold'em $1,500
  • June 29, noon - Event 50, World Championship Pot-Limit Omaha $10,000
  • June 29, 5 p.m. - Event 51, H.O.R.S.E. $1,500
  • June 30, noon - Event 52, No-Limit Hold'em $1,500
  • July 1, noon - Event 53, Limit Hold'em Shootout $1,500
  • July 3, noon - Event 54, Main Event No-Limit Hold'em Day 1a $10,000
  • July 4, noon - Main Event Day 1b
  • July 5, noon - Main Event Day 1c
  • July 6, noon - Main Event Day 1d
  • July 7, noon - Event 55, Casino Employee No-Limit Hold'em $500
  • July 8, noon - Main Event Day 2a
  • July 9, noon - Main Event Day 2b
  • July 10, noon - Main Event Day 3
  • July 11, noon - Main Event Day 4
  • July 12, noon - Main Event Day 5
  • July 13, noon - Main Event Day 6
  • July 14, noon - Main Event Day 7
  • July 16, noon - Main Event Final Table

Preregistration for the 2008 WSOP can be made beginning in February on-site at the main cage of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas or at www.worldseriesofpoker.com.

Single-table satellites, mega-satellites and live action begin on May 28, 2008.

Mega-satellite schedule (all times PDT):
$330 mega-satellites Monday - Thursday at 3 p.m.
$550 mega-satellites Friday - Sunday at 3 p.m.
$1,060 mega-satellites daily at 9 p.m.

Mega-satellite days July 2-5:
$330 mega-satellites at 6 p.m.
$550 buy-in mega-satellites at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
$1,060 buy-in mega-satellites at 1 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Turbo mega-satellite July 6:
$1,060 turbo mega-satellite at 8 a.m.

$50k H.O.R.S.E. mega-satellite days May 31, June 1, 16, 20 and 21:
$2,250 mega-satellites at 5 p.m.

Nightly tournaments from May 29-July 15:
$340 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em tournaments nightly at 7 p.m.

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