WPA releases 2008 tournament rules

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Players will get a chance to take a look at the updated 2008 World Poker Association's Tournament rules at the upcoming WPA Mega Satellites, which will take place on the first day of the WSOP.

The rules are designed to provide a standard for poker on an international scale and can be used at poker tournaments around the globe.

"We have built on the substantial work of the Tournament Directors Association and have moved down the path of unifying and standardizing tournament rules for competitions around the world," explained WPA Chairman Wendeen H. Eolis. "The tournament rules are part of the WPA's mission to unite world poker entities by unifying standards of play."

The WPA Tournament Rules Committee Chair, Thomas Kremser, who also acts as the tournament director for the European Poker Tour, oversaw more than 100 hours of committee and board of directors discussions to reach consensus on the newly published rules. He was pleased with the end result.

"The WPA Tournament Rules reflect a good balance between the needs of tournament personnel and the needs of players to insure fairness and consistency," Kremser said.

The new rules will be distributed at the WPA Mega Satellites and cardrooms are invited to comment.

The WPA also took the time to mention that their own members will be held accountable to an even higher standard.

"The WPA requires all of its members to adhere to stringent Code of Ethics that is designed to promulgate professionalism and the highest standards of sportsmanship," said Eolis. "The new WPA Tournament Rules worked hand in hand with this mission."

The WPA is recommending anybody interested in the organization check out its 2008 Inaugural Conference Program, which will be held May 28-29 in Las Vegas. The program will feature numerous poker players and authors and will be moderated by the "Mad Genius of Poker" Mike Caro.

For information check out the WPA website at www.wpapoker.org.

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