On Dec. 17 the World Series of Poker announced its schedule of 57 bracelet events to take place in 2010. Starting on May 27 and running until July 17, poker players from around the world will travel to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino to participate in the largest tournament series of the year in search of the most coveted piece of jewelry in poker: the WSOP bracelet.
For 51 days the Pavilion Ballroom, along with the Amazon Room, will be packed with players hoping to increase their bankrolls. With the addition of the Pavilion Ballroom, there will be up to 20 percent more tables in action as WSOP officials hope to ease capacity concerns raised in 2009.
The 2010 WSOP will debut some new tournaments including the $50,000 Players Championship, which replaces the $50,000 HORSE. The Players Championship will feature an eight-game mix (limit hold 'em, Omaha high-low split-eight or better, razz, seven card stud, seven card stud high-low split-eight or better, no-limit hold 'em, pot-limit Omaha and deuce-to-seven triple draw lowball) and award the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy to its champion. The final table of the Players Championship will be broadcast on ESPN and only no-limit hold 'em will be played. The largest HORSE event in 2010 will be the $10,000 world championship event, but a $1,500 and $3,000 event are also scheduled.
Also new in 2010 will be a $25,000 six-handed no-limit hold 'em tournament. This four-day event will take place toward the end of the schedule and will most likely feature many familiar faces. The $40,000 no-limit hold 'em tournament from 2009 has been taken off the 2010 schedule, leaving the main event as the largest full-table no-limit hold 'em event of the tournament series.
The "Stimulus Special" tournament in 2009 was quite a success, attracting a field of 6,012 players. To continue with the trend of offering something for players of all levels, the WSOP has added seven more $1,000 events to the 2010 schedule. The first five weekends of the WSOP will feature five of the $1,000 no-limit hold 'em events and offer two starting days each weekend. The other $1,000 events on the schedule are the Ladies event on June 11, the Seniors event on June 18 and an open event on July 1-2.
"Whatever your game and whatever your bankroll, the 2010 WSOP schedule offers something for everyone," said WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel. "We are planning for the largest WSOP ever and look forward to welcoming all players to the Rio in Las Vegas next summer."
The $10,000 no-limit hold 'em main event will take place from July 5 until the final table is reached on July 17. The 2010 November Nine will return Nov. 6-9 and play will resume until a champion is crowned.
On July 3, the fourth annual "Ante Up For Africa" will take place. The $5,000 charity tournament organized by Annie Duke and Don Cheadle is an open event and will feature celebrities and top poker pros.
Pre-registration is now open for all events at the WSOP Web site (http://www.wsop.com).
Below is the complete schedule for the 2010 WSOP. Televised events will be broadcast on ESPN starting in late July 2010.