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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP2009 | WSOP2009 Tournaments

Behold the 2009 WSOP Schedule of Events

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The poker industry anxiously awaited the schedule. Players wanted to know the dates for accommodation purposes and the events for bankroll decisions. The media wanted to know what sort of plans to make for coverage. The fans wanted to know how to plan their summer vacations to Vegas to see certain tournaments. And everyone wanted to see what changes were in store for the 2009 World Series of Poker.

And the wait is over. The schedule for the 40th Annual WSOP is at our fingertips, with four months left to go before the kick-off of the highly anticipated summer of poker in Las Vegas.

The official dates are May 26 through July 15, 2009. The first day consists of registration and the start of satellites, while the first official event will take place on May 27 for casino employees. But it will be May 28 when the biggest names in poker will descend upon the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino for the first open event, albeit a bit of a pricey one. It is a special tournament to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the World Series of Poker, set as a no-limit hold’em tournament with a $40,000 buy-in. The four-day event will bring the pros into action early and award a special edition one-time-only 40th anniversary gold bracelet, while many others will look to smaller events beginning that weekend.

All in all, there will be 57 gold bracelets awarded to players who win the scheduled events, though the 2009 WSOP main event victory celebration will have to wait - again - until November. Officials have decided to repeat the 2008 experiment and halt action with the nine finalists, the November Nine, and bring them back to Las Vegas from November 7 through 10 for the semi-live ESPN taping of the final table.

One noticeable absence from the 2009 WSOP schedule is a rebuy tournament; none will be available this year, a decision which some attribute to the very vocal objections of some professional players who felt that rebuy events allowed players to buy bracelets and should not be included. No matter the reason, rebuys are gone from the line-up.

On the other hand, one notable addition to the new schedule is a “stimulus special” tournament, which is a $1,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em to be held on the first weekend of the series. With the lower buy-in than past years, organizers expect to see a record crowd for the four-day event.

There will be ten $10,000 buy-in world championship events, and the $50,000 HORSE will return for its fourth year in a row. Also in its third year, the $5,000 Ante up for Africa charity tournament will take place on the day before the main event, and it will likely feature the same type of star-studded field as in 2008.

Of course, lest we forget, there will be the main event, which will consist of four starting days beginning on July 3. There will then be two second days, followed by a day off before Days 3-8. The final nine will be determined sometime on July 15, at which point the WSOP will close its doors until the November final table return.

It should be noted that all bracelet tournaments will begin either at noon or 5:00pm PT each day, and no more than ten one-hour levels will be played for the noon events, while the later-starting tournaments will be restricted to eight one-hour levels.

From May 26 through July 14, all cash games at the Rio will be played in the Amazon Room, and there will be nightly tournaments throughout that period of time. The 7pm nightly tournament will be a $340 NLHE, while the 11pm will be a $200 NLHE. Satellites will also be running at various times depending on upcoming tournaments, so schedules should be consulted for exact times and buy-ins.

Without further ado, the 2009 WSOP schedule is as follows, with every event scheduled for three days with only the exceptions noted:

May 26 - Registration opens, live action and satellites begin.
May 27 - Event 1: $500 Casino Employees NLHE (2-day)
May 28 - Event 2: $40K 40th Annual NLHE (4-day)
May 29 - Event 3: $1500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split-8
May 30 - Event 4: $1000 NLHE, Day 1A (4-day)
May 31 - Event 4: $1000 NLHE, Day 1B
June 1 - Event 5: $1500 PLO
June 1 - Event 6: $10K World Championship Seven-Card Stud
June 2 - Event 7: $1500 NLHE
June 2 - Event 8: $2500 NL 2-7 Draw Lowball
June 3 - Event 9: $1500 NLHE Six-Handed
June 3 - Event 10: $2500 PLHE/PLO
June 4 - Event 11: $2000 NLHE
June 4 - Event 12: $10K World Championship Mixed (LHE, Omaha Hi-Low Split-8, Seven-Card Razz, Seven-Card Stud, Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8, NLHE, PLO, 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball)
June 5 - Event 13: $2500 NLHE
June 5 - Event 14: $2500 LHE Six-Handed
June 6 - Event 15: $5000 NLHE
June 6 - Event 16: $1500 Seven-Card Stud
June 7 - Event 17: $1000 World Championship Ladies NLHE
June 7 - Event 18: $10K World Championship Omaha Hi-Low Split-8
June 8 - Event 19: $2500 NLHE Six-Handed
June 9 - Event 20: $1500 PLHE
June 9 - Event 21: $3000 HORSE
June 10 - Event 22: $1500 NLHE Shootout, 1,000-player max
June 10 - Event 23: $10K World Championship NL 2-7 Draw Lowball
June 11 - Event 24: $1500 NLHE
June 11 - Event 25: $2500 Omaha/Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8
June 12 - Event 26: $1500 LHE
June 12 - Event 27: $5000 PLO Hi-Low Split-8
June 13 - Event 28: $1500 NLHE
June 13 - Event 29: $10K World Championship NLHE Heads-up, 256-player max
June 14 - Event 30: $2500 PLO
June 14 - Event 31: $1500 HORSE
June 15 - Event 32: $2000 NLHE
June 15 - Event 33: $10K World Championship LHE
June 16 - Event 34: $1500 NLHE
June 17 - Event 35: $5000 PLO
June 18 - Event 36: $2000 NLHE
June 18 - Event 37: $10K World Championship Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8
June 19 - Event 38: $2000 LHE
June 20 - Event 39: $1500 NLHE
June 20 - Event 40: $10K World Championship PLO
June 21 - Event 41: $5000 NLHE Shootout, 1000-player max
June 21 - Event 42: $2500 Mixed (LHE, Omaha-Hi-Low Split-8, Seven-Card Razz, Seven-Card Stud, Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8, NLHE, PLO, 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball)
June 22 - Event 43: $1000 World Championship Seniors NLHE
June 22 - Event 44: $2500 Seven-Card Razz
June 23 - Event 45: $10K World Championship PLHE
June 23 - Event 46: $2500 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8
June 24 - Event 47: $2500 Mixed Hold’em
June 25 - Event 48: $1500 PLO Hi-Low Split-8
June 26 - Event 49: $50K World Championship HORSE (5-day)
June 26 - Event 50: $1500 LHE Shootout, 1000-player max
June 27 - Event 51: $1500 NLHE
June 28 - Event 52: $3000 Triple-Chance NLHE
June 28 - Event 53: $1500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8
June 29 - Event 54: $1500 NLHE
June 29 - Event 55: $2500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball
June 30 - Event 56: $5000 NLHE Six-Handed
July 3 - Event 57: $10K World Championship NLHE, Day 1A (multiple days)
July 4 - Event 57: $10K World Championship NLHE, Day 1B
July 5 - Event 57: $10K World Championship NLHE, Day 1C
July 6 - Event 57: $10K World Championship NLHE, Day 1D
July 7 - Event 57: $10K World Championship NLHE, Day 2A
July 8 - Event 57: $10K World Championship NLHE, Day 2B
July 10 - Event 57: $10K World Championship NLHE, Day 3
July 11 - Event 57: $10K World Championship NLHE, Day 4
July 12 - Event 57: $10K World Championship NLHE, Day 5
July 13 - Event 57: $10K World Championship NLHE, Day 6
July 14 - Event 57: $10K World Championship NLHE, Day 7
July 15 - Event 57: $10K World Championship NLHE, Day 8

World Series of Poker Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack noted, “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. This year’s schedule offers more variety than ever before and we look forward to welcoming players from around the world to the Rio for our 40th annual extravaganza this summer.”

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