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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP 2010 | WSOP Poker Potpourri

2010 WSOP: What You Need to Know

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It is undoubtedly the most exciting time in tournament poker. Players from all over the world are arriving in Las Vegas this week, money is being transferred, bankrolls are being shored up, and hotels and condos are being rented. At the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, the Convention Center ballrooms are being prepared with tables, chips, dealer training, and staff preparations. The 2010 World Series of Poker is almost ready to begin.

The official start to the Series is listed as Thursday, May 27, as the Convention Center area will be officially open for business. Initial reports showed the satellites set to run in the Brasilia Room, and the satellites will begin on that day at 9am. There will also be three special mega satellites, each one requiring $2,250 and offering seats to the $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship tournament that will begin at 5pm the following day. The megas will be held at 1pm, 4pm, and 8pm. Live cash poker action will also begin in the Convention Center, likely in the Amazon Room.

Registration also opens on site on May 27, so players may register for any of the 2010 WSOP events in the Convention Center rather than at the cage in the main casino area. Players are encouraged to register early, especially for events that look to sell out, like the $1,000 no-limit holdem tournaments. WSOP organizers are also encouraging early registration for the $10K Main Event; though it’s not set to begin until July 5, the best way to guarantee one’s starting day of choice and avoid registration lines is to register in advance.

The festivities kick into full gear on Friday, May 28. The first event gets underway at noon, as the casino employees gather for their $500 NLHE event. And at 5pm, the much-anticipated $50K Poker Player’s Championship will be an 8-game mixed event and will play out over the course of five days. Not only will the $50K event be filmed by ESPN for television broadcast, but the winner will receive the coveted Chip Reese Trophy with their prize money. Most of the biggest names in poker, in addition to a few of the younger internet players, will be in attendance, and the rail is sure to be filled with poker fans with cameras in hand.

Last year, the $1,000 Stimulus tournament was introduced, a lower buy-in than normal that found itself with thousands of players interested in playing. This year, the $1,000 NLHE events are a staple in the schedule, with one being held on each of the first five weekends of the WSOP. Each will have two starting days. Other featured tournaments include a $25,000 short-handed NLHE event to start on June 30, the Ladies Only NLHE Championship on June 11, and the Seniors Only NLHE Championship on June 18 for players 50 and older. Also, a $10,000 HORSE Championship has been added to the schedule for June 23.

Players entering events should know that the hours are a bit different than in the past. Tournaments starting at noon will play only ten one-hour levels and finish up before 1:00am, giving plenty of rest time before the restart the following day at 2:30pm. Tournaments starting at 5:00pm will play only eight one-hour levels and end before 3:00am in preparation for a 3:00pm start the next day. And Day 2 players can look forward to no more than ten levels of play as well, preventing past years’ occurrences of painfully long days.

For players and fans alike, there will be food available in the Miranda Ballroom, as the food tent is no longer. People no longer have to walk through throngs of smokers to retrieve food or drink. The food court in the Miranda will offer a variety of items for purchase. There will also be the obligatory booths set up in the Convention Center hallways with various products and information for the public.

The entire 57-event schedule is here for your convenience:

Event 1        May 28, 12pm    $500 Casino Employees NLHE (2-day)
Event 2        May 28, 5pm    $50,000 Player’s Championship 8-Game Mixed (5-day)
Event 3        May 29, 12pm    $1,000 NLHE (4-day)
Event 4        May 30, 5pm    $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 (3-day)
Event 5        May 31, 12pm    $1,500 NLHE (3-day)
Event 6        June 1, 12pm    $5,000 NLHE Shootout, 2,000 players max (3-day)
Event 7        June 1, 5pm    $2,500 2-7 Limit Triple Draw Lowball (3-day)
Event 8        June 2, 12pm    $1,500 NLHE (3-day)
Event 9        June 3, 12pm    $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold’em (3-day)
Event 10    June 3, 5pm    $10,000 7-Card Stud Championship (3-day)
Event 11    June 4, 12pm    $1,500 NLHE (3-day)
Event 12    June 4, 5pm    $1,500 Limit Hold’em (3-day)
Event 13    June 5, 12pm    $1,000 NLHE (4-day)
Event 14    June 5, 5pm    $1,500 2-7 No-Limit Draw Lowball (3-day)
Event 15    June 6, 5pm    $10,000 7-Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 Championship (3-day)
Event 16    June 7, 12pm    $1,500 NLHE 6-handed (3-day)
Event 17    June 8, 12pm    $5,000 NLHE (3-day)
Event 18    June 9, 12pm    $2,000 Limit Hold’em (3-day)
Event 19    June 9, 5pm    $10,000 2-7 No-Limit Draw Lowball Championship (3-day)
Event 20    June 10, 12pm    $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha (3-day)
Event 21    June 10, 5pm    $1,500 7-Card Stud (3-day)
Event 22    June 11, 12pm    $1,000 Ladies NLHE Championship (3-day)
Event 23    June 11, 5pm    $2,500 Limit Hold’em 6-handed (3-day)
Event 24    June 12, 12pm    $1,000 NLHE (4-day)
Event 25    June 12, 5pm    $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 Championship (3-day)
Event 26    June 14, 12pm    $2,500 NLHE 6-handed (3-day)
Event 27    June 14, 5pm    $1,500 7-Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 (3-day)
Event 28    June 15, 12pm    $2,500 Pot-Limit Omaha (3-day)
Event 29    June 15, 5pm    $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship (3-day)
Event 30    June 16, 12pm    $1,500 NLHE (3-day)
Event 31    June 16, 5pm    $1,500 HORSE (3-day)
Event 32    June 17, 12pm    $5,000 NLHE 6-handed (3-day)
Event 33    June 17, 5pm    $2,500 Pot-Limit Hold’em/Omaha (3-day)
Event 34    June 18, 12pm    $1,000 Seniors NLHE Championship (3-day)
Event 35    June 18, 5pm    $10,000 Heads-Up NLHE, 256 players max (3-day)
Event 36    June 19, 12pm    $1,000 NLHE (4-day)
Event 37    June 19, 5pm    $3,000 HORSE (3-day)
Event 38    June 20, 5pm    $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em Championship (3-day)
Event 39    June 21, 12pm    $1,500 NLHE Shootout, 2,000 players max (3-day)
Event 40    June 21, 5pm    $2,500 7-Card Razz (3-day)
Event 41    June 22, 12pm    $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 (3-day)
Event 42    June 23, 12pm    $1,500 NLHE (3-day)
Event 43    June 23, 5pm    $10,000 HORSE Championship (3-day)
Event 44    June 24, 12pm    $2,500 Mixed Hold’em (3-day)
Event 45    June 25, 12pm    $1,500 NLHE (3-day)
Event 46    June 25, 5pm    $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 (3-day)
Event 47    June 26, 12pm    $1,000 NLHE (4-day)
Event 48    June 26, 5pm    $2,500 8-Game Mixed (3-day)
Event 49    June 28, 12pm    $1,500 NLHE (3-day)
Event 50    June 28, 5pm    $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha (3-day)
Event 51    June 29, 12pm    $3,000 Triple Chance NLHE (3-day)
Event 52    June 30, 12pm    $25,000 NLHE 6-handed (4-day)
Event 53    June 30, 5pm    $1,500 Limit Hold’em Shootout (3-day)
Event 54    July 1, 12pm    $1,000 NLHE (4-day)
Event 55    July 1, 5pm    $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship (3-day)
Event 56    July 2, 5pm    $2,500 NLHE (3-day)
Event 57    July 5-8, 12pm    $10,000 NLHE Championship Main Event

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