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42nd Annual World Series of Poker Dates Announced

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The Annual World Series of Poker begins its 2011 campaign on Tuesday, May 31st, 2011 (the day after Memorial Day) and will run every day until Tuesday, July 19, 2011, 50 straight days of jamming, poker action.  Anyone that is 21 years of age or older will be eligible to play in this set of poker tournaments. Continuing on with its normal venue since 2005, the WSOP will be held in the Convention Center of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The WSOP Main Event begins on Thursday, July 7th, 2011, and features - as in years past - four starting days which are as follows: July 7th, July 8th, July 9th, and July 10th.  The Main Event will also be the final tournament of the annual WSOP as is now customary.  The conclusion of the final table of nine players is expected to be reached on Tuesday, July 19th.

A definitive change in 2011 for all bracelet events is 'hard stop times.' Each day will come to an end when 10 levels have been completed.  The remaining players will have their chips bagged and tagged and return the next day to continue tournament play regardless of how many players remain in a tournament.  2011 will find 'hard stop times' enforced after 10 levels of play.

Look for the entire 42nd Annual World Series of Poker schedule with individual tournaments, dates, times, and buy-ins in January.

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is the largest, richest and most prestigious gaming event in the world awarding millions of dollars in prize money and the prestigious gold bracelet, globally recognized as the sport’s top prize. Featuring a comprehensive slate of tournaments in every major poker variation, the WSOP is poker’s longest running tournament in the world, dating back to 1970.  In 2010, the event attracted 72,966 entrants from 117 different countries to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and awarded over $187 million in prize money.  The WSOP in December, 2008 was named the 7th most admired sports brand in North America by the Turnkey Sports Survey, trailing only the older and more established NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR and PGA Tour among sports properties.  In addition, the WSOP has experienced groundbreaking alliances in broadcasting, digital media and corporate sponsorships, while successfully expanding the brand internationally with the advent in 2007 of the World Series of Poker EuropeSM. For more information on the World Series of Poker, please visit the website at

Contact: Seth Palansky, Caesars Interactive Entertainment, Inc. (702) 407-6344,

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