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42nd World Series of Poker Schedule Announced

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The cards go in the air on Tuesday, May 31st, 2011, with Jack Link's Beef Jerky presenting the 42nd annual World Series of Poker. One more bracelet has been added to the quest for gold, for a total of 58 events that will find some lucky player walking away with a coveted trophy on their arm, loads of cash, and the glory and fame that everyone dreams of.  The series of tournaments run from May 31st to July 19th.

At 5:00 PM on Tuesday, May 31st, a new event kicks off the first open bracelet tournament, with a maximum field of 256 players, the $25,000 Heads-Up NLH Championship is sure to find a field of name brand players seeking to take down the inaugural event.  Look for a massive field on June 4-5, opening weekend, in the $1,000 buy-in NLH event that has two starting flights - one each on Saturday and Sunday at 12 noon.

June will find the weekends focused on the “weekend warriors” with affordable buy-in NLH tournaments for WSOP gold bracelets at $1,500 on Saturdays and $1,000 on Sundays.  July 2 and 3 will feature the only other multi-day start $1,000 tournament and the WSOP will conclude with one last NLH extravaganza on Tuesday, July 5 at 12 noon.

The Main Event, $10,000 NLH Championship begins play on Thursday, July 7th, and play down to the final table nine on Tuesday, July 19th, when play will stop.  The Main Event features four starting flights that begin at 12 noon on July 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th.  You can guarantee your starting day by pre-registering for the event prior to the commencement of the WSOP. The November Nine will be held from November 5th-7th before a live audience with special primetime coverage from ESPN on Tuesday, November 8, 2011.

"Something for everyone is the best way to describe the 2011 World Series of Poker schedule,” said WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel, who will oversee the event for the sixth consecutive year.  "It’s staggering to think that last year alone the WSOP hosted nine of the 17 largest tournaments in poker history.  We had 44 events produce more than a $1 million prize pool, so we can’t wait to get at it again and offer players at all levels the best poker action on the planet."

Player comfort is being addressed by new rules regulating the duration of daily play, the start times and length of play is set at a schedule that everyone should find much easier to deal with.  And once again the entire convention center of the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino will be dedicated to the 2011 WSOP. Registration will remain open through four levels of play for all bracelet events - or until all available seats have been sold with the exception of the Main Event that will remain open for its customary two levels (four hours of play). Pre-registration is available at the Main Cage of the Rio in Las Vegas and online through the beginning February 7th, 2011.

The entire schedule is online at  You can download event structures and pre-registration forms or save the schedule to your calendar and even link it to your Twitter, Facebook, or other social networks sites.

Among the highlights of the 2011 schedule:

•    58 gold bracelet events over 50 days.

•    Sensational Structures & Starting Chips – All gold bracelet events in 2011 will feature triple the buy-in in starting chips and deep structures, providing plenty of play.

•    Hard Stop Times – The maximum a playing day will last is 10 levels each day, regardless of the number of players remaining.  This includes re-starts and final table days.  If we have not reached a winner or a final table after 10 levels of play, all remaining players left in the tournament will return at 3:00 PM to resume the tournament.  This will ensure tournament play each day concludes at approximately 3:00 AM for re-starts and allow a 12-hour break before play resumes.  Important:  This may cause some tournaments to exceed their scheduled three-day structure; however it will only affect the remaining players at that stage of the tournament.

•    New Event -- $25,000 buy-in, No Limit Hold’em Heads-Up Championship – Are you the best one-on-one player in the world?  The winner of this event will be able to claim that title.  Up to 256 players will compete in this first-time event which will be the first open bracelet awarded at the 2011 WSOP.  This is Event #2 on the schedule, and begins on Tuesday, May 31 at 5:00 PM in the famed Amazon Room.

•    New Event -- $2,500 buy-in 10-Game Mix/Six-Handed (Event #29) – On Thursday, June 16 at 5:00 PM, the WSOP introduces a new short-handed event – with a mix of 10 different poker games, including Badugi.  The 10 games that will be played are: No Limit Hold’em; Seven Card Razz; Limit Hold’em; Badugi (Limit); Seven Card Stud; 2-7 Draw Lowball (No Limit); Omaha Hi-Low Split 8 or Better; Pot Limit Omaha; 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) and Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split 8 or Better.

•    New Event -- $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha/Six-Handed (Event #35) – Continuing with the popular trend of short-handed events, a new $5,000 six-handed Pot Limit Omaha tournament has been scheduled for Monday, June 20 at 12 noon.

•    Back by Popular Demand – The $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8 or Better tournament is back on the schedule this year.  Event #47 will begin on Monday, June 27 at 5:00 PM.

•    $50K Poker Players Championship – The Chip Reese Memorial Trophy is up for grabs at the $50,000 buy-in eight-game mixed event, also dubbed the “Poker Players Championship.”  This eight-game format will serve as the true test of the game’s greatest all-around player.  Event #55 starts on Saturday, July 2 at 5:00 PM.

•    The Seniors-Only No-Limit Hold’em Championship – On Friday, June 17 at 12 noon, featuring a $1,000 buy-in for all poker enthusiasts 50 years of age or older.  In 2010, this event set a record when 3,142 players entered and the winner walked away with just under $500,000 for his $1,000 investment.

•    The Ladies Only No-Limit Hold’em Championship – On Friday, July 1 at 12 noon, featuring a $1,000 buy-in.

•    Triple Chance Tournaments – With the popularity of our Triple Chance tournaments, we have added an event this year, to offer this format twice. Event #12, on Tuesday, June 7 at 12 noon offers a $1,500 Triple Chance No Limit Hold’em event and on Wednesday, June 29 at 12 noon, Event #50 features a $5,000 buy-in version.

•    Daily Deepstack No-Limit Hold’em Tournaments – The Rio will host three different daily No-Limit Hold’em tournaments from May 30 to July 16.  At 2:00 PM daily, $235 buy-in events begin.  At 6:00 PM, players can play the daily $185 buy-in tournament and at 10:00 PM, a daily $135 tournament will be offered. These are one-day structured tournaments, and not bracelet events.

•    Satellites Every Day! -- A complete array of satellites, from single-table to mega, will be offered from May 30 - July 10.  Mega satellites with buy-ins at $330 for the daily 4 PM and $550 buy-in for the daily 8 PM start.

The 2011 WSOP marks the 42nd running of the game’s most prestigious annual tournament.   In 2010, the WSOP generated the most entries ever (72,966) from 117 different countries.  Players competed for more than $187 million as a total of 57 championship gold bracelets, globally recognized as the game’s top prize, were awarded.  Attendance in 2010 was up 20 percent year-over-year.

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