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World Series of Poker Begins Tuesday

42nd Annual WSOP Features 58 Bracelet Events at the Rio in Las Vegas from May 31 to July 19

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The Rio will Host the WSOP for the 7th Time in 2011The biggest poker tournament series of the year starts on Tuesday, May 31 when cards get into the air at the 42nd annual World Series of Poker at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The tournament series will run from Tuesday until July 19 and there will be 58 gold bracelet events this summer (the most ever for a single WSOP). The Rio will be a familiar looking place for poker players this summer. Everything is in the exact same place as the previous year for the first time since the event began its stay at the Rio in 2005.

Card Player will be your premiere news source during the summer for everything happening at the Rio, from final-table recaps to player interviews and any and all news updates on the first WSOP post-Black Friday. Tournament Poker Edge will also provide tournament strategy articles and hand analysis during the summer on CardPlayer.com.

Everything leads up to the $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event, which will run its first of four starting flights on July 7. The summer will come to a close when the November Nine is set on July 19. The final table of the main event will then take place a few months later from November 5-7.

The first marquee event of the summer will be the $25,000 heads-up no-limit hold’em championship. Card Player will bring you hourly updates from this popular tournament to kick off the summer. The third event in the big three this summer will be the $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship and it will run from July 2-6. The Player’s Championship will feature an eight-game mixed format including limit hold’em, Omaha eight-or-better, seven-card razz, seven-card stud, seven-card stud eight-or-better, no-limit hold’em, pot-limit Omaha, deuce-to-seven triple draw lowball.

Another event that will provide high drama and interest to poker fans this summer will be the made-for-television WSOP Grudge Matches. The matches will feature classic heads-up battles from World Series main event history, but with the stipulation that the chip stacks will be reversed from the original match. The three matches will be filmed on June 2 for television airing on ESPN on July 26:

- Chris Moneymaker vs. Sam Farha (2003 WSOP main event)
- Phil Hellmuth vs. Johnny Chan (1989 WSOP main event)
- Johnny Chan vs. Erik Seidel (1988 WSOP main event)

Other tournaments of note on the schedule include eight, $10,000 world championship events for pot-limit hold’em, Omaha eight-or-better, no-limit deuce-to-seven draw lowball, seven-card stud, limit hold’em, seven-card stud eight-or-better, H.O.R.S.E., pot-limit Omaha, and six-handed no-limit hold’em in addition to the main event.

Weekends at the Rio this summer will once again be the domain of the weekend warrior and recreational players. Each Saturday will see the WSOP stage either a $1,000 or $1,500 no-limit hold’em event.

Bracelet events will feature triple starting stacks and similar blind structures to last year. A new development for 2011 is hard stop times for all tournament days that limit play at a maximum of 10 levels. A few tournaments have been added to the lineup this year in addition to the $25,000 heads-up no-limit hold’em event and they are a $2,500 six-handed 10-game mixed event and a $5,000 six-handed pot-limit Omaha event.

Changes off-the-felt this year include ESPN more than doubling their television coverage of the event. For six consecutive days, July 14-19, ESPN will offer unprecedented access to the 2011 WSOP main event, including live unedited hole cards on a 30-minute delay. There will be more than 34 additional hours of coverage in high definition on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3.com. This is the first time in WSOP history that every final table will be filmed for video production, whether it is on the ESPN family of networks or on WSOP.com. Scroll down to see the full television airing schedule for the 2011 WSOP.

Be sure to make CardPlayer.com your main destination for WSOP news throughout the summer to get updates on all of the action from the Rio.

Here is a look at the full schedule for the summer:

Event Starts Days Buy-In
Event 1 – No-Limit Hold’em Casino Employees 31-May 2 $500
Event 2 – No-Limit Hold’em Heads Up Championship (256max) 31-May 4 $25,000
Event 3 – Omaha Hi/Low Split-8/OB 1-Jun 3 $1,500
Event 4 – No-Limit Hold’em 2-Jun 3 $5,000
Event 5 – Seven Card Stud 2-Jun 3 $1,500
Event 6 – Limit Hold’em 3-Jun 3 $1,500
Event 7 – Pot-Limit Hold’em Championship 3-Jun 3 $10,000
Event 8 – No-Limit Hold’em 4-Jun 5 $1,000
Event 9 – Deuce-to-Seven Draw Lowball 4-Jun 3 $1,500
Event 10 – No-Limit Hold’em Six Handed 6-Jun 3 $1,500
Event 11 – Omaha Hi/Low Split-8/OB Championship 6-Jun 3 $10,000
Event 12 – No-Limit Hold’em Triple Chance 7-Jun 3 $1,500
Event 13 – No-Limit Hold’em Shootout 2,000 max 8-Jun 3 $1,500
Event 14 – Limit Hold’em 8-Jun 3 $3,000
Event 15 – Pot-Limit Hold’em 9-Jun 3 $1,500
Event 16 – Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Championship 9-Jun 3 $10,000
Event 17 – H.O.R.S.E. 10-Jun 3 $1,500
Event 18 – No-Limit Hold’em 11-Jun 3 $1,500
Event 19 – Limit Hold’em Six Handed 11-Jun 3 $2,500
Event 20 – No-Limit Hold’em 12-Jun 3 $1,000
Event 21 – Seven Card Stud Championship 12-Jun 3 $10,000
Event 22 – Pot-Limit Omaha 13-Jun 3 $1,500
Event 23 – Eight Game Mix 13-Jun 3 $2,500
Event 24 – No-Limit Hold’em Shootout 2,000max 14-Jun 3 $5,000
Event 25 – Seven Card Stud Hi/Low-8/OB 14-Jun 3 $1,500
Event 26 – No-Limit Hold’em Six Handed 15-Jun 3 $2,500
Event 27 – Limit Hold’em Championship 15-Jun 3 $10,000
Event 28 – No-Limit Hold’em 16-Jun 3 $1,500
Event 29 – 10-Game Mix Six Handed 16-Jun 3 $2,500
Event 30 – No-Limit Hold’em Seniors Championship 17-Jun 3 $1,000
Event 31 – Pot-Limit Omaha 17-Jun 3 $3,000
Event 32 – No-Limit Hold’em 18-Jun 3 $1,500
Event 33 – Seven Card Stud Hi/Low Split-8/OB Championship 18-Jun 3 $10,000
Event 34 – No-Limit Hold’em 19-Jun 3 $1,000
Event 35 – Pot-Limit Omaha Six Handed 20-Jun 3 $5,000
Event 36 – No-Limit Hold’em 21-Jun 3 $2,500
Event 37 – H.O.R.S.E. Championship 21-Jun 3 $10,000
Event 38 – No-Limit Hold’em 22-Jun 3 $1,500
Event 39 – Pot-Limit Hold’em/Omaha 22-Jun 3 $2,500
Event 40 – No-Limit Hold’em Six Handed 23-Jun 3 $5,000
Event 41 – Limit Hold’em Shootout 24-Jun 3 $1,500
Event 42 – Pot-Limit Omaha Championship 24-Jun 3 $10,000
Event 43 – No-Limit Hold’em 25-Jun 3 $1,500
Event 44 – Seven Card Razz 25-Jun 3 $2,500
Event 45 – No-Limit Hold’em 26-Jun 3 $1,000
Event 46 – No-Limit Hold’em Six Handed Championship 27-Jun 3 $10,000
Event 47 – Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi/Low-8/OB 27-Jun 3 $2,500
Event 48 – No-Limit Hold’em 28-Jun 3 $1,500
Event 49 – Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw Lowball 28-Jun 3 $2,500
Event 50 – No-Limit Hold’em Triple Chance 29-Jun 3 $5,000
Event 51 – Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Low Slip-8/OB 30-Jun 3 $1,500
Event 52 – Mixed Hold’em Limit/No-Limit 30-Jun 3 $2,500
Event 53 – No-Limit Hold’em Ladies Championship 1-Jul 3 $1,000
Event 54 – No-Limit Hold’em 2-Jul 3 $1,000
Event 55 – The Poker Player’s Championship 2-Jul 5 $50,000
Event 56 – No-Limit Hold’em 5-Jul 3 $1,500
Event 57 – Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Low Split-8/OB 5-Jul 3 $5,000
Main Event 7-Jul 15 $10,000

WSOP Live Main Event Telecast Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Show Network
Thu., June 2 5 p.m. – 4 a.m. WSOP Grudge Matches~ ESPN3.com
Fri., June 3 5 p.m. – 4 a.m. WSOP $25,000 Heads Up~ ESPN3.com
Wed., July 6 6 p.m. – 5 a.m. WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship~ ESPN3.com
Thu., July 14 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. WSOP Day 3~ ESPN3.com
11 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. WSOP Day 3 ESPN2/ESPN3.com
Fri., July 15 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. WSOP Day 4~ ESPN3.com
11 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. WSOP Day 4 ESPN2/ESPN3.com
Sat., July 16 3:30 – 10 p.m. WSOP Day 5, part 1 ESPN2/ESPN3.com
midnight – 2:30 a.m. WSOP Day 5, part 2 ESPN2/ESPN3.com
Sun., July 17 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. WSOP Day 6~ ESPN3.com
10 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. WSOP Day 6 ESPN2/ESPN3.com
Mon., July 18 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. WSOP Day 7~ ESPN3.com
7 p.m. – 10 p.m. WSOP Day 7, down to 27, part 1 ESPN2/ESPN3.com
Midnight – 2:30 a.m.* WSOP Day 7, down to 27, part 2 ESPN2/ESPN3.com
Tue., July 19 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. WSOP Day 8~ ESPN3.com
8 p.m. – 10 p.m. * WSOP Day 8, down to 9, part 1 ESPN/ESPN3.com
Midnight – 4:30 a.m.* WSOP Day 8, down to 9, part 2 ESPN2/ESPN3.com

~no hole cards
*Play could run long

 
 
 
 

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blegend
almost 10 years ago

Can't play...Full Tilt has all of my money.

 
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YakshaNZ
almost 10 years ago

There's no events for $17.28 anyway

 
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notCIA
almost 10 years ago

Will someone please interview Lederer, Ferguson, Ivey, Seidel, et alii, and ask them when we can expect our money?

 
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