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Notes From World Series of Poker Teleconference

With Series Right Around the Bend, Harrah's Says It's Ready

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The bigwigs of the World Series of Poker held a conference call yesterday morning to check in with the world about the quickly approaching big daddy of all poker tournaments. The 55-bracelet 2007 WSOP runs from June 1 to July 17.

"We're thrilled that we're going to be in the tournament business with you shortly." said WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack.

The 45-minute call outlined several changes to this year's WSOP. The changes ranged from the number of starting chips in the events to how the dealers will be trained so as not to have a repeat of last year when several thousand extra chips were discovered to be in play during the main event (Harrah's said the chips mistakenly entered play while changing out the smaller-denomination chips).

This year, about 300 Las Vegas-based dealers will be trained and certified in all the games that are scheduled to be played this year. The Las Vegans will handle most of the dealing duties at the WSOP, while the Harrah's dealers who come in from properties outside of Vegas will be used to fill their shifts at Harrah's other Las Vegas properties.

Another change that players will notice is Harrah's decided to double the number of starting chips this year. That means instead of $1,000 in starting chips in the $1,000 events, they'll start with $2,000 in chips to give players more play. According to a representative of the WSOP's publicity firm, this will affect all the events.

A wing will also be built next to the Amazon room to accommodate more tables and players. The total amount of tables used for tournament play will be 258.

Officials also announced that they're making plans to host 10,000 players for the main event (8,773 people played in it last year). Pollack wanted to be clear that the event won't be capped at 10,000, but that's basically the maximum number of players Harrah's is planning for.

On the business side of the WSOP, officials warned that anyone who is using the WSOP trademark without permission will be aggressively pursued and forced to stop. All sports leagues aggressively protect their copyrights and trademarks, and now the WSOP will do the same.

Although Harrah's is loosening its rules on wearing logos, like last year, it will prohibit clothing and logos that have the "dot com" suffixes. Logos from sites that are still serving the U.S. will be permitted as long as they are "dot net" sites. Also, the "net" in the logo must be as large as the name of the site.

"One thing for certain, it will be enforced this year," Pollack said.

Officials also said that they will not accept entries from poker sites, which was the same policy as last year. To get around this, sites simply gave its online qualifiers cash to registers for the events.

Please click here to view the complete schedule for the 2007 WSOP.

 
 
 
 

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pokerpicasso
almost 14 years ago

I'm a little surprised that Harrah's isn't allowing US-friendly sites' logos on players. I suppose it's a legality issue, but I'd hoped to see the poker world form a united front against the UIGEA, and this would have been a great way to publicize the issue.

 
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CatchesKings
almost 14 years ago

How would it be illegal for them to allow Full Tilt and other such sites to show their logos? I think its rather spineless of them actually.

 
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brec
almost 14 years ago

According the rules -- http://dps.twiihosting.net/wsop/doc/content/doc_591_58.pdf -- .com logos from US-serving sites are prohibited, but .net logos are allowed.

 
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ZionKid
almost 14 years ago

actually it is a Land-based (lobby supported) big regulated casino vs.
non-us unregulated (no lobbying support) thing... Basically here in the united states most casino owners... who by the way could care less about poker as the house receives a fixed rate and not a large edged income influx like in table games with a house advantage... dont like opnline poker stealing there profits... they want everything they can get so if you come from a site that serves us customers that is taking a customer from the casino's where as if someone live outside the country they are coming to the casino anyway so the sites are not stealing those players from the casinos.... its also got alot to do with the casino's that are ok trying to get better with the government by Sucking UP...

Steve... that is the old rule yes... is that the same... for this year as of this mornings conference call?

 
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ZionKid
almost 14 years ago

Steve... that is the old rule yes... is that the same... for this year as of this mornings conference call?

 
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henrymorgan
almost 14 years ago

Several thousand extra chips were discovered to be in play in the Main Event? Several thousand????

 
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QuietlyTakingYourChips
almost 14 years ago

Actually it was 2 Million I think I read somewhere else, one of the cashiers made a mistake when coloring up chips.

 
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