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Harrah's Releases Schedule for 2007 WSOP

WSOP, 2007-01-10, by Ozone

Yesterday, Harrah's Entertainment, operators of the World Series of Poker, released the schedule for this year's series of events. For the third straight year, the games will be hosted at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The following are some key things to note in this year's schedule:

- The number of bracelet events has been expanded from 46 to 55.

- In each of the past two years, small buy-in no-limit hold'em bracelet events were spread while the Main Event was running in the same room. This year there will be no overlapping between the Main Event and other bracelet events.

- By expanding the number of poker tables to 300, Harrah's was able to cut down on the number of starting days for the Main Event. Last year there were four flights for day one and two flights for day two. This meant the entire field was never playing simultaneously until seven days after the first card was dealt. This year there will be three flights for day one, each day capable of accommodating 3,000 players. It will not be necessary for day two to be played in separate flights. From start to finish, the Main Event will run for 11 days during which there will be two days off. Last year the event ran for 13 days with just one day off.

- New to this year's schedule are two "mixed hold'em" events; a game that rotates between limit and no-limit betting.

- Including the Main Event, there will be 13 "World Championship" events this year. Among them include a $5,000 mixed hold'em event, the popular $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. tournament, and a $5,000 heads-up no-limit event.

- Complaints from top pros to reduce the number of small buy-in tournaments might have fallen upon deaf ears. Thirty-three of the 55 events feature a buy-in of $2,000 or less.

- Nearly every day between June 1st and July 6th, which is the first day of the Main Event, have more than one tournament scheduled.

- Every tournament on the schedule is allotted more than one day to complete.

- Without making rebuys, it would cost $214,500 to play in every tournament.

It will be interesting to monitor the impact of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act on the WSOP. Last year the Main Event drew 8,773 players. By being prepared for just 9,000 entrants in this year's Main Event, it seems likely that Harrah's anticipates the legislation will stunt the astonishing rate of growth seen at the WSOP in recent years.

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