WSOP expands its
roster of ’07 events

Jan 15, 2007 4:02 AM

Harrah’s Entertainment last week announced that its 2007 World Series of Poker will offer the most diverse event schedule in the tourney’s legendary history.

The 38th edition of the world’s most prestigious poker tournament, set for June 1 through July 17, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino — and televised exclusively by ESPN — features 55 bracelet events with buy-ins up to $50,000.

Among the additions to the schedule are a $2,500 HORSE event and $5,000 Mixed Hold’em Events and a $5,000 Heads-up No-Limit Hold’em World Championship.

"The 2007 schedule offers something for everyone," said Jeffrey Pollack, commissioner of the World Series of Poker. "As part of our commitment to innovate for the benefit of all players, we’ve added nine bracelet events and created more opportunities for both amateurs and professionals to win poker’s most coveted prize."

The 55-event 2007 WSOP schedule compares with 46 events in 2006, when more than 42,000 entrants from 56 countries generated a total prize pool exceeding $171 million — the largest purse in poker tournament history.

The 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event — the $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’Em World Championship — attracted a field of 8,773 players. More than 870 players won money in the 2006 Main Event.

In addition to an expanded schedule, the 2007 World Series of Poker will offer players more space in the Rio convention center, with up to 300 tables available for tournament and live-game play.

The additional tables will enable tournament officials to reduce the start days for the WSOP Main Event to three. As in 2006, World Series of Poker officials will allow players entering the WSOP Main Event to choose their start dates as long as seats are available on the selected dates.

With the Internet ban, this will be the first year the World Series won’t accept third-party entries from online poker rooms. In the past, those entries (from sites such as PartyPoker and Poker Stars) accounted for up to two-thirds of all the main event contestants.

WSOP officials, however, are confident the World Series will still have a huge number of entries, though it may not eclipse the 8,700 players from last year.