Harrah’s last week opened pre-registration for its 2007 World Series of Poker, scheduled for June 1 through July 17 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Now in its 38th year, the World Series of Poker will include bracelet tournaments with buy-ins ranging from $1,000 to $50,000.
The buy-in for the WSOP Main Event — the No-Limit Hold’Em World Championship — will remain at $10,000.
Along with the pre-registration instructions were new participant rules, which include the expected prohibition of third-party entries from online poker rooms.
However, the rules only ban entries from gaming sites that do business with U.S. players.
Thus, it would appear poker sites could continue to send international players to the WSOP.
In addition, third-party entries will be accepted from "official WSOP sponsors" such as land-based casinos, poker rooms, businesses, product licensees, and civic and charitable organizations.
The new rules also ease some of the restrictions on clothing and hats that have logos or other branding on them.
"In recognition of the endorsement agreements that provide income to many poker players, we’ve liberalized our policy to allow tournament entrants to wear apparel with multiple logos and patches," said Jeffrey Pollack, commissioner of the World Series of Poker. "There are some reasonable restrictions on what is permissible, but this is definitely a far more liberal, accommodating and player-friendly policy."
The rules stipulate that any logo or message can’t exceed 12 square inches.
Specifically prohibited are vulgar and obscene messages, drugs, tobacco, handguns, pornography, alcohol products (except WSOP sponsor Milwaukee’s Best Light!), dot.com gaming sites that accept U.S. players, "unethical" claims about a product or service, and any material that "depicts repellently any internal bodily functions."
Obviously, the NBA crowd need not apply.