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Harrah's announces changes to 2009 World Series of Poker

Jan 29, 2009 5:00 PM
by GT Staff |

Harrah’s Entertainment this week announced the schedule for its 40th annual World Series of Poker, to be held at the Rio in Las Vegas, May 27-July 15.

As forecast by GamingToday in Tuesday’s issue, the World Series has eliminated some events added a few, and increased the number of bracelet events from 55 to 57.

On the opening weekend, the World Series will host a commemorative $40,000 buy-in Hold’em event to celebrate the tournament’s 40th anniversary.

There will also be a special $1,000 "Stimulus" No Limit Hold’em event held on Day 2, which replaces the $1500 event last year that drew nearly 4,000 entrants.

Other announced changes include elimination of all five re-buy events, and the addition of two $10,000 world championship events (there were eight last year).

"Whether you play poker around the kitchen table or consider yourself a professional, you will find a comfortable seat at the 2009 World Series of Poker," said Jeffrey Pollack, commissioner of the WSOP. "This year’s schedule offers more variety than ever before and we look forward to welcoming players from around the world to the Rio for our 40th annual extravaganza this summer."

Perhaps the biggest news is that Harrah’s has elected to retain the main event’s delayed final table, which will once again be contested four months after the World Series ends.

Last year’s World Series attracted the most entries ever (58,720) from the most countries ever (124) and paid out the largest prize pool ever awarded ($180,774,427).