WSOP advice: No alternates so register early

Mar 11, 2008 6:00 PM

By GT Staff | Are you ready for some championship poker? Harrah’s Entertainment announced last week that pre-registration for this year’s World Series of Poker is now open.

Players can pre-register at the website or in person at the main cage of the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, the site of the World Series.

"We’ve received only positive comments about the 2008 schedule, which offers WSOP bracelets in eight variations of poker and at multiple buy-ins," said Jack Effel, WSOP tournament director. "Because no alternates will be seated at the 2008 WSOP, we encourage players to pre-register early to guarantee their seats. Once again, acceptable forms of payment will include cash, cashier’s checks, wire transfers and Rio casino chips."

The 39th edition of the World Series will run from May 30 through July 16, and will include 55 bracelet tournaments.

In addition to No Limit Hold’em, players can compete in Omaha, Stud, H.O.R.S.E. and other bracelet events.

Buy-ins for open events will range from $1,000 to $50,000. The buy-in for the main event, the No Limit Hold’em World Championship, will remain at $10,000. Check out the full schedule at the site.

The only significant rule change this year involves cash payments for entry, which stems from last July’s Title 31 rule change. Specifically, players who pay cash to enter events with buy-ins of $3,000 or higher, or whose cumulative cash wagers and buy-ins exceed $10,000 a day will be required to provide Social Security or Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN).

Players who do not have an ITIN may apply for one at the website. They may also apply at the International Players concierge window in the tournament area at the Rio. WSOP personnel will be available to assist players in filling out and filing the ITIN requests.

For complete information about the events coming up at the 2008 World Series of Poker, visit the website.