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As the WSOP turns

Nov 1, 2004 11:52 PM

Ever since Benny Binion conceived the idea of the World Series of Poker in 1970, it has been held at his Horseshoe Hotel in downtown Las Vegas.

But times change and so has the World Series. Beginning in 2005, the World Series will be held at the Rio in Las Vegas, and it will be preceded by the World Series of Poker Tournament Circuit beginning in January at Harrah’s Atlantic City.

From Jan. 7-18, 2005, Harrah’s Atlantic City will host the first of five championship poker tournaments sponsored by Harrah’s Entertainment, which purchased the rights to the World Series of Poker in January of this year.

"In 2005, the World Series of Poker begins its evolution from a month-long special event into a year-round sport," said Ginny Shanks, senior vice president of acquisition marketing for Harrah’s. "The road to the World Series of Poker Championship will be a challenging and arduous one. But unlike professional football, basketball, golf or auto racing, even the greenest of amateurs can mount a challenge for the title."

In those opening tournaments, including the World Series in Las Vegas, players will earn points based on their performance. The top 100 point-earners will receive a free invitation to the 2005 World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions, where a single winner will take home a top prize of $2 million.

Following the January tournament in Atlantic City, the Tournament Circuit will make stops at Harrah’s Rincon near San Diego (February 20-March 1), the Rio (March 12-22), Harvey’s Lake Tahoe (April 26-May 10) and Harrah’s New Orleans (May 21-30). Each of the events will be taped and aired on ESPN.

The 36th Annual World Series of Poker is scheduled to begin June 2, and will run through July 15. An estimated 5,000 players are expected to participate in the $10,000 buy-in, no-limit Texas hold ”˜em championship, double the number that competed this year.

To accommodate the large expected field of participants, most of the 2005 World Series of Poker will be held at the Rio, though the final two days of the championship tournament will be held at Binion’s Horseshoe in downtown Las Vegas.

The 2005 Tournament of Champions will take place soon after the conclusion of the World Series of Poker Championship event, and will also be held at the Rio.

For additional information on the WSOP go to the web site, worldseriesofpoker.com.

For a complete World Series of Poker schedule of events, see page 10.

 

Date Event # Tournament Buy-In

June 2, Thursday 1 Casino Employee No-limit Hold’em $500

June 3, Friday 2 No-limit Hold’em $1,500

June 4, Saturday 3 Pot-limit Hold’em $1,500

June 5, Sunday 4 Limit Hold’em $1,500

June 6, Monday 5 Omaha Hi-low Split $1,500

June 7, Tuesday 6 Short Handed (6/table)

No-limit Hold’em $2,500

June 8, Wednesday 7 No-limit Hold’em w/rebuys $1,000

June 9, Thursday 8 Seven Card Stud $1,500

June 10, Friday 9 No-limit Hold’em $2,000

June 11, Saturday 10 Limit Hold’em $2,000

June 12, Sunday 11 Pot-limit Hold’em $2,000

June 13, Monday 12 Pot-limit Omaha w/re-buys $2,000

June 14, Tuesday 13 No-limit Hold’em $5,000

June 15, Wednesday 14 Seven Card Stud Hi-low Split $1,000

June 16, Thursday 15 Limit Hold’em Shootout $1,500

June 17, Friday 16 No-limit Hold’em Shootout $1,500

June 18, Saturday 17 Limit Hold’em $2,500

June 19, Sunday 18 Seven Card Stud Hi-low Split $2,000

June 19, Sunday 19 Pot Limit Omaha $1,500

June 20, Monday 20 Pot-limit Hold’em $5,000

June 21, Tuesday 21 Omaha Hi-low Split $2,500

June 22, Wednesday 22 No-limit Hold’em $1,500

June 23, Thursday 23 Seven Card Stud $5,000

June 24, Friday 24 No-Limit Hold’em $2,500

June 25, Saturday 25 Pot-limit Hold’em $2,500

June 26, Sunday 26 Ladies No-limit Hold’em $1,000

June 26, Sunday 27 Pot-limit Omaha w/re-buys $5,000

June 27, Monday 28 Limit Hold’em $5,000

June 28, Tuesday 29 No-limit Hold’em $2,000

June 29, Wednesday 30 Seven Card Razz $1,500

June 29, Wednesday 31 Short handed (6/table)

No-limit Hold’em $5,000

June 30, Thursday 32 Omaha hi-low split $5,000

July 1, Friday 33 No-limit Hold’em $3,000

July 2, Saturday 34 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em $1,000

July 2, Saturday 35 Pot-limit Omaha $10,000

July 3, Sunday 36 Limit Hold’em $3,000

July 4, Monday 37 No-limit Hold’em w/re-buys $1,000

July 5, Tuesday 38 Super satellite day

(10a.m./3p.m./8p.m.) $1,000

July 5, Tuesday 39 No-limit 2 to 7 Draw

Lowball w/re-buys $5,000

July 6, Wednesday 40 Super satellite day

(9a.m./2p.m./9p.m.)

July 6, Wednesday 41 Media/Celebrity Charity Event

No Limit Texas Hold’em World Championship:

July 7, Thursday 42 Day 1A, First 1,000 - 2,200

play to 500-650 $10,000

July 8, Friday Day 1B, Second 1,000 - 2,200

play to 500-650

July 9, Saturday Day 1C, Third 1,000 - 2,200

play to 500-650

July 10, Sunday Day 2, Play down to 500-1,000

July 11, Monday Day 3, Play down to 200-400

July 11, Monday 43 No-limit Hold’em 1-day event $1,500

July 12, Tuesday Day 4, Play down to 100-150

July 12, Tuesday 44 No-limit Hold’em 1-day event $1,000

July 13, Wednesday Day 5, Play down to 27

July 13, Wednesday 45 No-limit Hold’em 1-day event $1,000

July 14, Thursday Day 6, Play down to 9

(Binion’s Horseshoe)

July 15, Friday Day 7, Final table

(Binion’s Horseshoe)