The 42nd Annual World Series of Poker

The World Series of Poker, the annual poker extravaganza dating back to the 1970 gathering of a handful of Texas road gamblers, is televised exclusively on ESPN from the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.


The schedule for the world's largest tournament series has been set for May 31 through July 19, 2011, with the final table of the Main Event again scheduled for November. The WSOP consists of a comprehensive slate of 58 gold bracelet events in the game’s most popular poker variations running for 50 days over a three month period this summer. "Something for everyone is the best way to describe the 2011 World Series of Poker schedule,” said WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel, who will oversee the event for the sixth consecutive year.  "It’s staggering to think that last year alone the WSOP hosted nine of the 17 largest tournaments in poker history.  We had 44 events produce more than a $1 million prize pool, so we can’t wait to get at it again and offer players at all levels the best poker action on the planet." The entire convention center of the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino once again will be exclusively dedicated to the 2011 World Series of Poker, with tournament tables in the 58,000 square foot Pavilion and the 38,000 square-foot Amazon Room. The final number of tables in play is subject to regulatory approval, given just prior to the tournament commencing, but is expected to be similar to the 370 which were utilized in 2010.


There are numerous highlights for the 2011 tournament schedule:


• All gold bracelet events in 2011 will feature sensational structures and deep-stack starting chip counts, with triple the buy-in in chips and deep blind and ante structures, which provide plenty of play and a lot of time to build their stack.

• Though the $10,000 No-Limit Main Event is considered the poker world's annual championship, the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, with the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy . With few amateurs willing to ante-up the $50,000 buy-in, the eight-game mixed event is the true championship of professional poker. Dubbed the “Poker Players Championship,”  the eight-game format will serve as the true test of the game’s greatest all-around player.

• The $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8 or Better tournament is back by popular demand.

• The WSOP is an ever evolving tournament, adding new games as they gain popularity in general play. Heads-up play has become an increasingly popular structure in on-line play, and live tournaments world-wide have been adding heads-up events in increasing numbers. There are televised U.S., European and World heads-up title matches annually. To keep up with the growing trend, the WSOP has added a new event this year, the $25,000 buy-in, No Limit Hold’em Heads-Up Championship. The winner of this event will be able to claim the title of World Champion, with the highest Heads-Up buy-in event to date. Due to the structure, the tournament is limited to only 256 players and will kick off open play on the first day of the tournament.

• Another new event is the $2,500 buy-in, 10-Game Mix/Six-Handed tournament. With the popularity of short-handed events, the WSOP is introducing a new short-handed event this year. The tournament is a mix of 10 different poker games.  The 10 games to be played are: No-Limit Hold’em; Seven Card Razz; Limit Hold’em; Limit Badugi; Seven-Card Stud; No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball; Omaha Hi-Low Split 8 or Better; Pot-Limit Omaha; Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball and Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low Split 8 or Better.

• Continuing the popular trend of short-handed events, a new $5,000 six-handed, Pot-Limit Omaha/Six-Handed tournament has been added this year.

• The two favorite non-open events are the Seniors-Only and the Ladies-Only, $1,000 buy-in, No-Limit Hold’em Championship

• With the popularity of last year's Triple Chance tournament, they added a second event this year to double your triple-up fun.

• Throughout June the weekends will remain focused on the “weekend warriors” with affordable buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournaments for WSOP gold bracelets at $1,500 on Saturdays and $1,000 on Sundays.  July 2 and 3 will feature the only other multi-day start $1,000 tournament and will conclude with one last No-Limit Hold’em extravaganza on Tuesday, July 5 at 12 noon.

• The 42nd annual WSOP will conclude with the grandest spectacle in all of gaming – the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Championship (aka “The Main Event”), which begins play Thursday, July 7 and will reach its final table (nine players) on Tuesday, July 19, at which time play will be halted. The famed tournament’s culmination will be held with the play of the “November Nine®” from November 5-7, before a live audience with special primetime coverage from ESPN on Tuesday, November 8, 2011.


For players that cannot afford the $1,000 to $50,000 buy-ins or did not win a seat in a WSOP event through an on-line poker tournament, the WSOP insures a complete array of satellites, from single-table to mega-sats, will be offered from May 30 - July 10, with opportunities existing to build your bankroll.


• From May 30 to July 16, 2011, the Rio will host three No-Limit Hold’em tournaments daily.  At 2:00 PM there will be a $235 buy-in event, followed at 6:00 PM with a $185 buy-in tournament and closing the day with a $135 tournament at 10:00 PM.

• For those looking for Main Event seats, Mega-satellites are held daily, with $330 buy-ins at 4:00 PM and $550 buy-ins at 8:00 PM start.

• All of these are one-day structured tournaments and not bracelet events.

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2011 WSOP Schedule