2008 World Series of Poker ScheduleBy Joni Hawk, Jan 16th 2008
The 39th World Series of Poker event as it was announced by Harrah's Entertainment Inc. will be presented by Milwaukee's Best Light and televised exclusively on ESPN. The 2008 event will start and end for the first time ever with $10,000 buy-in World Championship events and attribute a total of eight $10,000 finals. There is also a second start day for the first of the $1,500 no-limit competitions to house the estimated number of candidates.
The 2008 World Series of Poker begins May 30 with the $10,000 buy-in World Championship of Pot-Limit Hold'Em and ends July 16 with the Final Table of the $10,000 buy-in World Championship of No Limit Texas HoldEm (WSOP Main Event). The Rio Convention Center will stage the event through this period. On May 28 and 29 organizers are there to expect players to register – they called these two days as a ‘soft opening’ of the tournament event.
"We're holding steady at 55 events this year…But, we've mixed it up a bit to keep it interesting for our players and fans" said Jeffrey Pollack, commissioner of the WSOP. The 55-WSOP event schedule includes a total of eight $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em tournaments, which usually attract the largest fields with the exception of the Main Event.
The six other $10,000 buy-in events are:
- Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'Em;
- Seven-Card Stud;
- Limit Hold'Em;
- Omaha Hi-Low Split Eight or Better;
- Pot-Limit Omaha;
- new Mixed Event, which includes other 8 poker variations:
- Limit and No-Limit Hold'Em;
- Omaha Hi-Low and Pot-Limit Omaha;
- Seven Card Stud;
- Seven Card Hi-Low Split;
- 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball
The second event of the 2008 World Series of Poker is a $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em tournament with two starting days, one on May 31 and one on June 1. July 3 is the first of four start days for the 2008 Main Event.
Also, on July 2, Oscar nominee Don Cheadle and poker professional Annie Duke will host the second annual Ante Up For Africa charity tournament at the Rio. Last year they managed to raise more than $700,000 for charity in another Ante Up For Africa event, which is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 by Cheadle, Duke and Norman Epstein. The organization is devoted to raising money and awareness for Africans in need.
Pre-registration for the 2008 World Series of Poker tournament can be made beginning in February on-site at the Main Cage of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas or at worldseriesofpoker.com
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