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WHAT’S NEW IN 2009 FOR THE WORLD SERIES OF POKER
ROOM RATES – Room rates are the lowest they have ever been for players participating in the WSOP. Rates start at $69 at the Rio. For all Harrah’s property rates, visit http://www.worldseriesofpoker.com/reservations/
THREE ROOMS FOR POKER – Down from five last year but offering more tables. Amazon, the largest will host 156 tables and up to 1,560 players; Brasilia hosts 94 tables and up to 940 people; Tropical features 45 tables for up to 450 players. (Gone are the Rio Poker Room and the area in front of Buzio’s restaurant.)
TOTAL CAPACITY – At any given time, 2,950 players can play during the World Series of Poker in 2009. (Up from 2,740 in 2008).
ENHANCED FOOD CHOICES – Between national brand name chains and new options, guests will be treated to a broader variety and bigger named establishments for their food and beverage options.
POKER PALOOZA – The World’s Largest Poker Expo returns in 2009 with a new name and bigger aspirations. Gone is the Gaming and Life Expo (GLE) and in its place will be Poker Palooza, running from July 2-5 and offering every imaginable creation for the poker enthusiast.
TWO ADDITIONAL BRACELET EVENTS – Up to 57 in 2009, including two new No Limit Hold’em events, a new $1,000 buy-in stimulus special and a commemorative 40th annual high rollers event, with a $40,000 buy-in.
TRIPLE STARTING CHIPS – All events will feature starting chip stacks triple to the buy-in amount. This makes the Rio the best place in town to play poker this summer.
DEEPER STRUCTURES – Levels have been added to most bracelet events to allow for plenty of play at an affordable price. Combined with triple starting chips, players will have anywhere from 90-300 big blinds to start a tournament.
NO RE-BUY EVENTS – Of the 57 gold bracelet events in 2009, none will include a traditional re-buy format. Instead, a triple-chance structure and add-on chips will be utilized for certain events.
NIGHTLY NO-LIMIT TOURNAMENTS – Back by popular demand, the 7:00 PM $340 Nightly No-Limit Hold’em tournament with 5,000 starting chips along with a new addition to the nightly line up, an 11:00 PM $200 No-Limit Hold’em tournament with 3,000 starting chips.
SINGLE TABLE SATELLITES – Single Table Satellites move to the Brasilia Room in 2009 allowing players more opportunities to win their way into a WSOP event. There will be 48 tables available for satellite play, up from 23 tables in 2008.
PENALTY TRACKING SYSTEM – Players can expect penalties to be more strictly enforced this year and a tracking system will be utilized. This means player penalties throughout the duration of the tournament are tracked and players can expect repeated violations, regardless of whether they occur in the same event or not, will be handled with escalating punishment.
LOGOS – No more than 3 players at a televised final or feature table can don the same sponsor logo.
TWO MINUTE WARNING – The time allotted before another player at the table can call “clock” has been reduced to 2 minutes. (Was 3 minutes in 2008)
TEN AT TEN – There will be a total of 10 $10,000 World Championship events this year, up from 8 in 2008.
38 EVENTS AT $2,500 OR LESS – Never have more gold bracelets been up for grabs with less of an investment. In 2009, 38 events feature buy-ins of $2,500 or less.