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Preview of the 2010 WSOP

by Poker Team

Tomorrow is the day that the poker world has been waiting for as Friday, May 28 marks the official beginning of the 2010 World Series of Poker.  The poker world’s best, as well as thousands of amateurs and online poker players looking to break into the poker scene are already heading out to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino where the tournament will run until July 17th.  That’s six weeks of pure poker nirvana.

This year’s installment is headlined by 57 bracelet events beginning with Event #1, the Casino Employees No Limit Hold ‘Em tournament which features a friendly $500 buy in, making it the most inexpensive tournament of the entire series. We should expect just under 1000 entrants as last year’s winner, Andrew Cohen outlasting a field of 866 to take down an $83K score.

The most talked about event making its debut is the $50,000 Player’s Championship, an event with a price tag so high that it all but insures that only the best of the best will be taking part. This event will kick off at 5PM PT on Friday and will be part of ESPN’s televised package of events. This tournament is a true test of the all around proficiency of the entrants as all of the poker forms will be played as part of a rotation.  The games include Limit Hold’em, Omaha High-Low Split Eight or Better, Seven Card Razz, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud High-Low Split Eight or Better, No Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha, and 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball.  This new prestigious event replaces last year’s $50K HORSE Championship event which drew a scant 95 players.  Last year’s winner, David Bach, not exactly a household name, bested John Hanson for a $1.2 Million score.  This year’s HORSE Championship event will only set you back $10K which likely means a much larger field.

This year’s installment will have six different $1,000 events which generally translates into some gargantuan sized fields. To help accommodate such large fields, all six of these events will have two Day 1’s apiece and will last for 4-5 days.

The final day of this year’s series will be on July 17th when the Main Event plays down to 9 players who will reconvene in Mid-November for the final table.

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