The 2010 World Series of Poker will feature a new $50,000 mixed games championship, which will replace the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. in years past as the “players championship.” The event will feature only no-limit hold’em at the final table, and it will be televised by ESPN . Check out the complete 2010 WSOP schedule .“We really took the lead from the Players Advisory Council, which we often do,” Seth Palansky, WSOP communications director, said about the new event. “We had the goal of getting it televised … and we all supported it to make the Chip Reese memorial event the best it could be.”The $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event was viewed as somewhat of a disappointment in 2009, as turnout for the event dropped after ESPN indicated it wouldn’t televise the mixed-games championship, stating poor ratings in the past whenever the network showed poker games other than hold’em.While switching from eight-game to just no-limit hold’em for the final table will likely draw criticism from poker purists, some players will undoubtedly be pleased to learn about the new eight-game event. Both Annie Duke and Eli Elezra told Card Player last summer that they would prefer the switch from H.O.R.S.E. to an eight-game format, and the Players Advisory Council echoed that sentiment in the offseason.The second major headline coming from the announcement of the new schedule is the brand-new $25,000 six-handed no-limit hold’em event, which will likely attract a talented field similar to the one the commemorative $40,000 no-limit hold’em event brought out this year.“We wanted something late, closer to the main event, that could serve as a platform for the game’s best players, and we think this event, which is already very popular at any level, will be a nice addition to this year’s schedule,” said Palansky.Besides the $50,000 players championship and the main event, ESPN has not yet announced which, if any, other events it will cover, but the proximity of the new $25,000 event to the main event bodes well for pros hoping that event makes it onto ESPN , as the film crew of the television network will likely already be in town for the main event.While those two changes are big news for the big-name pros, small-time grinders and the casual tournament poker player will be pleased to see a slew of new $1,000 no-limit hold’em events on the 2010 WSOP schedule . There are six $1,000 events in all, all with two day ones. The first five weekends of the WSOP will all feature one of the $1,000 events, and the final tournament at that price point will debut just days before the main event.“Whatever your game and whatever your bankroll, the 2010 WSOP schedule offers something for everyone,” said Jack Effel, the WSOP tournament director. “We are planning for the largest WSOP ever and look forward to welcoming all players to the Rio in Las Vegas anticipation.”In anticipation for what may become the largest WSOP so far, nearly the entire Rio convention center has been reserved for the poker series for the first year ever. The Brasilia and Miranda rooms will not feature tables this summer, but the Amazon room and now the spacious Pavilion will accommodate players dreaming of a large score and new piece of jewelry.The WSOP will run May 27-July 17 at the Rio, with 57 bracelet events -– the same number as the 2009 WSOP . There will be no tournament play on July 4, with the exception of satellite tournaments.Additional Notes About the 2010 WSOPPotentially assigned starting days for main event. Right now, you can register for whichever day you want. But after a certain date, that may not be guaranteed. According to the WSOP press release: “Entrants can expect to be assigned starting days after a certain date.” That date has not yet been determined or announced.No more food tent outside. With the added room inside, players won’t have to suffer the hot walk to grab some grub.Same structure and starting stacks. There will continue to be triple starting stacks and the same blind structure for most tournaments. The $1k events will still feature a 25-25 level to begin play.A New $10k H.O.R.S.E. Championship. Don’t worry. H.O.R.S.E. may not be known as the players’ championship anymore, but there still will be a $10,000 world championship with the popular format. There will be $1,500 and $3,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. events.Pre-registration now open. It’s now up and running on the WSOP site. Don’t be shut out from play.No more playing deep into the night. All tourneys that start at noon will have a maximum of 10 one-hour levels and are expected to wrap up 12:45 a.m. each night. All tourneys that start at 5 p.m. will have a maximum of eight one-hour levels and will conclude around 2:45 a.m.
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