The World Series of Poker released its official schedule for 2011 this week. In one of the most hotly anticipated press releases of the year, the WSOP officials announced that 58 events would be taking place from 21st May to 19th July. There will be 10 different types of games with buy-ins varying from $1,000 to $50,000. This is set to be the most exciting World Series of Poker yet!
In what is perhaps the most important piece of news is the fact that the Main Event will run from 7th July until 19th July with four opening flights. It will all culminate on 5th November to the 7th November when the November Nine goes down to crown the 2011 WSOP Champion. Many see this as the most versatile and accommodating schedule to date with such variety and choice making it a schedule to suit everyone’s tastes.
Several new events are making their introduction into the schedule. $25,000 buy-in No Limit Hold ‘em Heads Up, $2,500 buy-in 10 Game Mix/ Six Handed and $5,000 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha/ Six Handed are three of the new events. There is also the return of some favourites including the $2,500 buy-in Omaha/ 7 Card Stud. An array of special tournaments also caters for specific individuals. The Seniors No Limit Hold ‘em Championship will take place on 17th June and is set to be really popular for those 50 years and over. The Ladies Only No Limit Hold ‘em Championship on 1st July is also an exciting prospect with so many up and coming females in the industry.
Other notable events include the chance for players to get their hands on the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship on 2nd July. The Badugi Breakthrough on 16th June is a game involving No Limit Hold ‘em, 7 Card Razz, Pot Limit Omaha and other variations of poker in one of the most challenging tournaments on the circuit.
The wealth of satellite tournaments and deep stack tournaments also make sure there is plenty of opportunity for players across the world to get involved. Even if you can’t afford the big money buy-ins, the satellites allow for a chance for the less established players to qualify and gain the chance of a life time to compete on the WSOP against some of the finest players in the world.
Of course, it goes without saying that the WSOP is the most demanding, most popular and most competitive poker schedule around. Great players like Jonathan Duhamel, Phil Ivey and Michael Mizrachi won titles last year. 2011 is set to open the doors to more players than ever with more people looking for a chance of poker fame than ever before. It is no wonder that many are predicting 2011 to be the best WSOP Schedule yet!