Even though the WSOP has pretty much turned into a calculated spectacle of high stakes live poker action lately, it is still the biggest festival and the biggest celebration of the game of poker. Sure, over the years it has changed a lot. From the Horseshoe days to the present, the Series have evolved from a friendly affair among America’s top poker professionals into a truly global affair which attracts thousands upon thousands of players from every corner of the world. Several commercially-oriented changes may have been introduced lately (like the November 9 gimmick) and not everyone may like the way regular mortals are treated compared to well known professionals, but the Series is very much alive and kicking. In 2009, it attracted a record number of participants, even though the Main Event was much smaller than the record-setting 2006 edition.
The 41st edition of the WSOP will certainly be a massive affair too. The venue will be extended and there will be more poker tables crammed into the Pavilion Ballroom of the Rio Convention center. It’s not yet set how many tables there will be, but last year’s 295 table max will be exceeded by about 20%.
There will be no outside food tent. All events will feature truly deep stacks to give skill an edge over luck.
The Chip Reese trophy will return (featuring a $50k buy-in) and there will be plenty of HORSE too. A new event will be introduced as well: the $25k 6-handed NL Holdem event.
There will be several $550 NL Holdem events as well, tournaments which will not feature golden bracelets, rather, they’ll serve as bankroll builders for those looking for those extra few bucks to buy into a bracelet event. The 2010 WSOP kicks off on May 27th with a series of satellites.