2011 World Series of Poker Starts Today

May 31, 2011

The day is finally here. The 2011 WSOP starts today in Las Vegas, Nevada at noon, Las Vegas time at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino when the Casino Employees No-Limit Hold ‘em begins. Then later today, at 5:00 Vegas time, Event #2, the Heads Up No Limit Hold ‘em Championship with 256 player maximum will run for the next four days.

This will be the 42nd WSOP and features 58 bracelet giveaways across tournaments that range from $500 to $50,000. The total prize pool for the entire series is expected to be about $180,000,000. More than 70,000 players are expected to compete in this year’s series, despite the fact that many believe attendance will be down due to Black Friday and the fact that many player’s bankrolls are otherwise tied up in their seized accounts.

However, WSOP officials feel that this year’s series is going to be as big as ever, and nothing is going to keep poker players from going to the WSOP.

One hundred square feet of ballroom space at the Rio will be converted into poker central with 380 poker tables that will accommodate players from 115 players over the next seven weeks.

Aside from the 58 bracelet events, there will also be 24-hour cash games as well as single-table and mega-satellite tournaments. Also, three daily NLH tourneys will be hosted every day featuring buy-ins as low as $135.

The Main Event will gear up on July 7th when nine finalists will be determined, only to have to wait until November to complete the final table competition and determine the WSOP Main Event Champion.

If you are interested in registering for the World Series of Poker, you can pre-register up to two weeks in advance for any event, or just walk up and register right then and there. The cashier’s cage will be open 24/7 for the remainder of the series. Rail entry to all events is free.


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