As a party venue, Vegas sure-as-hell has a lot going for it. Even before the Hangover hit our screens, it was already public knowledge that you could more than likely marry a random and then put them in as your stake in some kind of Texas Hold’em poker game. Now the poker extravaganza of the year has announced their schedule for the upcoming Main Event in the Sin City.
The 42nd version of the annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) will be kicking off on May 31 2011, broadcast exclusively on ESPN, finishing on July 19. In all 58 bracelets will be up for grabs over 50 days, one more than the total last year.
The venue is again the convention centre at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, where the event will take over the Pavilion and Amazon Room with tournament tables.
“Something for everyone is the best way to describe the 2011 World Series of Poker schedule,” said WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel. “It’s staggering to think that last year alone the WSOP hosted nine of the 17 largest tournaments in poker history. We had 44 events produce more than a $1 million prize pool, so we can’t wait to get at it again and offer players at all levels the best poker action on the planet.”
Over those two-and-a-half weeks in Nevada, players will be taking to the felt ultimately trying to emulate Canadian Jonathan Duhamel, the winner of November’s WSOP Main Event. The event in Vegas will conclude with the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Championship, aka “The Main Event,” starting on Thursday July 7, and reaching the final table of nine on Tuesday July 19.
The November Nine itself takes place from November 5-7, primetime coverage on ESPN on November 8.