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2009 WSOP Schedule Released Already

The 2008 World Series of Poker was the greatest poker event ever held  (in terms of numbers at least).  It smashed the record for most participants in a single poker event with 58,720 people and also had the largest prize pool total with $180,676,248.  But even with the incredible success that the 2008 WSOP had, there are still many questions to be answered within the next year.  And some of these questions have definitely been answered with the release of the 2009 World Series of Poker schedule.

For those who were wondering if the Main Event final table will be delayed again, you’d better believe it will after ESPN experienced their best ratings yet with a 50% increase from 2007.  You can also guarantee that the media will once again beat the term “November Nine” to death since the final table delay will be from July 15th to November 7th (when it resumes again).

Perhaps the biggest change in the WSOP will be the switch from holding 55 events to expanding to 57 events.  What’s really interesting about the WSOP’s decision to give away a total of 57 gold bracelets is that one of the added tournaments will be a $40,000 buy-in event to commemorate the 40th year of the WSOP.  I think this event has similar makings to the H.O.R.S.E. tournament where only the top players are willing to shell out the $50K to enter it.

Another big change to the WSOP is that the rebuy tournaments will be removed from the event.  In 2008, there were four rebuy tourneys, but now there obviously won’t be any after the switch.  Don’t count rebuy tournaments out for the future though because they have been taken out and re-added in the past.  With all of the changes to the WSOP, I certainly can’t wait to see how things turn out this year.

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