By Scott Carlson, Rakeback.com Poker News Senior Writer
One month ago WSOP officials released the dates for the 2011 WSOP. Monday, the full schedule of 58 bracelet events was released with dates and buy in amounts. The action will kickoff on May 31 with a new event to the WSOP, a $25K Heads-Up No Limit Hold'em tournament. Other new events added to the 2011 WSOP schedule will both be six handed tournaments, a $2,500 10-Game Mix event and a $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha event. The Main Event will be conducted July 7-19 with the final table once again occurring in November.
Other popular events returning to the 2011 WSOP schedule include two $1,000 tournaments with two separate starting days. The $50K Poker Players Championship will also return on July 2 as an 8-Game Mix tournament.
Weekends at the 2011 WSOP will be for the home game heroes. Every Saturday there will be a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event and every Sunday will include a $1K No Limit Hold'em event.
As noted in the prior press release, all events will have a set number of levels each day. The 12pm events will play a maximum of 10 levels on day one and conclude around 12:45am with a day two restart of 2pm. The 5pm events will play a maximum of 8 levels on day one and conclude at 2am with a day two restart of 3pm.
Satellites and Non-Bracelet Events
Once again mega-satellites will be held every day throughout the series. Daily $330 and $550 megas awarding seats to the Main Event will be held. For the first time there will also be mega-satellites held in games other than No Limit Hold'em. The day before each $10K event the regular $550 mega will be in the game type of the event including Omaha, Stud, Draw and Mixed Games. Another curious addition to the satellite schedule is daily $75 mega held at 9am. The schedule does not mention what event(s) the satellites will award seats to.
Daily non-bracelet tournaments will once again return in 2011. There will be a $235, $185 and $135 tournament each day. The $235 ones proved to be very popular in 2010. The deep stacked tournaments were created to draw crowds away from the smaller tournament series in Vegas including the Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza and the The Grand Poker Series at the Golden Nugget.
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