The 42nd annual World Series of Poker will begin its 2011 campaign on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 and will run every day for 50 consecutive days until Tuesday, July 19, 2011. The event will continue to be held in the Convention Center of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The WSOP Main Event will commence on Thursday, July 7, 2011 and feature four starting days (July 7, July 8, July 9 and July 10).
As is now customary, the WSOP Main Event will be the final tournament of the annual WSOP, with its conclusion slated for Tuesday, July 19, after reaching the final table of nine players.
Hard stop times will become a definitive change in 2011 for all bracelet events. Players will play a maximum of 10 levels per day. Once 10 levels have been completed, remaining players will have their chips bagged and tagged and return the next day to continue on in the tournament. Regardless of how many players remain in a tournament, hard stop times will be enforced after 10 levels of play.
The entire 42nd Annual World Series of Poker schedule, with individual tournaments, dates, times and buy-ins will be released in January.
The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is the largest gaming event in the world awarding millions of dollars in prize money and the prestigious gold bracelet, globally recognized as the sport’s top prize. Featuring a comprehensive slate of tournaments in every major poker variation, the WSOP is poker’s longest running tournament in the world, dating back to 1970. In 2010, the event attracted 72,966 entrants from 117 different countries to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and awarded over $187 million in prize money.
In 2010, six Canadian players won WSOP Championship bracelets: Gavin Smith, Aadam Daya, Scott Montgomery, Miguel Proulx, Pascal Lefrancois, with a grand finale by Jonathan Duhamel who won the 2010 Main Event bracelet.