The WSOP (world series of poker) has now become an annual phenomenon for professional and amateur poker players. The schedule is already finished for the 2010 WSOP edition and the WSOP Main Event will begin on July 5th, 2010.
In the past years, participants have had to play through July 4th, if they wanted to play in the main event. However, this year, WSOP organizers have spared players from playing through the holiday and scheduled the start of the tournament the following day.
There has been a significant change to the 2010 main event. Instead of permitting playing to choose the day they will start on, the World Series of Poker will assign participants a starting day.
That will ensure that everyone who wants to participate in the tournament will get a slot, something that did not happen in the 2009 WSOP Main Event. As the popularity of poker increases, so has the need to create a playing schedule that is conducive to permitting the most participants in any given tournament.
WSOP officials must also decide which poker events should stay and which should go every year. In the 2010 WSOP, the Players Championship will replace the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event. In 2009, ESPN did not broadcast the H.O.R.S.E. event and that prompted WSOP officials to make the change to the Players Championship.