The World Series of Poker at the Rio is like Christmas to poker players around the world. The reason poker players love the World Series of Poker may surprise you. Most of the best players in the world don’t care if they get knocked out early in a majority of the events because they will make money faster in the side cash games that are spread daily throughout the Rio Convention Center.
Although rumors have persisted for years that the World Series of Poker will be moving, it is almost assured that this will be the last World Series of Poker held at the Rio. Word is that Harrah’s newest acquisition, Planet Hollywood will soon become the new home to the World Series of Poker. So anyone that is a hard core poker fan and wants to see the World Series of Poker live this is your best chance. Once the event moves to Planet Hollywood there will not be as much room or access.
World Series of Poker events to watch live.
Watching poker is usually tedious but the following events will include many of the best poker players in the world and will definitely be televised. Celebrity laden events like the World Series of Poker Main Event and Ante Up for Africa Charity Event and great made for television events such as The Poker Player’s Championship and Heads-Up No Limit Hold em Championship will be the hot tickets.
The World Series of Poker Main Event is still the best poker tournament to watch live.
The World Series of Poker Main Event is the granddaddy of all poker tournaments. Every poker player in the world wants to play in the event and every professional poker player dreams of wading their way through the amateurs to capture the Main Event bracelet. The event will include poker players from Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth and Phil Ivey to celebrities such as Brad Garrett, Ray Romano and Jason Alexander.
The World Series of Poker Main Event will have over 7,000 entrants this year paying $10,000 each for a chance to win over $10 million. The first day of the event is broken into four separate first days. July 5th through July 8th will be the first days of the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event. Each day will start at noon in the Rio Convention Center. To enter the tournament make sure you register a minimum of one week ahead of time. Do not wait until the last second.
Ante Up for Africa will host plenty of celebrities.
Celebrities get their poker fix in the Ante Up for Africa Charity Event. The event is a $5,000 buy in event that originally took place as one of the first events of the World Series of Poker. Now the event is Saturday July 3rd, two days before the first day of the Main Event.
The event is fan friendly and if you want to catch a glimpse of celebrities out of their element this is the place to be. The event has a more relaxed feel than the World Series of Poker’s more competitive events but once it gets down to the final table it is just as tense as all the other events. The event is scheduled at noon on July 3rd, so if attending, arrive early.
The Poker Player’s Championship could be the best early event of the World Series of Poker.
A new event in 2010, will be the Poker Player’s Championship with a buy-in of $50,000. This event is new and all the professional poker players will be involved. The professional poker players thrive on the big buy-in events because there are less players and the players that do play are more conservative.
The final table for this game will star some of the best professional poker players in the world and it will be the most competitive event in the first week of the World Series of Poker. The event will take place on May 28th at 5 PM and should take less than two days. If you watch one event at the World Series of Poker this should be the one.
Event 35 is the Heads Up No Limit Hold em Championship.
The Heads Up No Limit Hold em Championship is also a first time event for the World Series of Poker. This event will be fast paced and an easy watch for poker fans. Many of the old school poker people don’t like the trend towards heads up poker but it is good viewing for a public that wants quick results. Heads up poker is becoming the most popular form of televised poker of late. The buy-in for the event will be $10,000 and will begin at 5 PM June 18.
Harrah’s World Series of Poker list of Events.