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WSOP final table format enhanced

5/5/2008
The World Series of Poker is the mainstay of tournaments in the poker world and this year there is a slight change in the format, with the intention of creating more audience interest.

The Main Event, which sees the final nine players compete against each other for the coveted title, will be held on the 9th and 10th of November instead of the originally scheduled date of July 16th.

“Our intent is to provide an even bigger stage for our players,” said Jeffrey Pollack, Commissioner of the World Series of Poker. “Now fans and viewers will ask 'who will win' our coveted championship bracelet instead of seeing 'who won.' The excitement and interest surrounding our final nine players will be unprecedented.”

There is the hope that this schedule change will bring some of the excitement of the Main Event to viewers around the world. All other tournament schedules remain the same.

“It's an exciting time for the World Series of Poker and ESPN,” said Jamie Horowitz, senior producer, ESPN Content Development. “This adjustment will add a new element to a very successful and popular event. We look forward to documenting all of the exciting stories that make the WSOP Main Event the seminal competition in all of poker.”

This year it’s the 39th annual tournament, which will run from May 30th to July 14th at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The Main Event will begin on July 3rd, with the Final Table being determined on July 14th.

As reported above, the final nine players will reconvene at the Rio on November 9th to play down to just two players. The final two will showdown on the 10th for the ultimate crown.

Stephen Holder
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