The World Series of Poker this year offers some new perks for diehard poker players. Hopes are high that the WSOP will be a success despite doubts on whether it can surpass the 2008 series with its record number of entries and the multimillion dollar prizes at stake in the 55 events.
The 2009 series starts tomorrow (May 27) with the $500 casino employees No Limit Hold’em game. To keep the spirits high, two new events will be introduced this year and one of them is the $40th Anniversary? No Limit Hold’em event that will have a $40,000 buy in. The other one is known as the “stimulus Special? which will have a $1,000 buy in for the No Limit Hold’em event set to kick off on Saturday (May 30).
With the economic downturn still not seeing full recovery, fewer entries and smaller prizes are expected especially for the events with larger buy-ins. While the 2008 series saw a large number of international poker players joining the games, it’s not certain whether this year’s event will have the same figures. As it is, traveling for the international players is an expensive option what with an unstable economy in many countries.
The World Series of Poker is a yearly tournament held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Started in 1970 with only six of the famous players at The Horseshoe Casino, the series eventually attracted a growing number of participants. It achieved its record number of participants in 2006 with more than 8,700 in the main event alone.