WSOP 2011 - A Tournament to Look Out for Poker Champions
WSOP stands for World Series for Poker. WSOP began as an invitational tournament, wherein famous players from all over the world play live poker games. Now, anyone can enter the tournament by paying an entry fee. The entry fee is high to maintain the quality of players, who take part in the tournament.
WSOP bracelet is the most sought after non-monetary reward for any poker player in the tournament. The winner of WSOP gets the bracelet along with tons of money. The event is held at Las Vegas since 1970.
There are some qualifying tournaments organized by some poker sites (learn more here). If you win any of the tournaments, you will get the money for your expenses including travel and lodging. Many sites offer sponsorship for players, who have a good history at such events. You can avail a sponsor by writing to the site about your achievements or meeting the person, who is in charge. WSOP will be an action packed experience for you and if you get a free entry, then that will be an icing on the cake, as someone else will pay for your expenses.
It is the 42nd edition of WSOP in 2011, which starts from May 31 and will end on July 19. Around 75,000 entrants from more than 100 countries are expected to compete in this edition. The prize money is around $200,000,000. Live telecast of the tournament is also available. There are around 58 different tournaments in WSOP 2011. The buy-in available during the game ranges from $500 to $50,000 per event. The event is going to take place in the ballroom at Rio All-Suite Hotel and casino this year. The ballroom covers more than 100,000 square feet of area. 380 poker tables have already been set up at the location.
To register for the event, you need to have a government issued ID with your photo. You need to have a Caesars Entertainment Total Rewards card also during registration. You will get one at the location if you do not have one.
You can register within hours/days before the start of game. You can make payments in cash or by using licensed casino chips. You cannot make the payments through credit card. They do not accept third party registrants. You can register between May 30 and July 10. The registration counter will be open 24 x 7. You can also register at the registration desk of the hotel. If you are planning to register for a bracelet event, then you need to do it 14 days in advance. The seats are limited and hence, it is better to reserve a seat as early as possible.
Caesars Entertainment is the company that owns the event. They also operate many premier hotels and resorts in Las Vegas. Hence, they try to offer rooms and accommodations at an affordable rate to the participants. You can keep yourself updated about the happenings at WSOP by checking the fan pages on the various social networking sites. You can also check out the WSOP newsletters.