While it had been known for some time that the 2007 World Series of Poker was tentatively scheduled for June 1st through July 17th, 2007, only in the last couple of days has the WSOP issued its complete schedule of events. The 55 events will be spread over 47 days, with no off days occurring until the Main Event itself is well underway. At least one new event is scheduled to kick off every day from June 1st through the July 6-8 period that sees three separate Day Ones for the Main Event take place.
Several items are worth noting. In no particular order, they include:
1) The 2007 WSOP returns to the timeframe of 2005 and earlier years, rather than the July-August windown used in 2006;
2) There is an increased selection of non-Hold'em events when compared to prior years, perhaps a tacit recognition that the WSOP had become Hold'em-heavy in recent editions;
3) The questionable "Second Chance" events that ran in concurrence with later days of the Main Event are no longer in sight. These were indeed bracelet events, but lacked the luster of almost any of the other competitions. A lot of these were $1,000 and $1,500 events, and they've essentially morphed, now being offered as additional preliminary events with smaller buy-ins. It'll be interesting to see how the increased number of these things interacts with cash-game action;
4) The Main Event now kicks off with three separate Day Ones holding up to 3,000 players each, rather than last year's 2,000 (or a little bit over) on each Main Event starting day. Several people have already inquired as to the obvious: Where is the Rio going to set up 100 extra poker tables?
This is a bigger point than it might seem. If you've never been there, then know this: the Amazon Room is maxed out at a hair over 200 tables. The Amazon Room also occupies one entire quarter of the quadrant that defines the Rio's Convention Center, where the WSOP is held. While there is additional space within other quadrants of the Convention Center, most of it is in the form of smaller suites and rooms that are not as easily converted to a giant convention-hall use. There was one additional, non-poker event going on alongside the WSOP last year, and it's possible that the Rio could had that space in abeyance pending the need for use for the Main Event.
There's also the chance that the Rio could convert some of the space previously dedicated to the Lifestyle Show, although that show returns in 2007 for another four-day run. Still, it's hard to see that the Lifestyle show would need the same volume of space as it took up in its 2006 edition, given that most of the largest vendors were online poker rooms, and those are expected to have a smaller presence this time around.
It's also possible that the WSOP could construct a larger temporary building off to the north of the Convention Center, in the area where the indoor/outdoor beer garden and quick-eats cafeteria was last year. That would be interesting, to say the least. And of course, there's also a slim chance that no contingency plans exist at all, and that the Rio is really planning on Main Event participation in the 5,000-to-6,000 range, and is only using these other numbers as a projection to buttress its asked-for vendor prices. While other explanations exist, it does look from several viewpoints as though the WSOP is playing continuing numbers games. They can ask for anything they want, of course, since it is their baby, and there's also absolutely nothing wrong with what could be described as "erring on the side of caution" in an environment where no one is quite sure exactly what will unfold. But being too cute by half almost always brings fallout... later on.
We'll see. In any event, it looks like a great June and July of poker, with riches, bracelets, and bragging rights galore.
The complete schedule of events is located here.
Fri Jun 1 - $5,000 Mixed Hold'em (Limit & No Limit)
Fri Jun 1 - $500 Casino Employees No Limit Hold'em Event
Sat Jun 2 - $1,500 No Limit Hold'em
Sun Jun 3 - $1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em
Sun Jun 3 - $ 2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better
Mon Jun 4 - $1,500 Limit Hold'em
Mon Jun 4 - $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha w/ Re-buys
Tue Jun 5 – $1,000 No Limit Hold'em w/ Re-Buys
Tue Jun 5 - $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better
Wed Jun 6 – $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Wed Jun 6 - $5,000 World Championship Seven Card Stud
Thu Jun 7 - $2,000 No limit Hold'em / Six Handed
Fri Jun 8 - $5,000 World Championship Pot Limit Hold'em
Fri Jun 8 - $1,500 Seven Card Stud
Sat June 9 - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Sat June 9 - $2,500 H.O.R.S.E.
Sun Jun 10 - $1,000 World Championship Ladies Event No-Limit Hold'em
Sun Jun 10 - $5,000 World Championship Limit Hold'em
Mon Jun 11 - $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Mon Jun 11 - $2,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-low-8 or Better
Tue Jun 12 - $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout
Wed Jun 13 - $5,000 No Limit Hold'em
Thu Jun 14 - $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha
Thu Jun 14 - $3,000 World Championship Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better
Fri Jun 15 - $2,000 No Limit Hold'em
Fri Jun 15 - $5,000 H.O.R.S.E.
Sat Jun 16 - $1,500 No Limit Hold'em
Sun Jun 17 - $3,000 No Limit Hold'em
Sun Jun 17 - $1,500 Seven-Card Razz
Mon Jun 18 - $2,500 No Limit Hold'em / Six Handed
Tue Jun 19 - $5,000 World Championship Heads Up No Limit Hold'em
Tue Jun 19 - $2,000 Seven-Card Stud
Wed Jun 20 - $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha w/ Re-buys
Wed Jun 20 - $3,000 Limit Hold'em
Thu Jun 21 - $1,500 No Limit Hold'em
Thu Jun 21 - $5,000 World Championship Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better
Fri Jun 22 - $2,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em
Sat Jun 23 - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Sun Jun 24 - $50,000 World Championship H.O.R.S.E.
Sun Jun 24 - $1,500 Mixed Hold'em (Limit/No Limit)
Mon Jun 25 - $1,000 World Championship Seniors No Limit Hold'em
Mon Jun 25 - $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or better
Tue Jun 26 - $2,000 Limit Hold'em
Wed Jun 27 - $2,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split
Thu Jun 28 - $5,000 No Limit Hold'em / Six Handed
Thu Jun 28 - $1,000 Seven-card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better
Fri Jun 29 $2,000 No Limit Hold'em
Fri Jun 29 $1,000 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) w/ Re-Buys
Sat Jun 30 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em
Sun Jul 1 $10,000 World Championship Pot-Limit Omaha
Sun Jul 1 $1,000 S.H.O.E.
Mon Jul 2 $1,000 No Limit Hold'em w/ Re-Buys
Tue Jul 3 $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout
Wed Jul 4 $5,000 World Championship No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball w/Re-buys
Fri Jul 6 $10,000 World Championship No Limit Texas Hold'em Day 1A
Sat Jul 7 $10,000 World Championship No Limit Texas Hold'em Day 1B
Sun Jul 8 $10,000 World Championship No Limit Texas Hold'em Day 1C
Mon Jul 9 Day Off
Tue Jul 10 World Championship No Limit Texas Hold'em Day 2
Wed Jul 11 World Championship No Limit Texas Hold'em Day 3
Thu Jul 12 World Championship No Limit Texas Hold'em Day 4
Fri Jul 13 World Championship No Limit Texas Hold'em Day 5
Sat Jul 14 World Championship No Limit Texas Hold'em Day 6
Sun Jul 15 World Championship No Limit Texas Hold'em Day 7
Mon Jul 16 Day Off
Tue Jul 17 World Championship No Limit Texas Hold'em Final Table