World Series of Poker - Official Tournament Coverage and Results
Tuesday, December 11, 2007 9:14:56 PM PT

Harrah’s Entertainment Announces 2008 Schedule For 39th World Series Of Poker® Presented by Milwaukee’s Best Light

LAS VEGAS – December 11, 2007 – Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:HET) said today the 2008 World Series of Poker Presented by Milwaukee’s Best Light and televised exclusively on ESPN will – for the first time ever – begin and end with $10,000 buy-in World Championship events and feature a total of eight $10,000 championships. 

In addition, the 55-event schedule for 2008 includes a total of eight $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournaments, which traditionally draw the largest fields except for the Main Event. The WSOP has also added a second start day for the first of the $1,500 no-limit competitions to accommodate the expected number of entrants.

“This is our most exciting schedule yet,” said Jeffrey Pollack, commissioner of the WSOP. “Both amateur and professional poker players will have new opportunities to compete for a WSOP bracelet and can choose from the widest variety of games and buy-ins ever offered in one poker tournament and certainly at the WSOP.

“We’re holding steady at 55 events this year,” said Pollack. “But, we’ve mixed it up a bit to keep it interesting for our players and fans.”

The 2008 WSOP starts May 30 with the $10,000 buy-in World Championship of Pot-Limit Hold’Em and ends July 16 with the Final Table of the $10,000 buy-in World Championship of No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em – best known as the WSOP Main Event.

The six other $10,000 buy-in events – all World Championship competitions – include: Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’Em; Seven-Card Stud; Limit Hold’Em; Omaha Hi-Low Split Eight or Better; Pot-Limit Omaha; and a new Mixed Event. The Mixed Event will feature eight variations of poker: Limit and No-Limit Hold’Em; Omaha Hi-Low and Pot-Limit Omaha; Seven Card Stud; Razz; Seven Card Hi-Low Split; and 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball.

The second event of the 2008 WSOP is a $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament with two starting days – May 31 and June 1.

Pre-registration for the 2008 WSOP can be made beginning in February on-site at the Main Cage of the Rio® All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas or at www.worldseriesofpoker.com.
 
In addition to the largest cash prizes in poker, winners of each of the 55 events will receive an exclusive World Series of Poker gold bracelet crafted by the luxury Swiss watchmaker CORUM. Last year, 54,288 entrants who ranged in age from 21 (bracelet winner Steve Billirakis) to 94 (Main Event contestant Jack Ury) competed for the poker world’s largest total prize pool of nearly $160 million. 

The 2008 WSOP will be staged inside the Rio Convention Center from May 30 through July 16. WSOP officials plan a “soft opening” of the tournament room on May 28 and 29 for players to register early and play in satellite tournaments and cash games.

“The poker tent is gone,” said Pollack. “We heard folks loud and clear last year, and there will be no tents used for tournament play at the 2008 WSOP.”

On July 2, and in conjunction with the WSOP, Oscar nominee Don Cheadle and poker professional Annie Duke will host the second annual Ante Up For Africa charity tournament at the Rio.

Last year’s AUFA event featured dozens of Hollywood celebrities and poker professionals and raised more than $700,000 for charity. Ante Up For Africa is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 by Cheadle, Duke and Norman Epstein and is dedicated to raising money and awareness for Africans in need.

July 3 is the first of four start days for the 2008 Main Event. Last year, a total of 6,358 entrants competed for a Main Event prize pool of $59.8 million. Players may choose their Main Event start dates as long as seats are available on the selected dates. 

More information about the World Series of Poker is available at the Web site www.worldseriesofpoker.com.

Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. is the world's largest provider of branded casino entertainment. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada, nearly 70 years ago, Harrah's has grown through development of new properties, expansions and acquisitions, and now owns or manages casinos on four continents. The Company's properties operate primarily under the Harrah's, Caesars and Horseshoe brand names; Harrah's also owns the London Clubs International family of casinos. Harrah's Entertainment is focused on building loyalty and value with its customers through a unique combination of great service, excellent products, unsurpassed distribution, operational excellence and technology leadership. For more information, please visit www.harrahs.com.  

The complete schedule of 2008 World Series of Poker events follows:

Date Day Time EV# 2008 Buy-In  
5/28/2008 Wednesday 9:00 AM   Registration Opens, Live Action & Satellites Begin  
5/29/2008 Thursday   Registration, Live Action & Satellites   
5/30/2008 Friday 12 noon 1 World Championship Pot-Limit Hold'em (3 day event) $10,000
5/31/2008 Saturday 12 noon 2A No-Limit Hold'em (4 day event)  Day 1A $1,500
6/1/2008 Sunday 12 noon 2B No-Limit Hold'em   Day 1B  
6/2/2008 Monday 12 noon 3 Pot-Limit Hold'em (3 day event) $1,500
6/2/2008 Monday 5:00 PM 4 Mixed Hold'em  (Limit/No-Limit) (3 Day event) $5,000
6/3/2008 Tuesday 12 noon 5 No-Limit Hold'em w/Re-Buys (3 day event) $1,000
6/3/2008 Tuesday 5:00 PM 6 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better (3 day event) $1,500
6/4/2008 Wednesday 12 noon 7 No-Limit Hold'em (3 day event) $2,000
6/4/2008 Wednesday 5:00 PM 8 World Championship Mixed Event (3 day event)
Limit Holdem, Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better, Seven Card Razz , Seven Card Stud,
Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better, No-Limit Holdem, Pot-Limit Omaha, 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball 
$10,000
6/5/2008 Thursday 12 noon 9 No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed (3 day event) $1,500
6/5/2008 Thursday 5:00 PM 10 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better (3 day event) $2,500
6/6/2008 Friday 12 noon 11 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout (3 day event) $5,000
6/6/2008 Friday 5:00 PM 12 Limit Hold'em (3 day event) $1,500
6/7/2008 Saturday 12 noon 13 No-Limit Hold'em (3 day event)   $2,500
6/7/2008 Saturday 5:00 PM 14 World Championship Seven Card Stud (3 day event) $10,000
6/8/2008 Sunday 12 noon 15 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em World Championship (3 day event) $1,000
6/8/2008 Sunday 5:00 PM 16 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better (3 day event) $2,000
6/9/2008 Monday 12 noon 17 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout (3 day event) $1,500
6/9/2008 Monday 5:00 PM 18 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball w/Re-Buys (3 day event) $5,000
6/10/2008 Tuesday 12 noon 19 Pot-Limit Omaha (3 day event) $1,500
6/10/2008 Tuesday 5:00 PM 20 Limit Hold'em (3 day event) $2,000
6/11/2008 Wednesday 12 noon 21 No-Limit Hold'em (3 day event) $5,000
6/11/2008 Wednesday 5:00 PM 22 H.O.R.S.E. (3 day event)
Limit Holdem, Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better, Seven Card Razz,
Seven Card Stud,  Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better
$3,000
6/12/2008 Thursday 12 noon 23 No-Limit Hold'em (3 day event) $2,000
6/12/2008 Thursday 5:00 PM 24 Pot-Limit Holdem/Omaha (3 day event) $2,500
6/13/2008 Friday 12 noon 25 World Championship Heads Up No-Limit Hold'em (256 player max) (3 day event) $10,000
6/13/2008 Friday 5:00 PM 26 Seven Card Razz (3 day event) $1,500
6/14/2008 Saturday 12 noon 27 No-Limit Hold'em (3 day event) $1,500
6/14/2008 Saturday 5PM 28 Pot-Limit Omaha W/Rebuys (3 day event) $5,000
6/15/2008 Sunday 12 noon 29 No-Limit Hold'em (3 day event) $3,000
6/15/2008 Sunday 5:00 PM 30 World Championship Limit Hold'em (3 day event) $10,000
6/16/2008 Monday 12 noon 31 No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed  (3 day event) $2,500
6/17/2008 Tuesday 12 noon 32 No-Limit Hold'em (3 day event) $1,500
6/17/2008 Tuesday 5:00 PM 33 World Championship Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better (3 day event) $5,000
6/18/2008 Wednesday 12 noon 34 Pot-Limit Omaha W/Re-Buys (3 day event) $1,500
6/18/2008 Wednesday 5:00 PM 35 Seven Card Stud (3 day event) $1,500
6/19/2008 Thursday 12 noon 36 No-Limit Hold'em (3 day event) $1,500
6/19/2008 Thursday 5:00 PM 37 World Championship Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better (3 day event) $10,000
6/20/2008 Friday 12 noon 38 Pot-Limit Hold'em (3 day event) $2,000
6/21/2008 Saturday 12 noon 39 No-Limit Hold'em (3 day event) $1,500
6/22/2008 Sunday 12 noon 40 World Championship H.O.R.S.E. (5 day event)
Limit Holdem, Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better, Seven Card Razz,
Seven Card Stud,  Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better
$50,000
6/22/2008 Sunday 5:00 PM 41  Mixed Hold'em  (limit/no-limit) (3 Day event) $1,500
6/23/2008 Monday 12 noon 42 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em World Championship (3 day event) $1,000
6/24/2008 Tuesday 12 noon 43 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better (3 day event) $1,500
6/25/2008 Wednesday 12 noon 44 No-Limit Hold'em w/Re-Buys (3 day event) $1,000
6/25/2008 Wednesday 5:00 PM 45 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) (3 day event) $2,500
6/26/2008 Thursday 12 noon 46 No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed  (3 day event) $5,000
6/26/2008 Thursday 5:00 PM 47 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better (3 day event) $1,500
6/27/2008 Friday 12 noon 48 No-Limit Hold'em (3 day event) $2,000
6/28/2008 Saturday 12 noon 49 No-Limit Hold'em (3 day event) $1,500
6/29/2008 Sunday 12 noon 50 World Championship Pot Limit Omaha (3 day event) $10,000
6/29/2008 Sunday 5:00 PM 51 H.O.R.S.E. (3 day event)
Limit Holdem, Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better, Seven Card Razz,
Seven Card Stud,  Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better
$1,500
6/30/2008 Monday 12 noon 52 No-Limit Hold'em (3 day event) $1,500
7/1/2008 Tuesday 12 noon 53 Limit Hold'em Shootout (2 day event) $1,500
7/2/2008 Wednesday 10:00 AM   Media Event  
7/2/2008 Wednesday   Satellite Day  
7/2/2008 Wednesday 2:00 PM   Ante Up For Africa Charity Event (1 day event)  $5,000
7/3/2008 Thursday 12 noon 54A World Championship No-Limit Texas Hold'em Day 1A   2,500 Players $10,000
7/4/2008 Friday 12 noon 54B Day 1B  2,500 Players  
7/5/2008 Saturday 12 noon 54C Day 1C  2,500 Players  
7/6/2008 Sunday 12 noon 54D Day 1D  2,500 Players  
7/7/2008 Monday   OFF    
7/7/2008 Monday 12 noon 55 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em (2 day event) $500
7/8/2008 Tuesday 12 noon   Day 2A  
7/9/2008 Wednesday 12 noon   Day 2B  
7/10/2008 Thursday 12 noon   Day 3  
7/11/2008 Friday 12 noon   Day 4  
7/12/2008 Saturday 12 noon   Day 5  
7/13/2008 Sunday 12 noon   Day 6  
7/14/2008 Monday 12 noon   Day 7  
7/15/2008 Tuesday   OFF    
7/16/2008 Wednesday 12 noon   Final Table  

General Information:

For events 2 & 54, you may request your first day of play based on seating availability.

For vendor information please call 702-777-2310

Single Table Satellites, Mega Satellites and Live Action begin on May 28, 2008

Mega Satellite Schedule:
$330 Mega Satellites Monday - Thursday at 3 PM.
$550 Mega Satellites Friday - Sunday at 3 PM.
$1060 Mega Satellites Daily at 9 PM.

Mega Satellite Days July 2 - 5:
$330 Mega Satellites at 6 PM.
$550 Buy-In Mega Satellites at 10 AM and 4 PM.
$1060 Buy-In Mega Satellites at 1 PM and 9 PM.

Turbo Mega Satellite July 6:
$1060 Turbo Mega Satellite at 8AM

$50k H.O.R.S.E. Mega Satellite Days May 31, June 1, 16, 20, and 21 :
$2250 Mega Satellites at 5 PM.

Nightly Tournaments From May 29 - July 15:
$340 Buy-In No-Limit Hold'em tournaments nightly at 7 PM.

For Tournament Info:
Visit our web site at www.worldseriesofpoker.com or call us at 1-877-FOR-WSOP (1-877-367-9767)
For Room Reservation Info:
1-877-746-8342

The Following Take-Out Percentages Will Be Withheld From the Buy-In for House Fees and Dealer/Staff Tokes
Buy-In Take-Out
$500.00 - 10%
$1,000.00 - 9%
$1,500.00 - 9%
$2,000.00 - 9%
$2,500.00 - 8%
$3,000.00 - 8%
$5,000.00 - 6%
$10,000.00 - 6%
$50,000.00 - 4%

All winners will be required to provide a valid picture ID.
Tax forms will be completed for those with winnings in excess of $5,000 net of event buy-in.
Players without a Tax Identification Number and Foreign Players from Non-Tax Treaty Countries are subject to up to 30% tax withholding.

Harrah's reserves the right to cancel, change or modify the Tournament or any Tournament Event, in part or in whole, without notice.