Harrah's Entertainment Announces 2007 Schedule For World Series Of Poker® Presented by Milwaukee's Best Light June 1 to July 17 Event Offers New Variety Of Games, Buy-Ins
January 9, 2007
LAS VEGAS – January 9, 2007 – Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:HET) said today the 2007 World Series of Poker Presented by Milwaukee's Best Light will offer the most diverse event schedule in the tournament's illustrious history.
The 38th edition of the world's most prestigious poker tournament, set for June 1 through July 17, 2007, at the Rio® All-Suite Hotel & Casino – and televised exclusively by ESPN – features 55 bracelet events with buy-ins up to $50,000. Among the additions to the schedule are $2,500 HORSE event and $5,000 Mixed Hold'Em Events and a $5,000 Heads-up No-Limit Hold'Em World Championship.
"The 2007 schedule offers something for everyone," said Jeffrey Pollack, commissioner of the World Series of Poker. "As part of our commitment to innovate for the benefit of all players, we've added nine bracelet events and created more opportunities for both amateurs and professionals to win poker's most coveted prize."
The 55-event 2007 WSOP schedule compares with 46 events in 2006, when more than 42,000 entrants from 56 countries generated a total prize pool exceeding $171 million – the largest purse in competitive sports. The 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event – the $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'Em World Championship – attracted a field of 8,773 players. More than 870 players won money in the 2006 WSOP Main Event, including reigning world champion Jamie Gold, who captured the top prize of $12 million.
In addition to an expanded schedule, the 2007 World Series of Poker will offer players more space, with up to 300 tables available for tournament and live-game play. The additional tables will enable tournament officials to reduce the start days for the WSOP Main Event to three. As in 2006, World Series of Poker officials will allow players entering the WSOP Main Event to choose their start dates as long as seats are available on the selected dates.
For the third straight year, the Rio Hotel & Casino will host the annual Gaming Life Expo July 5-8. A free consumer show featuring exhibitors from around the globe, the 2007 World Series of Poker Gaming Life Expo will showcase a broad array of gaming and poker products, memorabilia, books and clothing. In 2006, more than 100,000 people visited the Expo.
Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. is the world's largest provider of branded casino entertainment through its operating subsidiaries.
Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada 68 years ago, Harrah's has grown through development of new properties, expansions and acquisitions. 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.
More information about the World Series of Poker or Harrah's is available at the Web sites http://www.worldseriesofpoker.com/ or http://www.harrahs.com/. To learn more about the 2007 Gaming Life Expo, please visit www.harrahs.com/gaminglifeexpo.
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