41st Annual World Series of Poker Begins at Rio on May 28

The action kicks off Friday with the biggest names in the game competing for ultimate bragging rights in a highly exclusive $50,000 buy-in Players’ Championship. This tournament combines eight variations of poker to identify the game’s best overall player. On Saturday, thousands of poker players and fans will descend on the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino for a $1,000 buy-in event that requires two days to seat all entrants. Viewing of the tournament in FREE and open to the public (21 years of age or older.)

The World Series of Poker is the gaming industry’s premier event, each year drawing tens of thousands of poker enthusiasts from around the globe to Las Vegas. Competitors vie for millions in prize money and the game’s most coveted trophy – the World Series of Poker Champion’s Bracelet.

WHERE: The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino Convention Center – Amazon Room

WHEN: Friday, May 28 at 5 p.m. – $50K Players’ Championship begins
Shuffle Up and Deal – WSOP Champion Doyle Brunson

Saturday, May 29 at noon – $1K No Limit Hold’em event begins
Shuffle Up and Deal – Defending champion Joe Cada

Sunday, May 30 at noon – $1K No Limit Hold‘em event begins
Shuffle Up and Deal – MMA fighter Randy Couture

The 57-event schedule runs May 28-July 17, 2010.

WHO: Among those expected to participate in the $50K event are:  Phil Ivey, Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu, Scotty Nguyen,  Barry Greenstein, Annie Duke, Jennifer Harman, Chris Ferguson and Mike Matusow.