The November Nine — the final table of the World Series of Poker main event — will now take place over the course of three days, the WSOP announced in a conference call on Tuesday.
While the final table of the ME will still go on hiatus until November after the final table is reached in July, the schedule for the final table will be new. The November Nine will begin on Sunday, Nov. 8, and play will continue until the final four players are reached. On Monday, the final four will play to two. Heads-up play will be on Tuesday and will continue until a winner is crowned.
Once again, the broadcast of the final table will be shown nearly live on the ESPN family of networks.
Previously, play at the start of the November Nine would continue until heads-up play was reached, and the final two players would battle it out on a second day. Last year, play on the first day to reach the final two took about 12 hours, making for a marathon of TV coverage that didn’t end until the wee hours of the morning.
The WSOP begins on May 27 and runs through the middle of July. The first of three starting flights for the main event takes place on July 5.
Some other news of note from the conference call:
–The $565 Colossus event on the first weekend would likely qualify as the largest live poker tournament ever held, just with pre-registrations. The 2006 main event had 8,773 entries.
–The Global Poker Index will be sponsoring the WSOP Player of the Year award; the GPI’s formula will be used to determine who wins.
–Bicycle is no longer the card being used at the WSOP; Modiano is the new provider. More than 50,000 decks will be used. The WSOP offered a peek at the cards:
–The idea of being able to “chop” the winnings at the final table of bracelet events has been discussed internally by the WSOP, but it does not appear that players will be able to make official deals this year, or any time in the near future.
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