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There have been many people anxiously awaiting the release of the 2008 World Series of Poker schedule, and finally we have to wait no longer! The WSOP posted their schedule earlier today and there are a few striking differences right off the bat.

First off, they have decided that since the main event championship event gets so much attention, why not have more? That’s right, they are having a $10,000 Championship event for nearly every form of poker they offer. This includes Pot-Limit Hold’em, Mixed Hold’em, Seven Card Stud, Heads Up No-Limit Hold’em, Limit Hold’em, Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low (8 or Better), HORSE ($50,000 buyin), Pot-Limit Omaha, and No-Limit Hold’em. That is nine in total that have the title “World Championship.” I assume that the other 8 still will not get as much attention as the NLHE World Championship, but I bet the prestige gets heightened for the other events.

There are again 55 events just as there was last year, so some have been cut out with the addition of these championships. There are mixed emotions about this change, but for the most part many of the pro players like the idea. Last year, the only other tournament that had a higher buyin than the main event was the $50k HORSE. Other than that and the main event, the highest buyin tournament was $5,000. Now, with 9 events that are $10,000, it will really change the field. These events will become much tougher, and like said earlier, will gain more prestige making their bracelets wanted by all pros.

But don’t worry if you don’t have the bankroll yet to support the $10,000 buyins. They have compensated with adding several smaller buyins, under $2,000, to the schedule as well. There are 31 in total with an entry under $2k, spread across all events. This mixed approach is a great idea to make both pros and amateurs happy.
The WSOP 2008 is being held at the Rio Hotel and Casino and starts on May 30 and will run until July 16, which will be the day of the Main Event final table. Here is the complete schedule as found on the WorldSeriesOfPoker.com website.

Date Game Buy-In
Fri, May 30th
12:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
World Championship Pot-Limit Hold’em (Event 1)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $10,000  
Sat, May 31st
12:00:00 PM
4-Day Event
No-Limit Hold’em (Event 2)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $1,500  
Mon, Jun 2nd
12:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
Pot-Limit Hold’em (Event 3)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $1,500  
Mon, Jun 2nd
5:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
Mixed Hold’em (Limit/No-Limit) (Event 4)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $5,000  
Tue, Jun 3rd
12:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
No-Limit Hold’em w/Re-Buys (Event 5)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $1,000  
Tue, Jun 3rd
5:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better (Event 6)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $1,500  
Wed, Jun 4th
12:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
No-Limit Hold’em (Event 7)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $2,000  
Wed, Jun 4th
5:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
World Championship Mixed Event (Event 8 )
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $10,000  
Thu, Jun 5th
12:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
No-Limit Hold’em / Six Handed (Event 9)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $1,500  
Thu, Jun 5th
5:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better (Event 10)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $2,500  
Fri, Jun 6th
12:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
No-Limit Hold’em Shootout (Event 11)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $5,000  
Fri, Jun 6th
5:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
Limit Hold’em (Event 12)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $1,500  
Sat, Jun 7th
12:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
No-Limit Hold’em (Event 13)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $2,500  
Sat, Jun 7th
5:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
World Championship Seven Card Stud (Event 14)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $10,000  
Sun, Jun 8th
12:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
Ladies No-Limit Hold’em World Championship (Event 15)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $1,000  
Sun, Jun 8th
5:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better (Event 16)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $2,000  
Mon, Jun 9th
12:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
No-Limit Hold’em Shootout (Event 17)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $1,500  
Mon, Jun 9th
5:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball w/Re-Buys (Event 18)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $5,000  
Tue, Jun 10th
12:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
Pot-Limit Omaha (Event 19)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $1,500  
Tue, Jun 10th
5:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
Limit Hold’em (Event 20)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $2,000  
Wed, Jun 11th
12:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
No-Limit Hold’em (Event 21)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $5,000  
Wed, Jun 11th
5:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
H.O.R.S.E. (Event 22)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $3,000  
Thu, Jun 12th
12:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
No-Limit Hold’em (Event 23)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $2,000  
Thu, Jun 12th
5:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
Pot-Limit Holdem/Omaha (Event 24)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $2,500  
Fri, Jun 13th
12:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
World Championship Heads Up No-Limit Hold’em (Event 25)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $10,000  
Fri, Jun 13th
5:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
Seven Card Razz (Event 26)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $1,500  
Sat, Jun 14th
12:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
No-Limit Hold’em (Event 27)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $1,500  
Sat, Jun 14th
5:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
Pot-Limit Omaha W/Rebuys (Event 28)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $5,000  
Sun, Jun 15th
12:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
No-Limit Hold’em (Event 29)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $3,000  
Sun, Jun 15th
5:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
World Championship Limit Hold’em (Event 30)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $10,000  
Mon, Jun 16th
12:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
No-Limit Hold’em / Six Handed (Event 31)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $2,500  
Tue, Jun 17th
12:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
No-Limit Hold’em (Event 32)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $1,500  
Tue, Jun 17th
5:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
World Championship Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better (Event 33)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $5,000  
Wed, Jun 18th
12:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
Pot-Limit Omaha W/Re-Buys (Event 34)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $1,500  
Wed, Jun 18th
5:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
Seven Card Stud (Event 35)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $1,500  
Thu, Jun 19th
12:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
No-Limit Hold’em (Event 36)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $1,500  
Thu, Jun 19th
5:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
World Championship Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better (Event 37)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $10,000  
Fri, Jun 20th
12:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
Pot-Limit Hold’em (Event 38)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $2,000  
Sat, Jun 21st
12:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
No-Limit Hold’em (Event 39)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $1,500  
Sun, Jun 22nd
12:00:00 PM
5-Day Event
World Championship H.O.R.S.E. (Event 40)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $50,000  
Sun, Jun 22nd
5:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
Mixed Hold’em (limit/no-limit) (Event 41)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $1,500  
Mon, Jun 23rd
12:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
Seniors No-Limit Hold’em World Championship (Event 42)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $1,000  
Tue, Jun 24th
12:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better (Event 43)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $1,500  
Wed, Jun 25th
12:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
No-Limit Hold’em w/Re-Buys (Event 44)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $1,000  
Wed, Jun 25th
5:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) (Event 45)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $2,500  
Thu, Jun 26th
12:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
No-Limit Hold’em / Six Handed (Event 46)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $5,000  
Thu, Jun 26th
5:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better (Event 47)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $1,500  
Fri, Jun 27th
12:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
No-Limit Hold’em (Event 48)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $2,000  
Sat, Jun 28th
12:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
No-Limit Hold’em (Event 49)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $1,500  
Sun, Jun 29th
12:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
World Championship Pot Limit Omaha (Event 50)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $10,000  
Sun, Jun 29th
5:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
H.O.R.S.E. (Event 51)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $1,500  
Mon, Jun 30th
12:00:00 PM
3-Day Event
No-Limit Hold’em (Event 52)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $1,500  
Tue, Jul 1st
12:00:00 PM
2-Day Event
Limit Hold’em Shootout (Event 53)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $1,500  
Thu, Jul 3rd
12:00:00 PM
13-Day Event
World Championship No-Limit Texas Hold’em (Event 54)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $10,000  
Mon, Jul 7th
12:00:00 PM
2-Day Event
Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em (Event 55)
No Rebuy/Add-ons
  $500