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2010 WSOP Rules Change Announced

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World Series Of Poker, one of the most prestigious poker tournaments, announced recently a change of their rules. Another speculations that catches peoples attention is about what the new commisioner, Mitch Garber, can do now that Jeffrey Pollack left. On the otherhand, Twitter and other social media sites has been a huge help in promoting poker to people and giving the latest news and updates in what's happening in the tournament.

Previously, Poker Players were not allowed in using their phones for any purpose while seating at the table. A huge factor in this cellphone banned may have been because of many poker apps which is being available in cellphones. Because of the positive effects of these kind of media sites to the industry. The WSOP updated their rules regarding cellphone use for the 2010.

Poker Players who is involve in on-going tournament having a live hand must adhere the rules. On the otherhand, those who is not involved in a live hands may use their phones. However, as a courtesy to others. Players who wish to make a call on their phones must be at least one table length away from the play before making or accepting calls.

As we all know, many known poker players have twitter and other social network accounts. Big names like Annie Duke (@RealAnnieDuke), Howard Lederer (@HowardHLederer), Phil Hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth), Men Nguyen (@sjnguyen) and other poker players gave a warm welcome to this news. Another rule was regarding poker players sponsors which many of us know that some of them are wearing even naked.

The new rules regarding this 2010 WSOP series can be seen at WSOP's official site.

note: The following article was taken from the official WSOP site.

World Series of Poker® Official 2010 Tournament Rules Unveiled
Logo Policy Unchanged from 2009; Minor Tweaks Made to Incorporate TDA 2009 Revisions
World’s Longest-Running, Largest and Most Prestigious Poker Tournament
Set to Run From May 27 - July 17, 2010 at the Rio® All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (Jan. 14, 2010) – With the 41st Annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) just a short 133 days from commencing, the official rules governing the largest set of poker tournaments  in the world are now available online at for all players.

Players are encouraged to download the PDF document from the official WSOP website and become familiar with them prior to playing in any events.
The 8-page, 105-rule guide details the variety of regulations in place under the following seven categories:
  •     Tournament Registration and Entry
  •     Tournament Scheduling
  •     Prizing & Seating
  •     Player Conduct & Tournament Integrity
  •     Player Likeness & Image
  •     Poker Rules
  •     Tournament Operations, Policies & Procedures

Click here to view and download the official rules.

"Poker has evolved exponentially the last decade, and with so many new players to the game, it’s important that we as tournament officials, dealers and players are all familiar with the rules," said Vice President of International Poker Operations and World Series of Poker Tournament Director Jack Effel. "We believe that as the industry leader, it’s important for us at the WSOP to have the most comprehensive rules in the game today."

While no major additions were added to this year’s rules, several tweaks were made to better define some rules and to incorporate the revisions made in 2009 by the Tournament Directors Association (TDA).

The logo policy, which was adjusted in 2009, remains the same as it was for the 2010 event.

A more manageable and enforceable cell phone rule (Rule #55) has been adopted, in part, in recognition of social media applications such as Twitter, which has become a favorite task of poker players.

The penalty tracking system which was implemented in 2009, returns and will be in effect for 2010. A total of 186 penalties were tracked, or an average of 3.72 a day during the 2009 WSOP. Penalties ranged from warnings to disqualification from the tournament and removal from the premises. The most common penalty imposed was a one-round penalty and the range of infractions included: exposing hand, acting out of turn, removing chips from the table, abusive language, excessive celebration, soft play, cell phone use, throwing cards, dealer abuse and discussing the content of a hand.

The WSOP, an annual poker extravaganza, which dates back to 1970, is televised exclusively on ESPN from the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and consists of a comprehensive slate of the game’s most popular variations running from May 27-July 17, 2010.

A total of 57 coveted gold bracelets will be up for grabs in 2010 – equal to last year’s total.
The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is the largest, richest and most prestigious gaming event in the world awarding millions of dollars in prize money and the prestigious gold bracelet, globally recognized as the sport’s top prize. Featuring a comprehensive slate of tournaments in every major poker variation, the WSOP is poker’s longest running tournament in the world, dating back to 1970. In 2009, the event attracted 60,875 entrants from 115 different countries to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and awarded over $174 million in prize money. The WSOP in December, 2008 was named the 7th most admired sports brand in North America by the Turnkey Sports Survey, trailing only the older and more established NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR and PGA Tour among sports properties. In addition, the WSOP has experienced groundbreaking alliances in broadcasting, digital media and corporate sponsorships, while successfully expanding the brand internationally with the advent in 2007 of the World Series of Poker EuropeSM. For more information on the World Series of Poker, please visit our website at


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