As 2010 draws to a close, American land-based gaming giant Caesars Entertainment Corporation has announced the dates for next year’s edition of its World Series Of Poker (WSOP) tournament series.
Caesars revealed that that the 42nd annual edition of the WSOP will begin on May 31 following the Memorial Day holiday in America and run for the next 50 days until July 19.
The 2011 series is open to anyone over the age of 21 and, as has been the norm since 2005, will continue to be held at the Convention Center of the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The main event of the WSOP 2011 is scheduled to begin on July 7 and, once again, feature four starting days until July 10. This will be the final tournament of the annual series with its conclusion slated for July 19 after reaching a final table of nine players.
“Hard stop times will become a definitive change in 2011 for all bracelet events,” read a statement from Caesars.
“Players will play a maximum of ten levels per day. Once ten levels have been completed, remaining players will have their chips bagged and tagged and return the next day to continue on in the tournament. Regardless of how many players remain in a tournament, hard stop times will be enforced after ten levels of play.
“The entire schedule for the 42nd annual WSOP with individual tournaments, dates, times and buy-ins will be released in January.”
MORE VISITORS COMING TO LAS VEGAS
Even though it was less than 1 percent, more visitors came to Las Vegas in April than a year ago, marking the eighth straight monthly increase.
About 3.2 million travelers visited Las Vegas in April, a 0.9 percent increase over April 2009. For the year-to-date, about 12.1 million visitors traveled to Las Vegas, about 1.3 percent ahead of last year’s pace.
Although encouraging, tourism officials warned the increase in visitation shouldn’t be taken as a sign of a recovery.
“There is some evidence that there is stabilization in the market,” said Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Vice President of Public Affairs Vince Alberta. “I don’t think we can say there is a full recovery underway.”
The signs may not point to recovery, but it appears travel statistics have at least bottomed out.
Also in April, convention attendance in Las Vegas jumped to 426,000, a solid 2.9 percent compared to a year ago.
Another positive sign was the city’s average Togel Singapore room rate increased 3 percent to $96.87.
The LVCVA predicts 2010 visitation will increase three percent over last year, which would bring it to 37.44 million visitors.
That would be just short of the 37.68 million visitors who visited Las Vegas in 2008.