2010 WSOP Rules Announced

Not among the 2010 WSOP rule changes: a mandatory Vikki Blows Main Event appearance.

More interest this year than most on World Series of Poker rules changes.

In general, there was lots of speculation regarding what would happen now that Commish Jeffrey Pollack had exited and Mitch Garber was pulling more of the power strings. Would new logo rules be enforced (i.e. more stringent restrictions)? What about cell phone usage due to Twitter? Will they finally allow women to play topless?

Well, your answers are: 1) no changes from 2009 to logos, 2) cell phones are now A-O-K, and 3) women still have to wear clothes.

Of most interest is a five years too late “Barry Paskin Rule” (remember what he was all about here) regarding player hygiene standards. Looks like we’ll be seeing a dive in French participation at the WSOP this year.

Anyway, go below the fold for a finally succinct and summarized press release on the 2010 WSOP rules.

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 WSOP.com 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.

 

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