Poker series still in the cards for Binion's

LAS VEGAS -- Although there was concern about the fate of the World Series of Poker when its home, Binion's Horseshoe Hotel & Casino, was shut down in January, poker players and fans alike can rest easy for a while: The 35-year-old tournament hasn't folded.

Indeed, Harrah's Entertainment Inc., which stepped in with Speakeasy Gaming of Fremont Inc. to rescue and re-open the 53-year-old downtown landmark property, announced that this year's tournament -- and at least the final two rounds of next year's contest -- will be held where it always has been.

A total of more than 7,500 entries are expected for the 33 events that run from late April through the end of May.

Combined, the prize money for the tournaments is expected to exceed $20 million.

The first World Series of Poker event, a limit hold'em tournament for casino employees, kicks off April 22. The first official tournament open to the public -- a $2,000 buy-in, no-limit hold'em contest, starts April 23.

The granddaddy of them all, however, is the $10,000 no-limit hold'em tournament, which runs from May 22 to 28. More than 1,000 people are expected to enter this event, whose winner is projected to take home a record $3 million.

Players who are at least 21 years old and interested in registering in advance can call (877) FOR-WSOP and pay the registration fee for the event they want to enter via a wire transfer.

Players also can register in person at the Horseshoe during the tournament; registration materials then can be picked up at the World Series of Poker registration desk.

The schedule for the 2004 World Series of Poker as well as other tournament information is available at


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