Over the past few years the organisers of the World Series of Poker have held an annual conference call where members of the media and the public can listen in and ask questions about the schedule and rule changes for the upcoming series. Yesterday was this year’s conference call and there are a few changes to the rules that you should be aware of if you are heading to the WSOP this year to chase your poker dreams.
The first big rule change is the so-called “Jamie Gold Rule” that made it against the rules to openly discuss your hand with your opponents. This has been altered somewhat so you can now talk about your hand as long as two criteria are met. The first is that you do not actually reveal what your hand is and the person you are discussing the hand with is not capable of reopening the betting action. Essentially this means when you are in a heads-up pot.
Other matters talked about included the fact men will not be banned, only dissuaded, from entering the women-only events, Amarillo Slim will be recognised but at present there are no plans to make a formal memorial just yet. Also, the $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship will play H.O.R.S.E on the final table instead of reverting to No Limit Hold’em as in previous years whilst the special $1,000,000 buy-in Big One For One Drop should reach its 48 player cap because 40 people have already registered and transfered the massive sum of money.
The WSOP kicks off at the end of May and the entire poker world is buzzing with anticipation at the prospect of the best poker players in the world going head to head in the biggest poker festival in the world. I for one cannot wait either!