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Calling all serious poker players and rail birds. Six months till the next World Series of Poker - time to start planning if you're heading to Vegas for the events. Harrah's Entertainment just announced the dates for the 39th annual event, presented by Milwaukee's Best Light, with the big kickoff planned for May 30, and tourneys running through July 17, 2008. Entrants may choose their Main Event start dates as long as seats are available on the selected dates. The poker room will be open on May 26th to allow for heavy numbers of hopefuls this year. With a bit of luck, this will moderate the excruciatingly long lines and other registration woes of last year's World Series. Pre-registration can be made beginning in February at the Main Cage of the Rio or at

The 2008 WSOP will begin with the $10,000 buy-in World Championship of Pot-Limit Hold'Em and end with the Final Table of the $10,000 buy-in World Championship of No Limit Texas Hold 'Em -- otherwise known as The Main Event. The six other $10,000 buy-in events include: Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'Em; Seven-Card Stud; Limit Hold'Em; Omaha Hi-Low Split Eight or Better; Pot-Limit Omaha; and a new Mixed Event. The Mixed Event will feature eight variations of poker: Limit and No-Limit Hold'Em; Omaha Hi-Low and Pot-Limit Omaha; Seven Card Stud; Razz; Seven Card Hi-Low Split; and 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball.

Like last year, the WSOP will be held at the Harrah's-owned Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, and is presided over by Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack. The good news is that both Pollack and Harrah's have affirmed they are serious about improving conditions for '08 after the numerous glitches that plagued the rapidly-growing event in 2007. As always, in addition to the cash prizes victors of each of the 55 events will win a coveted World Series of Poker gold bracelet, finely crafted by Swiss watchmakers, CORUM.

As NWP's own Dan Druff (Todd Witteles) can attest, one of the many complaints last year centered around the sauna-like conditions of the now infamous 'poker pavilion,' the tented area many 2007 WSOP players were forced to endure as an auxiliary poker room. Harrah's is happy to announce that they heard the players' protests, and have eliminated the intolerable sweat-house this year. "The poker tent is gone!" asserted Pollack. "We heard folks loud and clear last year, and there will be no tents used for tournament play at the 2008 WSOP."

In other news, Annie Duke's pet project, the Ante Up for Africa event (to raise money for the crisis-stricken inhabitants of Darfur) is back, and this year formalized into the schedule itself. The Ante Up tournament will take place at 2pm (PT) on Wednesday, July 2nd. Last year's event was highlighted by a bevy of Hollywood celebs and poker pros, and raised more than $700,000 for the victims of the humanitarian crisis in Darfur. Seating is limited and pre-registering is suggested. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, you can email W-W Public Relations at

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WSOP 1970 - present overview

Year Winner / Winning Hand Prize (US$) Runner-Up / Losing Hand Entrants
2007 Jerry Yang {8-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} 8,250,000 Tuan Lam {A-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds} 6,358
2006 Jamie Gold {Q-Spades}{9-Clubs} 12,000,000 Paul Wasicka {10-Hearts}{10-Spades} 8,773
2005 Joe Hachem {7-Clubs}{3-Spades} 7,500,000 Steve Dannenmann {A-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} 5,619
2004 Greg Raymer {8-Spades}{8-Diamonds} 5,000,000 David Williams {A-Hearts}{4-Spades} 2,576
2003 Chris Moneymaker {5-Diamonds}{4-Spades} 2,500,000 Sam Farha {J-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} 839
2002 Robert Varkonyi {Q-Diamonds}{10-Spades} 2,000,000 Julian Gardner {J-Clubs}{8-Clubs} 631
2001 Juan Carlos Mortensen {K-Clubs}{Q-Clubs} 1,500,000 Dewey Tomko {A-Spades}{A-Hearts} 613
2000 Chris Ferguson {A-Spades}{9-Clubs} 1,500,000 T. J. Cloutier {A-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs} 512
1999 Noel Furlong {5-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} 1,000,000 Alan Goehring {6-Hearts}{6-Clubs} 393
1998 Scotty Nguyen {J-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} 1,000,000 Kevin McBride {Q-Hearts}{10-Hearts} 350
1997 Stu Ungar {A-Hearts}{4-Clubs} 1,000,000 John Strzemp {A-Spades}{8-Clubs} 312
1996 Huck Seed {9-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} 1,000,000 Bruce Van Horn {K-Clubs}{8-Clubs} 295
1995 Dan Harrington {9-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} 1,000,000 Howard Goldfarb {A-Hearts}{7-Clubs} 273
1994 Russ Hamilton {K-Spades}{8-Hearts} 1,000,000 Hugh Vincent {8-Clubs}{5-Hearts} 268
1993 Jim Bechtel {J-Clubs}{6-Hearts} 1,000,000 Glenn Cozen {7-Spades}{4-Diamonds} 220
1992 Hamid Dastmalchi {8-Hearts}{4-Clubs} 1,000,000 Tom Jacobs {J-Diamonds}{7-Spades} 201
1991 Brad Daugherty {K-Spades}{J-Spades} 1,000,000 Don Holt {7-Hearts}{3-Hearts} 215
1990 Mansour Matloubi {6-Hearts}{6-Spades} 895,000 Hans Lund {4-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} 194
1989 Phil Hellmuth Jr {9-Spades}{9-Clubs} 755,000 Johnny Chan {A-Spades}{7-Spades} 178
1988 Johnny Chan {J-Clubs}{9-Clubs} 700,000 Erik Seidel {Q-Clubs}{7-Hearts} 167
1987 Johnny Chan {A-Spades}{9-Clubs} 625,000 Frank Henderson {4-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} 152
1986 Berry Johnston {A-Spades}{10-Hearts} 570,000 Mike Harthcock {A-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} 141
1985 Bill Smith {3-Spades}{3-Hearts} 700,000 T. J. Cloutier {A-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} 140
1984 Jack Keller {10-Hearts}{10-Spades} 660,000 Byron Wolford {6-Hearts}{4-Hearts} 132
1983 Tom McEvoy {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Spades} 540,000 Rod Peate {K-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds} 108
1982 Jack Straus {A-Hearts}{10-Spades} 520,000 Dewey Tomko {A-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} 104
1981 Stu Ungar {A-Hearts}{Q-Hearts} 375,000 Perry Green {10-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} 75
1980 Stu Ungar {5-Spades}{4-Spades} 385,000 Doyle Brunson {A-Hearts}{7-Spades} 73
1979 Hal Fowler {7-Spades}{6-Diamonds} 270,000 Bobby Hoff {A-Clubs}{A-Hearts} 54
1978 Bobby Baldwin {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs} 210,000 Crandall Addington {9-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} 42
1977 Doyle Brunson {10-Spades}{2-Hearts} 340,000 Gary Berland {8-Hearts}{5-Clubs} 34
1976 Doyle Brunson {10-Spades}{2-Spades} 220,000 Jesse Alto {A-Spades}{J-Diamonds} 22
1975 Brian "Sailor" Roberts {9-Spades}{9-Hearts} 210,000 Bob Hooks {A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds} 21
1974 Johnny Moss 160,000 Crandall Addington 16
1973 Walter "Puggy" Pearson {A-Spades}{7-Spades} 130,000 Johnny Moss {K-Hearts}{J-Spades} 13
1972 Thomas "Amarillo Slim" Preston K J 80,000 Walter "Puggy" Pearson 6 6 8
1971 Johnny Moss 30,000 Walter "Puggy" Pearson 6
1970 Johnny Moss n/a n/a 7