Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the Rio.
I reported last week that the 2007 World Series of Poker would operate with 275 tables available for all events. Now it appears that the WSOP commissioner has a different view of how many tables will be available and how they will be used. Commissioner Jeffery Pollack says there will be 300 tables once the Series gets under way on June 1st but these will not all be considered tournament tables. Only 235 to 245 tables will be dedicated to any individual event, any event larger than this will have alternates:
"At no time will the WSOP stop running satellites and cash games."
This begs the question of how a Day One of a large event will utilize tables while preparing for the restart (Day Two) of another event and even a Day Three of yet another tournament. I would also point out that the $50,000 HORSE event this year is a scheduled five day tournament. Then there is the matter of satellites (single table, super and mega) and the aforementioned cash games. There is clearly the intention to keep the existing poker room at the Rio open this year during the WSOP; just what games or events will be held there is at present unclear.
In any case, it would seem that instead of musical chairs, we may all be playing musical tables this summer.