March 12, 2009 (InfoPowa News) — World Series of Poker organizers Harrah’s Entertainment released new WSOP rules this week that include a “play nice” provision under the heading “Code of Player Conduct“.
The rules cover the use of profane language and provocative conduct at
the tables, along with restrictions on sponsor logos at televised
feature and final tables and an admonition not to engage in any illegal
or unethical actions, cheating or collusion, examples of which are
provided.
 
“Civility and courtesy” are expected at the World Series of Poker, the
guide reminds players and spectators alike, and that includes
“excessive celebration.”
 
For those who transgress, penalties include: forfeiture of chips;
forfeiture of prize money; ejection from the tournament; exclusion from
future tournaments; exclusion from the property and public exposure of
the transgression.
 
Although the rule against profanity is restricted to language directed
at, or about, another player, dealer or tournament staff member, the
organizers have left themselves with room to maneuver by including a
clause that Harrah’s can at any time ” … impose a zero-tolerance
policy for profane language whether directed at another person or not.”

 
The 2009 WSOP Tournament Rules can be found at http://www.worldseriesofpoker.com/pdfs/2009/2009WSOPRulesFinal392009.pdf.
  
Harrah’s has also announced that pre-registration for the 2009 WSOP is
now open. There is a cap on the number of contestants that can be
accommodated at the biggest land poker championship in the world which
runs from May 26 through July 15 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino,
with the “November Nine” returning to play the Main Event final table
November 7-10 as was done in 2008.
 
Once the maximum number of entrants has been reached in each of the 57
events, that event will be declared a fully booked. “As is now
customary, no alternates will be seated,” said Jack Effel, WSOP
tournament director. “We encourage players to pre-register early to
guarantee their seats, which will be sold on a first-come first-serve
basis.”
 
Buy-ins range from $1,000 to $50,000, depending on the event chosen.