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The Nightly Turbo: 2011 WSOP Structures Announced, Zynga's Poker Con, and More

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Happy Friday, poker peoples. The Super Bowl is almost upon us, but the approach of the big game hasn't slowed down the poker world much. Tonight's Turbo brings you all the latest, including structure sheets for the 2011 WSOP events, the latest on the Bellagio chip thief, a poker convention to be hosted by a social network gaming giant, and more.

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Structures for 2011 WSOP events made available

In late December, dates for the 2011 World Series of Poker were announced. Then a little over a week ago came the full schedule, which provided details of the record 58 bracelet events that will comprise this year's series.

On Friday, structure sheets were made available for all those events, giving players plenty of time to study how each event will be managed before deciding to play.

As previously announced, for events with one-hour levels, players will never be forced to play more than 10 levels in a single day. Also, for events with late afternoon (5 p.m.) Day 1 start times, dinner breaks will last only 30 minutes rather than a full hour.

All the structure sheets can be viewed on the WSOP site.

Further details emerge regarding Bellagio chip thief

More news today regarding this week's arrest of Anthony Michael Carleo, the man accused of robbing the Bellago of $1.5 million worth of chips last December.

As we reported in last night's Turbo, Carleo was arrested after apparently trying to sell some of the stolen chips to undercover officers.

Recent reports say that Carleo had attempted to sell stolen chips on the popular poker forum TwoPlusTwo via messages with other users. Reports today include other details of the thief's recklessness, including leaving one $25,000 chip with a Salvation Army bell ringer and later making bold statements about the robbery to a Bellagio dealer.

Read more about Carleo at Sports

Zynga Poker to host "PokerCon" in March

On March 18 and 19, the social network game developer Zynga will host its first PokerCon. The two-day convention will take place at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

Among the events scheduled are a live poker tournament with a $100,000-plus prize pool, appearances by various celebrities and poker pros, a party, and meet-and-greet opportunities with Zynga Poker executives.

In addition to hugely popular games like Farmville and Mafia Wars, Zynga's poker game — playable on Facebook, Yahoo!, MySpace, and smart phones — attracts over 37 million players every month.

Tickets for PokerCon are set to go on sale next Friday, February 11th, with the $125 fee covering all of the different activities.

Starting Monday, check with Zynga for further details regarding PokerCon.

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