The 41st annual World Series of Poker may still be more than 6 months away, but the dynamic team behind the scenes is nothing if not prepared. The full schedule for next year’s most prestigious poker event has been released, with 57 bracelet tournaments packed into a month and a half.

Action will get underway on May 27th, with a flurry of satellites and the traditional Casino Employees tournament. A day later, the first open event of the 2010 WSOP looks set to kick things off in style. Since its creation in 2006, the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. was considered by the pros to be the most effective test of a poker players abilities. The first iteration was won by one of the all time greats, Chip Reese. His death shortly after that victory lead to the creation of a commemorative Chip Reese Memorial Trophy.

In 2010, the $50k H.O.R.S.E. is no more, replaced by an even more challenging Mixed Event. The new Player’s Championship has been crafted with the aid of the Player’s Advisory Council and is slated to be the ultimate test of all round poker tournament prowess. It still boasts the $50,000 buy-in and awards the Chip Reese trophy to the winner. The game will rotate between Limit Hold ‘em, Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better, Seven Card Razz, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or better, No-Limit Hold’em, Pot-Limit Omaha, and 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball. The game changes permanently to No Limit Hold ‘em for the final table, so that it can be easily broadcast on ESPN.

ESPN has not yet completely decided which events they will be covering, but thanks to a deal inked by former commissioner Jeffery Pollack, they are committed to the hk prize for years to come. Their regular television broadcasts are …