Every year the WSOP tweaks things a bit to improve the overall experience for everyone involved. Last year was the first time we saw the November Nine brainstorm that ESPN and Harrah's created to increase ratings for the main event final table, and the "Hevad Khan rule" for excessive celebration. This year there have been a few new things added to the WSOP experience, and as usual most changes reflect ways for the promoters to hype the WSOP even more than before. First off, the November Nine setup will be a bit different this year. The last nine players will meet in November after a four-month wait like they did last year, but in '09 they will break a second time, for two days, when it gets down to head-to-head action. The separate coverage of the head-to-head phase should attract a lot of viewers who would normally not tune in to watch the l engthy final table. Let's just hope that the idea doesn't backfire on ESPN. The final three could get their money in all together if the cards fall the right way. Then there wouldn't be a head-to-head matchup at all. The WSOP will also see three more $10K championship events than there were on the schedule in '08. These increase the chances of final tables with known poker stars seated because more professionals will play the high roller events than the amateurs. Besides the championship events three others have been added, one just for this year and another two that will likely stay on the schedule in future years. A one-time $40K No Limit Holdem event is on this year's lineup to commemorate the 40 years of the WSOP. The others are a champion's invitational event that will consist of as many of the 27 living previous champions as they can get to play, and a $1K discount event that could attract the biggest field of amateurs ever. The winner of the champion's invitational will receive the Binion's Cup and a free car, while the discount event champion will likely take home a paycheck that could be close to a million dollars. 2009 will be the first year that new player conduct rules will be implemented and enforced. We all saw the abuse that Phil Hellmuth and Scotty Nguyen dished out to opponents last year, so this year the WSOP has taken on a "no tolerance" policy when it comes to berating players and casino staff. Penalties will range from a verbal warning to being kicked out of the tournament. Players can also be sidelined for one hand, one orbit, two orbits, three orbits, or four orbits. Harrah's released this statement regarding the issue; "Harrah's prohibits the use of obscene or foul language in any public area of the casino at any time. Any player who uses such language or makes a foul, profane, obscene, or vulgar statement, or speaks abusively or in an intimidating manner to another player, a dealer, or tournament staff member will be penalized." Qualify for the 2009 WSOP the EASY way: Bodog's WSOP online qualifiers. Check out their WSOP qualifying schedule today and win your way to fabulous Las Vegas to play in the WSOP Main Event.