A glance at the World Series of Poker main event

A glance at the World Series of Poker main event

July 03, 2010 12:03 PM


A glance at the World Series of Poker main event, which begins Monday: 

What: The 41st annual World Series of Poker main event, featuring no-limit Texas Hold 'em with a $10,000 buy-in. The main event is the final and most prestigious tournament of the series, one of 57 tournaments that began May 27 and award bracelets. 

Where: Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas.

Who: Thousands of players, including defending champion Joe Cada. 

Prize Money: Not determined until all entries are final. First prize last year was $8.55 million with 6,494 entrants. The top 10 percent of most tournament fields usually wins money starting at about twice the buy-in amount. 

Format: The field is split into four sections — one each starting Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Play on those days will likely run about 8 hours, excluding breaks, from noon through about 10:40 p.m. Throughout the tournament, officials may adjust play depending on the number of entrants and the speed of the game. The fields remaining from the first and third starting days will be combined July 9, while those from the second and fourth starting days will play July 10. Those who survive July 9 and July 10 will join in one room July 12, playing each day until nine players remain, expected July 17 or early July 18. 

Final table: Nine players play Nov. 6 until two players are left. The heads-up finalists then play Nov. 8 until a winner is determined. 

Updates: Can be found at www.worldseriesofpoker.com