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The World Series of Poker celebrates its golden anniversary when this year’s event begins May 28 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino’s Convention Center.

Last year’s event had a record 123,865 entries generating a record $266,889,193 in prize money. The average gold bracelet event had a $3,421,656 prize money pool with the winner receiving an average of $655,337.

Many of the WSOP’s signature events will be held in 2019, including the Main Event,the Big 50,  the Colossus, Millionaire Maker, Crazy Eights, Monster Stack and Seniors Championship.

Buy-ins start as low as $70. Nearly 500 tables will be set up for use over 100,000 square feet of ballroom space for the event, which culminates on July 16.

“We’re excited to commence our golden event,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “We expect our opening weekend Big 50 event to be one of the largest in our history, and certainly one of the best value tournaments ever offered. This is part of our concerted plans to make the 2019 WSOP a better value all-around.”

The WSOP will hold a celebratory gala and awards evening on June 29.

New wrinkles and more additions will be announced with the specific event schedule in the New Year. Once again, the Main Event will be televised exclusively on ESPN and on PokerGo.

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