The 45th running of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) will celebrate its 10th consecutive year at the Rio Convention Center.
The longest-running, richest and most prestigious poker tournament series begins Tuesday, May 27, and includes gold bracelet events, satellites, cash games and thrice daily deep stack tournaments running for 49 consecutive days. The WSOP concludes with the final nine players of the Main Event on Monday, July 14.
The $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Main Event begins July 5 with the first of three starting flights, which continues July 6 and 7.
WSOP.com’s real-money online poker offerings in New Jersey and Nevada will be the exclusive online home for players in these states to win seats into WSOP events, including the Main Event. While in New Jersey or Nevada, eligible players can play on WSOP.com, whether a resident or not, satellites are also expected to run regularly throughout the WSOP.
Buy-ins for tournaments at the Rio start as low as $75. Cash games will begin on May 27 and run 24 hours a day throughout the seven-week series.
Some key tournaments already penciled in on the schedule include:
Saturday, May 31 – The opening Saturday event features the $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em “Millionaire Maker” where the winner walks away with potentially 666 times their investment – a guaranteed $1 million. This event featured 6,343 entries in 2013 and the winner earned $1,198,780. The prize pool for this event last year exceeded $8.5 million.
Sunday, June 29 – The return of the Big One for ONE DROP, the $1 million buy-in No-Limit Hold’em charity event to benefit ONE DROP where the winner can conceivably walk away with the largest prize ever awarded in poker – in excess of $20 million – with the field capped at 56 players.
July 3-4 – The return of the Little One for ONE DROP, the $1,111 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em event to benefit the ONE DROP charity. The two-day start, unlimited re-entry (through first four levels) event featured 4,756 players in its debut and a huge nearly $4.3 million prize pool up for grabs. The winner walked away with $663,727. The Little One for ONE DROP will also be the last no-limit hold’em event offered prior to the WSOP Main Event.
The current slate of individual events offered during the annual WSOP are being finalized, with 60-plus official gold bracelet events expected. Weekends will cater to the no-limit hold’em weekend warriors and a broad range of other variations of poker at both entry level and championship level buy-ins mixed in throughout the series.
Specific events for seniors, lLadies and casino employees are all being planned as well. The full event-by-event schedule is expected to be released sometime later this month.
Good luck, and may the “nuts” be with you!
H. Scot Krause is a gaming industry analyst, researcher and journalist. He is a former entertainment director and 18-year resident of Las Vegas. Questions or comments for Scot may be addressed to: [email protected].