The WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma, will host the $2,100 buy-in Main Event with a $2.5 million guarantee - it's part of the annual River Poker Series. The event has grown bigger and bigger each year and has become a huge draw in the Midwest; PokerNews.com will provide live updates. The live updates run from the beginning to the finish of the five-day tournament and live updates are 'first' for the event.
Starting on Thursday, August 30th through Monday, September 3rd, the River Poker Series Main Event kicks off with three Day 1 flights; survivors from will combine on Sunday, September 2nd for Day 2. The final table starts on September 3rd at the WinStar World Casino Global Events Center.
The last two years has found an average of 1,400 players and Bronson Tucker survived a field of 1,355 players in 2011 and collected a $640,400 payday. The prize pool hit a massive $2,710,000 with each of the 10 final table players guaranteed at least $50,000.
Main Event satellites have been running since early June. Jay Wiles, WinStar World Casino Poker Room Manager, said he is expecting attendance to grow again this year with the change in entry methods. This is the first year that specially-designed lammers used for satellite, mega, and final event tournaments can be used in combination with a cash buy-in.
“Using lammers enables players to gain entry into events like mega satellite qualifiers, preliminary events as well as the main event in a more convenient manner,” said Wiles. “It also offers players more options for entries and enhances our staff’s ability to operate the tournament. The implementation of this new system shows we are dedicated to the overall satisfaction of our poker players and strive to hold our place as the region’s best poker venue.”
Poker pros Maria Ho and Greg Raymer have returned as official celebrity endorsers for the River Poker Series. Ho and Raymer have both been part of the series' prelims this month and eagerly anticipating a chance at the Main Event.
"I am ecstatic to be back representing WinStar World Casino," Ho told PokerNews.com earlier this year. "Jay Wiles and the entire team at WinStar go out of their way to create a personal experience and a genuine relationship with their players, and that's just one of the reasons I'm so proud to represent them."
Catch it live as it updates at PokerNews Live Reporting this week from the River Poker Series Main Event!