Caesars Interactive Entertainment announced the official schedule for the 2013 World Series of Poker on Thursday, February 14th, 2003.
The 44th Annual World Series of Poker is ready to kick off with 62 bracelet events which put cards in the air on Wednesday, May 29th, and end with the flagship $10,000 Main Event that begins on July 7th, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
A new "Millionaire Maker" - Event #6 - will see one person turn a $1,500 buy-in into a cool $1 million to kick off the opening weekend. It starts on Saturday, June 1st, and features a one-day start, two-flight, single re-entry, No Limit Hold’em event. The prize pool will be changed to make sure the winner takes home a seven-figure payday - a variation from the usual WSOP payout structure.
All the WSOP events you've come to know on the schedule will be back: the $50,000 Poker Players Championship (June 26th-29th); the Seniors Event (June 14th-16th) and the Ladies Event (June 28th-30th). The Ladies Event is designed to really test the desire to 'play a woman's event' by a man. All males that want a seat will be required to buy in for $10,000, ladies receive a "discounted" buy-in of $1,000 (the normal buy in each year). Come on in guys and help beef up the prize pool!
Mix-Max No-Limit Hold’em, Ante Only No-Limit Hold’em and Four-Handed No-Limit Hold’em were first introduced at the 2012 WSOP and come back as bracelet events this year. The series also brings back $25,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em event - the top short-handed specialists in the world should be out in force.
“Bring your bankroll, whatever it is, and come have the time of your life,” said WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel. “We think this is the most diverse schedule we’ve ever had and we’ll be ready for an all-time turn-out at the 44th annual WSOP.”
The WSOP is also introducing a gold bracelet event with a $1,111 buy in that benefits the ONE DROP Foundation. ONE DROP founder Guy Laliberté has dubbed it the “Little One for ONE DROP.” This special event offers unlimited re-entries over two starting days and it could be one of the biggest events at the 2013 WSOP. ONE DROP will receive $111 of each buy-in as the WSOP’s charity partner.
The series will finish off with the $10,000 Main Event which kicks off on July 7th, running through July 15th with three starting days. The final nine players will take a four-month break before reconvening in Las Vegas on November 4th and 5th to determine the 2013 world champion.
“Dreams are dealt each year at the World Series of Poker,” said Ty Stewart, executive director of the WSOP. “From the opening weekend, where we will make yet another millionaire, to the Main Event, which awards the largest single prize in the world, the WSOP is an annual affirmation about the strength and global appeal of the game.”
As amazing as it may seem, 74,766 participants turned out for the 61 WSOP bracelet events and competed for more than $222 million in prize-pool money last year — setting a record in the WSOP’s 43-year history. Tournament organizers believe even bigger numbers will be seen this year and have expanded the number of poker tables to 500 for tournaments, sit-and-go satellites, and cash games that will run around the clock.
View the entire 2013 World Series of Poker schedule at the WSOP.com.