It's time to start planning your 2014 World Series of Poker adventure. Believe it or not, it is only 159 days away. The WSOP announced today, December 19th, 2013, that the Rio All-Suit Hotel and Casino will once again host the world's most popular poker festival from May 27th-July 14th, 2014. Mark your calendar for July 5th, that's the day the Main Event kicks off, with the final table shining in the spotlight on July 14.
There are more than 60 bracelet events on the menu — look for the full schedule to be released in January.
"In our 45th year, and 10th at the Rio, we are hard at work to make the 2014 World Series of Poker the biggest and best yet," said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. "We will build it, we hope you will come."
The WSOP.com — in New Jersey and Nevada — is bringing the opportunity to win seats into WSOP events to your desktop. That includes the chance to score Main Event seats.
The WSOP has confirmed three events:
- The Millionaire Maker - Saturday, May 31st
- The Big One for ONE DROP - Sunday, June 29
- The Little One for ONE DROP - Thursday, July 3rd and Friday, July 4th.
The $1,500 buy-in Millionaire Maker brought 6,343 runners to the tables in 2013 to build a total prize pool of $8.5 million. Benny Chen won the event and took home gold, along with $1.2 million.
The $1 million buy-in Big One for ONE DROP is returning to the WSOP after sitting out for one year. In 2012, Antonio Esfandiari topped a 48-player field and went to the top of the all-time money winner list when he won over $18 million. The first-place prize this year could well top out over the $20 million mark because the field size could be increased by up to eight more players.
Just before the Main Event kicks off, the $1,111 buy-in Little One for ONE DROP will put cards in the air with a two-day start and unlimited re-entries. This year's event started with 4,756 entries that created a total prize pool of nearly $4.3 million. Brian Yoon outlasted all the rebuys and runners to take home a gold bracelet and $663,727.
The 2013 WSOP hosted more players than the population of most cities. The poker festival made history as being the biggest WSOP to date with 79,471 players. The players came from 107 different countries to build a massive prize pool of more than $197 million. Ryan Riess finished his WSOP run by winning the 2013 WSOP Main Event and won over $8.3 million.
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