Caesars Entertainment released the official schedule for the 2014 World Series of Poker which means it's time to set the dates and start making travel plans for your adventure into fame and fortune at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, beginning Tuesday, May 27, 2014. The 45th Annual World Series of Poker is set to roll out 65 bracelet events and top the ultimate poker festival off with a special Main Event featuring a $10 Million guaranteed prize for the winner.
The Main Event starts on July 5th and has three starting flights. The $10,000 entry fee remains unchanged, but the $10 million guarantee makes the event into a whole new ball game. The winner will take home the second largest payday in the event's history.
Jamie Gold took home the biggest prize to date in the 2006 — $12 million — for taking down the Main Event. Peter Eastgate claims the honors for taking down the biggest payout since Gold's victory when he won $9,152,416 in 2008. Ryan Riess, last year's winner, earned $8,361,570, which is the smallest prize awarded since Jerry Yang claimed victory in 2007 for $8,250,000.
Get ready for the return of the November Nine which will air live on ESPN and ESPN2 — airing for two nights — on November 10th and 11th, 2014.
The $500 Casino Employee's Event starts the action on May 27th, and opening day will also spread Event #2 $25,000 Mixed Max Event. Nine-handed action will kick off the four-day tournament but Day 2 will find play switching to six-handed. Day 3 drops to four-handed tables and the final day features heads-up matches to determine the last man/woman standing.
The WSOP's utilization of research and player feedback for the past few years has brought the reintroduction of many $10,000 Championship events. With 12 $10,000 Championship events in the following variants, many pros will be at the tables:
- 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (May 29-31)
- Omaha Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better (June 1-3)
- No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball (June 3-5)
- Seven Card Razz (June 6-8)
- H.O.R.S.E. (June 8-10)
- Pot Limit Hold’em (June 12-14)
- No Limit Hold’em Six-Handed (June 14-16)
- Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better (June 17-19)
- No-Limit Hold'em Heads Up (June 19-21)
- Limit Hold’em (June 26-28)
- Seven Card Stud (July 1-3)
- Pot Limit Omaha (July 3-5)
The Big One for ONE DROP returns to the WSOP after a one-year hiatus. Antonio Esfandiari bested a 48-player field to win over $18 million in 2012. The first-place prize could hit more than $20 million due to the possibility of adding eight more players to the field.
The Millionaire Maker is back and kicks off on Saturday, May 31st, and the Little One for ONE DROP puts cards in the air on Thursday, July 3rd.
Three tournaments of interest on the schedule are: the $50,000 Poker Players Championship — June 22-26; the Seniors Event — June 6-8; and the Ladies Event — June 27-29. The buy-in for the Ladies event will remain the same as last year — $10,000 — but ladies will receive a "discounted" buy-in of $1,000. Men are discouraged from entering but until the buy-in of $10,000 was initiated last year, there were some who couldn't wait to expose their feminine side and take a seat. Not one male ponied up the buy-in and the event was a true Ladies event.
Last year there was more than $197 million in prize-pool money on the table in the 62 bracelet events and a total of 79,471 runners all striving to earn gold and take home first place. Organizers predict that with the return of the ONE DROP event, the numbers will be even bigger.
"For ten years we have tried to raise the bar on tournament poker," said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. "There is real optimism 2014 can be our biggest year yet with an anticipated $200 million in prize money to be paid out this summer. With new satellites and daily tournaments exclusively on WSOP.com and a plethora of side events, there is more reason than ever to make the trip to poker mecca."
The full 2014 World Series of Poker schedule can be viewed at the WSOP.com.
PokerNews.com will serve as the official live reporting team of the WSOP, providing up-to-the minute coverage of the entire series at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
"PokerNews is extremely pleased to be working as the official live reporting partner for the World Series of Poker once again," said Editor-in-Chief Donnie Peters. "Since 2007, it has been our pleasure to work as the exclusive live coverage provider for the greatest tournament series in the world. We're very much looking forward to another exciting summer of champions and helping chronicle another chapter in poker history."