Get ready to mark your calenders, Caesars Entertainment released its official schedule for the 2014 World Series of Poker on Tuesday. Make sure you’re free from Tuesday, May 27, and head on over to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
The 45th Annual World Series of Poker tournament will feature 65 bracelet events, including the Main Event that’ll feature a $10 Million guaranteed prize for the winner.
Scheduled to begin on July 5, the Main Event will begin with the first of three starting fights. The entry fee will remain at $10,000, but the $10M guaranteed payday will make 2014’s prize the second largest in the event’s history.
Jamie Gold took home the largest win of $12 million for his Main Event win in 2006. The biggest win since then went to Peter Eastgate in 2008 ($9,152,416). Last year’s winner Ryan Riess banked $8,361,570, which was the smallest amount since Jerry Yang received $8,250,000 in 2007.
The 2014 WSOP will open with the $500 Casino Employee’s Event, but the real highlight of opening day will be the second event: $25,000 Mixed Max Event. This grueling four-day tournament will start with nine-handed action before switching to six-handed play on Day 2. Day 3 will become four-handed, and the final day will feature heads-up matches to determine its winner.
2014 is the year for comebacks at the WSOP.
After listening to player feedback, the WSOP decided to reintroduce the fan-favorite $10,000 Championship event, with 12 variations, to this year’s schedule.
- 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 WSOP is also bringing back three staple tournaments: the $50,000 Poker Players Championship (June 22-26), the Seniors Event (June 6-8), and the Ladies Event (June 27-29). Men are still able to enter the latter tournament, but must pay $10,000 to enter while ladies receive a discounted $1,000 buy-in. This strategy was a success last year, as none of the 954 participants were male.
Tournament organizers expect an even bigger turnout than last year—79,471 total participants who competed for more than $197 million in prize-pool money—especially with the return of the ONE DROP event.
“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.”
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