The 45th annual World Series of Poker announced its full schedule for this year, a 65-event festival concluding with the main event, which will guarantee $10 million to the winner for the first time.
Once again hosted by the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, the WSOP begins on May 27 — Memorial Day — and runs through July 14. It is the 10th consecutive year that the biggest tournament series in poker has been hosted by the Rio, and the WSOP is commemorating the milestone with the huge guarantee to the champion of the main event, the richest tournament in poker.
The main event begins Saturday, July 5, and will reach the final table on Monday, July 14. As in recent years, the tournament will then go on hiatus until November. The final table will be contested on November 10 and 11 and will be aired nearly live on ESPN and ESPN2.
“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.”
Last year, $197 million in prize money was awarded, and an all-time attendance record was set, with 79,000 entries.
Other highlights of the schedule include:
— The “Millionaire Maker” returns to the schedule — the $1,000 buy-in tournament starts on Saturday, May 31, and will award at least $1 million to the winner.
–Pros and high rollers have one date in particular circle on their calendars: The $1,000,000 buy-in Big One for One Drop will start on June 29.
–The first open-field bracelet event (No. 2) is the $25,000 buy-in Mixed Max No-Limit Hold’em tourney on the first day of the WSOP. The high-roller event starts with nine-handed play on day one before moving to six-handed, four-handed and heads-up play on subsequent days.
–The Seniors-Only No-Limit Hold’em Championship starts on Friday, June 6. The $1K buy-in is for players 50 years of age or older. The tournament set a record for a one-flight event last year, with more than 4,400 players.
–The $1,500 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold’em tourney begins on Thursday, June 26. Players start the event with 15,000 in tournament chips, as opposed to the original 4,500.
–The WSOP will hold a $1K buy-in for the first time in a variant other than Texas hold’em this year. Event No. 3, on Wednesday, May 28, will be a pot-limit Omaha tourney.