The poker calendar has rapidly evolved since the Moneymaker Boom of 2003. The rise in popularity of the game has brought several sponsors to host tournaments across the world. The hopes of riches and fame have attracted thousands of players to these tournaments. However, none of these tournament series bring the prestige and glory of the World Series of Poker. Once again, poker players can dream of glory as the greatest tournament series in the world has finally announced the schedule of tournaments for 2013.
The 44th annual World Series of Poker will feature 62 bracelet events as well as numerous satellites and daily deep stack tournaments. These events will include several low buy-in ($1,000 to $1,500) No Limit Hold’Em tournaments as well as the typical slate of championship events such as the $10,000 Main Event and the $50,000 Player’s Championship.
The World Series of Poker will also feature some unique tournaments that should excite both amateur and top professionals alike. The $1,500 second event will be featured as the “Millionaire Maker” tournament and will award the winner with a $1 million prize. The tournament will be a two flight single re-entry event. Although it will be hard to match the bravado of the $1 million event, the One Drop Charity will also host the $111,111 high roller and a $1,111 mini-buy in tournament. The buy-ins will allow both amateurs and high rollers to take part in the charity. Furthermore, the $1,111 mini buy-in tournament will bring back the controversial unlimited re-buy format.
The tournament series will also include events that feature interesting structures and unique variants. WSOP Event #34 will be the first Turbo tournament at the series and will feature a 30 minute blind level. Tournament officials also decided to bring back the “Antes Only” and “Mix-Max” events. There will also be a $5,000 Open Face Chinese Poker tournament that will not be included in the Bracelet events. Finally, tournament officials decided to increase the buy-in of Ladies Only Event to $10,000 with the caveat of a 90% discount for female participants.
As usual, the Main Event will be the spotlight of the tournament series and will start with three flights on July 6th. As usual, the tournament will culminate in the November Nine that will be held on the first weekend of the month.
Las Vegas’ Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino will once again host the famed event from May 29th to July 15th. The Full Schedule can be viewed below: