With final table action of the 2012 World Series of Poker still fresh in the minds of players, the dates for the 2013 WSOP have been announced by Caesars Interactive Entertainment.
Although the schedule of events has yet to be confirmed, WSOP.com has informed the poker community that the 44th annual WSOP will begin on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and run for 49 days until the final nine players of the Main Event are left standing on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. The $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event begins on July 7 and will last 10 days before the final nine reconvene and play to the conclusion in November.
There will again be somewhere in the neighborhood of 60 events including round-the-clock cash games throughout the seven-week festival. Roughly 500 tables will be set up by organisers in 2013 over 100,000 square feet of space as an even larger crowd is anticipated. As in 2012, weekends will be tilted toward no-limit hold’em tourney action. This year saw 17 such events begin on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
This summer, 74,766 players registered for 61 events and won more than $222 million in prize money, which set a new WSOP record. The 2012 Main Event final table concluded just a couple weeks ago with Greg Merson capturing the gold bracelet and $8,531,853 in first place prize money after besting a field of 6,598. The final table set a record for hands played at 399, easily surpassing the previous record of 364.