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WSOP 2014: Ready, Set, Go!

The World Series of Poker 2014 will be opening its doors tomorrow in Las Vegas! The most exciting time of the year for poker has finally arrived and everything seems to be ready for the rivers of players that will be flowing through the city during the next two months.

The action will certainly not be lacking this summer, as there is $10 million guaranteed for the Main Event winner, the Big One for One Drop is making a comeback with a $1 million buy-in, and a plethora of other exciting events offering always desirable gold bracelets.

WSOP officials explained a couple of important details during a media conference call in order to avoid confusion and unclear situations as much as possible. With a great number of players coming from all over the world and all the events, there is bound to be some back and forth, but they are doing their best to prevent those as much as possible.

Jack Effel, WSOP tournament director, explained the “in the money” rule pertaining to use of electronic devices. He stated that players in the money were never prohibited use of such devices, but could not wear headphones or headsets. When players are not in the hand, they can freely use their electronic devices and smartphones.

A big novelty this year is the grind room, created to accommodate online players. Inside the Rio Convention Center, the room is equipped with built-in computers, power outlets and WiFi capabilities. staff will also be there and players will be able to deposit directly to their accounts using cash.

Late registration has also been prolonged to six levels for most of the events, as well as six hours for the Main Event in order to give more chance to those wanting to participate to get their seats. WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart firmly believes that this year’s series will see a bigger turnout than last year and many out there are hoping his predictions will come true.

There will be total of 65 events throughout the 2014 World Series of Poker and, once again, it all starts tomorrow. It is already a tradition that the first event to take place is the Casino Employee’s NLH event with a $500 buyin, but only a couple of hours later the $25,000 Mixed-Max No Limit Hold’em tournament will commence. The play will be organized in such a manner that players will be starting at 9-handed tables and play through Day 1, Day 2 will be played six-handed, four-handed play will take place on Day 3, and it will finally finish with heads-up play on Day 4.

The full schedule of events with all the structures and buy-in information can be found at WSOP pages and we will bring you day-to-day reports here on PokerUpdate with the latest information on all sorts of developments (mostly poker though).

Let the race for bracelets begin!

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Ivan Potocki

Ivan is an aspiring journalist writer from Bosnia and Herzegovina. With a degree in English Literature and a fiery work ethic, Ivan adds a dynamic and flexible element to the PokerUpdate writing staff.