Shuffle Up and Deal! The full schedule of the 45th annual World Series Of Poker (WSOP) held in Sin City – Las Vegas, was released yesterday and features several important changes.
First of all, three more bracelets will be added to the mix compared to last year when 62 bracelets were handed to winners. Because of that, the hosts expect to break down the $200 million barrier in prize money this summer. In 2013, the poker festival had a total prize pool of over $197 million along with 79,471 entries.
Secondly, the late-afternoon events will commence at 4 PM local time, one hour earlier than last year. Players will be able to register until the start of Level 7 with the exception of shootouts, heads-up tournaments and the Main Event. “We have tweaked our schedule and feel very good about the opportunities it presents poker players of all levels,” WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel said in a statement.
Thirdly, this year’s $10,000 Main Event will guarantee a top prize of at least $10 million. Only one time in its history did the Main Event winner cash in an eight-figure prize. Back in 2006, Jamie Gold won $12,067,292 as the last man standing from a record field of 8,773 entrants. Since then, only Peter Eastgate in 2008 was close to hit the $10 million mark, winning $9,152,416.
As we’ve become accustomed to in the last few years, the poker World Champ will be decided in November as part of a two-day show. The quest for the most-wanted bracelet will start on July 5, 2014 and will last nine days till the final nine players will be decided.
Until then, poker players will have lots of tournaments to choose from. The WSOP will begin with a new $25,000 Mixed Max event on May 27. Each day of that event will be unique: Day 1 will be a nine-handed tourney, Day 2 will feature short-handed 6-max tables, Day 3 will play four-handed, while the final day will be filled with heads-up action.
The Millionaire Maker event will open its doors on the last day of May and will have only a $1,500 buy-in.
The already-classic $10,000 H.O.R.S.E Championship will start on June 8, 2014, another mixed-game event of the festival. On June 22, a high-roller will put players’ skills to the test. The Poker Players Championship is a $50,000 buy-in event with a wide range of games like Limit Hold’Em, Omaha Hi-Low Split-8-or-Better, Seven Card Razz, Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8-or-Better, No-Limit Hold’Em, Pot-Limit Omaha and 2-7 Triple Draw. The low-stakes grinders will have their opportunity in the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E event on June 12 and in the $1,500 8-Game event on June 25.
Besides the Main Event, the BIG ONE FOR ONE DROP will be Vegas’ biggest summer attraction. The $1-million buy-in tourney will start on June 29 at 1 PM with the winner being crowned on July 2, 2014 on possibly a record-setting day. If the cap is reached, the BIG ONE FOR ONE DROP champ could win the biggest single-tournament prize in poker history: $20 million.
Here are the highest-paid tournaments of the 2014 WSOP:
- May 27 – Event #2: $25,000 Mixed Max NLHE
- May 29 – Event #5: $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw
- May 31 – Event #8: $1,500 Millionaire Maker
- June 1 – Event #10: $10,000 Limit Omaha 8-or-Better
- June 3 – Event #13: $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw
- June 6 – Event #18: $10,000 Razz
- June 8 – Event #22: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E.
- June 12 – Event #28: $10,000 PLHE
- June 14 – Event #32: $10,000 NLHE 6max
- June 17 – Event #38: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better
- June 19 – Event #40: $10,000 Heads-up NLHE
- June 22 – Event #46: $50,000 Poker Players Championship
- June 29 – Event #57: $1,000,000 BIG ONE FOR ONE DROP
- July 1 – Event #61: $10,000 Seven Card Stud
- July 3 – Event #64: $10,000 PLO
- July 5 – Event #65: The $10,000 WSOP Main Event