The second largest first place prize in the history of the World Series of Poker will be up for grabs this year, which is also the 45th anniversary of the legendary event at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Beginning May 27th, the 2014 WSOP starts with a $500 Casino Employee’s Event, followed by a four day $25,000 Mixed Max Event. The Main Event begins July 5 with a $10 million guarantee for first place. This is not quite the highest first place prize, as in 2006 Jamie Gold won $12 million in the Main Event.
“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. With new satellites and daily tournaments exclusively on WSOP.com and a plethora of side events, there is more reason than ever to make the trip to poker mecca.”
Last year, 79,471 players played in the 62 bracelet events, generating a combined total prize pool of more than $197 million. WSOP organizers expect this year will attract an even larger crowd of player. Sixty-five gold bracelets will be awarded, with a $10,000 buy-in for the Main Event.
Caesars Entertainment released the event list and schedule last week, with 12 $10,000 Championship events in the following variants:
2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (May 29-31)
Omaha Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better (June 1-3)
No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball (June 3-5)
Seven Card Razz (June 6-8)
H.O.R.S.E. (June 8-10)
Pot Limit Hold’em (June 12-14)
No Limit Hold’em Six-Handed (June 14-16)
Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better (June 17-19)
No-Limit Hold’em Heads Up (June 19-21)
The WSOP will carry on its November Nine tradition, with the final table expected to be delayed until November 10 and 11 for the finale.