Only One Week To Go Until The 2014 WSOP
The World Series of Poker is without a doubt the biggest live series in the world and in one week, the best of the best in the industry will start showing up in Las Vegas for the chance to make poker history. Given the fact that the schedule this year is quite different from the one in 2013, it is the perfect time to brush up on the most important changes as we get closer to the May 27 starting date at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
Variety is the Name of the Series
While it is hard to ignore the popularity that no-limit Texas Hold’em has both on the felt and on the internet, other poker variants have been gaining a lot of ground recently and the upcoming WSOP is the perfect example of this fact. Last year, out of the 62 events, 37 of them were no-limit hold’em, meaning almost 60% of the entire series. This time around, things have improved significantly for poker players looking for variety, as only 35 events will be no-limit hold’em, from a total of 65.
The remaining 30 events will cover everything from Omaha to Razz and H.O.R.S.E. in different tournament versions and at various stakes. However, despite the increased variety, Open Face Chinese poker will not be one of the bracelet events this year.
Guaranteed Action at High Stakes
“Championship” events with $10,000 buy-ins are back this year after dropping to $5,000 last year. These should result in a lot of action as they attract the high-rolling amateurs and the pros.
Speaking of returns to the schedule this year, the Big One for One Drop is back after 2013 saw a few smaller tournaments which didn’t quite manage to match the publicity that the first installment of this event brought in 2012. Now, the $1,000,000 tournament is back to promote a good cause and also make for an incredible prize pool. With a 56-player cap and 33 entrants already paying the ridiculous buy-in for a seat, it is safe to say that the event will be a great success once again.
The list so far includes 2012 Big One winner Antonio Esfandiari, One Drop charity founder Guy Laliberté and some of the biggest names in poker; like Phil Ivey, Jason Mercier and Vanessa Selbst.
$10 Million Guaranteed For the WSOP Champion
The Main Event of the World Series of Poker has the power to turn unknowns into overnight poker celebrities, not to mention millionaires. The $10,000 buy-in is indeed not affordable to every poker enthusiast but there are plenty of online satellites to at least get a shot at the biggest tournament of the year.
Last year, Ryan Riess won over $8.3 million to go with his diamond bracelet but the title will come with an even bigger prize this year as the organizers have slapped a $10 million guaranteed first-place prize to the Main Event.
One more week until the cards get shuffled up and dealt and the anticipation can already be felt.
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