The World Series of Poker (WSOP) has announced its summer 2014 schedule, in which the winner of its Main Event has been guaranteed a prize of $10 million.
The 45th WSOP, the world’s biggest annual live poker tournament series, includes 65 separate bracelet tournaments and will begin on May 27 at Las Vegas’ Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The schedule is similar to the 44th WSOP, but with a few changes, such as the huge guaranteed first-place prize of $10 million for the champion of the event.
The afternoon events of WSOP 2014 will begin at 4:00 p.m. to give players the chance to play up to 10 levels on the first day. This change also serves the purpose of bringing the player field down to a smaller size and enable players who had busted to take part in the afternoon events on the following day.
In 2013, players had complained about the mixed-game events, which had a buy-in of $5k. WSOP 2014 therefore offers mixed-game tournaments at two buy-ins—$1,500 and $10,000.
Jack Effel, tournament director for WSOP, said: “We have tweaked our schedule and feel very good about the opportunities it presents poker players of all levels. Now in its tenth consecutive year at the Rio, we believe operationally we have optimized the experience to provide players maximum choice and comfort and can’t wait to open the doors May 27.”
The opening weekend event will be the $1,500 Millionaire Maker tournament, which had attracted a field of 6,343 layers last year. This tournament will have two starting flights and will permit players to re-enter once. The winner will be rewarded with a prize of $1 million.
The WSOP 2014 $10k buy-in Main Event will begin on July 5 with three starting flights. Each player will be given a stack of 30,000 chips to begin with. The nine finalists of this event, popularly known as the November Nine, will return for the final table action on Nov 10 – 11.
On June 29, the Big One for One Drop, a $1 million buy-in tournament, will be played. Fifty-six players will be allowed to buy-in and the winner will be given a prize of $20 million.
Daily deepstack events and mega satellites will also be held thrice daily in the Rio’s Pavilion Room. Those interested in pre-registering for the WSOP 2014 events can do so right away. They can also register in person at the Rio from March 1.