The events of this year’s World Series of Poker are fading from memory, but the famous poker tournament was brought back into the public eye this week. Organisers have announced the dates for the 2014 WSOP, which will be hosted for the 10th time in a row by Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Players from all over the world, will travel to Sin City in late May, as the circuit kicks off on the 27th and concludes one and a half month later on July 14, 2014.
Once again, players will be competing for billions of dollars, shining gold bracelets and the honour of adding their name to the list of World Series of Poker winners. The highlight of the circuit is the WSOP Main Event which will once again set players back ten thousand dollars and begin on July 5. The tournament structure will remain the same, with participants competing for a place at the final table between July 5-14, with the final 9 returning to Las Vegas in November.
For the first time, Nevada and New Jersey residents will get the chance to participate in online competitions and book a seat at the Main Event. The same goes for many of the side events, which means that poker fans from the two states have an additional chance of finding themselves among the best players in the world in June and July 2014.
In addition to the WSOP tournaments, Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas will be hosting daily tournaments for as little as $75 and plenty of cash games. Those who suffer an untimely elimination from the World Series of Poker events will have plenty of opportunities to recuperate their losses while waiting for the next tournament. The first significant event is the Saturday tournament scheduled for May 31, which was attended by 6,343 players with a prize pool of more than $8.5 million.
Two popular tournaments will return in 2014, the Big One for ONE DROP event with a buy-in of $1 million and the Little One for ONE DROP with the buy-in of $1,111. Both are partly charity events and will have a positive impact on the lives of those who are constantly aided by the ONE DROP organisation, but the winners will also collect massive payouts. The one who wins the Big One for ONE DROP might as well collect the largest amount ever won in a poker tournament, over $20 million.
The interest for the World Series of Poker is on the rise and the last tournament brought together 79,471 players producing a prize pool of almost $200 million. Ryan Riess won the biggest chunk of $8.3 million while players from 107 countries offset their investment by finishing in the money at one of the 61 side events.