World Series of Poker Announces 2014 Summer Schedule
Main Event Winner Guaranteed $10 Million First-Place Prize
The 45th annual World Series of Poker has released their summer schedule, which is filled with 65 individual bracelet events and kicks off May 27 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The series more or less resembles the 2013 edition, with a few key changes, the most notable being a $10 million guaranteed first-place prize for the winner of the main event.
Additionally, afternoon events have been moved up one hour to 4 p.m., letting players compete for 10 levels on day 1. The idea behind the move is to presumably get those fields down to a more manageable size and allow the eliminated players to play the noon events the next day.
In 2013, one of the most common complaints about the schedule concerned the mixed-game events, which were usually offered at a $5,000 buy-in. In 2014, most of the mixed-game disciplines will offer two tournaments, one at $1,500 and the other at $10,000.
“We have tweaked our schedule and feel very good about the opportunities it presents poker players of all levels,” said WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel, who will oversee the tournament for the ninth straight year. “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 $1,500 buy-in Millionaire Maker event will return for the opening weekend, hoping to top last year’s mark of 6,343 entrants. The event will feature two starting flights, a single re-entry and the winner will take home a minimum of $1 million.
The $10,000 buy-in main event will have three starting flights beginning July 5. The structure for the event will be the same, with players starting with 30,000 in tournament chips and competing with two-hour levels. The November Nine will return for the final table on Nov. 10 and 11.
The $1 million buy-in Big One For One Drop returns June 29 and will be capped at 56 entries. The first-place prize is estimated to be $20 million.
“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.”
In addition to the bracelet events, the Rio will continue to host Daily Deepstack tournaments at 3 p.m., 6 p.m., and 10 p.m. in the Pavilion room. Mega satellites at $75, $330 and $550 will be held daily at 9 a.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Players can pre-register for the 2014 WSOP now. In person registration can be done at the Rio main casino cage starting Mar. 1.
Take a look at the full schedule of events.
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