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World Series Of Poker Main Event Begins Today

Most Prestigious Tournament Of Year Kicks Off Saturday


The wait is finally over.

The largest, richest and most prestigious tournament of the year kicks off today, Saturday, July 6. The 2013 World Series of Poker main event has the first of three starting days beginning at noon local time in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event is held at the Rio Hotel and Casino.

Last year, a total of 1,066 players turned out for the first flight, as the chip leader ended the day with about 266,000 in chips — almost 10 times the starting stack.

Day 1A is typically the smallest in terms of turnout amongst the starting days.

Each player pays $10,000 to take a seat, like main event participants have for more than four decades now. These days, each player receives 30,000 in tournament chips. There are no re-entries, so each person’s tournament life is incredibly precious. Many players consider the day they bust from the main event to be the worst of the year.

Thanks to the slow, deep structure of the event, many poker pros also consider the summer WSOP main event to be best value tournament on the planet. Combine that with all the amateur players in the field, and the main event is where careers are made.

The structure does cause some problems for some poker players, since the tournament spans more than a week. Deep runs involve hours upon hours of grueling play, where one slip up could mean a place on the rail. Every year there’s at least one monumental blowup.

Here’s a look at the schedule:

Day 1A — Jul 06 — 12:00 PM
Day 1B — Jul 07 — 12:00 PM
Day 1C — Jul 08 — 12:00 PM
Day 2A — Jul 09 — 12:00 PM
Day 2B — Jul 09 — 12:00 PM
Day 2C — Jul 10 — 12:00 PM
Day 3 — Jul 11 — 12:00 PM
Day 4 — Jul 12 — 12:00 PM
Day 5 — Jul 13 — 12:00 PM
Day 6 — Jul 14 — 12:00 PM
Day 7 — Jul 15 — 12:00 PM

After the final table is set, the winner will be crowned in the fall. For the past handful of years, the WSOP has paused the tournament to give the remaining nine a multiple-month break, as well as find ways to hype the finale as much as possible, i.e. make more money from it.

Last year, poker pro Greg Merson outlasted 6,598 players to win $8.5 million. He endured one of the longest final tables in history to win his second bracelet of the year.

Stay tuned to for updates from this year’s main event.



8 years ago

Looking forward, had a blast watching the Deuces to Seven Triple Draw Table last night. Great job Eli!