We have three months to go before the 2014 World Series of Poker officially begins, with action set to resume on May 27th. There is plenty of time for players to decide whether they will be attending this edition or watch it online, but the officials have already released important information about the upcoming series. Some of the data is basically an update of key dates announced a couple of months ago, but there are also some new things to consider.
Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas is the place where the WSOP will take place, which is hardly a surprise given the fact that this is where the last 10 series were held. Players should book a flight to Las Vegas and prepare for a unique treat, as the guaranteed prize pool for the main event stands at $10 million. This is what the organizers had in mind when they said that this year they expect more players to participate and the strategy is very likely to pay off.
What usually happens when tournaments have a guaranteed amount that is way above average, is that more players buy in and as a result the threshold is crossed. Only time will tell whether this will be the case this year as well, what is certain is that the finalists will return to the tables on November 11. The main event is the highlight of the World Series of Poker, but there are other tournaments to consider and Texas hold ’em won’t be the only game featured.
Those who play mixed games have good reasons to cheer at the latest news, as the buy-in has been adjusted according to their requirements. They will get to choose between an affordable $1500 tournament and the big one that sets players back $10,000, instead of all buying in for the $5000 tournaments. It will also cost $1500 to participate in the “Millionaire Maker” event which is perfect for those who won the thrills of a big tournament but don’t have $10,000 to pay for a main event entry.
The “Big One For One Drop” returns with its prohibitive $10,000 buy-in, which doesn’t seem to have a deterring effect on poker professionals and rich people seeking hot action. It all depends on how many players choose to participate in this tournament and it is way too early to make a forecast about the prize pool. Given the fact that Antonio Esfandiari won a double-digit amount two years ago and the tournament was every bit as alluring in 2013, we have good reasons to be optimistic.
On top of that, there are a total of 12 tournaments for those who are seeking something entirely different and wouldn’t settle for Texas hold ’em games. Checkout the complete schedule below:
- 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (May 29-31)
- Omaha Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better (June 1-3)
- No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball (June 3-5)
- Seven Card Razz (June 6-8)
- H.O.R.S.E. (June 8-10)
- Pot Limit Hold’em (June 12-14)
- No Limit Hold’em Six-Handed (June 14-16)
- Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better (June 17-19)
- No-Limit Hold’em Heads Up (June 19-21)
- Limit Hold’em (June 26-28)
- Seven Card Stud (July 1-3)