Key dates announced for 2014 World Series of Poker

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The organisers of the 45th annual World Series of Poker have announced the schedule for this edition, as well as the most notable changes. Action resumes this year on May 27th and once again the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas will be the gracious host for the string of events. For the first time ever in the WSOP history, the winner will collect a guaranteed prize of $10 million after outshining his or her final table peers on November 11.

Additional changes have been made to the World Series of Poker’s structure, with tournaments scheduled to start one hour earlier in the afternoon. Some players were upset that they had few options when it came to mixed-game events, as the buy in was set at $5k. In 2014, players will get to choose between games that will set them back no more than $1,500 or invest a hefty amount of $10,000 for a bigger payout.

The “Millionaire Maker” event combines the best of both worlds, as players will have to pay no more than $1,500 to participate in a tournament that has a guaranteed payout of $1 million. Last year more than 6k players tagged along and organisers are optimistic about setting a new record in 2014. They also have high expectations in regard to the “Big One For One Drop” event which acts as a magnet for wealthy people and professional poker players.

Those who can afford to pay $1 million out of pocket and have the skills needed to outshine some of the best poker players in the world can hope to scoop a first prize worth $20 million. Despite the huge buy-in, there is no shortage of people interested in participating and that’s why the organisers remind prospective players that the event is capped at 56 entries.

There are no qualifies for the “Big One For One Drop” event, but those who intend to put their skills and luck to the test at the World Series of Poker will have plenty of satellites to choose from for most events. Most of them will be available online, but there will also be Daily Deepstack tournaments and Mega satellites running live at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.

This is the schedule for the 12 tournaments with a buy-in of $10,000:

  1. 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (May 29-31)
  2. Omaha Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better (June 1-3)
  3. No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball (June 3-5)
  4. Seven Card Razz (June 6-8)
  5. H.O.R.S.E. (June 8-10)
  6. Pot Limit Hold’em (June 12-14)
  7. No Limit Hold’em Six-Handed (June 14-16)
  8. Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better (June 17-19)
  9. No-Limit Hold’em Heads Up (June 19-21)
  10. Limit Hold’em (June 26-28)
  11. Seven Card Stud (July 1-3)
  12. Pot Limit Omaha (July 3-5)