2014 WSOP schedule details; Satellites available at WSOP.com
On Thursday the preliminary schedule for the 2014 World Series of Poker tournament series was unveiled on the WSOP.com website, and even though the complete schedule of events has yet to be hashed out, several important announcements were made in the press release.
The 2014 WSOP will begin on May 27th, 2014 and run through July 17th, 2014, when the 2014 WSOP Main Event plays down to the November Nine. Over the course of the 49-day tournament series the WSOP will run 60+ gold bracelet events according to the press release.
As is generally the case, the full schedule is expected to be revealed in January, giving players plenty of time to make travel arrangements.
Here are a few more details that were revealed on Thursday:
Main Event details
The 2014 WSOP Main Event will take place over 10 days, from July 5th through the 14th, and will feature three separate starting flights on Saturday July 5th, Sunday July 6th, and Monday July 7th.
Last year’s Main Event saw 6,352 players enter, ranking it #8 historically:
1. 2006 WSOP — 8,773 entrants
2. 2010 WSOP — 7,319 entrants
3. 2011 WSOP — 6,865 entrants
4. 2008 WSOP — 6,844 entrants
5. 2012 WSOP – 6,598 entrants
6. 2009 WSOP — 6,494 entrants
7. 2007 WSOP — 6,358 entrants
8. 2013 WSOP – 6,352 entrants
9. 2005 WSOP — 5,619 entrants
10. 2004 WSOP — 2,576 entrants
The first big tournament of the 2014 WSOP tournament series will get underway on Saturday, May 31, when the “Millionaire Maker” returns after a phenomenal debut in 2012. Last 6,343 players entered the $1,500 Millionaire Maker tournament, ballooning the prize-pool past $8.5 million and the well past the first-place guarantee of $1,000,000 –hence the name.
On June 29th the Big One for One Drop will also return to the Rio after a one-year hiatus. The 2012 Big One for One Drop was a massive affair, with the $1,000,000 buy-in tournament reaching its cap of 48 players and awarding an $18 million first-place to Antonio Esfandiari. The 2014 version will see the cap raised to 56, which could result in a first-place prize of over $20,000,000.The Big One for One Drop is penciled in to run biannually, but that will likely depend on the turnout for 2014’s running.
The Little One for One Drop will also be returning this year, as the $1,111 rebuy tournament found its way on to the WSOP schedule for the second straight year.
WSOP.com Nevada and New Jersey offering satellites
As expected the WSOP.com online poker rooms in both Nevada and New Jersey will be offering satellites to WSOP tournaments including the Main Event. According to the press release on WSOP.com:
WSOP.com’s real-money online poker offerings in New Jersey and Nevada will be the exclusive online home for players in these states to win seats into WSOP events, including the Main Event. While in New Jersey or Nevada, eligible players can play on WSOP.com, whether a resident or not, and satellites are expected to run regularly throughout the WSOP.
It will be interesting to see how many qualifiers come from Nevada and New Jersey.
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