2013 WSOP Set to Get Underway With 62 Bracelet EventsWednesday, April 24th, 2013 by Ryan
It’s that time of the year again folks, when the best poker players in the world all take their talents to the infamous Las Vegas to compete in the largest poker tournament series out there today. You are likely to see an incredible number of popular players if you head out to Las Vegas this summer, and the 2013 World Series of Poker is going to feature a total of 62 bracelet events, with many different types of events, levels of buy-ins, and tournaments that are all guaranteed to be a serious grind if you are able to make that deep run. While the 2013 WSOP does not have the Big One for One Drop, which means that it doesn’t have that massive $1 million buy-in tournament that it featured last year, we can guarantee that here will be some huge events, with massive prize pools also.
When looking at the schedule you’ll see that it has the potential to be even bigger and better than in years past, and it will run at the Rio All-Suite Hotel in Vegas from the 29th of May through July 15th, and the 62 bracelet events will give players many different chances to have a shot at winning their bracelet, and also a good chunk of change as well. The tournaments will vary quite a bit in size, but we’ll take a more in-depth look at that below. Of course the event that is really going to get the attention of the poker world though is going to be the World Series of Poker Main Event, that will run from July 6th through July 15th, and just like in the year’s past the final nine will play in November, hence the name “November Nine”. There are going to be three starting days for the Main Event, and then there will be three day two’s as well before the field comes together on July 11th, which will be the start of day three. The November Nine is going to run on November 4th and 5th and will be shown on ESPN.
The action starts with the casino employees event, which runs each year, and from there will go into the four events to kick off the schedule. One of the most interesting events on the schedule though has to be what’s called the “Millionaire Maker”, and it is a $1,500 re-entry event that is going to give $1 million to the eventual winner. This is the sixth event on the schedule, and it is going to have a prize pool that is altered to make sure that the first place payout ends up being $1 million.
There are going to be events ran throughout the month obviously, but you are going to find that there will be some great no-limit events that are running on the weekends, as the WSOP is hoping to get players who are coming in on the weekends, and allow them to play in the smaller buy-in tournaments that will still give out the massive pay days when all is said and done. Throughout the month of June you’ll see that there is a $1,500 event and a $1,000 event held on every weekend. Interestingly, they are also going to be offering their first ever turbo event that is going to start on June 19th, and it will have blinds that increase every 30 minutes throughout the first four levels, every 40 minutes for levels five through 17, and the standard 60 minutes from that point on. This is a $1,000 buy-in event here.
The large tournament in the series this year is going to be a High Roller event that features a $111,111 buy-in on June 26th, and instead of the 3 percent house fees that go to the casino, they are going to go to the charity ONE DROP, which featured that massive tournament last year. There is also a “Little One For One Drop” event that will feature a $1,111 buy-in on July 3rd, and $111 of each buy-in is going to go to the charity. One other very interesting part about the schedule that we must mention is the change that was made to the ladies’ event. The buy-in for the event is listed at $10,000, but all ladies will buy-in for just $1,000. The reason for this is because men were buying into the event, and this is hopefully going to make it so that very few men buy in to the event.
The other big time poker tournaments on the schedule are going to be the $25,000 six handed event, and the $50,000 Poker Players’ Championship which is always a very fun one to watch and read about. A few other tournaments that were started last year in the four handed events, Mixed-Max events, and the ante-only events, are all going to be back on the schedule in 2013. If you are looking to pre-register for any of the events on the schedule, you’ll be able to do so on March 4th at WSOP.com, and make sure that you get your flights and accommodations all set for the upcoming World Series of Poker.