2014 WSOP Schedule Comes Out, Main Event Winner Guaranteed $10 MillionFriday, February 14th, 2014 by Ryan
Well, well, it seems like the World Series of Poker hype is already getting into full swing. The most recent bit of news to come out about the 2014 World Series of Poker is something that grabs every players attention. This, of course, is the schedule for the 2014 World Series of Poker. The schedule for the WSOP has officially been released as of Tuesday, and it’s going to run over a seven week span, and it will feature 65 events that end with the biggest of them all, the $10,000 Main Event.
They’ve decided to do things a bit differently since this is the 10th anniversary of the tournament being held at the Rio, and it’s definitely going to make it so that this year’s Main Event could be the largest of them all. The most interesting thing that came out about the schedule is that, in honor of the 10th anniversary at the Rio, the Main Event winner is going to be guaranteed $10 million. The Executive Director of the World Series of Poker, Ty Stewart made a statement that while they have been “happy with the figures the past few years” that it’s now “time to see the Main Event spike back up.”
They obviously want to see the numbers just hit a massive high, and the eventual winner take down a huge pay day that is going to absolutely leave a mark on the history of the World Series. We can call it “small”, but the $8,361,570 first place pay day that was paid out this past year to the Main Event winner was the least that’s been paid out to the winner since 2007. As you probably know, the 2007 World Series Main Event was the first one after the entire Black Friday fallout.
This doesn’t mean that there was a huge drop in the number of players who bought in though, as the payout structure was changed a few years back, but there still was a drop in the number of players over the past three years. Now, the $10 million guarantee that comes along with the 2014 Main Event is going to automatically make it the second largest payout in the history of the Main Event, with the largest being back at the 2006 Main Event when Jamie Gold won $12 million.
Now, just because of the guaranteed first place pay out, that does not mean that they are going to be guaranteeing the prize pool. It simply means that out of the total prize pool, $10 million will automatically be taken out of the prize pool and go to the first place winner, and the rest of the money will be spread apart based on the percentage formula that is usually used. Any other player who cashes in the Main Event will take in a smaller pay out in this situation, unless the number of entrants makes it so that the first place pay day would have been $10 million anyways.
For the actual schedule itself, the 45th Annual World Series of Poker is going to start up on May 27th and will have the Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em Event just as they always begin with. The first event open to all players is going to start on that same day though, and it’s a large buy-in event of $25,000, and a new event in the Mixed Max No-Limit Hold’em tournament. The Main Event is going to start with it’s first day of buying in on July 5th, and it is going to run through July 14th with the final nine players having to sit back and wait until November 10th when we will see the final table kick off.
We are going to see a great mix of many different types of events that will cater to all different levels of players. This will include tournaments that cost anywhere from $1,000 to the massive $1 million buy-in for the Big One for One Drop. It’s going to be interesting to see how many players we end up getting in for the Big One for One Drop, but that event will absolutely feature a massive buy-in, and one that’s going to be a whole lot of fun to watch.