Dates for 2014 World Series of Poker SetThursday, January 2nd, 2014 by Ryan
There is very little question that the World Series of Poker is the most talked about, followed, anticipated, and played in poker tournament series in the entire world today. The build up to the World Series is one that is talked about a ton, and as we are still around six months away from the action kicking off again, we already have information about the 2014 World Series of Poker. They make sure to get the information out as early as possible about the tournament so players can prepare, and it’s going to be interesting to see what types of events are run throughout the late part of May, and all through June into early July. Let’s take a look at the dates that were officially set for the 2014 World Series of Poker.
The World Series of Poker’s Main Event from 2013 just wrapped up less than two months ago, but there’s no better time to look to the future, and that’s exactly what the WSOP did. So now we get to talk about the specific dates for the biggest poker tournament series in the world, and it will start on Tuesday, May 27th at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, which is the location that we’ve seen it played it for the tenth straight year. Before this time we saw the World Series of Poker hosted at Binion’s Horseshoe downtown, while the final two days of the 2005 Main Event were still played at Binion’s back when.
The World Series of Poker is going to run over a 49 day span with a whole lot of poker, some huge names, some bad beats, and many great events. The highlight of course is the $10,000 Main Event as always, and it’s going to run over the span of a week and a half, starting on July 5th and running through July 14th. The first three days, which will be a Saturday to a Monday are going to be the Day 1 flights, just like this past year. On July 14th, the tournament will go down to the final nine players before stopping until November, where we will see the “November Nine” run again to decide who will be the next world champion. We haven’t seen the final days for the Main Event be locked in just yet, but we expect it’ll feature the same deal with a two day span at the beginning of the month.
While there are going to be a ton of different tournaments running throughout the series, one of the most talked about along with the Main Event has to be the Big One for One Drop, which will be back after a one year hiatus. This was the plan all along though, and it’s going to feature a $1,000,000 buy-in for players. This event was created back in 2011 by the Cirque du Soleil founder and a poker player in Guy Laliberte. It not only gives the big time players who love playing high dollar buy-in tournaments the chance to play in the biggest ever, but it also helps benefit a very great charity.
The charity is ONE DROP, which has a goal to help bring clean drinking water to different places throughout the world that need it. The World Series doesn’t take a rake from this tournament, but instead out of the $1 million buy-in from each player, $111,111 will be donated to the charity. Back in 2011 we saw 48 players total buy-in to the event, creating a huge $42,666,672 prize pool, which was after the donations were taken out. First place and the huge $18+ million pay day was won by Antonio Esfandiari. This was the largest prize ever awarded in the history of a poker tournament.
For the lower buy-in players, have no fear. There are going to be a ton of events available for lower buy-ins, and that includes the Little One for One Drop, which has the same idea behind it, with a smaller buy-in. It is a $1,111 buy-in to the tournament, and players can re-buy as many times as they want to through the first four levels of the event. Just as we saw last year, this tournament should draw in a massive number of players, including huge names who are looking to play in a smaller buy-in tournament with the chance to win a massive pay day due to the huge number of buy-ins that this event will get.