The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is one of the hottest events on the poker circuit and professional poker players from all across the world schedule their calendar to ensure that they make time to attend these popular tournaments.
The 45th annual World Series of Poker recently published their schedule and this can be viewed online at the official WSOP website. The new schedule is very similar to the one released in 2013 but there are a few changes that players must consider. The biggest change with the 2014 schedule is a $10 million guaranteed first-place prize for the winner of the main event.
The WSOP 2014 schedule will once again be overseen by WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel, who is in charge of the tournament for the 9th consecutive year. In a release, Effel said
We have tweaked our schedule and feel very good about the opportunities it presents poker players of all levels. Now in its tenth consecutive year at the Rio, we believe operationally we have optimized the experience to provide players maximum choice and comfort and can’t wait to open the doors May 27.
The WSOP 2014 summer schedule has 65 individual bracelet events and starts on the 27th of May at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The WSOP has also taken into consideration the feedback that it received from players during WSOP 2013 and made improvements to the 2014 schedule.
One of the main concerns raised in 2013 was about the mixed-game events, which generally had a $5,000 buy-in. The WSOP has addressed this issue in the mixed-game disciplines by offering two tournaments, one for $1,500 and the other for $10,000.
WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart said
For ten years we have tried to raise the bar on tournament poker. There is real optimism 2014 can be our biggest year yet with an anticipated $200 million in prize money to be paid out this summer. With new satellites and daily tournaments exclusively on WSOP.com and a plethora of side events, there is more reason than ever to make the trip to poker mecca.
Those players who would like to pre-register for the 2014 WSOP can do so now by going to the official website. Those who would like to register in person can do so from the 1st March at the Rio main casino cage.