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To kick off the 2014 WSOP, a new $25,000 buy-in Mixed Max No-Limit Hold’em tournament (Event #2) offers the first open bracelet of the year on opening day, May 27 at 4 PM. This high-roller four-day event plays nine-handed on the first day, six-handed on Day 2, four-handed on Day 3 and Heads-Up matches on the fourth and final day to ultimately crown poker’s best all-around No-Limit Hold’em player. This is the first of 16 different high roller events on the schedule, with 13-$10,000 buy-ins, the above $25K, the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, and of course the $1,000,000 buy-in Big One for One Drop.
On Wednesday, May 28 at 12 noon, a new $1,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha (Event #3) makes its debut on the WSOP schedule -- marking the first time a discipline beyond No-Limit Hold’em has been offered at the $1,000 price point. It is one of 37 different bracelet events priced at $1500 or less. The first $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em event is Event #4 on Thursday, May 29 at 12 noon and the opening weekend event on Saturday, May 31 at 11 AM marks the return of the “Millionaire Maker”, the record-setting No-Limit Hold’em event that attracted 6,343 entrants and a prize pool of $8.5 million in 2013. This year’s winner will walk away with a minimum $1,000,000 – or 666 times the $1,500 buy-in. Officially, Event #8, the “Millionaire Maker” features two starting flights, Flight A at 11:00 AM and Flight B at 5:00 PM, with a single re-entry allowed for those who bust Flight A and wish to enter Flight B.
Additionally, the 2014 WSOP will see the introduction of a two-tiered track for traditional mixed games, rarely spread at other tournaments around the world. In total, ten poker variants beyond No-Limit Hold’em will see both $1500 and $10,000 “Championship” bracelet events contested in 2014.
The 45th annual WSOP concludes with the grandest spectacle in all of gaming – the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Championship (aka “The Main Event”) (Event #65), where the winner walks away with $10,000,000. The quest begins Saturday, July 5 and will reach its final table (nine players) on Monday, July 14, at which time play will be halted until November.
The WSOP Main Event features three starting flights. Participants begin their journey to fame and fortune on Saturday, July 5 (Flight A), Sunday, July 6 (Flight B) or Monday, July 7 (Flight C) at 12 noon. Day 2 of the structure is Tuesday, July 8 for all players who played on Days 1A (Saturday) or 1B (Sunday). Day 1C (Monday) players who survive with chips play their Day 2 on Wednesday, July 9. All fields combine for Day 3 on Thursday, July 10. In totality, those playing Day 1A can reach the final table in, at most, 10 calendar days. Players choosing to start on Day 1C can reach the final table in just eight days. The event plays five full two-hour levels each day. The world’s best tournament structure remains exactly the same, with 30,000 in starting chips, two-hour levels and Level 1 starting at 50-100 blinds with no ante.
As is now customary with the Main Event, the delayed final table, aka “The November Nine” returns and is expected to air live on ESPN and ESPN2 during a two-night extravaganza on November 10 & 11, 2014.
July 4th will be a special Main Event “satellite day” at the Rio featuring a comprehensive slate of satellites, mega satellites and single-table satellites with entry fees as low as $125. (Satellites are tournaments which award tournament chips that can be used to enter larger buy-in tournaments).