Starting today until July 15, the eyes of the poker world will be on the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The 44th annual World Series of Poker is set to be one of the most exciting yet! There are 62 bracelets up for grabs, and 62 opportunities to become an icon. From the 48 days of events, there are a few that you can’t miss.
Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em – The 2013 WSOP kicks off today with the traditional Casino Employees No-Limit Hold‘em event. The $500 buy-in is the lowest of the WSOP. Last year’s winner, Chiab Saechao, raked in $70,859.
“Millionaire Maker” No-Limit Hold’em – This event is intriguing because the winner receives a guaranteed $1,000,000 prize – hence the name, “Millionaire Maker.” This is a $1,500 single re-entry event. Players who bust in the morning, can re-enter in the afternoon.
Turbo No-Limit Hold’em – The idea behind this two-day “turbo” event is that the blinds increase at certain, more rapid intervals. It’s the first time the WSOP has ever held a turbo event. The blinds will increase at 30-minute intervals for the first four levels, 40-minute intervals for levels five to 17, and at standard 60-minute intervals after that.
One Drop High Rollers No-Limit Hold’em – This event is sure to take a chunk out of some wallets with a whopping $111,111 buy-in! This is a discount from last year’s buy-in for this event, which was an even $1,000,000. The normal 3% house fees that go to the casino will instead be donated to the charity One Drop. Last year’s winner, Antonio Esfandiari, brought in $18,346,673. This event is not only the most monetarily risky event of the WSOP, but it’s also the most charitable.
No-Limit Hold’em Main Event – This is the event we’ve all been waiting for: The Main Event! Players fly in from all around the world to participate in this event. Last year, Greg Merson won $9,785,354 when he won the WSOP Main Event. Will the household names and perennial favorites like Phil Hellmuth or Phil Ivey finally break through with a win? Will current WSOP Player of the Year leader, Daniel Negreanu, take the prize? Will another no-name come out of nowhere to become an instant multi-millionaire and poker icon? We can only wait and see! The Main Event begins on July 6th.
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