The 2014 World Series of Poker is set to be the biggest and richest ever, culminating in a $10m Main Event guarantee.
The much-anticipated calendar for the 2014 WSOP was offically released today with the $10m guarantee and the returns of the $1m Big One for One Drop, the Little One for One Drop and the Millionaire Maker tournaments among the many highlights.
The $10m Guarantee will ensure the Main Event winner will collect the second-biggest ME prize ever, after only Jamie Gold's $12m in 2006.
65 Bracelet Events, Final Table Nov. 10/11
Also returning are 12 separate $10,000 championship events in several disciplines plus the $50k Players Championship, the $1,000 Ladies Championship and the booming Seniors' Event.
November Nine Returns Nov. 10
"For ten years we have tried to raise the bar on tournament poker," said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. "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."
All told the 2014 World Series of Poker will be the biggest ever with 65 bracelet events beginning with the $500 Casino Employees Event on May 27.
The 2014 Main Event will begin with Day 1a on July 5 and three Day 1 flights will be offered again this year. The 2014 November Nine will air on ESPN over two nights starting on November 10.
The $1m buy-in Big One for One Drop, back after a one-year hiatus, will return with a 56-player cap and a potential $20m first-place prize.
The $1,500 Millionaire Maker and the $1,111 Little One for One Drop - big successes last year - also return.
To the delight of some of the more seasoned pros the prestigious $10k Championship events will be restored in several disciplines after the buy-ins were dropped in recent years. The twelve $10k events include:
- 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (May 29-31)
- Omaha Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better (June 1-3)
- No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball (June 3-5)
- Seven Card Razz (June 6-8)
- H.O.R.S.E. (June 8-10)
- Pot Limit Hold’em (June 12-14)
- No Limit Hold’em Six-Handed (June 14-16)
- Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better (June 17-19)
- No-Limit Hold'em Heads Up (June 19-21)
- Limit Hold’em (June 26-28)
- Seven Card Stud (July 1-3)
- Pot Limit Omaha (July 3-5)
Among the pros consulted in the scheduling process Matt Glantz is certainly happy with the calendar for 2014: