The 2014 World Series of Poker kicked off today in Las Vegas and to get you in the mood we're running down the five WSOP events we can't wait to see.
Over the next seven weeks players will have 65 WSOP events to choose from with buy-ins ranging from $500 all the way up to $1,000,000.
These are the five we'd play if we had the bankroll, but will probably just follow on the internet as we multi-table the micro-stakes online.
#5: $1,500 Millionaire Maker
The WSOP has always done a great job of giving a wide range of options for all bankroll levels and the Millionaire Maker is a perfect example.
This $1,500 buy-in tournament has two starting days and players are permitted to re-enter on the second day if they bust on the first.
The WSOP guarantees at least $1,000,000 to the winner meaning players will flock to the event. Last year’s Millionaire Maker drew a record non-Main Event field of 6,343.
#4: $1,500 Dealer’s Choice Six-Handed
This is a new tournament for the WSOP and a nice nod towards those fun dinner-table family games.
Players can choose between 16 different games and the table plays it for one orbit before moving on to the next game.
The expected games are allowed plus some throwbacks like Five-Card Draw and A-5 Triple Draw along with newer games Badugi, Badeucy, and Badacy.
It promises to be a very interesting tournament.
#3: $50,000 Poker Players Championship
This is the ninth year for what many call the most prestigious title in poker.
The $50,000 buy-in tournament has an 8-game format and the winner will need to show skill across all games.
Matthew Ashton is the defending champion and Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi is the only two-time winner of the event.
Other huge names to win this tournament include Scotty Nguyen, Freddy Deeb and Brian Rast.
#2: $1 Million Big One for One Drop
The thought of a poker tournament with a $1,000,000 buy-in seemed inconceivable just a few years ago but the WSOP proved it could work in a big way in 2012 when 48 people ponied up the seven-figure entrance fee.
This year’s field has a bigger cap of 56 players and just like 2012, $111,111 of each entry will go to the One Drop humanitarian organization.
The field will be relatively small for a WSOP event but full of top players, insanely rich businessmen and maybe an athlete or two.
The price tag is steep but there will a very interesting group playing, including surprise-entry Jean-Robert Bellande.
In 2012 Antonio Esfandiari won over $18 million and the first ever Big One for One Drop title.
#1: $10,000 Main Event
The granddaddy of all poker tournaments is hands-down the most anticipated event of the year.
Winning the Main Event brings prestige, fame, a shiny bracelet, and a truck full of cash. And in a first-time move, they're slapping a guaranteed $10,000,000 payout to the winner.
That guarantee means first place money will be at least the second biggest ever in WSOP Main Event history behind the $12,000,000 earned by Jamie Gold in 2006.
Keep an eye on everything happening at the 2014 World Series of Poker on PokerListings.com.