The WSOP announced today that its 45th annual series will kick off May 27 and wrap up July 14 when the final nine players are reached in the $10,000 Main Event.
“In our 45th year, and tenth at the Rio, we are hard at work to make the 2014 World Series of Poker the biggest and best yet,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “We will build it, we hope you will come.”
The official schedule will be released sometime in January but right now we know it will run for 49 consecutive days and will include gold bracelet events, satellites, cash games and thrice-daily deep-stack tournaments with buy-ins as low as $75.
The series will be headlined by the second-ever $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop which will begin June 29.
When Antonio Esfandiari won the first Big One for One Drop in 2012 he pocketed over $18 million.
This time the field will be capped at 56 players meaning if it sells out it will set a new record for the biggest prize in the history of poker, over $20 million.
The Little One for One Drop which features a much more affordable $1,111 buy-in will have two Day 1 flights playing out July 3 and 4.
The second annual Millionaire Maker, a $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em event with a guaranteed first-place prize of over $1 million, will begin May 31.
The WSOP also said that although the final details are still being worked out, it expects to offer more than 60 gold bracelets, low buy-in Hold'em events catering to weekend warriors, higher buy-in championship events and special tournaments for Seniors, Ladies and Casino Employees.
As always PokerListings.com will in Las Vegas reporting on the action. Stay up to date on all the action on our 2014 World Series of Poker page.