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The big event of the 2014 World Series of Poker is well underway at the Rio. Not the Big One for One Drop which netted one player $15 million and over $4.5 million for charity. The big one in this case is the Main Event which is currently on the second of two Day 2's that will eventually play down to one winner going home with $10 million dollars. And, if that hasn't sufficiently confused you yet, we're going to throw some facts and figures out now for what has been a bigger and better record-breaking year for the WSOP:
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Poker fans should be excited by this news. A new television show covering the world of poker just has made it onto national airwaves. “Poker Night in America” debuted a couple weeks ago on CBS Sports Network. If you’re a fan of watching poker on TV, you'll be happy to know the show is being brought to you by a veteran. PokerNews.com reports the co-creator of the Heartland Poker Tour, Todd Anderson, is the brains behind “Poker Night in America."
CBS Sports Network isn’t the same CBS where you’ll watch “60 Minutes." It’s a separate channel dedicated 100% to sports. It’s channel 333 and 1333 on Cox in Las Vegas. You can find where CBS Sports Network is in your town here.
Professional poker player Lauri Pesonen says says a laptop was stolen while his roommate and fellow poker pro Joni Jouhkimainen reported some other items that were stolen. Another poker pro Manh Nguyen says $35,000 in cash was stolen from his room at Rio.
The World Series of Poker kicked off this week at the Rio. There will be 65 poker tournaments taking place in the Rio convention space over the next six weeks and there’s a lot to know. You have all the basics for a great time at the WSOP so now it’s time to blow you away with
useless amazing WSOP facts that will help you win any meaningful trivia contest. Here are some quick and useful facts about previous, current and future WSOP tournaments.
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May means it’s time for the 45th annual World Series of Poker. As tens of thousands of poker pros, amateurs, fans, and dreamers make their way to Las Vegas, they will take up residence in the city’s hotels. Caesars, which runs the WSOP, offers special rates for entrants at host hotel Rio as well as its other properties across the city. Many will take them up on the offer, but quite a few will instead take advantage of special year-round poker rates not generally advertised to the public. The cool thing about these rates is that they’re open to anyone, not just the poker pros.
We’re less than a week away from the beginning of the 45th World Series of Poker at Rio. This marks the 10th year the WSOP will be at the off Strip casino. The tournament -- really numbering 65 over a six-week period -- takes place May 27 through July 14. It all culminates with the largest poker tournament of the year, the $10,000 No Limit Hold ‘em Tournament more commonly known as the Main Event.
The Main Event takes place July 5-14 during which time a field of thousands will be whittled down to a final table of 9. The final table, also known as the November Nine, returns November 10-11 inside the Penn & Teller Theater. The prize pools are based on how many people enter, but this much is clear -- the Main Event winner is guaranteed to take home $10 million!
The second installment of the The Big One For One Drop will return to the World Series of Poker at the Rio in just over a month. You may be familiar with The Big One For One Drop tournament because of its huge buy-in and jackpot. The Big One For One Drop is a $1,000,000 buy-in, no-limit hold’em charity poker tournament limited to just 56 players willing to put up the highest entry fee in any public poker game.
There will be no rake or house fees to operate the event. Also, $111,111 of each buy-in will be taken out as a charitable donation to One Drop meaning $888,889 will go directly to the prize pool. With the new 56-player cap, the first place prize has the potential to reach in excess of $20,000,000 (yes, $20 million) if every seat is filled.
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Originally planned as a subscription-based site, that idea was scratched quickly and South Point poker went quiet for a while. It's now been rebranded under the name Real Gaming and has officially launched as Nevada's third regulated, real money online poker site. Real Gaming follows Ultimate Poker and WSOP.com.
The 45th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) officially begins the day after Memorial Day on Tuesday, May 27 with an expected $200 million in prize money up for grabs. The schedule is similar to last year’s WSOP with a few changes here and there to spice things up. The biggest difference in this year’s WSOP, however, isn’t even in the schedule. It’s that the winner of the WSOP Main Event will take home a guaranteed prize of $10 million!
The 2014 WSOP begins with a new $25,000 buy-in Mixed Max No-Limit Hold’em tournament which offers the first open bracelet of the year on opening day, May 27 at 4 p.m. The 4 p.m. start is notable as its an hour earlier than events began last year. 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 the $1,000,000 buy-in, Big One for One Drop.
It feels as if the World Series of Poker just ended, but it's already time to get ready for this year's WSOP. The 45th World Series of Poker begins Tuesday, May 27 at the Rio. This year's WSOP schedule includes gold bracelet events, satellite tournaments, cash games and three daily deep stack tournaments over 49 consecutive days.
The most popular tournament of the WSOP, The Main Event, will once again begin with three starting flights July 5-7. The first phase of the WSOP will conclude with the final nine players of the WSOP Main Event on Monday, July 14.
WSOP.com, Nevada’s second real-money online poker site to launch this year, is just over two months old. Competitor Ultimate Poker got a five-month head start by getting cards in the air, so to speak, back in April. Its launch was a bit subdued and relied on in-house advertising resources. WSOP.com, owned by Caesars Interactive Entertainment, is taking a more explosive approach in trying to sign up new players and take control of the online poker market. If you have a Total Rewards account, step foot in a Caesars hotel room, or even watch TV in the state of Nevada, Caesars is going to let you know about WSOP.com.
Online, Caesars is promoting WSOP.com through many of its own websites. WSOP.com staff are reaching out to gamblers elsewhere on the web and regularly post on poker message boards. Additionally, WSOP.com targets existing Total Rewards members with a rewards system that connects to their accounts. Although the levels don’t match up exactly, it is possible to advance your casino status through online play and vice versa. Credits earned online can also be converted to credits for use at Caesars properties.
On Monday, Day 1 of the final table of the World Series of Poker took almost 10 hours to go from the November 9 to the November 2. The WSOP final last night was a heads up showdown between 23 year old poker pro Ryan Riess and 29-year-old Las Vegas club promoter Jay Farber. The last two players went heads up for almost 3 hours until Ryan Riess came out WSOP Champion. He’ll take home a prize of over $8 million dollars and a $500,000 gold bracelet. Jay Farber, who rocked a Hakkasan lid during both nights of the final table, will receive over $5 million as runner up. Not too shabby.
Ryan Riess, from East Lansing, Michigan, becomes the sixth consecutive player under the age of 25 to capture poker’s top crown. He also becomes the sixth consecutive poker professional to win the title. Michigan seems to be a hotbed of poker stars as this is the third time a player from Michigan has won the event, the most recent being Joe Cada of Shelby Township in 2009. Poker Hall of Famer and Grand Rapid’s Tom McEvoy was first to accomplish the feat in 1983.