Poker players can start making their travel arrangements for the coming summer months after the release of the 2013 World Series of Poker tournament schedule earlier today. This year the WSOP will run from May 29, 2013 through July 16, 2013, and will award 62 gold bracelets over that time period, as well as running a few exclusive and daily non-bracelet tournaments. As has been the case for the past handful of years the WSOP will take place at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, where three function rooms will be used to host the biggest poker tournament series in the world, which is slated to see some 480 poker tables in use at any given time.
The 44th annual WSOP will feature a number of new events along with the tried and true tournaments that have made the WSOP the most prestigious tournament series in poker since its inception back in 1970. Along with the $10k Main Event, and the $50k Poker Players Championship, the most talked about events on the schedule will likely be the One Drop events. The first is the $111,111 One Drop High-Roller tournament; a full-fledged bracelet event where 3% of the house fees will end up in the coffers of the Guy Laliberte-led One Drop charity, and the 2013 WSOP will also feature a Little One for One Drop event, a $1,111 rebuy tournament destined to draw a huge field and create one of the bigger prize-pools of the 2013 WSOP.
Here are some of the more notable tournaments on the WSOP schedule in 2013:
- Event #34 will be the first “Turbo” tournament in WSOP history. The $1,000 buy-in event will feature four 30-minute levels before switching to 40-minute levels from there on out. It will be interesting to see if players are drawn to the two-day tournament (WSOP events usually last three days) or if the fast structure is off-putting.
- Event #47 on June 26, 2013 will be the $111,111 One Drop High-Roller event. The event is uncapped and unlike the Big One for One Drop only 3% of a player’s entry fee is designated to go to the charity –of course players are encouraged to donate some of their winnings if they so choose.
- Event #52 will see the return of the $25,000 buy-in Six-Max No Limit Holdem tournament.
- Event #55 will be the $50,000 buy-in Poker players Championship.
- Event #58 will be the Little One for One Drop tournament, a $1,111 buy-in with unlimited rebuys. $111 from each entry will go to the One Drop charity.
- Non-Bracelet-Events include a $5,000 Open-Faced-Chinese tournament and the $560 Bracelet Bounty tournament
- The $1,000 buy-in Seniors tournament and the $1,000 buy-in Ladies tournament will also be returning in 2013, as will the $500 Casino Employee tournament which will once again kick-off the WSOP tournament series.
- Every Saturday the WSOP will run a $1,500 buy-in No Limit Holdem tournament. The WSOP is guaranteeing a first-place prize of at least $1,000,000 for the first of these tournaments, dubbed the “Millionaire Maker”. The Millionaire Maker will feature a morning and afternoon starting flight and will allow for a single reentry.
- Every Sunday the WSOP will host a $1,000 buy-in No Limit Holdem tournament.
You can find the full schedule for the 2013 WSOP here: http://www.wsop.com/2013/2013_WSOP_SCHEDULE.pdf