Greg Merson celebrates after winning the 2012 WSOP main event and the $8.5 million prize.
The World Series of Poker is finally underway at the Rio hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The summer long event will be the center of the poker universe over the next six weeks, as amateurs and professionals alike gather to compete for the most prestigious prize in poker—a WSOP bracelet. The 44th annual World Series of Poker will take place from May 29th until July 15th, and resume again in November as the final nine players of the Main Event play down to a winner.
Here are 8 things to know about this year’s WSOP:
1) This year’s series will be composed of 62 different poker tournaments, all of which will offer a WSOP bracelet to the winner.
2) The WSOP is expected to have 75,000 entrants over the summer, and the Rio has 480 poker tables spread across spread across three different massive rooms in the casino.
3) The series will feature two charity poker tournaments, the ‘Little One for One Drop’ and the ‘One Drop High Roller’. The ‘Little One for One Drop’ will be a $1,111 unlimited re-buy event that will donate $111 of each buy-in to the One Drop charitable foundation. The ‘One Drop High Roller’ is a $111,111 buy-in event that will donate $3,333 of every buy-in to the One Drop foundation
4) The buy-in for the open bracelet events will range from $1,000 to $111,111.
5) The Final table of many of the events will be available for fans to watch via livestream on ESPN 3 and WSOP.com,
6) The WSOP Main Event is expected to have anywhere between six to seven thousand entrants.
7) There will be a $1 million dollar guaranteed first-prize tournament with a buy-in of $1,500. The event is expected to the largest of the tournament (outside of the main event)
8) The $10,000 WSOP Main Event will be play for nine straight days in July, until the players reach the final table. The event will then be put on hold until November, where the final 9 players will return November 4th and 5th to crown a new WSOP champion.