Provided that the Mayans admit to only “kidding” about the end of the world in a little over a month’s time, then the 44th World Series of Poker is expected to go down without a hitch. Recently, the dates for the 2013 installment of the WSOP were announced with the biggest poker tournament series in the world opening on May 29 and will run until July 16, 2013. That’s 49 days of poker with about 60 bracelet events expected to be handed out.
Likewise, the event will take place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. If the 2012 series was any indication of the expected turnout for the 2013 series, then it’s should be a safe estimate to say that the 44th installment of the WSOP will attract at least 70,000 participants from just about every corner of the world.
As always, the $10,000 buy-in Main Event will be the highlight event of the 44th WSOP. Recently, Greg Merson took home the title, winning $8.5 million in the process. On top of the Main Event, you can expect a host of other tournaments, from small buy-ins to big buy-ins, to be part of the entire festivities. Two tournaments that’s expected to generate significant attention will be the return of the Big One for One Drop charity event, a tournament that only made its debut in the calendar this year and one that saw Antonio Esfandiari take home the title and the $18.5 million first prize money that came with it.
In addition to the Big One for One Drop tournament, the 44th WSOP will also see the the debut of the Little One for One Drop charity event, a tournament that, like we mentioned a few weeks ago, will comes with a $1,111-buy-n with unlimited rebuys for the first two days. With a significantly smaller buy-in compared to its “Big” brother, the Little one for One Drop event is expected to field a much larger pool of players, all vying to make history as the event’s first winner.
Rest assured, should we all make it to 2013, expect nothing less than another spectacular World Series of Poker. The dates have been set. It’s on everybody now to circle them on their calendars and get ready for it.