July is the month of poker with WSOP mania taking over what seems to be the entire world. The CalvinAyre.com team will be in Las Vegas bringing you daily updates from the Rio and also at GiGse, an online gambling industry conference dedicated to the US-regulated iGaming market.
WSOP Big One for One Drop
The Big One for One Drop is a high profile WSOP charitable poker tournament, created to raise awareness of water related issues within the poker community. The tournament has the highest entry fee ever offered- $1,000,000- and $111,111 of each buy-in is donated directly to Guy Laliberté’s ONE DROP organization.
A maximum of 56 professional poker players, philanthropists and businessmen will battle it out for a chunk of the jackpot with the final table taking place on July 1. Big names such as Phil Ivy, Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Selbst, Guy Laliberté, Sam Trickett and defending champion Antonio Esfandiari are all on the roster for what promises to be one of the most high profile poker events of the year.
What: The Big One for One Drop
When: June 29-July 1
Where: Rio, Las Vegas
How to Register: You need a cool million first
WSOP Main Event
The WSOP Main event is the most famous poker tournament in existence and the biggest tournament of the year. This No-Limit Hold ‘Em tourney attracts thousands of player from all walks of life, requires a $10,000 buy in and delivers a first prize of $10,000,000.
Seth Palansky of Caesars Interactive Entertainment/WSOP told CalvinAyre.com,
“If 7,977 turn out for an event with a $1 million guaranteed first place prize, what will a $10 million guarantee for first place do for the WSOP Main Event this year? We expect everyone and anyone to join this year’s Main Event and we can’t wait to award someone a nice 8-figure payday”.
What: WSOP Main Event
When: July 5-14
Where: where else?
How to Register: WSOP website
GiGse & ScS
GiGse’s main focus is the US-regulated American iGaming market. With Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware already up and running with US regulated online gambling offerings, sessions at GiGse will review the progress made so far and identify what is coming next. Running alongside GiGse is the Social Casino Summit (ScS), an event designed to identify real money opportunities in social gaming.
GiGse organizer Ewa Bakun told CalvinAyre.com,
“GiGse will be the first major iGaming event to take place after the ground-breaking and possibly game-changing deal between Amaya and PokerStars. Enough time will have passed for the industry to understand possible implications, which I’m sure will be discussed widely at the event. Additionally, to make sure GiGse/ScS attendees learn truly new things they cannot find at any other event, we are offering a lot of exclusive content, such as NJ consumer reports with a whole consumer insight program, workshops at social game studios, tribal casino visit and a start-up competition”.
When: July 14-16
Where: Hyatt Regency, San Francisco
How to Register: Online