The World Series of Poker has released a tentative schedule for the upcoming 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event final table.
There is a blip on the radar screen. It’s finally arrived. The adrenaline of the nine is starting to surge. The behemoths are about to clash. Ladies & gentlemen, the 46th Annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event is just around the corner.
By the time the nine take their seats, the 46th Annual WSOP would have seen 103,512 entrants, from 111 different nations, each take part in 68-events, spread over a 51-day period, each trying to earn a piece of the $210,379,285 generated in prize money. It is the world’s premier poker festival. It is the place where mythic encounters pierce our reverie unmercifully.
6,420 players took part in the $10,000 No-Limit Texas Hold’em World Championship. 80 countries were represented. The Main Event prize pool was $60,358,000. A record 1,000 players cashed with the smallest payout being $15,000. There are nine left. Berlin exempt there is only one bracelet left. Someone is going to win a first prize of $7,680,021, and for the very first time, everyone who made the final table is already a millionaire.
Here is the tentative schedule of events as released by the WSOP:
Fri, Nov 6 – Poker Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
The induction ceremony will begin at 7pm (ET) at Binion’s Gambling Hall, Downtown Las Vegas.
Mike Sexton was the last solo inductee in 2009. Since then two people have been inducted each year.
48 people have been inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame since the concept was first rolled out in 1979.
2015 Poker Hall of Fame Shortlist
Chris Bjorin, David Chiu, Bruno Fitoussi, Jennifer Harman, John Juanda, Carlos Mortensen, Max Pescatori, Terry Rogers, Matt Savage and David ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott.
The final voting committee comprises of the 23 living members of the Hall of Fame and a 16-person media panel.
Moving on from the birth of the WSOP Main Event to its current home. The action takes place at the Penn & Teller Theater at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Sun, Nov 8 – Main Event Final Table (Day 1 of 3)
This is it. The final has arrived. Nine players will take their seats. The action resumes with 57 mins, 36 secs left in Level 35: blinds will be 200,000/400,000 A50,000. The button is with Tom Cannuli (Seat 5), Joe McKeehen will start in the small blind (Seat 6), and Patrick Chan will start in the big blind (Seat 7) with only 15 big blinds, so there could be fireworks very early.
WSOP Main Event Final Table Chip Positions
Seat 1: Ofer Zvi Stern (36) 29,800,000
Seat 2: Pierre Neuville (72) 21,075,000
Seat 3: Joshua Beckley (24) 11,800,000
Seat 4: Max Steinberg (27) 20,200,000
Seat 5: Tom Cannuli (23) 12,250,000
Seat 6: Joe McKeehen (24) 63,100,000
Seat 7: Patrick Chan (26) 6,225,000
Seat 8: Frederico Butteroni (25) 6,200,000
Seat 9: Neil Blumenfield (61) 22,000,000
Here is the run down of the day’s events:
• 1:00 PM – Spectator line forms for general admission first come, first serve seating (seating is free; seating is subject to availability after players’ family and friends are accommodated)
• 2:30 PM – Media Credentialing Pick-Up Begins – Outside Penn & Teller Theater – next to Starbucks
• 4:00 PM – Friends and Family seating begins; friends and family must be in their seats by 4:30 or their ticketed seats will be put back in general admission pool.
• 4:30 PM – General admission seating opens and Media Credential Pick-Up Ends.
• 4:52 PM – November Nine Players Introductions Begin – Penn & Teller Stage
• 5:00 PM – Taping begins. (Airing on ESPN on 30-minute delay).
• 5:04 PM — Tournament Director Jack Effel final instructions & Shuffle Up and Deal
• 5:05 PM – Cards in the air, first hand dealt.
• 5:30 PM – Television coverage begins on ESPN. (TV will dictate when play will pause for the evening).
• 6:03 PM – First standard player break. When play resumes, will be Level 36: 250k-500k w/50k ante. Play continues until television determines we stop. (Expected to occur following an elimination).
Mon, Nov 9 – Main Event Final Table (Day 2 of 3)
• 3:00 PM – Doors to Penn & Teller Theater open.
• 3:15 PM – Friends and Family seating begins (must be in seats by 4pm).
• 4:22 PM – Player Introductions begin
• 4:30 PM – Taping begins for airing on ESPN2
• 4:34 PM – Shuffle Up and Deal
• 4:35 PM – Cards in the air, pick up at exact point we left off previous night. Play continues until television determines.
Tue, Nov 10 – Main Event Final Table (Day 3 of 3)
• 4:00 PM – Doors to Penn & Teller Theater open.
• 4:30 PM — Friends and Family seating begins; must be in their seats by 5:30
• 5:30 PM – General Admission Seating begins
• 6:00 PM – Taping begins (ESPN)
• 6:04 PM – Shuffle Up and Deal (On ESPN at 9:30 PM ET)
• 6:05 PM – Cards in the air. Breaks at the end of each level. Pick up where play ended on Monday, play continues until there is a winner
• 6:30 PM – Coverage on ESPN begins (on 30-minute delay)
WSOP Main Event Final Table Payouts
So, let’s have it. Who do you think is going to become the 2015 WSOP World Champion?