On Wednesday, the 2013 World Series of Poker kicked off at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and yesterday we posted our very first update on Event #1 and #2. WSOP posted 33 things to know about the 44th Annual WSOP on its website the other day. We have narrowed it down to the 10 things that we consider to be the most important.
1. This year's WSOP runs from May 29th thru July 15th. The November Nine will play down to a new World Champion November 4th and 5th.
2. This year features 62 bracelet events, one more than offered last year. The bracelets are once again furnished by Jason of Beverly Hills.
3. This year's set-up at the Rio features 480 poker tables spread across the Amazon, Brasilia, and Pavilion Rooms, which should be more than enough to handle the 75,000 entrants expected to take part in this year's event.
4. Buy-ins for bracelet events this year range from $500 (Casino Employees Event) to $111,111 (One Drop High Roller).
5. The $111,111 is a new price point for WSOP bracelet events. This One Drop High Roller isn't quite as high as last year's million-dollar buy-in, it is the first six-figure buy-in bracelet event in the WSOP's 44-year history.
6. Like the Big One for One Drop, the One Drop High Roller features a charitable component. A total of $107,778 of the buy-in goes to the prize pool, while the remaining $3,333 will go the WSOP's official charity, One Drop.
7. The One Drop High Roller isn't the only charity event on the schedule. This year, everyone has a chance to get in on the philanthropy thanks to the Little One for One Drop. This $1,111 buy-in event is an unlimited re-entry tournament that will run from July 3rd-6th. A total of $111 from each buy-in will go to One Drop.
8. Even if you aren't going to play a bracelet event, visitors are always welcome at the WSOP. We firmly believe poker is a spectator sport and anyone over the age of 21 is welcome to pop in the Amazon Room to scope out the ESPN stage, sweat their favorite pros from the rail, and maybe even get a couple of autographs.
9. It has been ten years since amateur Chris Moneymaker won the historic 2003 WSOP Main Event. He isn't the only amateur to capture poker's most coveted title though. In 43 years, 15 up and comers have beaten the pros and made the ultimate poker dream come true. Will this be the year we make it 16? You'll have to follow along and find out.
10. The bracelet ceremonies are back once again. Each day in the Brasilia Room, we will honor the latest WSOP gold bracelet winners with a ceremony that coincides with the first break of the day in the noon event. Play will be halted in the Brasilia Room during these ceremonies while the players are honored with the national anthem of their home country.