It was just for a few minutes, but the official World Series of Poker website accidentally published a draft of their 2014 schedule Friday afternoon. We managed to get there in time for a screenshot and laid our eyes on a big scoop; the 2014 WSOP Main Event will guarantee a $10,000,000 first-place prize.
Seth Palansky, Vice President of Corporate Communications at Caesars Entertainment, said the following when we reached out to him asking if the schedule we saw could be confirmed.
“Nothing is finalized yet. We’re still working through some things on the schedule and nothing should be taken as final.”
While the schedule can’t be taken as final just yet, we can speculate on some of the things we’ve read.
The Main Event
The screenshot we managed to grab shows that the Main Event starts on July 5th and has three starting days like last year. With the tournament guaranteeing an eight-figure first-place prize, it will guarantee itself of having at least the second biggest WSOP Main Event first-place prize in the history of poker.
In 2006 Jamie Gold took home a $12,000,000 first-place prize for his Main Event win, and to date he’s still the biggest Main Event winner of all time. In 2006 the Main Event drew a crowd of 8,773 and the next closest one took place in 2010 when Jonathan Duhamel beat a field of 7,319 to collect almost nine million dollars. This was the third biggest first-place prize as Peter Eastgate in 2008 took home $9.1 million.
There’s no question the Main Event will have another prize pool easily able to cover the first-place prize guarantee. The distribution of the money for the remaining places is something to look at now. The drop off between first and second has never been bigger than when Gold beat Paul Wasicka won took home almost six million less, but still $6,102,499. While the possible drop off is the last of the worries of the final two players, we think the $10,000,000 guarantee is not going to skew the payouts.
Poker’s making a comeback in the US, just look at last year’s viral success of the Main Event final table, online poker coming back state-by-state and other live events getting big turnouts. All of this is an indication that the guaranteed prize might even be exceeded.
The introduction on the site shows that the WSOP plans to have 65 events this year. Besides the usual satellites, Daily Deepstacks and cash games there is one very exciting new bracelet event to look forward to. The WSOP websites stated the following, “This year’s bracelet offerings even include some new games and events including the first-ever Dealer’s Choice bracelet.”
There are many different variations when playing Dealer’s Choice, most commonly played in home games, but we’re assuming it will go as following. The tournament will be in a six or seven-handed format ensuring a wide range of games can be played. After drawing for the button it will rotate as usual and the player who has the button can decide the game played during that hand.
While this format will definitely not be the fastest tournament on the schedule due to the changing of the games, it will for sure create a big buzz and draw a crowd of poker purists and mixed game enthusiasts. In all likelihood, the eight games of the $50,000 Player’s Championship will be used for the rotation.
$10,000 Championship Events
In the last 12 months, there have been plenty of discussions about bringing back $10,000 Championship events. WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart told us that his research had shown that the drop off from $10,000 to $5,000 events had not resulted in a strong growth, and therefor they are now reverting back to the old system.
There could be $10,000 Championship events for the following poker variations:
Limit 2-7 Triple Draw **
Omaha Hi-Lo Split-8 or better *
No Limit 2-7 Single Draw
Seven Card Razz **
Pot Limit Hold’em *
No Limit Hold’em Six Max ***
Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split 8 or Better *
Limit Hold’em *
Seven Card Stud *
Pot Limit Omaha
* - Denotes a $5,000 event on the 2013 WSOP schedule
** - Denotes a $2,500 event on the 2013 WSOP schedule
*** - Denotes a $25,000 event on the 2013 WSOP schedule
On top of the Championship events listed above, there will also be a $25,000 Mixed Max event right at the start. Event 2, as listed on the unconfirmed schedule, will be a four-day event. The days in succession will consist of nine-handed, six-handed, four-handed and heads-up play. Last year the schedule featured a $3,000 Mixed Max Event, which drew a crowd of 593 and Isaac Hagerling won the $372,387 first-place prize.
Big One for One Drop
The highly anticipated Big One for One Drop, a three-day No Limit Hold’em event, will start on June 29th and has a $1,000,000 buy in. This rake free event is hosted by the WSOP in cooperation with Guy Laliberté’s One Drop charity.
In 2012 the WSOP first hosted this tournament and reached its 48-player cap. Antonio Esfandiari won the tournament and $18.3 million after beating Sam Trickett heads up. From each of the million-dollar buy ins that was collected, $111,111 went to the non-profit One Drop organization specializing in providing clean drinking water to places like El Salvador, Burkina Faso and Honduras.
The 2014 Big One for One Drop was announced on October 18th 2013 and since then many pros have already shown interest. The cap for this year’s event has been upped to 56; we’re positive it will sell out once again and break the all-time record for biggest prize in a poker tournament.
The WSOP Puts On Another Big Show
Poker enthusiasts can be nothing short of excited after seeing this amazing schedule. Besides these big buy in events, we’re sure there will also be an array of $1,000, $1,500 and $2,500 events to please all bankroll sizes.
The WSOP has over 40 years of experience hosting poker tournaments and every year they’re making sure to catch the eye of the common fan. This year the $10,000,000 first-place prize will definitely reach every corner of the world and qualifying will be a must. Right now WSOP.com operates legally in Nevada and New Jersey and make sure to host tons of highly anticipated satellites.
Credit to TwoPlusTwo for discovering the leaked schedule.