Shuffle Up And Deal: World Series Of Poker Begins

BIG 50 No-Limit Hold ’em $5 Million Event Kicks Off Opening Weekend of World Series of Poker in Las Vegas

The biggest poker event in the world begins this week in Las Vegas, and the 50th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) promises to be a special edition and event. The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino hosts poker players from around the world, and a record-breaking turnout is expected for 89 gold bracelet events after last year’s WSOP drew players from 102 countries with 123,865 participants and prize money awarded of more than $266 million over 78 events.

I provided a WSOP preview at Forbes as the World Series of Poker Celebrates 50th Year With Big 50 Event And $5 Million Prize Pool.

  • Guaranteed prize pool of at least $5 million
  • Guaranteed 1st place prize of at least $1 million
  • $500 entry fee – rake-free for each players first entry
  • 50,000 starting chips
  • 50 minute levels

More than 10,000 entries are expected for the BIG 50 tournament, which would make it one of the top-5 all-time largest field sizes for a live poker event.

I reached out to Seth Palansky, and he told me pre-registration is breaking records for the BIG 50. Palansky is the Vice President, Corporate Communications, Caesars Interactive Entertainment, and Editor-In-Chief, WSOP.com.

“We’ve never had this many sign up in advance of the WSOP to guarantee their seat,” Palansky said. “We expect to reach max capacity for this event, as the response to this offering has been tremendous from the public and we can’t wait to open our doors and welcome everyone in.”

You can follow all the World Series of Poker news and updates on Twitter at @WSOP with hashtags #WSOP and #WSOP50.
Last year, fatigue took over the final table in the Main Event before John Cynn won the longest battle (199 hands) in WSOP history and captured the title and $8.8 million.
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Author: FairwayJay

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