Greg Merson recently won the World Series of Poker Main Event and over $8 million, but the year never ends for this exciting sport.
The World Series of Poker Circuit features events at 20 different sites around the United States and Canada, with a few weeks of official tournaments at each location.
With these events, a hopeful player does not even need to move to Las Vegas to cash in on his or her dreams of becoming a professional. Instead, they can lose their money much closer to home.
After the circuit wraps up its play at River Rock Casino in British Columbia, it travels to Lake Tahoe, which should feature some of the best competitors in the country.
Where: Harveys Lake Tahoe, Stateline, NV
When: November 8 - 19
Total Events: 27
Official Ring Events: 12
Schedule (via WSOP.com)
|Date||Time (PT)||Event||Buy-In||Ring Event?|
|Nov. 8||12 p.m.||No-Limit Hold'em||$365||Yes|
|Nov. 8||5 p.m.||No-Limit Hold'em||$250||No|
|Nov. 9||12 p.m.||No-Limit Hold'em Turbo||$365||Yes|
|Nov. 9||5 p.m.||H.O.R.S.E||$365||Yes|
|Nov. 10||12 p.m.||No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry||$365||Yes|
|Nov. 10||5 p.m.||No-Limit Hold'em||$365||Yes|
|Nov. 11||10 a.m.||No-Limit Hold'em Seniors Event||$250||No|
|Nov. 11||2 p.m.||No-Limit Hold'em||$365||Yes|
|Nov. 12||12 p.m.||No-Limit Hold'em||$365||Yes|
|Nov. 12||5 p.m.||Limit Omaha Eight or Better||$250||No|
|Nov. 13||12 p.m.||No-Limit Hold'em Six Handed||$365||Yes|
|Nov. 13||5 p.m.||Pot-Limit Omaha||$250||No|
|Nov. 14||12 p.m.||No-Limit Hold'em||$365||Yes|
|Nov. 14||5 p.m.||No-Limit Hold'em||$250||No|
|Nov. 15||12 p.m.||No-Limit Hold'em||$580||Yes|
|Nov. 15||5 p.m.||Mega Satellite||$250||No|
|Nov. 16||12 p.m.||No-Limit Hold'em Turbo||$365||Yes|
|Nov. 16||5 p.m.||Mega Satellite||$250||No|
|Nov. 17||10 a.m.||Turbo Satellite||$250||No|
|Nov. 17||12 p.m.||No-Limit Hold'em Main Event||$1,675||Yes|
|Nov. 17||3 p.m.||Turbo Satellite||$250||No|
|Nov. 17||5 p.m.||No-Limit Hold'em Main Event (Re-Entry)||$1,675||Yes|
|Nov. 18||10 a.m.||Turbo Satellite||$250||No|
|Nov. 18||12 p.m.||No-Limit Hold'em Ladies Event||$250||No|
|Nov. 18||2 p.m.||No-Limit Hold'em||$580||Yes
|Nov. 18||5 p.m.||Pot-Limit Omaha||$250||No|
The biggest tournament is obviously the Main Event. It comes with the biggest buy-in, but also has the biggest payoff for the top finishers.
Unlike the other events on the schedule, players can re-enter the three-day tournament if they are eliminated early. This puts more money in the pot from suckers who think they are better than they are, but it also creates a different strategy in the early going.
Players can take more risk to get a pot lead without fear of missing out in the later rounds of the tournament.
Overall, there is a lot of money on the line in Lake Tahoe over the next two weeks. Many will try to get their hands on it, but only a few will come out as big winners.