WSOP 2014: Dates, Full Schedule and Events Preview

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WSOP 2014: Dates, Full Schedule and Events Preview
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It's time for the world's best poker players to prove it again on the game's biggest stage. The World Series of Poker 2014 will begin on Tuesday, May 27.

Stars and past champions like Joe Cada, Joe Hachem and others will be on hand to vie for this year's title. The competition spans 19 days and features an array of events. Play will conclude on July 14.

Check the official World Series of Poker website to see a breakdown of the events, including the start dates and buy-ins for each.

Here's a look at the more lucrative tournaments that will be a part of WSOP 2014.

 

Mixed Max No-Limit Hold'em

Four-Day Event


New to the event this year, Mixed Max No-Limit Hold'em will be the second tournament to get underway. Over the course of four days, players will compete to win all but 5 percent of the total entry pool. With buy-in set at $25,000, there's a lot of cash on the line.

Each player will begin with 75,000 tournament chips. Players will be eliminated one by one until just four remain on the fourth and final day.

Check out the linked structure sheet to see all the details of this new and exciting event.

 

The Poker Players Championship

Five-Day Event


This event plays almost like the decathlon of professional poker. It's an eight-game rotation with an enormous $50,000 buy-in. The games included in this event are as follows: Limit Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better, Seven Card Razz, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better, No-Limit Hold'em, Pot-Limit Omaha and 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball.

In 2013, Matthew Ashton won the tournament and took home $1,774,089 for his efforts. 

In the event's eight-year history, only Michael Mizrachi has won more than once. He captured the titles in 2010 and 2012.

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Can Ashton join Mizrachi as the only multiple winner? Just reading Mizrachi's Twitter bio tells you he won't ever accept defeat easily. It reads: "I AM...The Grinder. I chose the nickname of my own accord because it signifies my determination and fiercely competitive spirit at the poker table."

Well then...Mr. Ashton and others should have a tough go of it this year.

Check out the structure sheet for full details on the event.

 

The Big One for One Drop

Three-Day Event

 

If you're in this one, you're already ridiculously paid, confident and/or endorsed by someone who is rich and truly believes in your skills.

This is traditional Texas Hold 'em, for almost unfathomable stakes.

The buy-in is $1 million. With up to 56 participants, you can imagine how big the pot gets at the end. Last year's winner was Antonio Esfandiari. He won $18,346,673.

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That's some serious cash for three days of work. Who am I kidding? That's serious cash for 20 years of work. 

Check out the structure sheet for this huge event.

 

No-Limit Hold 'em Main Event

10-day Event

 

This is the one most people come out to see. It's televised on ESPN, but this session will only chisel the field down to nine players.

That final nine will actually determine the WSOP champion in November.

Last year's winner was Ryan Riess. He beat out 6,351 opponents to earn $8,361,570 and the title. Who does the WSOP staff see as the most dangerous past winner of the main event?

It's Jonathan Duhamel.

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Jessica Welman of WSOP.com says:

The 2010 Champ is the player who stands out the most in the minds of the WSOP staff. He may not have the most final tables or the most post-WSOP earnings, but he does have several results others on this list don't, most notably a final table appearance last year in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship.

We'll see if Duhamel can live up to the hype. Here's a look at the structure sheet for the main event.

 

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