World Series of Poker is an international circuit of poker tournaments, open to any player over 21 years of age. The yearly circuit offers a total sum of prizes of $200m, so as you can see, it’s one of the most important poker events in the world, and one of the events that gathers more attention and media coverage.
This year 2104 it will be the 45th edition, and the organizers have just announced the calendar. So pay attention, maybe you should start checking for flight tickets. The WSOP main event, taking place in May 2014 will see a winner of over $10m plus the classic diamond ring.
One of the classic tournaments id the Annual Poker Extravaganza, organized since 1970. It takes place since the last 10 years at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, and due to this jubilee, the winner will walk away with $10m prize, plus way more other prizes.
During the year circuit, a total of 65 winners will get one of the famous diamond rings. Last year it was 62, so the amount keeps increasing, and so does the circuit.
According to WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart, the organization expects 2014 to beat all the records in participation and prizes, setting a new bar in Poker tournaments. Mr Stewart also declared that the event is not just about poker, but there are many side events, so even if Poker is not your main hobby, you can always find interesting activities to keep yourself entertained.
ESPN and ESPN2 will cover the main events, so even if you can not attend, but are interested in checking one of the events marked in red in the poker calendars, you will still have the chance to follow it through TV and internet.
The event has also a social side, and for the last years they have partnered with One Drop, a charity trying to make water accessible for all citizens in the world. All winners will have the chance to donate 1% of their prizes to this charity. During the last 2 editions, in 2012 and 2013, $12m were donated to this cause by the tournament winners.