World Series of Poker

2013 World Series of Poker Schedule Released

World Series of PokerYesterday Caesars Interactive Entertainment at last released the schedule of events for the 2013 World Series of Poker, again to be held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Starting Wednesday, May 29, a record 62 bracelet events will take place at this summer’s Series, with the $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Main Event slated to begin on Saturday, July 6.

Once again tournaments will take place in the large ballrooms in the Rio Convention Center, with 480 tables set up in the Amazon, Pavilion, and Brasilia rooms to handle WSOP events as well as cash games and the daily deepstack tourneys. With just a few exceptions, most of the 62 bracelet events are scheduled to run as three-day tournaments. The Main Event will feature three Day 1 flights, then two Day 2s before the field consolidates from Day 3 onward. In all the Main Event will stretch over 10 days, with play once again being halted once they reach the final nine in order to stage a delayed “November Nine” final table November 4-5. The final table will again be televised on ESPN and ESPN2.

As has been the case for the last several years, the weekends will regularly feature low buy-in no-limit hold’em events designed to attract the “weekend warriors” for whom a $1,000 or $1,500 entry fee represents an upper limit. Among these a so-called “Millionaire Maker” event (No. 6) will begin during the first weekend, a $1,500 buy-in tournament that will feature a guaranteed $1 million first prize. Traditionally the large field $1,500 NLHE events have yielded first prizes in the $500K-$600K range, but in this case the schedule of payouts will be adjusted to give a larger share to the winner (and less to others who cash).

Other items grabbing the attention of many following yesterday’s release of the schedule include the $5,000 8-handed NLHE event (No. 2), a “single re-entry” $1,000 NLHE event (No. 3) in which eliminated players will have an opportunity to re-enter, a $3,000 “mixed-max” NLHE event (No. 27), a $1,000 “turbo”-styled NLHE event (No. 34) with shorter levels, a $2,500 4-handed NLHE event (No. 38), a $1,500 NLHE “Ante Only” event (No. 45), a “One Drop High Rollers” NLHE event (No. 47) featuring a $111,111 buy-in (with $11,111 going to the One Drop charity) as well as a $1,111 buy-in “Little One for One Drop” NLHE event (No. 58) (with $111 going to charity), and a $25,000 NLHE event (No. 52).

The $50K Poker Players Championship comes back (Event No. 55), again as an 8-game mixed tournament concluding with a NLHE final table. The always popular $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship returns (Event No. 26). And a non-bracelet $5,000 buy-in Open Face Chinese Poker event coming near the end of the summer (on July 13) has been announced as well, exciting the many players for whom the game has become a popular new variant.

The Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship returns as well this summer (Event No. 51), although this time features $10,000 buy-in rather than the traditional $1,000 entry fee the event has had since 1992. However, a special “Ladies Discount Price” of $1,000 means that only men who play in the event will be required to pay the full $10K, an obvious ploy to try to discourage men from participating in the event as has happened each of the last three years.

The Ladies event drew the most online buzz yesterday, with many commenting on the WSOP’s decision to implement separate pricing for entry fees based on a player’s sex. A piece appearing on PokerFuse during the afternoon compiled various reactions on Twitter to the strategy, most of which were favorable. Clarifying the legal implications of such “differential pricing,” some also pointed to a Las Vegas Sun piece from July 2011 explaining how Nevada’s anti-discrimination law allows for “discounted pricing or special offers based on sex to promote or market the place of public accommodation.”

Here is the full 2013 WSOP schedule:

  • Event No. 1 (5/29-5/30): Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em ($500), 2-day
  • Event No. 2 (5/29-6/1): No-Limit Hold’em 8-handed ($5,000), 4-day
  • Event No. 3 (5/30-6/1): No-Limit Hold’em Re-entry ($1,000), 3-day
  • Event No. 4 (5/31-6/2): No-Limit Hold’em 6-handed ($1,500), 3-day
  • Event No. 5 (5/31/6/2): Omaha Hi-Low/Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low ($2,500), 3-day
  • Event No. 6 (6/1-6/3): “Millionaire Maker” No-Limit Hold’em ($1,500), 3-day
  • Event No. 7 (6/2-6/4): No-Limit Hold’em ($1,000), 3-day
  • Event No. 8 (6/2-6/4): 8-Game Mix ($2,500), 3-day
  • Event No. 9 (6/3-6/5): No-Limit Hold’em Shootout ($3,000), 3-day
  • Event No. 10 (6/3-6/5): Limit Hold’em ($1,500), 3-day
  • Event No. 11 (6/4-6/6): No-Limit Hold’em, 6-handed ($2,500), 3-day
  • Event No. 12 (6/5-6/7): Pot-Limit Hold’em ($1,500), 3-day
  • Event No. 13 (6/5-6/7): Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low ($5,000), 3-day
  • Event No. 14 (6/6-6/8): No-Limit Hold’em ($1,500), 3-day
  • Event No. 15 (6/7-6/9): H.O.R.S.E. ($1,500), 3-day
  • Event No. 16 (6/7-6/9): Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em ($10,000), 3-day
  • Event No. 17 (6/8-6/10): No-Limit Hold’em ($1,500), 3-day
  • Event No. 18 (6/9-6/11): No-Limit Hold’em ($1,000), 3-day
  • Event No. 19 (6/9-6/11): Pot-Limit Hold’em ($5,000), 3-day
  • Event No. 20 (6/10-6/12): Omaha Hi-Low ($1,500), 3-day
  • Event No. 21 (6/11-6/13): No-Limit Hold’em, 6-handed ($3,000), 3-day
  • Event No. 22 (6/12-6/14): Pot-Limit Omaha ($1,500), 3-day
  • Event No. 23 (6/12-6/14): Seven-Card Stud ($2,500), 3-day
  • Event No. 24 (6/13-6/15): No-Limit Hold’em ($1,500), 3-day
  • Event No. 25 (6/13-6/15): Omaha Hi-Low ($5,000), 3-day
  • Event No. 26 (6/14-6/16): Seniors No-Limit Hold’em ($1,000), 3-day
  • Event No. 27 (6/14-6/16): Mixed Max, No-Limit Hold’em ($3,000), 3-day
  • Event No. 28 (6/15-6/17): No-Limit Hold’em ($1,500), 3-day
  • Event No. 29 (6/15-6/17): H.O.R.S.E. ($5,000), 3-day
  • Event No. 30 (6/16-6/18): No-Limit Hold’em ($1,000), 3-day
  • Event No. 31 (6/17-6/19): Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low ($1,500), 3-day
  • Event No. 32 (6/18-6/20): No-Limit Hold’em, 6-handed ($5,000), 3-day
  • Event No. 33 (6/18-6/20): Razz ($2,500), 3-day
  • Event No. 34 (6/19-6/20): Turbo No-Limit Hold’em ($1,000), 2-day
  • Event No. 35 (6/19-6/21): Pot-Limit Omaha ($3,000), 3-day
  • Event No. 36 (6/20-6/22): No-Limit Hold’em Shootout ($1,500), 3-day
  • Event No. 37 (6/20-6/22): Limit Hold’em ($5,000), 3-day
  • Event No. 38 (6/21-6/23): No-Limit Hold’em, 4-handed ($2,500), 3-day
  • Event No. 39 (6/21-6/23): Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low ($1,500), 3-day
  • Event No. 40 (6/22-6/24): No-Limit Hold’em ($1,500), 3-day
  • Event No. 41 (6/22-6/24): Pot-Limit Omaha, 6-handed ($5,000), 3-day
  • Event No. 42 (6/23-6/25): No-Limit Hold’em ($1,000), 3-day
  • Event No. 43 (6/23-6/25): 2-7 Draw Lowball, No-Limit ($10,000), 3-day
  • Event No. 44 (6/24-6/26): No-Limit Hold’em ($3,000), 3-day
  • Event No. 45 (6/25-6/27): No-Limit Hold’em, Ante Only ($1,500), 3-day
  • Event No. 46 (6/25-6/27): Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low ($3,000), 3-day
  • Event No. 47 (6/26-6/28): One Drop High Rollers NLHE ($111,111), 3-day
  • Event No. 48 (6/26-6/28): Limit Hold’em, 6-handed ($2,500), 3-day
  • Event No. 49 (6/27-6/29): No-Limit Hold’em ($1,500), 3-day
  • Event No. 50 (6/27-6/29): 10-Game Mix, 6-handed ($2,500), 3-day
  • Event No. 51 (6/28-6/30): Ladies NLHE ($10,000; $1,000 for women), 3-day
  • Event No. 52 (6/28-6/30): No-Limit Hold’em, 6-handed ($25,000), 3-day
  • Event No. 53 (6/29-7/1): No-Limit Hold’em ($1,500), 3-day
  • Event No. 54 (6/30-7/2): No-Limit Hold’em ($1,000), 3-day
  • Event No. 55 (6/30-7/4): The Poker Players Championship ($50,000), 5-day
  • Event No. 56 (7/1-7/3): No-Limit Hold’em ($2,500), 3-day
  • Event No. 57 (7/2-7/5): No-Limit Hold’em ($5,000), 4-day
  • Event No. 58 (7/3-7/6): The Little One for One Drop NLHE ($1,111), 4-day
  • Event No. 59 (7/3-7/5): 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball, Limit ($2,500), 3-day
  • Event No. 60 (7/5-7/7): No-Limit Hold’em ($1,500), 3-day
  • Event No. 61 (7/5-7/7): Pot-Limit Omaha ($10,000), 3-day
  • Event No. 62 (7-6-7/15, 11/4-11/5): NLHE Main Event ($10,000), 10-day (plus 2)

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