Online Poker Players Turn Attention to WSOPPublished February 27, 2013 by OCR Editor
World Series of Poker announced schedule for this year's event in Las Vegas.
The attention of the online poker world turns to the upcoming World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, after WSOP officials announced the schedule for the 44th version of the annual event - which takes place May 29 to July 16.
WSOP 2013 Preview
The World Series of Poker will run for 49 consecutive days, with a total of 62 gold-bracelet events. It will reach its climax with the world's most important poker tournament, the WSOP Main Event, which begins on July 7 and will end with the final table on the final day of the poker festival.
Organizers have introduced a number of new events just to keep it interesting. These include: One Drop High Roller, a $111,111 buy-in no-limit hold'em event, in which three percent of house taking will be contributed to the One Drop charity organization, whose mission is to fight poverty worldwide by supporting access to water.
Record numbers expected
As online poker grows in popularity, so too does the WSOP. Records tend to fall every year, as they did last year when 74,766 participants competed in a total of 61 events for the largest-ever prize pool of over $222 million. The addition of new events this year means records are likely to again be broken.Notable, WSOP is attempting to discourage males from entering the Ladies Championship by offering females a special $1,000 buy-in as opposed to the official buy-in of $10,000. Men cannot be legally prevented from playing the women's event, although officials are trying to create a friendly environment for female poker players.