Today the World Series of Poker (WSOP) launches Event #1, the Casino Employee No Limit Hold’em event at the Rio All Suites Hotel in Las Vegas. As is always true at this time of year, Twitter is abuzz with members announcing their WSOP plans and with early predictions for various events. The WSOP action actually started yesterday, with the first of the WSOP Deepstack games, which will continue throughout the series.

Headliner events this year include The Colossus III, starting on Friday June 2nd. Last year, this $656 No Limit Hold’em event drew 21,613 entries, making it the second largest live poker tournament ever (second only to the Colossus I the year before). The winner of this event last year, Benjamin Keeline, brought home a cool million dollars for his troubles.

The cornerstone event in the series is, of course, the $10,000 buy in Main Event which begins on July 8th. In a change from recent years, the Final Table will be held in July, rather than delaying it until November. Last year’s Main Event, of course, was won by Qui Nguyen, with a boost from our very own Steve Blay, who shared his WSOP story on this blog last year.

The WSOP closes out the year with the Little One for One Drop, a tournament which donates part of its proceeds to the One Drop Foundation, which ensures access to clean water for those who might otherwise go thirsty.

As always, the WSOP should be exciting. Good luck to any who are playing over the next two months. For the rest of us, let’s hope for some great stories and exciting televised action.

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