2014 World Series Poker Update

July 7, 2014

The 45th annual World Series of Poker is happening at the Rio® All-Suite Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas for the 10th consecutive year. The 2014 World Series of Poker (WSOP) has been raging since May 27 and is slated to conclude on July 14, 2014, with the Main Event scheduled for July 5 to July 14, 2014.

The WSOP consists of 65 events in total, with the Main Event offering a guarantee of at least 10 million dollars to the winner this year. Other highlights of this year include the return of the one million dollar buy-in Big One for One Drop Event. 14 more events have been included this year with the re-inclusion of the $10,000 buy-in championship across all the major events. Further, the first ever Dealer’s choice bracelet has been introduced this year.

For the first time ever, the WSOP will hold a $1K buy-in for the first in a variant other than the Texas Hold’em. The “Millionaire Maker” returns to the schedule, while the $1,000 buy-in tournament is all set to award at least $1 million to the winner. This year’s bracelet offerings brings forth the first-ever Dealer’s Choice bracelet. In addition to the bracelet events, the Rio will host Deepstack tournaments and Mega satellites on a daily basis.

The tournament so far

The tournament so far has been nothing but a whirlwind of intense excitement. Some key events have made its mark in the 2014 World Series of Poker (WSOP).

Nearly 8,000 odd players thronged the arena to try their luck at the Monster Stack at the WSOP. The 2014 Event #51: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Monster Stack is ranked as the second-largest live non-reentry tournament in the history of poker tournaments. The first place continues to be ruled by the 2006 WSOP Main Event, which was jam packed with an astounding 8,773 players.

Earlier this summer, another event that drew crowds was the Event #8: $1,500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold’em, which created a playing field of 7,977. However, that tournament did allow re-entries unlike the monster stack. 2014 will forever be known as the Year of the Monster Stack.

One of the most exorbitant poker tournament in the world, the $1 million “Big One for One Drop” tournament is in progress. In its second running at the 2014 World Series of Poker, the tournament has begun and comprises of 42 amateur and professional players who are all game to gamble.

Phil Ivey, one of the best poker players in the world, grabbed the WSOP spotlight by winning his 10th career bracelet in the 50th event of the 2014 World Series of Poker – Event #50: $1,500 Eight-Game Mix. Further, Phil Ivey became the fourth player to reach the double-digit mark in bracelets by winning the event over a 485 player field.

John “Johnny World” Hennigan was exalted as the new Poker Players’ Champion, when he won the $50K Poker Players’ Championship for $1.5 Million. The Poker Players’ Championship (PPC) is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious tournament to conquer at the World Series of Poker. Veteran poker professional John Hennigan not only earned his first PPC title, a whopping $1.5 million, but also his third lifetime World Series of Poker bracelet by winning the $50,000 Poker Players’ Championship.

Last year, John Hennigan finished third in the same poker championship. This year Hennigan’s name has further been etched on the revered Chip Reese Memorial Trophy following in the footsteps of Michael Mizrachi, Scotty Nguyen, David Bach, Brian Rast and Matthew Ashton.

Biggest and most shocking upsets

One of the downfalls at WSOP 2014, was that the $50,000 Poker Players’ Championship made history by being the second smallest ever, with a turnout of just about 102 players. Some of the big guns opted to skip the tournament altogether this year and several of the regulars were also missing from the championship scene.

Another shocking turn of events, took place during the same prestigious $50K Poker Players’ Championship itself. Brandon Shack-Harris, a key WSOP Player of the Year contender, was leading the final table of eight players that included Melissa Burr, Jesse Martin, Frank Kassela, Chun Lei “samrostan” Zhou, Abe Mosseri, Allen Kessler, and the ultimate winner John Hennigan. Tables turned when John Hennigan defeated Brandon Shack-Harris heads-up in a nail biting finish that prevailed after a very long but entertaining fight to the end. Had Shack-Harris emerged victorious in the $50,000 Poker Players’ Championship, he could have outdone George Danzer in the race for the coveted Poker Player of the Year title. Currently, Shack-Harris is in second position while Danzer is at first.

Among the deeply sad news to hit the poker world recently, Chad Brown, 2006 Poker Player of the Year, who has been battling cancer over the last few years, has entered into hospice care. Officials of WSOP on hearing the news of Brown’s condition, in a first of its kind, decided to commemorate the poker legend with a special honorary WSOP bracelet.

Prophecies and what to expect

Predictions of the WSOP 2014 tournaments are floating around in popular poker blogs for the benefit of the poker fans worldwide. One of predictions believe that ace player Daniel Negreanu may not win a bracelet this year. However, Phil Ivey and Phil Hellmuth are expected to grab a bracelet or more each.

With women players making an impact in the poker world, it is being prophesied that women poker players might make a few waves and create history at the events. Vanessa Selbst, one of the strongest female contender in the poker scenario today, is a key player to watch out for and will most likely make a mark in this year’s WSOP. Quite contrary, another popular blog feel that 2014 may not be the year for women winning bracelets, so we just have to wait and see how it goes.

Other predictions include, the estimation of around 200 to 300 seats awarded via WSOP.com that might result in two qualifiers making the final table. Mixed game events and the Dealer’s Choice event are gaining wide popularity among players and might end up setting some serious records this year. The Main Event field is forecast to draw to the arena around 7000 to 8000 eager players or more and might set a new record. It is also being said that the WSOP is in a commendable position to have a star-studded final table with only poker pros and no amateurs at the Main Event. Now this is something to look forward to.