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Las Vegas: World Series of Poker opens at the Rio

May 30, 2013|By Tracy Brown
  • Greg Merson celebrates after winning the main event at the 2012 World Series of Poker.
Greg Merson celebrates after winning the main event at the 2012 World Series… (Caesars Entertainment )

Poker aficionados will descend on Las Vegas as the 44th World Series of Poker kicks off at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The first event, which began Wednesday, is a two-day No-Limit Hold ‘em tournament exclusively for casino employees. 

This year, the World Series of Poker, first held in 1970, will run until July 15 and will feature 62 events on 480 tables. Seemingly every major poker variation is present in the tournament, with buy-ins for the various events ranging from $500 to $111,111. Anyone 21 years or older can enter.

Tens of thousands of poker enthusiasts come to play for the coveted World Series of Poker Champion’s Bracelet and, of course, the prize money.

Take the three-day “Millionaire Maker” tournament, set to start Saturday. It is a $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold ‘Em tournament with $1 million guaranteed to the winner.

The World Series of Poker’s main No-Limit Hold ‘Em event is scheduled to begin July 6 and continue until the field is down to nine players on July 15. The final table to determine a winner will be Nov. 4-5.

The Rio All-Star Suite Hotel & Casino is at 3700 W. Flamingo Road in Las Vegas.

Information: World Series of Poker

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