“We have an opportunity to host some of the largest events in the tournament’s history,” Stewart said.

If attendance at last year’s special $1,000 buy-in no limit hold ’em event was any indication, the folks running the World Series of Poker may be on to something.

Tournament officials added the event to boost attendance and give low-limit players a chance to compete for a championship bracelet.

The result was a whopping 6,012 entries packing the Rio that earned 24-year-old Southern California poker professional Steven Sung a champions’ bracelet and a paycheck of $771,106. The field was the largest non-main event field in the tournament’s 40-year history.

So with this weekend’s kick-off of the 41st World Series of Poker, officials decided to include eight different $1,000 buy-in no-limit hold ’em events dispersed throughout the 57-event tournament, which runs through July 17 at the Rio.

In addition to the low entry fee games, the World Series of Poker will have 10 different $10,000 buy-in events, culminating with the no-limit hold’em world championship, which begins play on July 5. The tournament will also include a $25,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em/six-handed event.

Play begins Friday with the five-day Poker Player’s Championship, a $50,000 buy-in event where players compete while rotating through nine different versions of poker.

With other events having buy-ins between $1,500 and $5,000, World Series of Poker Vice President Ty Stewart hopes to shatter last year’s record attendance of 60,875 participants, who played for a prize pool of more than $174 million.

But even with the belief that bigger is better, Stewart said the World Series of Poker underwent several changes to enhance the players’ and spectators’ experiences. The tournament will spread 377 poker tables throughout more than 100,000 square feet of the Rio’s Convention Pavilion, which will also allow for increased comfort, such as larger aisles and spectator areas.

The food court has been moved indoors, retail space has been enlarged and space has been set aside for the Bad Beat Bar, which will include large screen televisions for sporting events, such as major league baseball and soccer’s World Cup.

An area will also be included for daily meet-and-greet autograph sessions with the game’s top professionals.

“We think this really sets the tone for all visitors to the Rio and it makes much better use of the convention pavilion,” Stewart said. “Our goal has been to have something for everyone. And we also want to do more with fans.”

The tournament doubled the number of feature tables from two to four, which allows the star poker players and celebrities to be more on display for fans and ESPN television cameras.

The cable network will broadcast 32 hours of World Series of Poker coverage starting on July 27.

For the third straight year, the final table of nine players in the main event hold ’em world championship, who will be qualified on July 17, will return to the Rio in November to play for the title after a four-month layoff. 카지노사이트먹튀

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