The Events of the World Series of Poker
Each year, the excitement in Las Vegas reaches a frenzy with the start of the annual World Series of Poker (WSOP). The event has gained much fame and popularity over the last half-decade or so as Poker becomes more and more popular. Now televised every year, the WSOP is a chance for thousands of Poker players from around the world to gather for a coveted bracelet and lots of prize money.
The Main Event is the largest draw, with thousands playing in this tournament alone, and the top prize being millions of dollars. For the casual Poker viewer, this is the only tournament in the WSOP that counts, and for some, it is the only tourney that they are aware of.
Not everyone realized that the World Series of Poker lasts several weeks and features dozens of events, from satellite tournaments for the final seats to gender-specific games and relatively unknown games like Razz (where the lowest hand actually wins the pot, believe it or not).
Here is a listing of the official games to be played at the 2006 World Series of Poker, and how long each tournament is scheduled to last. Of course, the tournaments could go longer or shorter depending on the play of participants and how quickly some get eliminated, so these are not written in stone:
1. No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em: 3 days
2. Pot-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em: 3 days
3. Limit Texas Hold ‘Em: 3 days
4. No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em Short-Handed: 3 days
5. Omaha Hi-Low Split: 3 days
6. Seven Card Stud: 3 days
7. Limit Texas Hold ‘Em: 3 days
8. No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em with re-buys: 3 days
9. Ladies Event No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em: 2 days
10. Pot-Limit Omaha: 3 days
11. Seniors No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em: 2 days
12. H.O.R.S.E.: 3 days
13. No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em shorthanded with 6 per table
14. No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em Shootout: 3 days
15. Seven Card Razz: 2 days
16. Seven Card Hi-Lo Split: 2 days
17. No-Limit 2-7 draw Lowball: 2 days
18. No-Limit 2-7 draw w/ Re-buys: 2 days
19. Media/Celebrity Event: 1 day
20. Main Event (No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em): 14 days
There are actually a total of 45 events during the month-long Poker fest that has become the World Series of Poker. However, there are only 20 events here because several of the games have more than one tournament. For example, there are multiple No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em tournaments throughout the WSOP, although there is only one Main Event with the big prize.
The Main Event takes 14 days because there are roughly 8,000 players participating. For the first four days of the two week process, 2000 contestants are randomly chosen to play until they reach only 800. At the end of the four days, two of the four groups of 800 are pitted against each other for a total of 1600 contestants that play down to 700. A much-needed day off follows, after which those 1400 left play down to 600. Next, the 600 play down to 300 and so on until the final table, which is the last nine men or women standing. One of those lucky winners will go home with over $11 million, which is the jackpot for 2006.
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