LAS VEGAS (Nov. 14, 2012) – Save the Date(s).  The 44th running of the World Series of Poker will begin on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. 

The action-packed schedule which includes gold bracelet events, satellites, cash games and daily deep stack tournaments will run for 49 consecutive days, concluding with the final nine players of the WSOP Main Event on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. 

The summer festival reaches its pinnacle with the globe’s longest-running poker tournament -- the $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Main Event championship -- which is again slated to run over ten consecutive days from July 7 - July 16, 2013. 

The WSOP Main Event will feature three starting flights -- July 7, July 8 and July 9. 

Tournament buy-ins start as low as $75.  Cash games will begin on May 29 and run 24 hours a day throughout the seven-week series taking place in the Rio Convention Center. 

Nearly 500 poker tables will be set up across more than 100,000 square-feet of ballroom space to accommodate the thousands of players from around the world who attend poker’s annual Woodstock. 

The 2012 WSOP attracted 74,766 participants in a total of 61 events, generating a prize pool of more than $222 million – the largest prize pool in the WSOP’s 43-year history. Participants in WSOP events hailed from 101 countries in 2012. 

The current slate of individual events offered during the 44th Annual WSOP are being finalized, with around 60 gold bracelet events and a similar schedule as years past expected, with weekends catering to the No-Limit Hold’em weekend warriors.  Seniors, Ladies, Casino Employees and a Charity tournament are all being planned as well. 

About the World Series of Poker

The World Series of Poker® is the largest, richest and most prestigious gaming event in the world, having awarded more than $1.6 billion in prize money and the prestigious gold bracelet, globally recognized as the sport’s top prize. Featuring a comprehensive slate of tournaments in every major poker variation, the WSOP is poker’s longest-running tournament in the world, dating back to 1970. In 2012, the event attracted 74,766 entrants from 101 different countries to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, and awarded more than $222 million in prize money. In addition, the WSOP has formed groundbreaking alliances in broadcasting, digital media and corporate sponsorships, while successfully expanding the brand internationally with the advent of the World Series of Poker Europe in 2007. For more information on the World Series of Poker, please visit