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Outlook - July 2013 - WSOP Gears Up for Grand Finale


by Jennifer Newell

There are few tournaments that choose to compete with the biggest event of the year. With the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event on tap for July, there are no other major tournament series running big events anywhere in the world. Of course, there are smaller tournaments wrapping up at the Venetian and Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, but most events stay out of the way of the WSOP.

The month of July starts with the last week of preliminary events at the Rio in Las Vegas. There are a few additional smaller buy-in No Limit Hold'em tournaments with $1,500 and $1,000 buy-ins, as well as one with a $2,500 price tag and another with a $5K cost. There is also the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship, Event 61, which begins on July 5.

The $1,111 Little One for One Drop NLHE event was the 58th on the calendar and offered two starting days with reentries allowed, unlimited reentries on the first four levels each day. With a portion of the buy-in going to benefit the One Drop charity, it was one of the largest events of the summer.

In addition, the $50K buy-in Poker Players Championship was underway, starting as Event 55 on June 30. The five-day tournament always brings out the biggest names in poker, including one Doyle Brunson this year. With a substantial prize pool and star-studded lineup, fans and players alike love this tournament.

That brings us to the WSOP Main Event. Event 62 has the famous $10K buy-in, and there will be three starting days for the tournament - July 6 through July 8. The survivors of those days will join together on either July 9 or July 10, and the total remaining field will then be combined on Day 3 on July 11. Play continues from that point on through the most watched money bubble in the world and on toward the final table. The final day of play will be July 15, at which point the action will continue until only nine players remain. They will then take a break until November, when they'll return to the Rio in Las Vegas for the semi-live ESPN broadcast of their playdown to the winner.

The second half of July will be spent getting to know the final nine players who will take seats at the WSOP Main Event final table. We will have profiles of those players, as well as the details of how they earned those places at the biggest tournament in the world. Stay tuned to PokerPages for the most concise and to-the-point information about the WSOP.

To check out all of the tournament listings around the world, more details on the aforementioned events, and all tournament results, check the "tournaments" section of PokerPages.

Previous WSOP 2013 Articles:

June Recap: WSOP Completes Most Events 07/04/2013
WSOP Event 47 Recap: Anthony Gregg Wins One Drop High Roller Event at WSOP
WSOP Event 43 Recap: Jess Martin Wins $10K 2-7 Lowball WSOP Title
WSOP Recap 4: Erick Lindgren and Jeff Madsen win in Events 30 through 41
WSOP Recap 3: Schneider Wins Second Bracelet in Events 18 through 29
WSOP Recap 2: Events 5 through 17 Feature Matusow and Schneider Winning Gold
WSOP Event 16 Recap: Mark Radoja Wins $10K Heads-Up WSOP Title
WSOP Event 6 Recap: Millionaire Maker Sets Record, Benny Chen Wins
WSOP Recap 1: Holloway and Pope Highlight First Five 2013 WSOP Events


Jennifer NewellJennifer Newell is a freelance writer, originally from St. Louis but now living in Los Angeles. She fell in love with poker while working at WPT and began writing about it in 2005.