The WSOP, which stands for the world series of poker, is a series of poker tournaments that are sponsored by Caesars Entertainment. The series of tournaments, which started with a field of over 79,000 entrants, culminates in the 2013 Main Event finale, held in Las Vegas each year.
The Main Event finale will be held November 4 and 5 at the Rio Hotel and Casino. The players for the finals are being referred to this year as the November Nine. Although the big draw for the Main Event is that amateur players can even qualify online through satellite qualifying tournaments, this year the field consists of experienced poker professionals, with the exception of Jay Farber, a Las Vegas promoter who got into the finals through a satellite tournament.
Playing for over $8 million, a flashy gold bracelet and title as reigning world champion, the players represent five different countries. But don’t feel sorry for the guy who gets last place: In this tournament, every player is a winner in his own right. With over $26 million up for grabs, the monetary prizes are incredible. The 9th place finisher earns a whopping $733,224, while the 8th placed player will receive $944,593. The remaining seven players will earn over one million dollars apiece.
Don’t take that gold bracelet for granted, either. Valued at half a million dollars, the highly-sought after piece of jewelry is the most expensive sports trophy offered in the world today. Created by Jason of Beverly Hills, the extravagant bracelet made of white gold and featuring 28 carats of diamonds can be personalized by the winner to show the two hole cards of the winning hand.
The contenders are as follows:
- David Benefield, one of several players from the USA;
- Michiel Brummelhuis from the Netherlands;
- Marc Etienne-Mclaughlin of Canada;
- Jay Farber from the USA;
- Amir Lehavot of Israel;
- Sylvain Loosli, representing France;
- Marc Newhouse from the USA;
Ryan Riess representing the USA is the youngest player in the tournament at age 23, and JC Tran from the USA is also the favorite to win right now, with the most money earned in winnings, and the most WSOP wins.