It’s less than three weeks until the cards will be in the air at the Rio in Las Vegas for the start of the 2014 World Series of Poker.
As usual, the WSOP gets underway with the local dealers' No Limit Hold’em tournament on May 27. After one of the dealers claps a WSOP bracelet around their wrist events will continue for nearly two months.
There are 65 events on the WSOP schedule this year, concluding with the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em World Championship Main Event, with many of the qualifiers earning their way into the tournament via online poker competitions.
This year’s Main Event gets underway on July 5. Last year’s Main Event drew 6,352 players and at least that many are expected to try their luck again this year.
The Main Event may begin in July, but once again this year the winner won’t be crowned until November. The final nine players won't bag up their chips until November 10 when the November Nine have a showdown for the big pot and the title of World Champion.
At Bovada, they’re slowly starting to roll out the WSOP betting odds with a few interesting prop bets available. Leading the list is the birth country of the main event winner.
The favorite in the category is the USA at -175, while the rest of the world is lumped in together at +135. Taking a chance on the rest of the world may be worth the risk though.
Americans have won the last two WSOP titles, including Michigan’s Ryan Riess, last year’s winner. However, before the back-to-back American champs, two international players were the last man standing with German Pius Heinz winning in ’11 and Canadian Jonathan Duhamel becoming the first Canuck champ in ’10.
Out of the last 10 WSOP champs, five were American and five were international players.
The WSOP props list also asks if a former winner will claim the prize again (yes +600/no -1200), if a female will make the final table (yes +900/no -2000), and how old the winner will be (27 years or older -140/ 26 years and 364 days and younger +100).
The chances of a former winner repeating are extremely low considering how large the field is in the tournament. In fact, a former winner hasn’t reclaimed the top prize since the late Stu Unger won his third WSOP title in 1997. That’s 17 years and counting.
The number of women in the WSOP field has been steadily growing over the years, but it hasn’t kept the final table from continually being an all-boys club. Only one female player has ever made the final table – Barbara Enright in 1995.
On the last prop, the age of the 2014 WSOP champ, it should come as no surprise that under 27 is an EVEN money favorite.
The WSOP main event has become a young man’s event in recent years. The last six champions were all 25 years old or younger and someone older than 27 hasn’t won since Jerry Yang’s big win in 2007 at the ripe old age of 39.