Travel Through A Lens: World Series of Poker Live in Las Vegas

It’s that time of year again in Las Vegas, thousands upon thousands of players have descended upon the neon glow of Sin City for the chance to win big at the World Series of Poker.  Held inside the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, the festivities officially got underway earlier in June but the biggest events of them all take place in the next two weeks.

What started out in 1970 with just over a handful of players has morphed into a spectacle to include more than 75,000 entrants competing for over $192,000,000 in prize money and the coveted WSOP Bracelets.  In its 43rd year of competition and featuring 61 tournaments in all different variations of poker, buy-ins range from $500 to $1,000,000 and champions are crowned on a daily basis.  ESPN, the worldwide leader in sports provides top-notch coverage both on television and online so you never miss a minute of the action and if you find yourself in Las Vegas for a few days, make your way to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino to experience the World Series of Poker for yourself.

As for the events themselves, click here to view the entire schedule but two of the biggest events are getting set to start.

This Sunday, July 1 is The Big One for One Drop, a three-day No Limit Hold’em event with a $1,000,000 buy-in at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.  The game is limited to 48 players and features some Las Vegas heavyweights including Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte (One Drop is his foundation), Treasure Island Las Vegas owner Phil Ruffin, CEO of CityCenter and World Series of Poker Champion Bobby Baldwin as well as poker stars Daniel Negreanu, Johnny Chan, Justin Smith and more.  The event which supports the One Drop Charity will receive a handsome check to support the cause as $111,111 from each player’s entry goes to the fund.

On July 7, the World Series of Poker event everyone waits all year for gets underway, the 10 day No-Limit Hold’em Championship aka the Main Event.  A $10,000 buy-in grants players access for the chance to take down the competition and earn a seat at the final table for all the money in November aired live on ESPN.  In 2011, Pius Heinz was victorious and took home a staggering $8,715,638; who will be victorious in 2012?!  Make your way to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino Las Vegas to catch a glimpse of poker stars of today and tomorrow!