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2024 World Series of Poker gets underway

28 May 2024

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Cards are in the air at Paris Las Vegas and Horseshoe Las Vegas with the 55th annual World Series of Poker officially underway, a series that follows its record-breaking summer in 2023 with 214,641 entrants from more than 114 different countries. The 2024 series began in style with Vegas Golden Knights Stanley Cup champion, 2023 Conn Smythe Trophy winner and “Original Misfit” Jonathan Marchessault delivering the iconic “Shuffle Up and Deal” to kick off the WSOP’s first opening weekend event centered around previous Main Event champions, Event #1: Champions Reunion No-Limit Hold’em Freezeout.

Marchessault was flanked by WSOP Main Event royalty during his ceremonial start of the series, with familiar faces stopping by, including last year’s Main Event Champion Daniel Weinman. As a champion who knows a thing or two about winning in Las Vegas, Marchessault took to the felt in the Champions Reunion event to play in his first competitive poker tournament ever after sitting down with poker legend Daniel Negreanu for some pointers and strategy.

“I’ve heard about how special the World Series of Poker is, but seeing all of this energy today with former champions on hand really drives home the magnitude of this event,” said Marchessault. “While I’d rather still be on the ice fighting for a championship, sitting down to give it a shot in my first competitive poker tournament against WSOP legends is a nice consolation. The WSOP holds a special place in Las Vegas history, and I am so glad I could come out and be a part of it today.”

Marchessault helped the Golden Knights secure their first Stanley Cup in franchise history in 2023 and was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner, which is the award given to the most valuable player to their team in the playoffs.

“What a way to start out the 2024 World Series of Poker as we aim for our biggest and best series ever, following the record-setting summer that took place last year,” said World Series of Poker Executive Director Ty Stewart. “Having a Las Vegas champion here today was the perfect way to kick off the summer and our new Champions Reunion event.”

The all-new Champions Reunion No-Limit Hold’em Freezeout features a $5,000 buy-in and an exciting twist allowing players who knock out a former Main Event champion to receive an automatic entry into the 2024 WSOP Main Event as a bounty. All living Main Event champions will be given one free entry to play in the event.

The 2024 WSOP in Las Vegas runs from 28 May to 17 July 2024, offering nearly 700 tables, many new events, and the highly coveted WSOP Main Event Bracelet. The Main Event will begin on 3 July, with four starting flights running until 6 July. Late registration will be available on 7-8 July through Level 7 or around 4:40 p.m. on Day 2 of each day.

The Main Event Final Table will occur 16-17 July at Horseshoe Las Vegas, following up on last year’s historic Main Event, which drew a record 10,043 entrants and crowned Daniel Weinman champion. Weinman took home $12.1 million, the largest Main Event first-prize payout in series history and became the first American to win the WSOP Main Event since 2018.

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