In 2013, the World Series of Poker begins on May 29 and runs through July 15.
The WSOP is a large poker tournament held in Las Vegas each year, and as of 2012, consisted of 61 events with most major variants of poker being represented. Since 2005, The World Series of Poker has been sponsored by Caesars Entertainment. The winner of each poker event will receive a World Series of Poker bracelet along with a monetary prize dependent on the number of players in each event.
The large-scale, televised and highly anticipated World Series of Poker had very humble beginnings. Garnering no media attention, the WSOP began in 1970 when Benny Binion hand selected a group of 7 of the most well known poker players for a small tournament at the Horseshoe Casino. The World Series of Poker has grown to include tens of thousands of participants.