BC-US--World Series of Poker, US
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The 50th edition of World Series of Poker is kicking off in Las Vegas.
The seven-week poker festival that opens Tuesday will feature 89 events with an expected combined prize pool of more than $200 million.
To celebrate the milestone, owner Caesars Interactive Entertainment has scheduled an awards ceremony and a $500 buy-in, rake-free tournament with a guaranteed prize pool of $5 million.
Caesars is allowing fans and others to choose some of the players who will be recognized at the ceremony. A panel will also put together a list of the 50 greatest poker players.
The series draws thousands of fans and players. It saw a record 123,000 entrants in 2018.
The famed no-limit Texas Hold ’em main event starts July 3. ESPN and PokerGO will provide live coverage.