World Championship of Poker begins July 9 at Rio

The 47th running of poker’s ultimate championship, the World Series of Poker, returns to the Rio this Saturday, July 9, with thousands of players expected to enter the $10,000 buy-in event in hopes of claiming poker’s ultimate prize.

Officially, the second-last event of what looks like another record-breaking WSOP has three starting flights: Saturday, July 9, Sunday, July 10 and Monday, July 11, all beginning at a new time this year — 11 a.m., with play running until 11:45 nightly.

Amateurs, poker pros, celebrities and poker enthusiasts from more than 85 different countries are expected to take to the felt. Notable celebrities and sports stars are expected in the field.

The prize pool is expected to be more than $60 million with the winner walking away with a prize expected to exceed $7,000,000.

The World Series of Poker is the gaming industry’s premier event, each year drawing tens of thousands of poker enthusiasts from around the globe to Las Vegas to compete for millions in prize money and the game’s most coveted trophy — a World Series of Poker Champion’s Bracelet.