2024 World Series of Poker Begins with NHL Champion Jonathan Marchessault

The 55th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) has officially started at Paris Las Vegas and Horseshoe Las Vegas.

The 55th annual World Series of Poker officially starts in the city of Sin.

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This year's WSOP event is marked by Vegas Golden Knights star Jonathan Marchessault delivering the ceremonial “Shuffle Up and Deal.”

Marchessault, instrumental in the Golden Knights’ 2023 Stanley Cup win and recipient of the Conn Smythe Trophy, participated in the opening event: Event #1, Champions Reunion No-Limit Hold’em Freezeout.

Bringing Together WSOP Main Event Champions

Joining Marchessault were WSOP Main Event champions, including last year’s victor, Daniel Weinman. This was Marchessault’s first competitive poker tournament, where he received pointers from poker icon Daniel Negreanu before playing.

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.

Jonathan MarchessaultVegas Golden Knights Player

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The 2024 WSOP seeks to surpass its record-breaking 2023, which boasted 214,641 participants from over 114 countries.

The Champions Reunion No-Limit Hold’em Freezeout had a $5,000 buy-in and an exciting twist, players who eliminate a former Main Event champion earn automatic entry into the 2024 WSOP Main Event. All living Main Event champions were invited to participate with free entry.

Poker Action to Continue Until July 17

The WSOP runs from May 28 to July 17, 2024, featuring nearly 700 tables and numerous events, culminating in the Main Event starting on July 3. The Main Event includes multiple starting flights, with late registration open through Level 7 on July 7-8.

The final table will take place on July 16-17 at Horseshoe Las Vegas. The 2023 Main Event set a record with 10,043 entrants, and Daniel Weinman took home $12.1 million, the largest first-place prize in WSOP history.


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