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But before you dive into the World Series of Poker head first, you should probably know what you're up against, how other players have made out, the schedule of events and even how to win your way into the event for just a few bucks. Our WSOP guide has everything you need to know, so read on. Remember, there's more to the world's biggest poker series than just the Main Event. Our WSOP schedule below has every event for and all the important information you need to know about.

The WSOP schedule has not yet been released. However, as soon as it is announced we'll post the schedule of events right here. But did you know that the first WSOP back in featured just seven players? In fact, the Main Event field didn't even reach double digits until And it took until to reach triple digits. It all started back in when Benny Binion invited six of the absolute best poker players he knew to play No Limit Texas Hold'em in front of a live audience at his Horseshoe casino.

That' s a far cry from the grueling week-and-a-half of practically nonstop tournament play poker players have to go through to be crowned champions these days. There are loads still of ways to get into 's WSOP tournament for just a few dollars or for free though! The series has been held there ever since.

You don't have to travel too far back in time to see how online poker dramatically changed the World Series of Poker for the better. Just look back to In , the Main Event saw a field of poker players. After Moneymaker's unexpected win, online poker sites saw an explosion in traffic, with millions of people signing up to hone their game. In , the field more than tripled, with 2, players sitting down to play in the Main Event. And the following year, the field more than doubled again, jumping up to 5, players.

Change in US law forced a few sites to dive out of the US market later that year, so subsequent years saw Main Event field drops. But for the most part, the field has remained in the mids and above. Online poker has even helped other tournament series grow in conjunction with the WSOP. Large-scale tournament circuits, such as the European Poker Tour and the World Poker Tour, continue to grow both in numbers and prize pools.

However, the World Series continues to be the grandaddy of them all, both in scale and reputation. If you want to play in the World Series of Poker Main Event in , there are several ways to win your seat. You can win your way through an online poker qualifier.

With online qualifiers, or satellites, you can win entry in to the WSOP Main Event for as little as just a few dollars. Poker sites hold satellites that feed into larger tournaments. By winning a series of tournaments, or even a single satellite tournament, you can make your way to Las Vegas for next to nothing and get to experience all the drama that's bound to play out at this years tournament. Serious online poker players who have patience and time usually get started with trying to qualify early.

If you want to play in the Main Event but you're short on funds this year, you can enter a live satellite. Successful players earn tournament chips that can be used in any of the WSOP gold bracelet tournaments. A pre festive cheer, to start your Christmas Holidays.

Jonas Kaufmann "Under the Stars". Friday 7th December 7. Regarded as one of the world's greatest living tenors, Jonas Kaufmann has captivated audiences for years with his incredible voice. Saturday 8th December 7 pm. Clara is given an enchanted Nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. As midnight strikes, she creeps downstairs to find a magical adventure awaiting her and her Nutcracker. The magician Drosselmeyer transforms the drawing room for a battle between mice and toy soldiers, and, during the battle, Clara saves the Nutcracker's life - so breaking a magical spell that turned him from a boy to a toy - and the Mouse King is defeated.

In celebration, Drosselmeyer sweeps Clara and the Nutcracker off to the Kingdom of Sweets, where they meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and take part in a wonderful display of dances. Sunday 9th December 7 pm. Don't get caught snoozing this festive season, book your Panto tickets now for this new spectacular, must-see production from Styletrax.

By pricking her finger on an enchanted spinning wheel a beautiful Princess is placed under a curse and forced to sleep for years. Of course it only takes one kiss from a prince to awaken her, but who will outwit the evil Carbosse and foil her wicked plans?

Spotlights intimate auditorium gets you right into the thick of the action. With a young and energetic cast, supported by technical wizardry of the LED screen, laughs and jollity are guaranteed. Boos and cheers are most welcome too. Tuesday 18th December 7 pm. In Verd's La Traviata, as one of the most beautiful courtesans of Paris, the alluring Violetta has many admirers but has let none of these wealthy suitors near her heart,preferring their generosity with their wallets to their baser attentions.

It is in this world she meets Alfredo, a handsome yet penniless member of the bourgeois who wins her love and whisks her away to a countryside idyll in the hope of escaping her past life.

Can their passion survive the reality of poverty, reputation and illness, or will everything they have fought to flee overwhelm the strongest emotion of them all? Join the maestro for a magical evening of music and dance featuring his world class sopranos, the Platin tenors and plenty of surprises. With show tunes, classical music and plenty of festive fun it promises to be a great way to start the new year!

Sunday January 20th 7 pm. Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war. Saturday 12th January 5. Adriana Lecouvreur was the only successful opera by Francesco Cilea.

The action takes place in the year , in Paris. The show centers on the rivalry between Adriana and the Princess as they fight for Maurizio's love. Saturday 26th January 6. Based on a short story by Alexander Pushkin, one of his favourite writers, Tchaikovsky began work on The Queen of Spades in The penniless soldier Gherman has fallen in love with Liza, even though she is engaged to his friend Yeletsky.

Gherman learns that Liza's guardian the Countess knows a winning three-card formula, so he determines to get it, to gain a fortune through gambling and marry Liza. Tragedy ensues and Gherman is haunted by a ghost. Saturday 2nd February 5.

Sunday 3rd February 6. As one of the most beautiful courtesans of Paris, the alluring Violetta has many admirers but has let none of these wealthy suitors near her heart,preferring their generosity with their wallets to their baser attentions. Richard Eyre's stunning production of Verdi's best-loved opera. Saturday February 16th 7 pm. Sunday 24th February 7 pm. Don Quixote and his servant Sancho Panza set out to have a chivalrous adventure.

They meet Kitri and Basilio, a young couple who cannot marry because Kitri's father is determined to marry her off to the wealthy Gamache. Don Quixote decides to intervene. Don Quixote is one of Marius Petipa's much-loved 19th-century classics - its story is drawn from Miguel de Cervantes's classic novel and set to Ludwig Minkus's score.

The ballet has long been acclaimed for its virtuoso dancing, beautiful and technically demanding 'vision scene' and the famously bravura and breath-taking Act III pas de deux.

Saturday 2nd March 5. Marie, the adopted daughter of the 21st Regiment of the French army, has fallen in love with a young man who has saved her life, but is from an enemy nation. The soldiers of the regiment are distraught and none seem able to deal with the change, but Tonio resolves to rescue Marie with the aid of the other soldiers, but will he be successful?

With its lovely melodies, vocal fireworks, and quick wit Donizetti's work is the perfect piece to brighten your day.

Saturday 30th March 5 pm. In the highly emotional world of humanity love animates the actions of all the leading characters: Wotan wants to protect his children but is forced to forsake them. He punishes her by stripping her of her immortality and putting her to sleep surrounded by a wall of flames that only the greatest hero can brave.

Saturday 6th April 6. La Forza Del Destino is one of Verdi's most ambitious scores, with some of his most brilliant choral writing, plus one of his most memorable overtures. The lovers attempt to elope, but the Marquis catches them and in the ensuing altercation, Alvaro accidentally kills the Marquis, who curses his daughter as he dies. Leonora and Alvaro become separated during their escape but Leonora's brother Don Carlo di Vargas decides to find them and avenge his father.

Don Carlo joins the Spanish army under a false name, little knowing that Don Alvaro has done the same thing and complications ensue Sunday 5th May 6. Disillusioned with life, the aged philosopher Faust calls upon Satan to help him.

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