Daily Rewind: WSOP 2014 announced, WPT Prague, Miss Russia contest

Today we preview next summer's WSOP, recap the latest action from WPT Prague and check out some of our hottest members.

WSOP looks ahead to 2014

Join the masses
Pull out your 2014 diary and get ready to block out seven weeks of your summer because the WSOP has just released the schedule for its 45th poker festival.

Setting up residence inside the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino for a total of 49 days, the 2014 World Series of Poker will kick off on May 27 and run through until the July 14.

As yet the full roster of events hasn't been finalised, however, the organisers are expecting to host at least 60 bracelet tournaments.

Of the events currently pencilled in, the Big One for ONE DROP (starting date: June 29), the Little One for ONE DROP (two starting days: July 3 - 4) and the Millionaire Maker (starting date: May 31) have already captured the imagination of the poker community.

Indeed, owing to the success of these tournaments in recent years, the planners have been quick to lock them into the schedule ahead of next summer's festival of fun.

WPT's bubble bursts in Prague

Aggressive Ognjen
(Image: WPT)
Brute force and timing were key to Ognjen Sekularac's success on Day 4 of this year's WPT Prague Main Event.

Despite starting the session as one of the short stacks, Ognjen was able to thrive as the bubble approached.

Knowing that only 36 of the day's 63 starters would make some money, Ognjen adopted an aggressive strategy when just 37 hopefuls remained.

Scoring double-ups against the likes of Kara Scott (his pocket nines hit a set against her pocket tens), Ognjen soon found himself amongst the chip leaders as David Peters fell victim to Ryan Spittles on the bubble.  

With everyone now guaranteed some cash, and luminaries such as Martin Staszko (30th - $8,528), Kevin MacPhee (23rd - $10,736) and Kara Scott (22nd - $10,736) watching from the rail, Ognjen was able to scoop 1,322,000 chips before the close of play and finish atop of the session's 21 survivors.

Russia's femme fatales

Just in case you've not heard about our Miss Russian Community competition then you're missing out.

Open to all Russian females in the community, our in-house beauty contest has brought together the best looking members for your judging pleasure.

Voting is open until December 21 and if you want to find out more about the seven finalists then click here.

Lovely Lena

'samrostan' couldn't make it a fourth day at the top of the high stakes leaderboard on Thursday; however, Eugene 'fishosaurusREX' Yanayt was there to take his place. Grinding through 1,413 hands the US pro was able to bank $112,138 and finish the day well ahead of 'verve.oasis' ($39,421) and 'N Channing' ($36,469).

Failing to impress (or make a profit) in the last 24 hours was 'Lefort', 'mariposa133' and 'taktloss47'. While 'Lefort' was the biggest loser of the day with a $51,507 deficit, his peers managed to drop $49,772 and $44,480 respectively.

'N Channing'$36,469

Question of the Day

Daniel Negreanu recently outlined some of his goals for 2014 (see below), so for today's Question of the Day we want to know what your ambitions (poker or otherwise) are for the coming year?


Daily Signoff

If you're a fan of poker related raps then this latest offering from Midwest Blessed will have you bobbing your head like a true gangster.

May's Prague Show

Make sure you catch Jesse May's daily show from WPT Prague at 20:00 GMT today.