The World Series of Poker has released the schedule for the 48th Annual event. There will be 74 bracelet events, spread over 50-days, with eight of them appearing for the first time.
How do you keep improving the most prestigious and historic live poker festival in the world?
“The focus of the schedule remains squarely on two core principles: the biggest prize pools possible and diversity in offerings to provide something for everyone,” Effel wrote in a press release celebrating the launch of THE premier poker event.
I would add a third principle to that list.
Let’s be honest; the WSOP could become Alcoholic Anonymous (AA). They operate the longest running live tournament series anywhere in the world. Sticking to a tried and tested system would be easy. But they don’t do that. Every year, there is something a little different, and this year is no exception.
Eight New Events
The new schedule contains eight brand new events.
The ‘team’ concept so perfectly glamorised by the Global Poker League (GPL) grows this year after the success of last year’s $1,000 Tag-Team No-Limit Hold’em event.
Event #2: $10,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em begins on May 31. It will be the first open event after the Employees kick things off. The three-day event welcomes 2-4 person teams, and I think it would be fantastic for the poker industry if the GPL teams turned up en force to spice things up a little. Last year, Doug Polk and Ryan Fee won the $1,000 event after outlasting 863 teams in the first team event at the WSOP in over 30-years.
The other piece of big news is the growth of online events. The WSOP will include three online bracelet events after the success of the $1,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em event in both 2015 & 2016.
Anthony Spinella won the first-ever online bracelet event when he beat 905 entrants in 2015. The field size grew to 1,247 last year. Clayton Maguire took the title and bracelet.
The new online events are as follows:
Event #8: $333 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em – this $333,333 Guaranteed event will feature unlimited re-entries. It’s the lowest price point for a bracelet event in the history of the tour.
Event #61: $3,333 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em High Roller – This Big Daddy will also feature unlimited re-entries.
Event #71: $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Championship
The $1,000 event returns for the third successive year.
All three online events will play out exclusively on WSOP.com, unlike previous years when the final table played out live at The Rio.
A Giant; A Marathon, and More
The last time we wrote to you about the 2017 WSOP we told you how they had planted six marquee events into the ground for every weekend of the series.
That design was always sure to drag in the recreational players looking to blow off some steam after a Monday to Friday sort of dying, and the WSOP have increased the allure.
Event #19: $365 “The Giant” No-Limit Hold’em will play their Day 1’s every Friday night, over five weekends, before beginning Day 2 on July 8. Players can play as many flights as they want and can re-enter once per flight. The event is further evidence that the WSOP is looking to provide action for everyone.
Another new event is The Marathon.
Event #23: $2,620 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em is scheduled to run over 100-minute levels with starting stacks of 26,220 chips.
The other new events are:
Event #39: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo BOUNTY, with 20-minute levels and a $300 Bounty on each player’s head.
Event #51: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Split 8 or Better.
Event #59: $2,500 Big Bet Mix, with action in the following variants: Big O No-Limit Hold’em No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better No-Limit 5 Card Draw Pot-Limit Omaha 2-7 Pot-Limit Lowball Triple Draw
DeepStack Events & 24/7 Cash Games
The Daily Deepstack tournaments return with events planned for 2 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm, & 9 pm. The cash game action never ends. The Pavilion is once again the home for these bad boys. For 50 days the Rio becomes the largest poker room in the world with over 500 tables.
The WSOP inches closer to full autonomy when it comes to choice of payment at the Rio. Approval has been granted to use credit cards at the cage, and they have extended the limit to $10,000 allowing players to use a credit card to pay for the Main Event, an opportunity I’m glad wasn’t available when I was doing my coconuts back in the day.
So there you have it.
74 bracelets in 50 days, both live and online, with price points ranging from between $333 & $111,111, proving Effel’s point on principles.
The biggest prize pools.
A game for everyone.
Here is the full schedule.