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2018 WSOP to Feature 78 Events

Written By: Maya Michaels | December 13, 2017 | Posted In Poker News

Although it’s not even winter yet, the poker world is already looking ahead to the summer with Caesars Interactive Entertainment announcing the schedule for 2018 WSOP on Tuesday.

The 49th annual World Series of Poker, the richest, most prestigious and longest-running poker series, will have 78 events. The premier tournament will be running from May 29 to July 17, 2018 and will again be held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

The tournament’s famed no-limit Texas Hold’em Main Event will start on July 2. Starting fights will be held on July 2 and 3, and unlike this year, the final nine players will not get a two-day break between when the table is set and when the play begins, since the very final day of the Main Event is scheduled for July 4.  Huge field is expected in 2018 and PokerGO and ESPN will exclusively broadcast live streams from the 2018 WSOP, giving players not just a chance at becoming rich but famous as well.

The 2018 WSOP really offers something for every type of player since this year, nine new events have been added among which are $50,000 High Roller No Limit Hold’em Event, The Closer $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Event and $1,500 Mixed 8-Handed NLH/PLO Event and $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty NLH Event. Players of all levels will find the event in the 20,000 square feet Rio Convention Center that meets their desire and price point since this year’s event includes everything from $365 buy-in events to $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop charity poker tournament.

While the Main Event usually marks the end of the WSOP, this year is different since there will be a record 13 events that begin after the Main Event and will last until crowning the champion on Saturday, July 14. Several staples like Little One for One Drop and the Big One for the One Drop are part of those culminating events.

In total, 78 bracelets will be awarded in the summer and for those who prefer to play from the comfort of their home, 4 official gold bracelet events are planned to be played exclusively online from start to finish on WSOP.com Nevada, powered by World Series of Poker.

In 2017, almost 121,000 entrants played for more than $231 million in prize money and $10,000 entry fee was paid by 7,221 individuals to participate in poker’s richest tournament Main Event. This was the third-largest field in the event’s 48-year history. Scott Blumstein walked away with the 2017 title of poker’s world champion and $8,150,000. Another huge field is expected in WSOP 2018 whereas Marti Roca de Torres scooped the WSOP Europe crown.

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