2018 World Series of Poker Schedule Revealed
Poker’s biggest annual tournament festival will return in 2018 for its 49th iteration at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, taking place between May 29th and July 17th.
The full schedule consists of 78 events in which top players from around the world are expected to compete for highly sought-after WSOP gold bracelets.
The Main Event, a $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Championship which is considered to be the Superbowl of poker, will no longer be the final event on the schedule. It begins on Monday, 2nd July, running each day until the crowning of the winner on Saturday, 14th July.
Last year’s Main Event winner, American Scott Blumstein, picked up approximately £6.2m and a gold bracelet for his victory, and defeating 7,220 rivals in the process – the third-largest field of all-time. The 2017 event attracted a larger-than-usual following in the UK thanks to fourth-place finisher John Hesp, the exuberant Yorkshire grandad with a kaleidoscopic dress-sense.
Thirteen bracelet events will follow the main event this year, culminating in the aptly named, ‘The Closer’, which guarantees a $1m prize for the victor and comes with a $1,500 buy-in.
Besides the ball-busting, big-buck tournaments, this year’s schedule sees a handful of new events for those with more modest budgets, such as the $365 PLO Giant, which replaces a $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em, or the $565 WSOP.com Online Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed, for those who can’t make it out to Las Vegas.
WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel is content that the schedule caters to low and high rollers, and all those in-between.
With today’s announcement, we hope there is enough time to adjust your holiday wish list. We feel very good about the multitude of offerings on the 2018 World Series of Poker schedule and look forward to welcoming everyone to the Rio in Las Vegas this summer. – Jack Effel, Tournament Director, World Series of Poker
The poker extravaganza, which began life in 1970, is scheduled to be televised on ESPN and streamed on PokerGO, and the full tournament listing can be found on the WSOP website.