The 49th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) is upon us! The WSOP is one of the longest-running poker series of tournaments. Cards go up in the air for the first tournament on May 29. Events on the schedule for the 2018 tournament at the Rio include a tournament festival consisting of a comprehensive slate of the game’s most popular poker variations.
About WSOP
The annual poker extravaganza, which dates back to 1970, will be televised exclusively on ESPN networks and live streamed on PokerGO. You can see the television and live streaming schedules here. New at this years WSOP will be a tie-in with esports.
WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel says “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.”
The WSOP Main Event is the most well-known tournament that takes place at the WSOP. The $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Championship is the granddaddy of all poker tournaments. This year the Main Event gets underway earlier than usual. The tournament starts on Monday, July 2 and runs daily until a winner is crowned on Saturday, July 14.
With three starting flights, the final day for players to enter this year will be on America’s Independence Day: Wednesday, July 4th. Once the field combines for the first time on Day 3 (July 4th), the tournament will run every day without break.
New WSOP Events For 2018
Nine new events have been added to the 2018 WSOP schedule this year. New events this year include:

  • $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold’em (replaces the $10k Tag Team).
  • $100,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em (new addition).
  • $365 PLO GIANT (replaces a $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em).
  • $1,000 DOUBLE STACK No-Limit Hold’em (10,000 starting chips, replaces a $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em).
  • $565 ONLINE Pot-Limit Omaha Six-Handed (new addition).
  • $1,500 BOUNTY Pot-Limit Omaha (replaces a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em).
  • $1,000 DOUBLE-STACK No-Limit Hold’em (30-minute levels, replaces a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em).
  • $1,500 THE CLOSER No-Limit Hold’em (15,000 starting chips, 30-minute levels, new addition).
  • $50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em (new addition).

Big One for One Drop concludes the 2018 schedule for WSOP this year. The tournament takes place from July 15-17. This event is an every-other-year event like the $111k High Roller for One Drop, which takes place in odd calendar years.
Most weekday events will usually begin at 11 a.m. or 3 p.m., with weekend events most likely starting at 10 a.m., with afternoon flights of the same event usually at 5 p.m.
WSOP Is Free To Watch
You don’t have to participate in the World Series of Poker to enjoy it. Entry to watch the individual tournaments is free. However, space may be limited. You can see smaller poker tournaments in casinos all around the world but there’s nothing the WSOP.
The sheer number of poker players and tournaments is impressive. The environment at the Rio is unlike the rest of the year. There is gambling oozing everywhere. File this under something unique that you can only experience in Las Vegas.
The World Series of Poker begins on May 29 and continues through Saturday, July 14. Visit for more information.


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