2018 WSOP Preview: Here Come the Mixed Game Heroes

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John Monnette took home a bracelet in 2017 and has a full slate of mixed game events to look forward to this year. (WSOP photo).

The World Series of Poker is the largest festival in the poker world for both their No Limit and Mixed Game offerings. Buy-ins reaching up to $50,000 for non-Hold’em games can only be found at the Rio for seven weeks every summer. These events often have a great impact on the WSOP Player of the Year race and should have a dense population of familiar faces for the full schedule.

Only a single new addition to the schedule game-wise comes from Pot Limit Omaha. Three events are listed, two live and the third online. The PLO Giant follows the template of its No Limit cousin with flights every Sunday for the schedule leading up to the Day 2 restart on July 2. Flights are available June 3-July 1 with unlimited re-entry and payouts for each flight.

The $565 Six Max PLO event adds a new element to the WSOP.com bracelet offerings. For the first time ever on June 22, players can compete for a four-card online bracelet.

As usual, Pot Limit Omaha is available this summer for standard events at the $1,000, $1,500, $3,000, $10,000, and $25,000 buy-in levels. The inaugural $1,500 PLO Bounty event premieres on July 6.

The standard offering of $1,500 and $10,000 mixed games returns. All games from the 8-game mix (HORSE, PLO, 2-7 Triple Draw) are on the schedule in the low and high variety. Also available are the $1,500 and $10,000 2-7 Single Draw events.

Other events that claim the $1,500 and $10,000 offering include PLO8 and Dealer’s Choice. 8-Game Mix can be found in only the $1,500 bin.

HORSE is of the $1,500, $3,000, and $10,000 variety this summer.

The $1,500 Omaha-mix returns on June 16. The popular format includes Big O, Omaha Hi-Lo, and PLO8.

For the third consecutive year, the $2,500 Triple Draw Mix is back. A-5, 2-7, and Badugi are on the menu in a tough event that claims Chris Vitch and Jesse Martin as it’s two winners. The event starts on June 2.

The $2,500 price point carries over to the $2,500 Big Bet Mix which premiered last year. Jens Lakemeier overcame a final table of Jerry Wong, Jason Stockfish, and AJ Kelsall to win the $112,232 first-place prize. The field reached 197 entrants. The single re-entry event carries the non-bracelet event games of Big O, No-Limit Five-Card Draw High, and Pot-Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw.

The final event on the $2,500 list is the Omaha Hi-Lo/Stud Hi-Lo mix. Smith Sirisakorn won the 2017 edition for $215,902 in his first and only live tournament cash. A total of 405 players entered last year.

The $50,000 Poker Players Championship kicks off on June 15. The five-day event brought out 100 entrants in 2017. Elior Sion notched his first bracelet win against a ferocious final table of Paul Volpe, Ike Haxton, and Daniel Negreanu. The Six Max event plays with an eight-game mix.

The $10,000 Championship events always include top-tier talent walking away with jewelry and James Obst, John Racener, John Monnette, and Abe Mosseri were among those who posed for winner’s photos in 2017.¬†David Bach won his two bracelets last summer in the $1,500 Dealers Choice and the $10,000 HORSE.

When the doors to the Rio open on May 30, players from around the globe congregate with varying game specialties looking to bring a piece of hardware home.