Week 3 WSOP Guide: The Players Championship is Finally Here

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Every day is action-packed in the halls of the Rio as the 2018 World Series of Poker continues to pay out life-changing sums and players from all over the world realize their poker dreams of winning a prestigious gold bracelet.

The upcoming week focuses on one of the most prestigious events of the year for the ultimate poker professional. Additionally, the median age of those in the Amazon is about to go way up this week as the seniors come to town.

The Complete Player

There’s plenty of illustrious poker tournaments in any given calendar year. The WSOP Main Event, the Super High Roller Bowl or even the World Poker Tour Five Diamond Poker Classic to name a few. None of those tournaments embodies a true test to the overall pure poker skill needed to win Event #33: $50,000 Poker Players Championship.

The $50K is a true test of the elite rounders pure poker knowledge. It’s an 8-game mix with a high-roller buy-in that attracts the top tier of poker purists. Last year Elior Sion outlasted the 100 runner field to take home a career-high cash of $1,395,767 from a prize pool of $4.8 million.

This year, the final table of this event will be streamed on PokerGo, providing fans even more insight into how the best players in the world play a variety of games .

The tournament gets underway Friday, June 15 at 10:00 am PT.

Respect Your Elders

One of the biggest weekends at the WSOP is Seniors weekend. The longtime grinders and recreational players over 50 years old flock to their beloved $1,000 Seniors event. In 2017, the tournament began to offer a 2nd chance bullet, helping the prize pool create paydays that are better than most pensions.

Last year, Frank Maggio defeated a field of 5,389 for $617,303. Prior to that win, he’d never cashed in any recorded event for more than $5,800.

Day 1 of the Seniors tournament starts onFriday June 15 at 10 am PT.

Two days later, the Super Seniors (65+) also draws a big field. Last year 1,720 players registered and James Moore took home over $259,000 for the win.

2018 WSOP Week 3 Schedule

Here’s a look at all of the events taking place at the WSOP the week of June 11.

Day Event # Event Name Defending Champion
Monday 24 $2,620 Marathon Joseph di Rosa Rojas
Monday 25 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Ernest Bohn
Tuesday 26 $1,000 PLO Tyler Groth
Tuesday 27 $10,000 HORSE David Bach
Wednesday 28 $3,000 NL Six-Handed Chris Moorman
Wednesday 29 $1,500 Limit Triple Draw Lowball Brian Brubaker
Thursday 30 $1,500 PLO Loren Klein
Thursday 31 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Tom Koral
Friday 32 $1,000 Seniors’ Frank Maggio
Friday 33 $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship Elior Sion
Friday 6C $365 Giant
Saturday 34A $1,000 Double Stack NONE
Saturday 35 $1,500 Mixed PLO-8, Limit Omaha-8, Big-O Vladimir Shchmelev
Sunday 36 $1,000 Super Seniors James Moore
Sunday 34B $1,000 Double Stack
Sunday 11C $365 PLO Giant

Mixed Game Streaming

This week non-No Limit Hold’em tournaments pack both the WSOP schedule as well as the “airwaves.” Of the nine viewing options that Poker Central is showing this week, seven of the broadcasts feature part of the mixed game rotation. Stud Hi-Lo, 8-Game Mix, No Limit 2-7, PLO and H.O.R.S.E. all get the opportunity to gain new fans through the robust broadcast schedule.

Look for multiple streams to be offered on June 13, 14 and 16.

June 11 6:00 PM $1,500 8-Game FT PokerGO
June 12 6:00 PM $10,000 NL 2-7 FT PokerGO
June 13 6:00 PM $1,500 Stud Hi-Lo FT PokerGO
June 13 6:00 PM $10,000 HORSE Day 2 Twitch
June 14 2:00 PM $1,500 Millionaire Maker FT Twitch
June 14 6:00 PM $10,000 HORSE FT PokerGO
June 15 4:00 PM $2,620 Marathon FT Twitch
June 16 6:00 PM $1,500 PLO FT PokerGO
June 16 6:00 PM $1,500 Stud FT Twitch

News & Notes

Tune in to the June 14 final table broadcast of the $1,500 Millionaire Maker to see one of the over 7200 runners that entered Event #21 become the recipient of the fifth million dollar payout of the 2018 WSOP.

There will be some eyes on the registration numbers for the $50K Poker Players Championship with over 100 being the magic number. With all of the high roller action taking place both in and outside of the Rio, the hope is that that the number of players could very well exceed last year in a year where some key attendance numbers have been lower than in 2017.