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  1. The European Poker Tour is back and with it a stop at one of its most storied locations - Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort. For 11 of the previous 13 EPT seasons, the PokerStars tour held its massive Grand Final in beautiful Monaco. It was there that some of the most recognizable names in poker stepped into the spotlight after winning the most prestigious Main Event on the tour. Names like Adrian Mateos, Steve O’ Dwyer, Gavin Griffin and Mohsin Charania all have their names etched into poker history as EPT Monte Carlo Main Event champions. Now, with the EPT reclaiming their branding after a year of trying something different, it’s back to their old Monte Carlo stomping grounds from April 24 - May 4 with a €5,300 Main Event. But while the tournament will be played under the old EPT name, organizers are bringing a host of new features to make this era of the EPT something new. Game Changers PokerStars has adopted two of the most talked about advancements to tournament play in the past year: the big blind ante and tournament shot clock. While the big blind ante has been the topic of much debate in the poker community there’s one thing everyone can agree on - it speeds up the game. Dealers will no longer have to harass a table full of players to post their antes at EPT Monte Carlo, now just big blind will post the antes for the entire table keeping the action moving. The big blind ante format will be implemented in all of the schedules No Limit Hold’em events including the €5,300 Main Event and all of the High Roller events. Keeping with the theme of speeding up the game, the Main Event will also be utilizing a shot clock from Day 2 forward. The shot clock gives players 30 seconds to make any given decision. For those extra tough spots, like when you are considering folding a set of Kings on the river, players are six 30-second time bank card that allows an additional 30 seconds. The Move To Re-Entry As the EPT continues to recover from what was perceived as a down year, they have opted to rethink their stance on the Main Event being a complete freezeout. Players who enjoy the purity of tournament poker may prefer the “single bullet” format of one-and-done entries, but PokerStars understands that it needs to be accommodating to those players who travel a great distance to participate. No one wants to pay thousands for a flight and hotel only to get cooled off on the first hand. This season, they have placed a single re-entry on the Main Event, allowing players a second chance should things not go their way with their first buy-in. The Monte Carlo Main Event has two starting flights and so players are given the option to either re-enter in the same flight or, should they bust on Day 1A, they can pay to enter Day 1B. Platinum Passes Up For Grabs The ongoing, year-long PokerStars No Limit Hold’em Player Championship Platinum Passes promotion will, of course, be in play during EPT Monte Carlo. Over the course of the series, PokerStars will hand out six $30,000 Platinum Passes, over the course of the 11 days. The winner of the Monte Carlo Main Event, the winner of the €1,100 EPT National Event and two random draws on Day 2 of both of those events will all get passes. There is a €1,650 live satellite to the PSPC taking place on May 1 and organizers will add an extra pass to that event. Lastly, one lucky home viewer of the live stream will also find their way into the PSPC for free. Live Streaming From The French Riviera That last Platinum Pass will be awarded to those who tune in to the PokerStars.tv live stream that will cover the both the Super High Roller Final Table as well as the Main Event from Day 2 until a champion is crowned. Anchored by James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton, the seven straight days of streaming is very likely to be joined by some of the Team PokerStars Pros that are expected to be in attendance including Jake Cody, Liv Boeree, Igor Kurganov, Andre Akkari and Fatima Moreira de Melo. After the success of the EPT Sochi, which saw attendance in the main event increase from 387 players in 2017 to 861 in 2018, hopes are high for EPT Monte Carlo. The festival kicks on April 24 and should players be looking for one more innovation to help them book their travel, organizers have arranged for discounts on the notoriously expensive food in Monte Carlo. There's a 10% reduction on food in the poker room and players who enter any event will be given food vouchers.
  2. Slowly but surely, the schedule for the 50th edition of the World Series of Poker is coming together. On Wednesday, another 34 events of the 2019 schedule were revealed as well as confirming that the big blind ante format will be used in every tournament where antes are present. In addition, the WSOP has announced a dramatic increase in starting stacks across the entire series. Mainstay Events Added Over the course of the past month, the WSOP has unveiled the 2019 schedule piece-by-piece. Back in December, they announced The Big 50, The Main Event as well as a number of schedule favorites like the Millionaire Maker and Double Stack. Earlier this month, another 13 events were added including a revamped Colossus and the Mini Main Event. Then, just last week, every tournament with a $10K buy-in or greater received a date, including the premiere of a $10K Short Deck event. Wednesday's announcement adds a number of mainstay events plus a new addition or two. One of the notable new additions is the "Bracelet Winners Only" event. The tournament, specific to the celebration of the 50th WSOP, has a "champion of champions" element to it as it is only open to previous WSOP bracelet winners. This includes every single bracelet winner dating back to 1970 through those newly-minted winners in 2019. Other announced events include various tournaments at the $1,000, $1,500, $2,500, $3,000 and $5,000 buy-in levels. New Additions To the 2019 WSOP Schedule Date Event Buy-In Time 5/30 Omaha Hi-Lo $1,500 3 p.m. 6/1 Limit Mixed Triple Draw $2,500 3 p.m. 6/3 Dealer's Choice $1,500 3 p.m. 6/3 No-Limit Hold'em $5,000 6 p.m. 6/4 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw $1,500 3 p.m. 6/5 H.O.R.S.E. $1,500 11 a.m. 6/5 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em $1,500 4 p.m. 6/6 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout $1,500 11 a.m. 6/7 Seven-Card Stud $1,500 3 p.m. 6/9 Eight-Game Mix $1,500 12 p.m. 6/10 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo $1,500 3 p.m. 6/11 No-Limit Hold'em $1,000 11 a.m. 6/12 Pot-Limit Omaha $1,000 11 a.m. 6/12 Six-Handed No Limit Hold'em $3,000 3 p.m. 6/13 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw $1,500 3 p.m. 6/15 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout $3,000 3 p.m. 6/17 Pot-Limit Omaha $1,500 12 p.m. 6/18 Mixed Big Bet $2,500 3 p.m. 6/19 No-Limit Hold'em (w/ Bounties) $1,500 11 a.m. 6/20 No-Limit Hold'em $2,500 12 p.m. 6/21 Mixed Omaha-8/Stud-8 $2,500 3 p.m. 6/23 Razz $1,500 3 p.m. 6/25 Pot-Limit Omaha-8 $1,500 3 p.m. 6/27 Omaha Mix $1,500 3 p.m. 6/29 Limit Hold'em $1,500 3 p.m. 7/1 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em $5,000 3 p.m. 7/8 Limit Hold'em $3,000 3 p.m. 7/9 Pot-Limit Omaha (w/ Bounties) $1,500 11 a.m. 7/9 No-Limit Hold'em $3,000 3 p.m. 7/10 Mixed NLHE/PLO 8 Handed $1,500 11 a.m. 7/10 50th Annual Bracelet Winners Only $1,500 3 p.m. 7/12 Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha $3,000 3 p.m. 7/14 H.O.R.S.E. $3,000 3 p.m. 7/15 No-Limit Hold'em $5,000 12 p.m. Big Blind Ante Across the Board In addition to filling out the schedule, the WSOP has declared that the big blind ante format will be used in every tournament that is played under the roof of the Rio. This includes bracelet events, Mega Satellites as well as their popular Daily Deepstacks. The announcement goes in-depth on exactly what the Big Blind Ante is and how it impacts the game. The WSOP used the big blind ante on a limited basis in 2018 but “after careful consideration and study, and broader use, including throughout the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe” this will be the first year in which the popularized innovation will be incorporated into the full slate of WSOP tournaments. Increased Stack Sizes Utilizing the big blind ante is not the only trend that the WSOP is adopting. In 2019, bracelet event starting stack depths are getting a major overhaul with players being given more chips right at the onset of the tournament. “It is important the modern day World Series of Poker continues to evolve,” said WSOP Vice President Jack Effel. “People certainly like bigger starting stacks, and we’re happy to oblige while simultaneously adding more value.” For example, in years past, a $1,500 WSOP bracelet event would start with a 7,500 chip stack (5x the buy-in amount). In 2019, that same tournament will start with 25,000 in chips. It is important to note that while the starting stacks are on the rise, structures for the series have not yet been released. Live WSOP Hold'em/Omaha Starting Chip Chart Buy-In Amount 2019 Starting Stack 2018 Starting Stack Notes $400 40,000 n/a Colossus only $400 tournament $500 25,000 5,000 Big 50 receives 50,000 $600 30,000 n/a New Price Point $800 40,000 n/a New Price Point $888 40,000 8,000 Crazy Eights only $888 tournament $1,000 20,000 5,000 * $1,500 25,000 7,500 ** $2,500 15,000 12,500 6/20 NLH Event only $2,500 tournament $2,620 26,200 same Marathon only $2,620 tournament $3,000 20,000 15,000 Six events at this price point $5,000 30,000 25,000 Three NLH events at this price point $10,000 60,000 50,000 All 10K events have same chips at this price point $25,000 150,000 125,000 High Roller PLO only $25K tournament $50,000 300,000 250,000 50th Annual High Roller only NLH at this price point $100,000 600,000 500,000 High Roller NLH only event at this price point * Double Stack: 40,000 chips; Mini Main 60,000 chips, Little One For One Drop: 40,000 chips w/$111 add-on ** Monster Stack, Double Stack & Bracelet Winners Only: 50,000 chips While every bracelet event is getting an ample increase in chips, the Daily Deepstacks will remain the same as in 2018. Other Live WSOP Events + Mixed/Limit/Stud Starting Chip Chart Buy-In Amount 2019 Starting Stack 2018 Starting Stack Notes $150 10,000 10,000 Daily Deepstack $200 15,000 15,000 Daily Deepstack $250 20,000 20,000 Daily Deepstack $400 25,000 25,000 Daily Deepstack $1,500 10,000 7,500 $2,500 15,000 12,500 $3,000 20,000 15,000 H.O.R.S.E/Limit Hold'em $10,000 60,000 50,000 All $10K buy-in events  
  3. The World Series of Poker continued with its piece-by-piece announcements of the 2019 WSOP schedule on Tuesday, dropping the full schedule for all events with a $10,000-or-higher buy-in. Highlights include a $10,000 Short Deck event, a $50,000 High Roller in celebration of the 50th WSOP, and the WSOP Main Event being played with big blind ante format. "We are proud to be the only tournament series offering such a wide variety of poker variants," WSOP Vice President Jack Effel said in the press release. "Players at this buy-in level should continue to expect terrific structures, with registration open until Day 2 in most cases and plenty of play to determine the champion in each discipline." The announcement comes one week after the WSOP released a batch of 13 events for the 2019 WSOP. There are 20 events with a buy-in of $10,000 or higher, starting with the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty on May 29, 2019, that features 20-minute levels. The $50,000 buy-in 50th Annual High Roller kicks off May 31 at 3 p.m. PT. Players in this new four-day event start with 300,000 in chips and are allowed one re-entry. The $10,000 Short Deck tournament is a four-day event starting on June 2. Players are allowed one re-entry in this event. For those unfamiliar with short deck poker, it is a variant of no-limit hold’em that has quickly risen in popularity in the last couple of years. The game is largely played in high-stakes cash games, but it has been making its way to the tournament scene more recently. With this variant of no-limit hold’em, deuces through fives are removed from the standard 52-card deck, leaving a new 36-card deck that includes only sixes through aces. The 2019 WSOP Main Event kicks off July 3 and plays through July 16, featuring three opening flights and an increased starting stack of 60,000 in chips. As part of this new announcement, the WSOP Main Event will be played using the big blind ante format and registration will remain open until the start of Day 2, which is either July 6 or July 7 at 12 p.m. PT. The WSOP's $100,000 High Roller and $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em events will be played as post-lim tournaments, starting after the WSOP Main Event is well underway on July 11 and July 13, respectively. DATE EVENT BUY-IN CHIPS LEVELS RE-ENTRY TIME 5/29 Super Turbo Bounty $10,000 60,000 20 minutes None 12 p.m. 5/31 50th Annual High Roller $50,000 300,000 60 minutes 1 3 p.m. 6/2 Short Deck NL $10,000 60,000 60 minutes 1 6 p.m. 6/5 Heads-Up NL $10,000 60,000 20 minutes None 3 p.m. 6/6 Omaha Hi-Lo $10,000 60,000 60 minutes None 3 p.m. 6/8 NL 2-7 Draw $10,000 60,000 60 minutes 1 3 p.m. 6/11 H.O.R.S.E. $10,000 60,000 60 minutes None 3 p.m. 6/14 Dealers Choice 6-Handed $10,000 60,000 60 minutes None 3 p.m. 6/17 Seven-Card Stud $10,000 60,000 60 minutes None 3 p.m. 6/19 High Roller PLO $25,000 150,000 60 minutes 1 3 p.m. 6/20 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw $10,000 60,000 60 minutes None 3 p.m. 6/22 PLO 8-Handed $10,000 60,000 60 minutes None 3 p.m. 6/24 Poker Players Championship $50,000 300,000 100 minutes None 3 p.m. 6/26 Razz $10,000 60,000 60 minutes None 3 p.m. 6/28 PLO Hi-Lo $10,000 60,000 60 minutes None 3 p.m. 6/30 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo $10,000 60,000 60 minutes None 3 p.m. 7/2 Limit Hold'em $10,000 60,000 60 minutes None 3 p.m. 7/3 WSOP Main Event 1a $10,000 60,000 120 minutes None 12 p.m. 7/4 WSOP Main Event 1b $10,000 60,000 120 minutes None 12 p.m. 7/5 WSOP Main Event 1c $10,000 60,000 120 minutes None 12 p.m. 7/11 High Roller $100,000 600,000 60 minutes 1 3 p.m. 7/13 6-Handed NL $10,000 60,000 60 minutes None 3 p.m.
  4. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Is Chino Rheem a Poker Hall of Famer? Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters are back from the Bahamas to talk about all things poker, including whether or not the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event winner is worthy of getting into the Poker Hall of Fame when he's eligible in 2020. Other topics include the most recent news from the World Series of Poker including the addition of a Short Deck event, the use of Big Blind Ante in the Main Event and plans for the 50th WSOP. The guys also recap the WPT Gardens Championship, discuss PokerStars' decision to lower the Sunday Million buy-in to $109 and go over the first few events of the 2019 Aussie Millions. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
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