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  1. On Tuesday, just two weeks away from the start of the 2014 World Series of Poker, WSOP officials held a conference call to preview the event and field questions from reporters. PocketFives was on the call and learned that we'll see Frisbee dogs before the "Shuffle up and deal" command at some point this summer. Who doesn't like Frisbee dogs? Answer: Everyone loves Frisbee dogs. 2014 marks the tenth consecutive year the WSOP has been held at the Rio after moving from Binion's in Downtown Las Vegas. WSOP Vice President Ty Stewart started the call by saying, "We hope to make summer in Vegas the happiest season of all. It's time to make poker big again. It's time to make poker fun again." A total of 15,000 WSOP virgins are expected this year and the series anticipates over 70,000 total entrants for the fifth straight year. The WSOP appears to be shooting for the "fun" angle this year, trying to move away from any staleness that has occurred. Officials teased additional cage staff, additional cage windows, new chairs in every playing area, a new zip line attraction, the High Roller Ferris Wheel on the Strip, fresh carpet in the convention center, live music, indoor blimps, and Frisbee dog shows. As most of us know by now, the 2014 WSOP Main Event will guarantee $10 million to the winner, with Stewart saying, "Eight-figures for a poker tournament – it's something that can't be accomplished in any other event in the world. It's something that has had people talking for months." WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel added that the entire series was "our Olympics. This is our Woodstock. This is our celebration." In changes from 2013, the 5:00pm events will now start at 4:00pm to allow for more play on Day 1. The first day will run for 10 levels, ending around 3:00am. Moreover, players will be able to compete on WSOP.com, a regulated online poker site in Nevada, in a special Grind Room that will be set up at the Rio featuring computers, plenty of power outlets, and a segregated wireless network. WSOP tournaments will largely feature six levels of late registration, with the exception of the Main Event (six hours), Poker Player's Championship (start of Day 2), and Shootout events (two levels or until the tournament sells out). Speaking on the internet situation outside of the Grind Room, Stewart(pictured) told the media, "We have free WiFifor everyone in the convention center. We believe we have enough bandwidth to service all of our guests… Unlike some other poker tournaments, we encourage players to Tweet, post, Instagram, sign autographs, and not have to rush back to their seats for the 'first card off the deck.'" One topic discussed at length was the absence of an Open Face Chinese Poker event, which does not grace the 2014 WSOP schedule. Officials reasoned, "This is the World Series of Poker. While we're not afraid to be innovative, is Open Face Chinese, without betting, raising, and bluffing, a poker tournament? We decided it was too gray to have that bracelet sit side by side with [other bracelets] that help determine a person's place in poker." Finally, 2013 Main Event champion Ryan Riess (pictured) was in the house for the call, saying, "I can't wait. I am super excited… I am playing about 15 to 20 tournaments this year." He added that his game might have gotten sharper in recent months: "I've been working on my game a lot the last few months. I have been fine-tuning my game, so I am excited for the summer." Last year, Riess was a guest on the ESPN football program "College GameDay," which he said was the highlight of his reign as Main Event champion: "I was invited to be on 'College GameDay' along with Joey Chestnut. The Spartans luckily beat Ohio State and I was fortunate enough to be there." The game was held in Indianapolis. Stay tuned to PocketFives for 2014 WSOP news and results. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. Over the years, online poker sites and land-based venues have experimented with unique tournament structures and have even created new game variants, all in an attempt to attract more customers. The World Series of Poker, it seems, doesn't want to be left behind and has called out to players asking for suggestions on which events to include in next year's schedule. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the safest and largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. PocketFivers will love playing in the site's €1 million guaranteed iPOPS series, which runs through November 9. Visit William Hill today! --- WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel (pictured) took to Twitter to pose the question to his 20,000 followers: "What new event would you like to see at the 2015 @WSOP? This is your chance to weigh in and send suggestions! Only serious comments please." The post received plenty of responses from pros and amateurs alike, some serious and others off-the-wall. Allen "Chainsaw" Kessler was one of the first to chime in, suggesting a $10K Dealer's Choice event along with lowering the buy-in of the Poker Player's Championship to "increase interest and attendance." Kessler recently brought attention to a controversial tournament buy-in structure known as the Quantum Reload, which is offered at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles. In a recent rant, the pro voiced his strong opposition to the structure, which allows players to buy into Day 2 of a tournament for an inflated price. In protest, he boycotted the Legends of Poker Main Event and thinks that Quantum Reloads discourage recreational players and are bad for poker. Parx Poker Room Ambassador Matt Glantz (pictured) agreed with Kessler on running a $10K Dealer's Choice event and lowering the Poker Player's Championship buy-in. He also suggested adding a $2K NL Turbo and a $5K NL Turbo. PocketFiver Ari Engelreceived quite a bit of love for his suggestion of running $1K/$1.5K No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo events, as did three-time bracelet winner Dominik bounatirouIMO Nitsche for his comment on adding $1K Turbos. "How about a massive 100-seat Guarantee Saturday before the Main Event," he added. Dan KingDan Smith, currently ranked #1 on the Global Poker Index, gave his thoughts, proposing the addition of a Big Bet Mixed Event including PLO, NLSD, NLHE, and PLO8. The Monster Stack proved to be a player favorite this year, with many users asking for its return. "Weekly Monster Stack. Also, name at least three events per week something fruity," demanded Eric basebaldyBaldwin (pictured). "One Monster Stack a week please, and bring back the $2,500 Four-Handed NLH – it was the most fun I've ever had at a poker table," said WPT champ Jordan Christos. Other suggestions were a bit more logistical, but clearly welcomed by players. "Does an entrance where we don't have to walk through the smoking section count as a new event," said one user. "Less rake. Less fake charitable write-offs. Less ego. Better location. Better food. Better dealers. Better management," griped pro Corey comandr_cool Burbick. In less than three weeks, the 2014 WSOP Main Event will resume and the so-called November Nine will battle for the $10,000,000 first-place prize and $28,000,000 in total prize money. Odds-makers have given chip leader Jorryt van Hoofthe best chances of taking the bracelet, with Brazilian Bruno Politanohaving the smallest stack and the longest odds at 16/1. See the odds. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  3. Once again next year, the World Series of Poker Main Event will carry a $10 million guaranteed first place prize. First making an appearance this year, the eight-figure guaranteed payday for first place helped draw in 6,683 entrants, with Sweden's Martin Jacobson taking down the title proudly draped in a flag from his home country. WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel took to Twitter on Friday to thank players for their feedback on the preliminary 2015 WSOP schedule, which was released earlier this week. In response, he was met with a bevy of payout suggestions about the Main Event, several questioning the need to guarantee $10 million to first. "Everybody loves the $500 and the MM, everybody hates the $10m GTD first place. Listen to your customers. You're above gimmicks," wrote Eric jakz101pokerCrain. David Davidp18 Peters added, "1/6 going to 1st in this big of field is absolutely insane. Payouts in MTTs are way too top-heavy as it is, don't make it worse." Last year, the tournament had a $62 million prize pool, with $10 million, or 16%, going to Jacobson. Here is the Tweet from Effel: What do you think? Leave a comment here and let us know. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  4. In a conference call on Tuesday, World Series of Poker officials outlined a variety of highlights and major changes for this year's tournament extravaganza, which is set to start in 15 days from the Rio in Las Vegas. Sorry, there are no Frisbee-catching dogs this year. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- Pre-registration, in part driven by the opening $565 buy-in Colossus, is at an all-time high. In fact, it'sfive times higher than at this point last year. WSOP officials insinuated that the number of pre-registrations is already higher than the attendance of the 2006 WSOP Main Event (8,773), the largest live poker tournament to date. Hotel bookings are up twofold. There's an increase in starting chips across the board. Additionally, the WSOP is paying 1,000 players in the Main Event after backlash to the original decision to pay $10 million to first place. As we told you about earlier today on PocketFives, the live final table broadcast of the Main Event on ESPN and ESPN2 has been expanded to three nights"so the great majority of the coverage can appear in prime time," according to WSOP Vice President Ty Stewart. In the process, it'll go head-to-head with Sunday Night Football (Eagles/Cowboys) and Monday Night Football (Bears/Chargers). The WSOP has forged a variety of partnerships this year. 888 Poker will send more than 100 players to the Main Event by itself and 56 land-based casinos are licensed to send players as well. DraftKings, a daily fantasy sports site that takes US players, will have a lounge on the Pavilion Room's stage and the WSOP's marketing agreement with DraftKings has been extended into a multi-year agreement. Finally, the Global Poker Indexis now the title sponsor of WSOP Player of the Year award. In terms of structures, all $5,000 events and below will feature a 5x multiplier on starting chips instead of 3x. There is no change for $10,000 events. There's a 10x multiplier for the Colossus and Monster Stack. WiFiwill be available for players in all playing areas, and speaking of the internet (it's a series of tubes), there's an online bracelet event this year at WSOP.com. Normally, only one player can play in a cash game and tournament from the same IP address. However, the Rio is white-listed from that rule this year. Deposits for WSOP.com should be available at all Caesars properties. The majority of final tables will be live-streamed, typically two each day. The secondary stream will be available every day, but does not show hole cards (the primary stream does). The live stream only exists on WSOP.com, which will be handling all live reporting, chip counts, and update blogs in-house this year after separating from PokerNews. Some other highlights: Starting with the Colossus Stewart: "We're ready to put ourselves to the max on opening weekend." The Colossus will likely be the largest live poker tournament ever attendance-wise and caters to a first-time crowd. Stewart added, "If it's not, by a large margin, the largest event in the history of poker, it would be a disappointment." WSOP Betting The only betting on the WSOP is likely to be on the November Nine. Lines for other final tables are too difficult to set since they start immediately. Patch Restrictions There is no change to patch restrictions this year. WSOP.com Software Errors and Quirks Issues in Nevada were addressed in last software update to comply with gaming restrictions for the online bracelet event. WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel added, "We're not trying to say the online experience will be the exact same as a live event. There will be nuances with having an online event. It's an evolution. If there are difficulties, we'll deal with them." WSOP's Focus on Recreational Players Stewart: "We are aiming to get more recreational players involved. The poker customer at large is a value-based customer." Effel: "We have something for everyone. That's it, in a nutshell." WSOP Facilitating Deals Stewart: "There are a lot of the days during the year that someone will take variance away from the table. This is the World Championship of Poker… The general public doesn't want to see [deals]… For the five weeks of the WSOP, we believe cooperation isn't in the best interest of the game." Rules About Electronics There are no headphones allowed once you reach the money. If you're not in a hand, you can be on your device. If you're playing a hand online, the Tournament Directors will understand or you can use your time bank. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  5. Twitter has been busy on Thursday after allegations of cheating were brought against Valeriu Cocain the $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Heads-Up event at the World Series of Poker. It's important to note that Coca has not been found to be in violation of any WSOP rule thus far. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- Connor blanconegroDrinan has been at the forefront of the issue and posted on Two Plus Two, "Our speculation is that he was using some sort of invisible ink in combination with special sunglasses." Preliminary testing by WSOP officials did not show any issueswith the cards, but further tests were planned. WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel (pictured) Tweeted on Thursday, "We are aware, monitoring very closely w/all resources at our disposal. Those include surveillance/security, forensic examination of cards, etc… We take integrity very seriously, as evidenced by our lifetime bans, and would enjoy nothing more than catching a cheater in our midst." PocketFives contacted WSOP officials for an interview, but our request was declined. WSOP Vice President of Corporate Communications Seth Palansky told us, "There is no scandal. There is an allegation. We will conduct a thorough investigation and won't comment further until that is complete." WSOP Vice President Ty Stewart (pictured) relayed to PocketFives, "We will say we would love to catch cheat(s) + hand out justice… And we were pretty on top of this situation with every measure we have in our bag of tricks, which is not good to disclose." According to Kevin Kevmath Mathers, Coca's payout was withheld pending an investigation. The name Thang Luu came up repeatedly in discussion on Twitter on Thursday. Luu, a two-time bracelet winner, was hit with a lifetime ban from the WSOP for reportedly breaking a dealer's hand. David Diaz was banned in 2013 for causing a ruckus at a nightclub at Harrah's Las Vegas. Chan Pelton was barred from WSOP events last year after pocketing a chip during a Circuit stop in Florida. Pelton went on to win the tournament, but later forfeited his winnings. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage, brought to you by Tournament Poker Edge. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. Effel image courtesy PokerStars
  6. [caption width="640"] The 2016 WSOP schedule seems built to bring in big crowds again. (Joe Giron photo)[/caption] Poker players and fans who have been eagerly anticipating the release of the 2016 World Series of Poker schedule have to wait no longer. Event organizers released the final schedule on Tuesday and it includes a number of changes to key events. "It’s hard to fathom that this event can continue to grow the way it has," said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. "But with the schedule we’ve put together for this year, we are confident 2016 will be another record-breaker at the WSOP." A total of 69 events are on the schedule, including the Main Event, Colossus II, Little One for One Drop, Millionaire Maker and Monster Stack. After the impressive turnout last year for Colossus and subsequent issues with tournament payouts, WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel has made changes for Colossus II. The guaranteed prize pool is now $7 million, up from last year’s $5 million, and first place is now guaranteed to earn a minimum of $1 million. There are a total of six starting flights this year, up from four in 2015. Each starting flight will play into the money on Day 1. The Main Event is also undergoing some structure changes for 2016. Players will now start with 50,000 chips and blinds start at 75/150 and reach antes on Level 3. Payouts have also been altered to pay out the top 1,000 finishers or top 15%, whichever is greater. The $1,000 buy-in online event, which attracted 905 players last year, is also back this year, but will include re-entry for the first time. In fact, there are a total of nine events this year that will allow re-entry: $565 Casino Employees (single re-entry) $565 Colossus II (one entry per flight) $1,500 NL 2-7 Lowball (single re-entry) $565 Pot Limit Omaha (unlimited re-entry) $1,500 Millionaire Maker (one entry per flight) $10,000 NL 2-7 Lowball (single re-entry) $888 Crazy Eights (one entry per flight) $1,000 WSOP.com Online NLHE (unlimited) $1,111 Little One for One Drop (unlimited) There are also several new events on the schedule. Most notably, the $1,000 Top Up Turbo No-Limit Hold'em event, allows players to earn additional starting chips by qualifying for the event on WSOP.com or via single table satellites at the Rio in the days leading up to the event. At just $565, Event #12 is the lowest buy-in Pot Limit Omaha event in WSOP history. The WSOP experimented with a lower buy-in PLO event at WSOP Europe in Berlin last October. The $888 buy-in Crazy Eights events will play eight-handed and guarantee $888,888 to the eventual winner. Other new events are the $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball, $1,500 Mixed NLHE/PLO and $1,500 Mixed Pot-Limit Omaha 8 or Better & Big O. The other new event which is sure to generate some buzz is the $1,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Tag Team event. Teams will consist of between two and four players and the total entry fee is $1,000 per team, not per player. Players can tag in at any time between hands and all players must play at least one orbit before the close of the registration period. Players used to Noon or 4pm start times will have to make sure to set their alarm each night for one hour earlier. Start times for events have been moved to 11am and 3pm, with the exception of Colossus II, Millionaire Maker, Seniors Event, Super Seniors Event, Monster Stack and Crazy Eights which have a 10am start time. The $10,000 "Championship" events also have a strong representation on the schedule. There are 13 $10,000 buy-in events, including Six Max NLHE, Pot Limit Omaha and Dealer’s Choice plus a $25,000 Pot Limit High Roller and the $111,111 One Drop High Roller. Check out the complete 2016 WSOP schedule.
  7. [caption width="640"] The 2016 World Series of Poker is less than two weeks away.[/caption] In a little under two weeks the halls of the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas will transform into a seven week long summer camp for poker players when the 2016 World Series of Poker kicks off. Thursday afternoon WSOP executives held another Twitch Town Hall to discuss some of the changes in store this year. WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart, Tournament Director Jack Effel and WSOP.com Head of Online Poker Bill Rini took questions from players and media alike in the 65 minute session. Predicting Colossus II Field Size In 2015 Cord Garcia beat out a record-sized field to win the $565 buy-in Colossus event. Given the popularity of the event - over 22,000 players played - the WSOP added two more starting flights for the event this year and altered the payout structure to guarantee first place gets at least $1,000,000. With that in mind, Effel was asked to ballpark the number of entrants this year. “We can handle about 4500 in the early flights, 4200 or so in the later flights with alternate options for both morning and evening flights on each day based on the demand.” - Effel. That puts the total capacity before alternates at roughly 26,100 - only a 16% increase over last year’s final tally with 50% more starting flights. New Payouts System and Online Calculator This year most events will pay out 15% of the field instead of the 10% standard from previous years. Effel worked with a local Las Vegas poker player to create the new payout formula. “We worked with a gentlemen by the name of Tom Sanduski, a known poker player around Las Vegas for a really long time. He’s got a background in computer programming and he and I have had a lot of conversations over the years about how to make payouts better for the World Series. While we felt that they were always pretty decent with a 10% payout, we knew that as times continued to go on and players wanted to have more opportunities to make money, we needed a new system.” - Effel Rather than waiting for payouts to be announced after registration closes, players will now be able to go to WSOP.com and insert buy-in and number of players and be given a full payout list at any point. “There were calls for transparency, particularly in the opening tournament, so now there will be surprises from first place all the way down. I think we’re at the forefront now of showing customers exactly what they should expect and we’re excited about the payout calculator.” - Stewart The Importance of Recreational Players on the WSOP Ecosystem "Recreational Player" has become a popular buzz word over the last year in the poker industry. Stewart provided some insight - and data - as to how the non-pros behave at the WSOP. “We definitely do look at the analytics of how many events each customer is participating in. I believe the average is certainly less than one and a half total things, whether that be a Deepstack or a bracelet event. Of course that’s highly skewed by those professional players that might be participating in 10 to 20 or more. Far and away the largest segment of our unique customers are playing in one event. So recreational players are hugely important. All players are important, all players like the opportunity to make money.” - Stewart The 11:00 AM Start Time and the Impact Poker Media Had on the Change For the first time in WSOP history, tournaments will start at 11 AM instead of Noon. When the change was announced, reigning Main Event champion Joe McKeehen insisted that the change was made at the behest of the media. “With all due respect for our friends in the poker media, we’re considering our customers and we looked at what are the main deterrents to playing in the WSOP. It’s the grind, the long hours and again we talked about it before, a lot of our consumers are coming for one event, and making that experience that’s a positive one. Guys wanna have a deeper stack, they wanna have better structures, and then they also want a lot of play but then they don’t want to have to play until late in the night. So we believe that where we are now gives the player that choice. If you don’t want to come until seven o’clock, you don’t have to come until seven o’clock to play. If you want to be there at 11 o’clock when they’re kicking things off, then you can do that. You have that flexibility.” - Stewart A New Partnership with Uber While the 2015 Colossus event attracted the largest field in history, it exposed a number of issues including the difficulty that many players trying to get home at the end of the night. When asked about the possibility of making more taxi cabs available at the end of each day, Stewart broke news about a new, forward thinking sponsorship that should help the issue. “I don’t want to get myself in hot water with the taxi community, but I am pleased to announce that we’re going to have a partnership with Uber this year. Uber will actually be an element on the tables this year, they will have a dedicated pick-up area right adjacent to the convention center.” - Stewart The Future of WSOP Europe and APAC The yearly rotation of an international WSOP festival between Europe and the Asia-Pacific region has seen WSOP bracelet events held in England, France, Germany and Australia. After WSOP Europe was held in Berlin in 2015, WSOP APAC was due up, but Stewart indicated that won’t be the case and that an announcement about 2016 international events is imminent. “At this point we do not plan to contest WSOP APAC. We may have an event in the region by the end of the calendar year. International World Series of Poker execution this year will likely be in Europe, more than likely surround One Drop and charitable initiatives.” - Stewart WSOP Player of the Year Update The Global Poker Index will again be powering the WSOP Player of the Year race. After players and fans alike voiced displeasure with the GPI scoring system, it appears they’ve gone back to the drawing board and are int he process of reworking the formula. "Global Poker Index will in fact be powering the World Series of Poker Player of the Year. They have been hard at work, refining their formula and system one that will make for a better race at the WSOP. There will in fact be a trophy, but I do not believe there will be a monetary prize.” - Stewart
  8. [caption width="640"] The Rio Hotel and Casino will be the epicenter of the poker world from May 30 - July 17, 2018.[/caption] Poker players and fans got a bit of an early Christmas present on Tuesday as the 2018 World Series of Poker schedule was released. The schedule is, by far, the most robust yet, with 78 bracelet events spread over 49 days. “With today’s announcement, we hope there is enough time to adjust your holiday wish list,” said WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel. “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 2018 WSOP runs May 30 - July 17 and as has been the case for a number of years now, the opening event is the $565 Casino Employees event. The first open event, which goes later that same day, is also one of nine new events on the 2018 schedule. The $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty is a single-day event and each player is a $3,000 bounty. The other new events on the schedule are the $100,000 Super High Roller (Event #5), $365 Pot Limit Omaha (Event #11), $1,000 Double Stack (Event #34), $565 Online PLO Six-Handed (Event #47), $1,500 PLO Bounty (Event #67), $1,000 Double Stack 30-minute Levels (Event #73), $1,500 The Closer NLHE (Event #75), and $50,000 High Roller (Event #77). The Main Event begins July 2 with the first of three starting flights and runs through the final table on July 14. Unlike 2017, players making the final table will not have any days off before play resumes. One major departure from recent history is the inlcusion of post-lim events. In the past two years the Little One for One Drop has been the only event to start after the Main Event began. In 2018, there are 13 events that begin after the Main Event including the $1,000,000 buy-in Big One for One Drop. There are four events on the schedule with a guarantee. The $1,500 Millionaire Maker has a $1,000,000 guarantee for first place, the $888 Crazy Eights events guarantees $888,888 for first, the $565 Colossus guarantees $1,000,000 for first, while the $1,500 Closer has a $1,000,000 guarantee on the prize pool. Broadcast and live stream schedules will be announced at a later date. EVENT #DATEBUY-INEVENT 1May 30-31$565Casino Employees No Limit Hold'em 2May 30$10,000No Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty 3May 31 - June 2$3,000No Limit Hold'em Shootout 4May 31 - June 2$1,500Omaha Hi-Lo 5June 1-4$100,000No Limit Hold'em High Roller 6June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29$365THE GIANT - No Limit Hold'em 7June 2-6$565COLOSSUS - No Limit Hold'em 8June 2-4$2,500Mixed Triple Draw Lowball 9June 3$365ONLINE No Limit Hold'em 10June 3-5$10,000Omaha Hi-Lo Championship 11June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1$365THE GIANT - Pot Limit Omaha 12June 4-6$1,500Dealers Choice Six-Handed 13June 5-7$1,500No Limit Hold'em 14June 5-7$1,500No Limit Deuce to Seven 15June 6-8$1,500HORSE 16June 6-8$10,000Heads-Up No Limit Hold'em Championship 17June 7-9$1,500No Limit Hold'em Six-Handed 18June 7-9$10,000Dealers Choice Six-Handed 19June 8-10$565Pot Limit Omaha 20June 8-11$5,000No Limit Hold'em 21June 9-13$1,500MILLIONAIRE MAKER No Limit Hold'em 22June 9-11$1,500Eight Game Mix 23June 10-12$10,000No Limit Deuce to Seven Championship 24June 11-15$2,620THE MARATHON - No Limit Hold'em 25June 11-13$1,500Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 26June 12-14$1,000Pot Limit Omaha 27June 12-14$10,000HORSE 28June 13-15$3,000No Limit Hold'em Six-Handed 29June 13-15$1,500Triple Draw Duece-to-Seven 30June 14-16$1,500Pot Limit Omaha 31June 14-16$1,500Seven Card Stud 32June 15-17$1,000Seniors No Limit Hold'em 33June 15-19$50,000Poker Players Championship 34June 16-20$1,000DOUBLE STACK No Limit Hold'em 35June 16-18$1,500Mixed Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8; Omaha Hi-Lo; Big O 36June 17-19$1,000SUPER SENIORS No Limit Hold'em 37June 18-20$1,500No Limit Hold'em 38June 18-20$10,000Seven Card Stud Championship 39June 19-21$1,500No Limit Hold'em Shootout 40June 19-21$2,500Mixed Big Bet 41June 20-22$1,500Limit Hold'em 42June 20-22$25,000Pot Limit Omaha Eight-Handed High Roller 43June 21-23$2,500No Limit Hold'em 44June 21-23$10,000Triple Draw Duece-to-Seven Championship 45June 22-23$1,000No Limit Hold'em (30-minute levels) 46June 22-24$2,500Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 47June 22$565ONLINE Pot Limit Omaha Six Handed 48June 23-27$1,500MONSTER STACK No Limit Hold'em 49June 23-25$10,000Pot Limit Omaha Eight-Handed Championship 50June 24-26$1,500Razz 51June 25-27$1,500No Limit Hold'em Bounty 52June 25-27$10,000Limit Hold'em Championship 53June 26-28$1,500Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 54June 26-28$3,000No Limit Hold'em 55June 27-29$1,000Tag Team No Limit Hold'em 56June 27-29$10,000Razz Championship 57June 28-30$1,000Ladies No Limit Hold'em Championship 58June 28-30$5,000No Limit Hold'em Six-Handed 59June 29$1,000No Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty 60June 29 - July 1$10,000Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship 61June 29 - July 1$1,000ONLINE No Limit Hold'em Championship 62June 30 - July 3$888CRAZY EIGHTS No Limit Hold'em Eight-Handed 63June 30$3,200ONLINE No Limit Hold'em High Roller 64July 1-3$10,000Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship 65July 2-13$10,000THE MAIN EVENT 66July 5-7$1,500No Limit Hold'em 67July 6-8$1,500Pot Limit Omaha Bounty 68July 7-11$1,111LITTLE ONE FOR ONE DROP No Limit Hold'em 69July 8-10$3,000Pot Limit Omaha Six-Handed 70July 9-11$3,000Limit Hold'em Six-Handed 71July 10-11$5,000No Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) 72July 10-13$1,500Mixed No Limit Hold'em/Pot Limit Omaha Eight-Handed 73July 11-12$1,000DOUBLE STACK No Limit Hold'em 30 minute levels 74July 11-13$10,000No Limit Six-Handed 75July 12-15$1,500THE CLOSER No Limit Hold'em'em (30 minute levels) $1M GTD 76July 12-14$3,000HORSE 77July 13-14$50,000No Limit Hold'em High Roller 78July 15-17$1,000,000BIG ONE FOR ONE DROP
  9. 5 Things is a column, written by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley, that covers pressing topics and current events in the poker world today. It appears periodically at PocketFives.com. The final table of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship at the 2018 World Series of Poker had almost everything you'd want from that event. Michael Mizrachi going for an almost unbelievable third PPC title in nine years. John Hennigan looking to become the third player to win multi PPC titles. Dan Smith going for his first WSOP bracelet. The 2018 PPC saw just 87 players - the second lowest turnout in the history of the event and a far cry from the all-time high of 148. To the mixed game players who circle the dates of this event on the calendar every year, the Poker Players Championship is a big deal. Yet to those same players, it simply felt more like Event #33 and seemingly no more important or worth celebrating more than Event #8 ($2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball) or Event #45 ($1,000 Big Blind Antes No Limite Hold'em 30 Minute Levels). It didn't unnoticed by one of the event's biggest advocates, David Baker. Baker, who plays the event every year, isn't wrong. Say what you will about former WSOP commissioner Jeffrey Pollack and his dubious place in poker history, but he understood what the PPC was - a significant event on the calendar and an opportunity for the WSOP to celebrate the best players in the game. Following the passing of Chip Reese, the first player to ever win the event, the WSOP created the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy and awarded it, along with the bracelet, to the winner of the event. In 2006, the first year after Reese's death, players were invited to be part of the unveiling of the trophy along with a special "Shuffle Up and Deal". Tables were set up to give players more space and give fans watching on the rail the understanding that this wasn't just another tournament. This year there was nothing like that and it's time that this event receives more celebration in the lead-up and more pomp and circumstance during the five days that it takes place each summer. Here are the Five Things the WSOP could do to give the Poker Players Championship its proper due. Opening Ceremony This seems like a low-cost no-brainer. The opening flights of the Main Event all have a special "Shuffle Up and Deal" announcement from a former champion or prominent player. There are nine former PPC Champions still with us. Having all of them on hand for the start of the tournament to welcome players and fans alike would add a special moment that only increases in importance each year. It also provides another opportunity to celebrate the first champ - Reese - and the trophy named for him. Fan Friendly Set Up Poker as a spectator sport struggles at the best of times. The ESPN mothership at the WSOP provides stadium seating and a big-time event feel, but the first four days of the event play out like any other event. Creating an area inside the Amazon Room specifically for this event and allowing fans on the rail to be able to walk on the outside the cordoned off area is a vast improvement over what the event has now and gives them better access to some of the game's best players. Special Felt The event is played at six-handed tables. Using the largest PPC field in history (148 in 2007 and 2008), that means 25 tables would be in play. Putting an event-specific felt on each of those tables would give the players the feeling that they're part of something special, not just another event. Choose a color other than green and it helps the fans on the rail understand that this event is different. Improved Live Stream Offering This time last year, the PPC wasn't livestreamed at all. PokerGO stepped up in a big, big way this year and gave fans not just the final table on PokerGO, but Day 4 coverage on Twitch. Let's take it even further for 2019 and livestream this tournament from the beginning. PokerGO producers would be able to choose which of poker's biggest stars - the ratings draws - were featured early and the fans benefit. It also allows viewers at home the chance to see the opening ceremony, the fan-friendly setup and the unique look and feel offered by the special felt. Find a Sponsor This is the hardest of the five by far, but if WSOP executives can make the first four items happen, the fifth one becomes easier. The Poker Players Championship presented by ... works so long as that sponsor not only puts money into the WSOP's coffers but adds value for the players as well. Even if it's $50,000 so that the winner gets a freeroll the next year, it's a start down a path many players have hoped poker would take for a long time.
  10. 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.
  11. Four weeks after releasing the dates and a few select events for the 2019 World Series of Poker, WSOP organizers announced another 13 events that will make up the schedule including most of the signature branded events including the Colossus, Marathon, Little One for One Drop, and The Closer. The Colossus, which was immensely popular when it debuted in 2015 as a $565 buy-in, is now a $400 event after three straight years of declining attendance. In previous years, the Colossus has had upwards of eight starting flights. The 2019 version will feature just two, one of June 26, the second on June 27. Players will get 40,000 chips and levels will be 40 minutes long. Colossus Field Sizes Year Field Size 2015 22,374 2016 21,613 2017 18,054 2018 13,070 The newest addition to the schedule is the $1,000 Mini Main Event. Featuring the same starting stack as the $10,000 Main Event, the tournament will use the same blinds structure but with 30-minute levels. The Mini Main Event is slated to be a two-day long event leading directly into the Main Event. "Things are starting to come together on the rest of the 2019 WSOP playing schedule," said WSOP Vice President Jack Effel. "Being this is our 50th running, we are doing everything we can to make this year’s iteration bigger, better and more valuable for players." Other staple events that are now officially on the 2019 schedule are the Casino Employees event, the Ladies Event, the Seniors Event and the $1,000 version of the Tag Team event. DATE EVENT BUY-IN CHIPS LEVELS RE-ENTRY TIME 5/29 Casino Employees $500 25,000 40 minutes 1 11 a.m. 6/4 Super Turbo Bounty $1,000 20,000 20 minutes None 10 a.m. 6/9 Double Stack $1,000 40,000 30/40 minutes 1 11 a.m. 6/10 Marathon $2,620 26,200 100 minutes None 12 p.m. 6/17 Super Seniors 60+ $1,000 20,000 60 minutes 1 10 a.m. 6/20 Ladies $10,000/$1,000 20,000 60 minutes 1 11 a.m. 6/24 Super Turbo Bounty $1,500 25,000 20 minutes None 10 a.m. 6/24 Tag Team (2-4 person teams) $1,000/Team 20,000 60 minutes None 12 p.m. 6/26 Colossus - Flight A $400 40,000 40 minutes 1/flight 10 a.m. 6/27 Colossus - Flight B " " " " 10 a.m. 7/1 Mini Main Event $1,000 60,000 30 minutes None 11 a.m. 7/6 Little One for One Drop - Flight A $1,000+$111 40,000 60 minutes Unlimited 11 a.m. 7/7 Little One for One Drop - Flight B " " " " 11 a.m. 7 8 Little One for One Drop - Flight C " " " " 11 a.m. 7/11 Double Stack $1,500 50,000 30/40 minutes Unlimited 11 a.m. 7/12 The Closer - Flight A $1,500 25,000 30 minutes Unlimited 11 a.m. 7/13 The Closer - Flight B " " " " 11 a.m. 714 The Closer - Flight C " " " " 11 a.m.
  12. Nominations for the second annual Global Poker Awards were announced on Friday with popular poker personality Joey Ingram leading the way with four nominations. The Global Poker Awards, slated to take place at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas on March 6, celebrates the poker industry by recognizing the game of poker's top talent both on the felt and behind the scenes. This year, awards will be handed out in 19 different categories including two that are voted on by the fans. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="BetMGM NJ"] Multiple Nods Sixteen former award winners are back in contention this year with a number of them recognized in multiple categories. Poker personality and podcast/video producer Joey Ingram picked up nominations in the People’s Choice for Poker Personality of the Year, Podcast of the Year (Poker Life Podcast), Journalist of the Year and Media Content of the Year for his extensive work investigating the Mike Postle cheating allegation story. PocketFives’ own three-time GPI award winner Lance Bradley earned another three nominations for Journalist of the Year, Media Content of the Year, and Podcast of the Year for The FIVES Poker Podcast, alongside PocketFives own Managing Editor Donnie Peters. Daniel Negreanu, Jamie Kerstetter, Lex Veldhuis, Hayley Hochstätter and tournament director Matt Savage each earned two nominations. Alex Foxen, Andrew Neeme, Barny Boatman, Brad Owen, Bryn Kenney, Cary Katz, Joe Giron, Joe Stapleton, Kevin Mathers, Nick Schulman, and Paul Campbell join Bradley, Ingram, Negreanu, Savage, and Veldhuis as previous award winners who find themselves back in the running for even more hardware at the upcoming ceremonies. In addition to the 18 awards that will be voted on and the Global Poker Index Player of the Year awards, the PocketFives Legacy Award will once again be handed out to a PocketFives player who has shown success in both the online and live poker arenas. Previous award winners include Ari Engel, Cliff Josephy and Chris Moorman. 2019 Global Poker Award Nominees GPI BREAKOUT PLAYER OF THE YEAR Robert Campbell (AUS) Ramon Colillas (ESP) Ben Farrell (UK) George Wolff (USA) FINAL TABLE PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR Hossein Ensan (GER), WSOP Main Event William Alex Foxen (USA), WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Phillip Hui (USA), WSOP Poker Players Championship Bryn Kenney (USA), Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Montenegro TWITTER PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Barny Boatman (UK) Jamie Kerstetter (USA) Kitty Kuo (TAI) Kevin Mathers (USA) PLAYERS CHOICE FOR TOUGHEST OPPONENT Michael Addamo (AUS) Kahle Burns (AUS) Stephen Chidwick (UK) Ali Imsirovic (BIH) STREAMER OF THE YEAR Hristivoje Pavlovic (AUS) Benjamin Spragg (UK) Matthew Staples (CAN) Lex Veldhuis (NED) VLOGGER OF THE YEAR Jaman Burton (USA) Andrew Neeme (USA) Daniel Negreanu (CAN) Brad Owen (USA) PODCAST OF THE YEAR DAT Poker Podcast: Terrence Chan, Ross Henry, Adam Schwartz, Daniel Negreanu (CAN) Poker Life Podcast: Joey Ingram (USA) The Fives, a PocketFives Podcast: Lance Bradley (CAN), Donnie Peters (USA) The Grid: Jennifer Shahade (USA) INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR Phil Galfond (USA), Run it Once Poker Cary Katz (USA), Poker Central/PokerGO Paul Phua (MAS), Triton Poker Matt Savage (USA), WPT/TDA TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR Tony Burns (USA), Seminole Hard Rock Paul Campbell (USA), Aria Jack Effel (USA), World Series of Poker Matt Savage (USA), WPT/TDA EVENT OF THE YEAR PokerStars Players Championship Bahamas Triton London Million for Charity World Series of Poker Main Event World Series of Poker BIG 50 MID-MAJOR TOUR/CIRCUIT OF THE YEAR Road to PSPC RUNGOOD Poker Series WPTDeepStacks WSOP Circuit JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR Lance Bradley (CAN) Haley Hintze (USA) Joey Ingram (USA) Nick Jones (UK) BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR Jamie Kerstetter (USA) Jeff Platt (USA) Nick Schulman (USA) Joseph Stapleton (USA) MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR: WRITTEN A Fight for Fatherhood: The Biggest Win of Jason Young’s Life, Lance Bradley (CAN) for PoketFives Kevin Roster Spread Sarcoma Awareness at WSOP, Wants to End Life on His Terms, Aleeyah Jadavji (CAN), Hayley Hochstetler (USA) for PokerNews Poker and Pop Culture, Martin Harris (USA) for D+B Publishing The Unabridged Story of The Hendon Mob, Paul Seaton (UK) for PokerNews MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR: PHOTO Antonio Abrego (USA): Ryan Laplante in deep thought at the WSOP (PokerNews) Drew Amato (USA): Dario Sammartino folds at the WSOP (Poker Central) Joe Giron (USA): WPT Champion Frank Stepuchin is lifted in victory (WPT) Hayley Hochstetler (USA): Doyle Brunson and Jack Binion at WSOP celebration (WSOP) MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR: VIDEO Investigating Mike Postle Hand Histories from Stones Live, Joey Ingram (USA) Legends of the Game – Stu Ungar (PokerGO) The Big Blind w/Jeff Platt featuring Mike Matusow, Normand Chad, Sarah Herring (PokerGO) Who Makes Money from Professional Poker, Sam Rega (USA) for CNBC PEOPLE’S CHOICE FOR POKER PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Joey Ingram (USA) Jonathan Little (USA) Ryan DePaulo (USA) Lex Veldhuis (NED) PEOPLE’S CHOICE FOR HAND OF THE YEAR Bryce Yockey takes a historic hit against Josh Arieh in the WSOP Poker Players Championship Ryan Riess makes 10-high all-in call at EPT Monte Carlo final table Sam Trickett makes Stephen Chidwick fold best hand at Triton London 1M event Thi Xoa Nguyen folds full house to Athanasios Polychronopoulos at PSPC

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