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  1. One day after the NFL's Super Bowl, the schedule for this year's Super Bowl of Poker, the 2015 World Series of Poker, was released. There are 68 events on deck in 2015 and the series runs from May 27 to July 14. Click here for the full schedule. There are 11 new events scheduled, including the much-hyped Colossus No Limit Hold'em tournament, which has a $5 million guaranteed prize pool and a $565 buy-in. There's a bracelet event that will be sponsored by the daily fantasy sports site DraftKingsthat will pay half of the field. Also new is a four-day $25,000 High Roller Eight-Handed Pot Limit Omaha event, which will surely attract some of PLO's top minds. WSOP.com, a regulated internet poker site in Nevada, will award a bracelet on July 2 in a $1,000 buy-in No Limit Hold'em tournament, marking the first time a WSOP bracelet has ever been awarded online. This year's series will feature larger starting stacks for tournaments with buy-ins under $10,000 as well as several additional blind levels. WSOP officials added, "Registration has been extended in many events to accommodate the bigger starting stacks, with eight levels of registration now an option for events with buy-ins $2,500 or more in most cases." WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart (pictured) commented, "If you've never thought about coming to Las Vegas for the WSOP, this is the year. Now more than ever, the WSOP has something for everyone and, with this schedule, we believe the value and the opportunity for player success exists in each and every event we are offering in 2015." We've seen several players on Twitter looking forward to Event #65, $777 Lucky 7's No Limit Hold'em, which marks the first $777 price point ever. The Main Event begins on July 5 and runs until July 14, at which point play will stop until November. There are three starting flights once again this year and, in a drastic change from last year, 1,000 entrants will be paid in the 2015 Main Event, as the $10 million guaranteed first place prize was scrubbed in favor of a flatter structure. 2015 marks the 46th running of the WSOP and the number of bracelet events is up three from last year. The majority of events start at Noon or 4:00pm PT, although there are plenty of exceptions to this, so check the full WSOP schedule for details. Pre-registration can be found by clicking here. In-person registration at the Rio begins on March 1. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. Officials from the World Series of Poker continually mix up the event to keep it fresh. From the Millionaire Maker to the November Nine, each year has generally featured some sort of new and exciting concept to draw in players and generate buzz. Enter The Colossus, this year's new kid on the block. The $565 buy-in tournament will take place during the opening weekend of the 2015 WSOP and have a $5 million guaranteed prize pool. We'll let the guys from the WSOP explain this bargain-basement buy-in tournament: "This two starting day event on Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30will feature a $5,000,000 prize pool guarantee and the lowest buy-in for any WSOP open event in 35 years – just $565! There will be two starting flights each day – at 10:00am and 4:00pm – with a re-entry format (limited to flights they have not previously entered). Players will love the robust 5,000 in starting chips with the tournament beginning without an ante and blinds at 25/50." According to the Las Vegas Sun, more than 13,000 entrants are expected for The Colossus, which would push its prize pool to around $6.5 million. WSOP Vice President Ty Stewart said of the event, "Load up the entire gang – the home game, the spouse, whomever you know that enjoys the game. The Colossus is going to feature a historic prize pool at this buy-in level and it can only happen at the World Series of Poker." The 2015 WSOP will run fromMay 27 to July 14 from the Rio in Las Vegas. This is the 46th running of the tournament series and although there's not a set event schedule yet, we do know that the $10,000 buy-in Main Eventwill take place from July 5 to 14. There will be three starting flights and the winner is once again guaranteed $10 million. The Millionaire Maker and Monster Stack, two highly attended events, will return. Here are several other dates you can mark down: Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6: Millionaire Maker Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13: Monster Stack Friday, June 19: Seniors Championship Thursday, June 25: Ladies Championship Sunday, June 28: One Drop High Roller Tuesday, June 30: Little One for One Drop WSOP officials expect at least 60 bracelet events and the final schedule will be released in January. The 2014 WSOP attracted 82,360 participants, the largest attendance in the WSOP's 45-year history, and generated a prize pool north of $227 million. Participants in WSOP events hailed from 110 countries in 2014. Visit WSOP.com for more information. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  3. [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.
  4. [CAPTION=100%]The fourth week of the 2016 WSOP schedule keeps recreational players in mind.[/CAPTION] Week 3 of the 2016 World Series of Poker turned into the World Series of Jason Mercier, and the Week 4 schedule offers a few opportunities for that to continue while there's also a bit of a focus on smaller buy-in, bigger field events with two of the WSOP's famous "gimmick" events running between now and Saturday. Summer Solstice In 2015 the WSOP debuted a new event with 90-minute levels called "Extended Play". The $1,500 buy-in event attracted 1,914 with Adrian Apmann. For 2016 the WSOP has re-branded the event to take advantage of the first day of summer and are calling the event the Summer Solstice. The $1,500 buy-in event runs Monday - Friday and is the first of four events this week targeted towards the always popular "recreational players". The Monster Returns In 2014, fresh off the success of the Millionaire Maker in 2013, introduced another special version of a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em tournament, dubbed the "Monster Stack". While most $1,500 buy-in events have 7,500 starting stacks, the Monster Stack doubles that to 15,000 to give players extra value and wiggle room to play. In the first two years of the event's history it has attracted 7,862 (2014) and 8,192 (2015) players with each champion walking away with over $1.2 million each. The Six Max World Championship While amateurs might be packing the Rio's hallways for the Summer Solstice or Monster Stack, the best No Limit Hold'em players in the world will be playing in the $10,000 Six Max NLHE Championship event. Running Thursday - Saturday, the event usually attracts over 250 players including a number of players who cut their teeth online. Last year Byron Kaverman beat a final table that included Doug Polk, Sam Greenwood and former #1-ranked PocketFives player Paul Volpe to win his first bracelet and $657,351. Mixed Triple Draw Debuts The $2,500 buy-in Mixed Triple Draw event might be one of the strongest fields of the year relative to buy-in. Making its WSOP debut this year, the event rotates between three variations of Triple Draw: Ace to Five, Deuce to Seven and Badugi. All three games, which are popular in the some of the biggest cash games in Las Vegas, will be played with a Limit format. The three-day event goes Thursday until Saturday. Other Notable Events This Week The $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo event finishes up on Tuesday. As of Monday morning Jason Mercier was still in the field, chasing what would be a fourth consecutive $10,000 buy-in event cash. Both the Seniors and Super Seniors events will crown their championship this week while on the opposite end of that spectrum, the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship runs next Saturday through Monday.
  5. The third week of the 2017 World Series of Poker begins Monday and with the Electric Daisy Carnival set to take over Las Vegas, the schedule turns its attention to the Seniors set. There are 14 events kicking off this week, starting with another one of the WSOP "gimmick" events. It's A Marathon, Not a Sprint, Literally. In each of the last two years the WSOP has included one $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event that varied greatly from the rest of the schedule. In 2015 the event, then dubbed the Extended Play No Limit Hold'em, featured 90-minute levels instead of the standard 60. Last year, with the event's name changed to the Summer Solistice, the structure again called for 90-minute levels. For 2016, the event has a bigger buy-in a new name and slightly longer levels. The $2,620 buy-in Marathon No Limit Hold'em event has 100-minute long levels and players get 26,200 chips.(Get it? The buy-in is $2,620, players get a 26,200 starting stack and a marathon is 26.2 miles.) It seems some think the gimmick thing might have run its course here. Double Dose of the Senior Set Each year there's one weekend that is always set aside for the 50+ crowd. It's no coincidence that it's the same weekend that a good chunk of the younger crowd would rather be out at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for EDC. The Seniors Championship has a $1,000 buy-in and you've gotta be 50 or older to play. Last year, Johnnie Craig topped a 4,499-player field to win $538,204. This year's event begins Friday at 10 am PT and runs through Sunday night. The final table will be streamed on PokerGo.com. On Sunday morning, again at 10 am, the $1,000 Super Seniors - limited to players at least 65 years old - takes over the Rio with another three-days of play scheduled. HORSE Highlights the $10K Championship Schedule There are three $10,000 buy-in Championship events this week, with the mixed game afficionados expected to be out in force for the Razz, HORSE and Triple Draw Deuce to Seven events. This is the same week where Jason Mercier went on this three-$10K-event run last year that ended up with him winning WSOP Player of the Year. The $10,000 HORSE Championship final table will be streamed on PokerGo on Saturday, June 17. Week 3 Schedule EVENT #DATESBUY-INEVENT 23June 12 - 16$2,620The Marathon (NLHE) 24June 12 - 14$1,500Limit Hold'em 25June 13 - 15$1,000Pot Limit Omaha 26June 13 - 15$10,000Razz Championship 27June 14 - 16$3,000Six Max No Limit Hold'em 28June 14 - 16$1,500Triple Draw Deuce 29June 15 - 17$2,500No Limit Hold'em 30June 15 - 17$10,000HORSE Championship 31June 16 - 18$1,000Seniors Championship 32June 16 - 18$1,500Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Mix 33June 17 - 19$1,500No Limit Hold'em 34June 17 - 19$10,000Triple Draw Deuce Championship 35June 18 - 20$1,000Super Seniors 36June 18 - 21$5,000Six Max No Limit Hold'em
  6. Week #4 2017 World Series of Poker gets going on Monday and there are 13 events on the schedule this week. Following Chris Moorman’s victory in the $3,000 Six Max last Friday, there are two more Six Max NLHE events that will award bracelets this week, including the highly coveted $10,000 Championship. Warning: Lots of Legroom Jokes on Twitter This Week The two biggest Six Max No Limit Hold’em events of the Summer will play down to a winner this week. The final table of the $5,000 Six Max NLHE event is scheduled for Tuesday and the next day the $10,00 Six Max NLHE Championship starts. Last year, Martin Kozlov beat Davidi Kitai to win the first bracelet of his career and $665,709 after topping the 294-player field. The Monster Stack Returns For the fourth straight year, the $1,500 Monster Stack is back on the schedule. Two starting days and a whopping 15,000 starting stack for a $1,500 buy-in has proven to be pretty popular. Look a little harder at the numbers though, and you’ll notice the field size has dipped each year since its inception. With a good chunk of the 2017 schedule returning smaller fields than 2016, you can bet the Monster Stack might see an all-time low turnout yet again. Monster Stack Field Sizes Year-Over-Year YearEntriesWinnerWinnings 20166,927Mitchell Towner$1,120,196 20157,192Perry Shiao$1,286,942 20147,862Hugo Pingray$1,327,083 Bounty Hunters Headed to the Rio The shortest live event on the 2017 WSOP schedule is the $1,000 No Limit Hold'em Super Turbo with bounties, a one-day event running on June 20. It's one of two events this year where players can collect a bounty for each player they eliminate. The other is a three-day event scheduled for next week. Taking it to the Limit The $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship runs Monday - Wednesday and is one of three Championship events on the schedule this week. Last year, Ian Johns beat out a 110-player field to win $290,635 and his first career bracelet. The third Championship event on the schedule this week is the Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event. George Danzer won the event in 2016, beating Randy Ohel heads-up, to win $338,646. EVENT #DATESBUY-INEVENT 37June 19 - 21$1,000No Limit Hold'em 38June 19 - 21$10,000Limit Hold'em Championship 39June 20$1,000No Limit Hold'em Super Turbo w/bounties 40June 20 - 22$1,500Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 41June 21 - 23$1,500Pot Limit Omaha 42June 21 - 23$10,000Six Max No Limit Hold'em Championship 43June 22 - 24$1,500NLHE Shootout 44June 22 - 24$3,000HORSE 45June 23 - 24$5,000No Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) 46June 23 - 25$1,500Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 47June 24 - 27$1,500Monster Stack NLHE 48June 24 - 26$10,000Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship 49June 25 - 27$3,000Six Max Pot Limit Omaha
  7. [caption width="640"] Players get their first shot at winning a 2017 WSOP bracelet this week (WSOP photo)[/caption] The 2017 World Series of Poker officially gets underway Wednesday with the first two bracelet events but there's so much more packed into the first week of events. A total of nine events open up the first week with both ends of the buy-in spectrum covered. Tag Team Action It doesn't appear that the Young Bucks - the self-proclaimed greatest tag team in the world - are going to be making an appearance in the $10,000 Tag Team Championship event, but that doesn't mean it's without star power. Michael Phelps, yes THAT Michael Phelps, is joining his good friends Antonio Esfandiari, Brian Rast and Jeff Gross to form a team. The "Tag Team" format made its first appearance of the modern era last year, with Ryan Fee and Doug Polk taking down the $1,000 buy-in event. The three-day event wraps up on Friday. Third Time's a Charm: Colossus III Two years ago the WSOP decided to see just how many bodies they could fit into a single bracelet event with the $565 buy-in Colossus event. The inaugural event drew 22,374 for a $11,187,000 prize pool with Cord Garcia winning it all. Last year, with more starting flights available, the field dropped to 21,613 players. Ben Keeline took home $1,000,000 for beating the massive field. This year there are again six starting flights, with players able to re-enter after busting the previous flight. Day 1A is Friday, June 2 at 10 am with the Day 1F starting Sunday, June 4 at 4 pm. The final table is scheduled for June 7. Hey, Big Spender Might as well get the biggest buy-in event out of the way early. The $111,111 buy-in One Drop High Roller begins Friday, June 2 with all of the big names expected to be in the field. Last year, Fedor Holz beat Dan Smith and 181 other entries to win the first bracelet of his career. In 2015, Jonathan Duhamel topped the 135-player field to win his second bracelet. One Drop events raise money for the Guy Laliberte-founded One Drop Foundation which helps provide access to safe and clean water to people around the world. Week One Schedule DATESBUY-IN#EVENT May 31 - June 1$5651Casino Employees Event (NHLE) May 31 - June 2$10,0002Tag Team Championship (NLHE) June 1 - 3$3,0003No Limit Hold'em Shootout June 1 - 3$1,5004Omaha Hi-Lo Eight or Better June 2 - 7$5655Colossus (NLHE) June 2 - 5$111,1116One Drop High Roller (NLHE) June 3 - 5$2,5007Mixed Triple Draw Lowball June 3$3338WSOP.com Online (NLHE) June 4 - 6$10,0009Omaha Hi-Lo Eight or Better Championship
  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. [caption width="640"] The latest episode of The Fives is now available on iTunes and Stitcher.[/caption] Hosted by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and interview players and industry leaders. The release of the 2018 World Series of Poker schedule has Lance Bradley and Matt Clark super excited for what's ahead. DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE IN ITUNES GET THIS EPISODE ON STITCHER
  10. For many that enjoy the very good, some may say “great”, game of Omaha, finding some of that four-card, high variance action can be a challenge. Sure, there may be a semi-regular cash game in a local card room and, on occasion, a smaller tournament to take a shot in but for those that truly love the perennial up-and-coming poker variant of Omaha there’s no better time to be a fan of the game than the summer. And no better place to get that fix than Las Vegas during the World Series of Poker. In recent years, the WSOP itself has increased the amount of Omaha offerings. Player pools have shown that its popularity is still on the rise. But the Rio isn’t the only place in Las Vegas a player can find a great Omaha tournament. All of the biggest summer series have Omaha tournaments of all different variants. Fans of Omaha Hi/Lo, 8 or Better and of course, Pot Limit Omaha all have plenty of opportunities to play for big money in Sin City this summer. A determined player could (practically) play some form of Omaha every day - sometimes twice a day - during the summer. Here are some highlights that the Omaha fanatic just has to check out. Pot Limit Omaha Giant - World Series of Poker Following in the footsteps of the multi-day, lower buy-in NLHE GIANT, officials at the WSOP have decided to roll out a similar tournament for Omaha. The $365 Omaha Giant has five starting flights with unlimited entry, one on each Sunday over the course of the series (June 3,10,1725 and July 1). Each starting day will see play down to the money. For those that bag, Day 2 resumes on July 2 with the conclusion the very next day. If a player goes bust, they can re-enter another flight. However, if one has chips to go to Day 2, they are prevented from playing a subsequent starting day. Last year, the No Limit Hold’em version of the GIANT brought in over 10,000 entries and awarded nearly $300,000 for first place. While this year’s PLO GIANT is unlikely to hit that high mark, for the winner it will be one of the biggest bang-for-your-buck Omaha tournaments of the summer. Five is Better Than Four If you think four cards produce more action, try getting five. That variant is called Big O and, yes, there’s a couple times during the summer you can give this a shot. Players looking to give it try for the first time may decide to head over to the Golden Nugget for their Grand Poker Series on June 5 for a modest $250 Big O tournament. If that goes well, one can reinvest their winnings two days later as the Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza on June 7 offers a $600 tournament. The climb to the Big O mountaintop summits with a $1,100 tournament on June 15 during Planet Hollywood’s Phamous Poker Series Goliath. Big Buy-In Events There’s plenty of high-stakes Omaha action to be had this summer as well. Of course, there’s the World Series of Poker $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha 8-handed High Roller on June 20. As well as a pair of $10,000 Championship events on June 3 ($10K Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better) and June 23 ($10K PLO 8-handed). The WSOP also has seven other Omaha tournaments with a $1,500 buy-in or greater. This includes a post-Main Event $3,000 PLO 6-Max on July 8. The Venetian has a pair of $1,600 Omaha events on June 1 (PLO MonsterStack 8-Max - a 3 Day event) and June 10 (PLO 6-Max). Planet Hollywood also gets in on the action by providing a $3,000 PLO High Roller 8 or Better on June 21. When To Make It To The Wynn If you follow the Omaha fanatic schedule you’ll see plenty of the Rio, Venetian, Planet Hollywood and the Aria, which has five $470 Omaha events spread throughout their schedule. But the Wynn’s Summer Classic Schedule only has one event in which you can play four-card poker in their beautiful property. So, if you’d like to make it to the Wynn, circle June 13 and hop in their lone $550 PLO tournament. That is, if you aren’t tempted by the $600 PLO 8 tournament happening at the Venetian on the same day at roughly the same time. So Omaha fiends here’s a schedule that will keep a player in action throughout the entire summer. The Omaholic's Summer Schedule Date Location Game Buy-In 5/29 Golden Nuggett Omaha Hi/Lo $250 5/29 Venetian Omaha 8 or Better (Day 1A) $600 5/30 Planet Hollywood Omaha Hi/Lo $250 5/31 WSOP (Rio) Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better $1,500 6/1 Venetian Pot Limit Omaha MonsterStack 8-Max $1,600 6/2 Aria Limit Omaha 8 or Better $470 6/2 Planet Hollywood Pot Limit Omaha 8-Max $600 6/3 Golden Nugget O8/Stud 8 Mix $250 6/3 WSOP (Rio) Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship $10,000 6/3 WSOP (Rio) Pot Limit Omaha GIANT $365 6/4 Golden Nugget PLO8/O8/Big O Mix $250 6/5 Golden Nugget Big O $250 6/5 Venetian Pot Limit Omaha Bounty 8-Max $800 6/7 Aria Pot Limit Omaha $470 6/7 Venetian Big O $600 6/8 WSOP (Rio) Pot Limit Omaha (2 Flights) $565 6/9 Aria Pot Limit Omaha $470 6/9 Venetian Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better 8-Max $800 6/10 Venetian Pot Limit Omaha 6-Max $1600 6/12 WSOP (Rio) Pot Limit Omaha $1,000 6/13 Wynn Pot Limit Omaha $550 6/13 Venetian Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better $600 6/14 WSOP (Rio) Pot Limit Omaha $1,500 6/15 Planet Hollywood Big O $1,100 6/17 Golden Nugget Omaha Hi/Lo $360 6/18 Venetian Omaha 8 or Better $600 6/19 Aria Limit Omaha Eight or Better $470 6/19 Golden Nugget Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo $250 6/20 WSOP (Rio) Pot Limit Omaha High Roller $25,000 6/20 Golden Nugget Pot Limit Omaha Championship $570 6/21 Venetian Omaha 8/Stud 8 $600 6/21 Planet Hollywood Pot Limit Omaha High Roller 8 or Better $3,000 6/21 Golden Nugget Omaha 8/Stud 8 Championship $570 6/22 WSOP.com Pot Limit Omaha 6-Handed (ONLINE) $565 6/22 WSOP (Rio) Mixed Omaha 8/Stud 8 $2,500 6/23 WSOP (Rio) Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship $10,000 6/23 Venetian Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better 8-Max $1,100 6/24 Aria Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better $470 6/24 Golden Nugget Big O $360 6/25 Planet Hollywood Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better $600 6/25 Venetian Pot Limit Omaha Bounty 6-Max $1,100 6/26 WSOP (Rio) Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better $1,500 6/27 Golden Nugget PLO8/O8/Big O Championship $570 6/29 WSOP (Rio) Pot Limit Omaha 8 Championship $10,000 6/30 Venetian Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better $1,100 7/2 Venetian Omaha 8/Stud 8 $600 7/3 Venetian Pot Limit Omaha Progressive Bounty $400 7/5 Planet Hollywood Pot Limit Omaha w/ $100 Bounties $250 7/5 Venetian PLO/PLO8 $600 7/6 WSOP (Rio) Pot Limit Omaha Bounty $1,500 7/8 WSOP (Rio) Pot Limit Omaha 6-Max $3,000 7/9 Planet Hollywood Pot Limit Omaha $350 7/9 Venetian Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better $400 7/10 WSOP (Rio) Mixed PLO 8/NLHE 8-Handed $1,500  
  11. The 2018 World Series of Poker gets cards in the air on Wednesday afternoon. Whether you're making the trip to Las Vegas to chase a bracelet of your own or if you're just a fan excited to tune in from home, our weekly guide will get you hyped and prepared for the week ahead. Let's Get This Party Started The pomp and circumstance that will come with Wednesday's opening two events is all fine and dandy, but the biggest event of the first week has a six-figure buy-in and in all likelihood, a field full of the best players in the world. Event #5, the $100,000 No Limit High Roller, starts Friday - just long enough for the wounded souls from the Super High Roller Bowl to regroup and get ready for more high stakes battles. You can count former #1-ranked PocketFiver and Germany's all-time leading money winner Fedor Holz as ready to go. 2018 WSOP Week 1 Schedule Day Event # Event Defending Champion Wednesday 1 $565 Casino Employees Bryan Hollis Wednesday 2 $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty NONE Thursday 3 $3,000 NL Shootout Upeshka de Silva Thursday 4 $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Benjamin Zamani Friday 5 $100,000 NL High Roller NONE Friday 6A $365 NL Giant Dieter Dechant Saturday 7A $565 Colossus Thomas Pomponio Saturday 7B $565 Colossus -- Saturday 8 $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball Jesse Martin Sunday 7C $565 Colossus -- Sunday 9 $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship Abe Mosseri Get Your Popcorn Ready Between the 16 final tables streaming on PokerGO and the 30 that are being shown for free on Twitch this year, poker fans probably won't need to leave their couch. The first week is a bit rough though as just three events will make it to air, but that includes Day 3 of the $100,000 High Roller. 2018 WSOP Week 1 Live Streaming Schedule Day Time (ET) Event Outlet Saturday 4:00 PM $3,000 NL Shootout FT PokerGo Saturday 6:00 PM $1,500 Omaha 8 FT Twitch Sunday 6:00 PM $100,000 High Roller Day 3 Twitch News & Notes There were three players who managed to pick 20 or more cashes during the 2017 WSOP: Chris Ferguson (23), John Racener (21) and Mike Leah (20). Prior to last year, the record for most cashes in a single year was 13 by Roland Israelashvili in 2016. The Player of the Year system was overhauled yet again this year after players complained that the system in place for 2017 gave too much credit for min-cashes and lower buy-in events. Ferguson rode those 23 cashes, which included a bracelet win at WSOP Europe, to POY honors and will have his POY banner unveiled Wednesday. The annual $25,000 buy-in WSOP Fantasy Draft was held Tuesday night at the Aria, with 15 teams participating. The players who went for the most in the auction were Daniel Negreanu ($131 - an all-time record), James Obst ($129), Stephen Chidwick ($97), Jason Mercier ($91) and Racener ($88). Teams each had $200 to bid on players to fill their eight-spot roster.
  12. Poker players received an early Christmas present from the World Series of Poker on Thursday with the announcement of key dates for the 50th Annual WSOP. The summer festival will take place at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino from May 28 to July 16. It’s a milestone for the longest-running tournament series, and as such the World Series of Poker has a number of special events to commemorate the occasion. The 'Big 50' The first of the celebratory events is the 'Big 50.' The new addition to the schedule offers players a $500 rake-free shot at a bracelet. The tournament, which takes place on opening weekend, comes with a $5,000,000 guarantee and promises no less than $1,000,000 to the winner. The WSOP is hoping The Big 50 will be one of their biggest tournaments of all time. “We’re excited to commence our golden event,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “We expect our opening weekend Big 50 event to be one of the largest in our history, and certainly one of the best value tournaments ever offered. This is part of our concerted plans to make the 2019 WSOP a better value all-around.” The Big 50 kicks off on May 30 and has four starting flights. While a structure sheet is not available, players will start with a 50,000 starting stack and play 50-minute levels. Players are allowed one re-entry per starting flight. The initial buy-in for the Big 50 is rake-free, with all $500 going directly into the prize pool. Subsequent re-entries, including entries into future starting flights, are subject to rake. The Main Event The WSOP Main Event gets underway on July 3 and plays out to completion on July 16. Wall-to-wall broadcast coverage will place on both ESPN and PokerGO. For the 50th WSOP, the Main Event will be just a little deeper than in years past with a 60,000 starting stack but will continue to be a freeze out with two-hour levels. Other events announced include the return of the $1,500 Millionaire Maker, both the $1,000 Double Stack and $1,500 Monster Stack, the 888poker sponsored $888 Crazy Eights and the popular $1,000 Seniors Event. 2019 World Series of Poker Key Events DATE EVENT BUY-IN CHIPS LEVELS RE-ENTRY GUARANTEE START TIME (PT) 5/30 Big 50 NLHE $500 50,000 50 min 1/flight $5M $1M for 1st 11 a.m. 5/31 " $500 50,000 50 min 1/flight 11 a.m. 6/1 " $500 50,000 50 min 1/flight 10 a.m. 6/2 " $500 50,000 50 min 1/flight 10 a.m. 6/7 Millionaire Maker NLHE $1,500 25,000 60 min 1/flight $1M for 1st 10 a.m. 6/8 " $1,500 25,000 60 min 1/flight 10 a.m. 6/13 Seniors NLHE (50+) $1,000 20,000 60 min 1 10 a.m. 6/14 Double Stack NLHE $1,000 40,000 60 min 1/flight 10 a.m. 6/15 " $1,000 40,000 60 min 1/flight 10 a.m. 6/21 Monster Stack NLHE $1,500 50,000 60 min - 10 a.m. 6/22 " $1,500 50,000 60 min - 10 a.m. 6/28 Crazy Eights NLHE $888 40,000 30/60 min Day 1/2 Unlimited $888,888 for 1st 10 a.m./5 p.m. 6/29 " $888 40,000 30/60 min Day 1/2 Unlimited 10 a.m. 6/30 " $888 40,000 30/60 min Day 1/2 Unlimited 10 a.m. 7/3 WSOP ME - Day 1a $10,000 60000 2 hrs. - - 12 p.m. 7/4 Day 1b $10,000 60000 2 hrs. - - 12 p.m. 7/5 Day 1c $10,000 60000 2 hrs. - - 12 p.m. A notable difference in each of these events for 2019 is the starting stacks being given to players. In every event, the starting stacks have been dramatically increased. Some of which have been augmented as much as four times as in previous years. Though all of the announced dates and tournaments are subject to change, players can now begin planning their summer of bracelet hunting around a few of these key, large field tournaments. WSOP officials will announce the entire 2019 World Series of Poker schedule in the first quarter of 2019.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. And just like that, the 2019 World Series of Poker schedule is complete after WSOP officials released the final piece of the schedule, the online bracelet events, on Thursday afternoon. The 2019 schedule includes nine online bracelet events that will be competed for on WSOP.com. This is a vast increase over 2018 when four events were played out online. "Just like the land-based WSOP, the annual summer series is also the best time for online poker players in the U.S. to chase big prize pools and WSOP gold bracelets," said WSOP.com head of online poker Bill Rini. "WSOP.com is offering a consistent gold bracelet schedule this year, plus non-stop satellites to both the online and live events, giving players the best opportunity to participate in the 50th Annual WSOP." The addition of these nine events means the 2019 WSOP will consist of 89 different events, another all-time high. The online events, which were available to players in Nevada and New Jersey in 2018, are currently only open to players in Nevada. WSOP officials have stated that the eligibility of New Jersey players is to be determined and is likely a result of the uncertainty regarding the new Wire Act Opinion from the Department of Justice. The nine events include eight No Limit Hold'em events and a single Pot Limit Omaha offering. Other variants aren't available in the WSOP.com client. 2019 World Series Of Poker Online Events Schedule Date Time Event Buy-in Chips Levels Re-Entry June 2 3:30 PM PT No Limit Hold'em $400 15,000 15 minutes 3X June 9 3:30 PM PT Six Max Pot Limit Omaha $600 15,000 20 minutes Unlimited June 16 3:30 PM PT KO No Limit Hold'em $600 20,000 15 minutes None June 19 3:30 PM PT Turbo No Limit Hold'em Deepstack $500 40,000 8 minutes 3X June 23 3:30 PM PT Double Stack No Limit Hold'em $1,000 30,000 15 minutes 3X June 30 3:30 PM PT No Limit Hold'em Championship $1,000 15,000 20 minutes 3X July 3 3:30 PM PT High Roller No Limit Hold'em $3,200 25,000 20 minutes 3X July 7 3:30 PM PT Six Max No-Limit Hold'em $800 15,000 15 minutes 3X July 14 3:30 PM PT Summer Saver No-Limit Hold'em $500 20,000 15 minutes 3X Along with the nine bracelet events, players can also qualify for other WSOP events online. Satellites began running two weeks ago and will culminate with the 25 Seat Scramble on June 30. For more information on the 2019 WSOP, read Everything You Need To Know About the 2019 WSOP.

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