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It’s here! The world’s most awaited and the longest-running poker tournament in the world – World Series of Poker (WSOP) has released the schedule for its 49th annual extravaganza, marking the countdown from May 29, 2018 till July 17.
Also considered the world`s richest sporting event, the 2018 WSOP has announced its full roster with 78 bracelet events and announced the return of the pinnacle $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop, which is back on the schedule after a four-year hiatus. The Big One for One Drop wraps up the series (July 15 to Tuesday, July 17).
The headline $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event kicks off on July 2 and will crown its winner on July 14. Like 2017, there will be no November Nine and the final table will begin on July 12.
The series will once again be hosted at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in the Mecca of Poker – Las Vegas with registrations, live action games and satellites to commence on May 29. The first WSOP 2018 bracelet event will kick off on May 30.
Prominent events which are back on the schedule include THE GIANT (starts June 1, weekly), THE COLOSSUS IV (June 2), Millionaire Maker (June 9), THE MARATHON (June 11), Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship (June 15), 50,000 Poker Players Championship (June 15) and Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em (June 17), MONSTER STACK (June 23), the Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship (June 28), Crazy Eights (June 30) and the Little One for One Drop (July 7).
Apart from the Main Event, all eyes will also be set on the Big One for One Drop, which has crowned three winners so far – Antonio Esfandiari (2012), Daniel Colman (2014) and, in 2016, an invitation-only tournament was hosted in Monte-Carlo which was won by Elton Tsang. The event is capped at 48 entries and $111,111 from the buy-in will go directly to the One Drop Foundation.
Several new events have been introduced in the line-up as well and these include:
The High Roller for One Drop has however been replaced with Event #5: $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller that unfolds on June 1.
Like the No-Limit Hold’em GIANT, there’s Event #11: $365 PLO GIANT event, which offers PLO buffs an enticing opportunity to clinch the coveted bracelet at a very affordable buy-in. Like the NLHE variant, the PLO event features unlimited reentry with payouts every flight.
There will be four different online tournaments awarding bracelets and the newest addition to the schedule is Event #47: $565 WSOP.com ONLINE Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed which will be hosted on June 22.
As the name suggests, Event #75: $1,500 The Closer – No-Limit Hold’em 1M GTD will be hosted towards the end of the series and will kick off on July 12.
Another high buy-in tournament on the lineup is the Event #77: $50,000 High Roller which up just before the Big One for One Drop and commences on July 13.
With each passing year, Indian participation has not only been growing by number of entries, but also with increasingly significant scores.
Last year was a historic one was Team India as Aditya Sushant and Nipun Java won the $1,000 Tag Team Event For $150,637 to clinch the first gold bracelet for the country. Java went on to win the $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em Championship for $237,668 to claim his second bracelet.
All in all, Team India had a great outing last year with numerous deep runs and of course the two coveted bracelet wins.
This year, we can once again look forward to a large Indian contingent headed to Vegas!
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