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Wsop Finalizes 2018 Event Schedule


The world’s most popular poker festival, the World Series of Poker, unveils its 49th annual event schedule for the 2018 summer extravaganza at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, with a tournament festival consisting of a comprehensive slate of the game’s most popular variations running from May 29 through July 17.

The WSOP remains a global gaming phenomenon, where players compete for prize money and the championship gold bracelet, globally recognized as the game’s top prize. Participants from over 100 nations attend each year, and more than 100,000 entries create the largest prize pools offered in all variants of poker.  In 2017, 120,995 entries competed for $231,010,874 in prize money, both marking 48-year highs for poker’s number one brand.

The WSOP Main Event, the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Championship gets underway earlier this year starting on Monday, July 2 and running daily until a winner is crowned on Saturday,  July 14.  With three starting flights, the final day for players to enter this year will be July 4.  Once the field combines for the first time for Day 3 on Saturday, July 7 play will run every day without break.

Unique to the 2018 WSOP schedule, a dozen different tournaments begin after the WSOP Main Event commences.  Several staples like the Little One for One Drop and the Big One for One Drop are part of those culminating events, plus several new and exciting additions are on tap during the post-WSOP Main Event time period.  They include:

  • A $1,500 Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha event
  • A $5,000 two-day No-Limit Hold’em (30-minute levels) tourney
  • A $1,500 Mixed 8-Handed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha three-day tournament
  • A $1,000 “Double-Stack” No-Limit Hold’em event, featuring 10,000 starting chips and 30-minute levels
  • The $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Championship
  • A $50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em two-day event
  • “The Closer” a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em tournament with 15,000 starting chips and 30-minute levels

In all, nine new events have been added to the 2018 WSOP schedule, with five events from last year removed from this year’s schedule.  New events this year include:

  • $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold’em (replaces the $10k Tag Team)
  • $100,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em (new addition)
  • $365 PLO GIANT (replaces a $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em)
  • $1,000 DOUBLE STACK No-Limit Hold’em (10,000 starting chips; replaces a $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em)
  • $565 ONLINE Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed (new addition)
  • $1,500 BOUNTY Pot-Limit Omaha (replaces a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em)
  • $1,000 DOUBLE-STACK No-Limit Hold’em (30-minute levels; replaces a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em)
  • $1,500 THE CLOSER No-Limit Hold’em (15,000 starting chips, 30-minute levels; new addition)
  • $50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em (new addition)

The Big One for One Drop concludes the 2018 schedule this year, taking place from July 15-17. This event is an every-other-year event like the $111k High Roller for One Drop, which takes place in odd calendar years.

Satellites for WSOP gold bracelet events will begin on in February and run continuously through the WSOP, including the popular 25 Seat Scramble to the Main Event.  More than 1,000 seats were awarded via last year.

All Caesars Entertainment resorts in Las Vegas offer reduced hotel room rates for entrants of WSOP bracelet events if they book early using the special advanced booking codes.  The Rio is now offering its weekday (Sunday-Thursday) rates to WSOP players beginning at just $41.  On the Las Vegas Strip there are plenty of options as well.  Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Paris Las Vegas, Flamingo Las Vegas, Harrah’s Las Vegas, Bally’s Las Vegas and The LINQ Hotel & Casino provide WSOP player rates as low as $35 a night.  To view a complete list of rates across all Caesars Entertainment properties, please visit our Reservations page or the Caesars Room Finder at Las Vegas – WSOP.  Note: Rates are based on availability and are subject to blackout dates, variable pricing and additional resort and parking fees).  The Rio does not charge self-parking fees.

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