World Series of Poker 2018 starts today!
This evening, Rio's Las Vegas casino will host the first World Series of Poker 2018 bracelet tournament. See what's waiting for us in the next seven weeks.
World Series of Poker 2018: 78 bracelets and eight new innovations
Poker fever starts again. Las Vegas Rio Hotel & Casino opened its doors to the forty-ninth year of the oldest and most famous poker event, the World Series of Poker. While on Tuesday, only registrations, cash games and first satellites have been held, today they will play the first bracelet tournaments. The World Series will traditionally launch a two-day casino staff tournament that starts at 11am local time (19:00 CET) and four hours later the first open bracelet event will take place. It will be a new addition to this year's Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold'em tournament with a buy-in of $10,000, and our winner should be known on Thursday afternoon.
The $10k Super Turbo Bounty in the program will replace the $10k Tag Team last year, in which celebrated their first bracelet victories Igor Kurganov and Liv Boeree, but this is far from being the only change or novelty that WSOP organizers will offer in this year's program. After last year's Giant tournament with a biy-in of $365, with five starting flights running every Friday until June 29, this year's program will feature the same low buy-in and starting flights in the Pot Limit Omaha format.
The Omaha event will also be included in the online tournament schedule. Last year, three bracelets were distributed in online events for the first time, this year it will be even four. Online $1,000 Buy-In Championship, $3,200 High Roller, and $365 WSOP.com online event this year also adds $565 Online Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed. All four tournaments will be played completely online (the final tables were played live last year), but without a visit to the USA you will not play them, online events will run on the local WSOP.com.
Big One for One Drop is coming back
New NLH High Rollers with buy-ins of $ 50,000 and $ 100,000 will also be played in the WSOP, and the next is the The Closer tournament with $1,500 buy-in, which is supposed to be a kind of closing tournament. In fact, that is not true. After The Closer, the final table and the $10,000 Main Event final table, we are expecting a last change over last year's schedule. The final three days of the WSOP 2018 will belong to the $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop charity high roller.
In this case, there is no news, the most expensive version of One Drop High Roller has taken place twice in the World Series, but last time it was four years ago. After the premiere in 2012 and the victory of Antonio Esfandiari ($ 18,346,673) and the second edition in 2014 and the triumph of Daniel Colman ($ 15,306,668), only the closed version of the Monte Carlo tournament with the winner Elton Tsang (€ 11,111,111) took place in 2016.
The traditional WSOP is still hindering the timing, but the "new" should be helped by more tournaments: Eight wrist events take place in the Big Blind Ante format. In addition to one million Big One for One Drop, there will be $ 100,000 and $ 50,000 High Roller or a $ 5,000 NLH Event.
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