The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is the biggest festival poker on the planet. Taking place every year at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, it gathers players from all over the world. Professionals and poker fans alike gather every year for several weeks of intense poker action.
This year will mark the 48th WSOP iteration, and tournament organizers have released the complete schedule for WSOP 2017, announcing exact dates, buy-ins, and other important details for the Series.
74 Bracelet Events
WSOP 2017 festivities will kick off on May 31 and will continue until July 17. Tournament organizers, headed by WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel, have prepared 74 different events in which players will have an opportunity to compete for the coveted WSOP bracelet.
Starting times for most events will be at either 11:00 AM or 03:00 PM, local time. Buy-ins for the events range from just $333 all the way up to $111,111, so there is something for everyone. Like every year, WSOP 2017 tries to cater to players of all shapes and sizes. With more than seventy tournaments lined up for the summer, everyone will be able to find something that fits their taste and bankroll.
Eight Brand New Events
This year will see a total of eight brand new events added to the WSOP schedule. One tournament that’s expected to create quite a buzz is the $10,000 tag team event. The event will allow players to team up (teams of either two or four people) and pay for the buy-in together. Members of the team can then alternate at the table and take turns playing the team’s stack. This should add interesting dynamics to the event.
There is also a $333 online event taking place at WSOP.com. Although it is played online, the tournament will award WSOP bracelet just like the traditional events taking place at the Rio.
The Marathon event is perfect for those who enjoy long hours of play. Priced at $2,620, this tournament will offer a big starting stack and 100-minute blind levels, which means there’ll be a lot of play.
Of course, there is a number of $10,000 championship events on the schedule, including the No Limit Hold’em Championship, better known as the Main Event. Players can pay their buy-ins ahead of time using credit cards, and the organizers upped the maximum buy-in via credit cards to $10,000. Last year, this number was just $1,500, but it proved very popular with the players, so this year WSOP decided to make the registration process even more convenient.