2018 WSOP Schedule AnnouncedDecember 13, 2017 12:32 pm
The 2018 World Series of Poker will take place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas from May 29 to July 17, and feature a total of 78 bracelets, according to the latest schedule released by its organizer. Counted amongst these are nine brand new events, although five events have also been removed from last year’s schedule. As WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel commented after releasing the news this week:
“With today’s announcement, we hope there is enough time to adjust your holiday wish list. 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 first WSOP took place in 1970, with next year’s series representing its 49th annual edition. Back then Johnny Moss won the inaugural Main Event for $824,922, with last year’s winner, Scott Blumstein, claiming the prestigious title for almost ten times that amount. At the 2018 WSOP Main Event, the action will subsequently get underway on Monday, July 2 before a winner is eventually crowned on Saturday, July 14.
The 2018 WSOP will also include the ultra high-roller $1 million buy-in event known as the Big One for One Drop, which is back by popular demand following a four-year hiatus. The charitable event will run from July 15-17, with its conclusion bringing an end to the popular summertime tournament series. Past winners of the the Big One include Antonio Esfandiari in 2012 for $18,346,673, and Dan Colman in 2014 for $15,306,668.
Other popular tournaments also making a return next year will be the $565 Colossus, $1,500 Millionaire Maker, $888 Crazy Eights, $50,000 Poker Players Championship , and the $2,620 Marathon (June 11th). In the meantime, amongst the many new tournaments added in 2018 will be the following:
$10,000 Super Turbo Bounty NL Hold’em (May 30)
$100,000 HIGH ROLLER No-Limit Hold’em (June 1)
$365 PLO GIANT (June 3)
$1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em (June 16)
$565 WSOP.com Online PLO 6-Handed (June 23)
$1,500 BOUNTY No-Limit Hold’em (June 25)
$1,500 THE CLOSER No-Limit Hold’em (July 12)
$50,000 HIGH ROLLER No-Limit Hold’em (July 13)
Finally, the ESPN networks will have exclusive rights to televise the action, with live streaming also available on PokerGO.