The official schedule for the World Series of Poker 2018 has been released, one day after an unauthorised leak had revealed most of its contents to the media. This year, poker’s biggest event will be bigger than ever, with 78 events taking place throughout almost two months, between May 29th and July 17th. Once again, the venue will be the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, which has been home to the WSOP since 2005.
The World Series of Poker Main Event, the $10,000 No-limit Hold’em Championship, will take place between the 2nd and 14th of July. Daily events will lead up to the grand final where the new World Champion of Poker will receive the coveted cold bracelet as well as multi-million dollar cash prize. Last year, over 7,000 players participated, with American Scott Blumstein walking away with $8,150,000. The biggest prize ever won was a staggering £12 million, won by American player Jamie Gold in 2006.
Following the Main Event and wrapping up the event for the year will be the WSOP Big One for One Drop, taking place between July 15th and 17th. The event, famous for its $1m entry fee, is taking place in 2018 following a four year hiatus from the tournament, and will be capped at 48 entries. In its inaugural year in 2012, the event succeeded in reaching the biggest prize in WSOP history, $18.3million, won by Antonio Esfandiari. The event was created by Guy Laliberte, founder of the Cirque du Soleil, and $111,111 from the entry fees go directly to the One Drop Foundation, Laliberte’s charity aiming to raise awareness of water issues through art.
A few exciting changes to the line-up are included this year, with nine new events (five have been removed compared to last year’s schedule):
Those who cannot make it to the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino will be able to watch the action on ESPN or PokerGO, which will be live streaming events throughout the tournament. For those who want to do more than simply play, but prefer to stay away from the real-world action, WSOP Nevada will have four gold bracelet online poker events throughout 2018.
The World Series of Poker marks the most important event of the year for poker players of all levels, and every year players from over 100 countries flock to Las Vegas to participate in the tournament. Last year saw almost 121,000 participants play for over $231,010,874, both figures records in WSOP history. As the event goes into its 48th iteration, here’s hoping for an even bigger year.