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2018 WSOP Schedule Released

 2018 WSOP Schedule Released

The 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) schedule was released Tuesday, unveiling a slate that will run May 29th through July 17th. There will be 78 gold bracelet events, an increase of four from this year.

$ 10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Championship, best known as the Main Event, will begin Monday, July 2nd with the first of three starting flights. Like this year, when the tournament gets to Day 3 with a merged field (there will be multiple Day 2 flights, as usual), it will continue to run every day until its conclusion without a break. In previous years, the tournament paused when the nine-handed final table was determined, reconvening in November with the “November Nine.” This year was the first time in a decade that the November Nine format was discarded.

Historically, the Main Event has been the final tournament of the World Series of Poker, though sometimes there are some final, lesser events running simultaneous to the Main Event. In 2018, a dozen tournaments will actually begin after the start of the Main Event, including the Little One for One Drop and the Big One for One Drop.

Like this year, ESPN and PokerGO will provide live coverage, the former broadcasting on television, the latter online. The complete broadcast schedule will be released at a later date; we would expect the live final table (with a 30-minute delay) will be shown in its entirety on the ESPN family of networks as well as the WatchESPN app, but just as things changed last year with the partnership of PokerGO, you never know if there will be a surprise in store for 2018.

There are nine new events in 2018 and five events have been deleted from the schedule (thus creating the net-four difference from 2017). In a press release, the WSOP listed those additions, with removals noted:

1. $ 10,000 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold’em (replaces the $ 10k Tag Team)
2. $ 100,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em (new addition)
3. $ 365 PLO GIANT (replaces a $ 1,000 No-Limit Hold’em)
4. $ 1,000 DOUBLE STACK No-Limit Hold’em (10,000 starting chips) (replaces a $ 1,000 No-Limit Hold’em)
5. $ 565 ONLINE Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed (new addition)
6. $ 1,500 BOUNTY Pot-Limit Omaha (replaces a $ 1,500 No-Limit Hold’em)
7. $ 1,000 DOUBLE-STACK No-Limit Hold’em (30-minute levels) (replaces a $ 1,500 No-Limit Hold’em)
8. $ 1,500 THE CLOSER No-Limit Hold’em (15,000 starting chips, 30-minute levels) (new addition)
9. $ 50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em (new addition)

The million-dollar buy-in Big One for One Drop is the final event on the WSOP schedule, running July 15th through July 17th. If you want to see a bunch of rich people play poker – or really good poker players who know some rich people – that’s the place to be.

There will be four online bracelet events, played in their entirety on Nevada. There were three last year; the addition is a six-handed Pot-Limit Omaha event.

While the schedule has been released, the WSOP has not published the tournament structures yet. Tournament organizers advise Main Event players to be sure to check the tournament structure each day of the event, as times may be altered to make for a better television/internet broadcast.

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2017-2018 WSOP International Circuit Schedule Released

 2017 2018 WSOP International Circuit Schedule Released

As if the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event hasn’t been big enough news for the past week, the WSOP recently gave players outside of the United States something to look forward to, releasing the schedule for the 2017-2018 WSOP International Circuit.

The schedule consists of thirteen events, though the WSOP says that more stops are expected to be added for the part of the slate that will take place in 2018. The first stop will kick off shortly after the WSOP Main Event ends, August 2-8 in Iguazu, Argentina. Next year’s tour stops do not have set dates as of yet, but are rather listed as “January,” “March,” “Spring,” and “TBA.”

“Our partner casinos have done a terrific job bringing the WSOP brand and experience to their properties,” said WSOP Director Gregory Chochon in a press release. “The WSOP International Circuit is here to stay and we look forward to continually improving the experience and prize pools for the players.”

Just like with the United States “domestic” Circuit, each International Circuit stop will allow players the opportunity to qualify for the season-ending WSOP Global Casino Championship, and invitation-only, $ 1 million minimum prize pool tournament. The first qualifier from each WSOP International Circuit stop will be the person who win’s that stop’s Main Event. The second will be the player who earns the most points across of that tour stop’s ring events.

On the U.S. Circuit, there will be 50 “at-large” qualifiers to the Global Casino Championship, which are the top 50 points earners during the entire season (obviously, there may be overlaps with the automatic qualifiers). There are no at-large qualifiers on the International Circuit.

$ 1 million is guaranteed for the Global Casino Championship’s prize pool, but the top 100 players in the 2017 World Series of Poker Player of the Year standings will be permitted to buy-in to the tournament for $ 10,000, thus potentially increasing the prize pool.

The current released schedule for the 2017-2018 WSOP International Circuit is as follows:

1. August 2-8, 2017 – CASINO IGUAZU, Iguazu, Argentina
2. August 25 – September 2, 2017 – HOLLAND CASINO ROTTERDAM, Rotterdam, Holland
3. September 1-11, 2017 – CASINO CAMPIONE, Campione, Italy
4. September 27 – October 4, 2017 – BIENAL PAVILION, Sao Paolo, Brazil
5. September 28 – October 18, 2017 – KING’S CASINO – Rozvadov, Czech Republic
6. November 1-15, 2017 – SONESTA MAHO BEACH RESORT & CASINO, St. Marteen, Caribbean
7. November 17 – December 4, 2017 – CERCLE CLICHY MONTMARTRE, Paris, France
8. November 28 – December 18, 2017 – THE STAR CASINO, Sydney, Australia
9. December 7-17, 2017 – ENJOY CONRAD PUNTA DEL ESTE, Punta del Este, Uruguay
10. January, 2018 – CASINO DE MARRAKECH, Marrakech, Morocco
11. March, 2018 – CASINO CAMPIONE, Campione, Italy
12. Spring, 2018 – KING’S CASINO – Rozvadov, Czech Republic
13. TBA, 2018 – CASINO ADJARABET, Tbilisi, Georgia

Last year’s WSOP International Circuit schedule had 14 stops, though with the note that more stops are expected, one would think that the 2017-2018 schedule will end up topping that. This will be the fourth season for the WSOP International Circuit.


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2016-2017 World Series of Poker Circuit Schedule Released

 2016 2017 World Series of Poker Circuit Schedule Released

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) released the schedule for the thirteenth season of the World Series of Poker Circuit Tuesday, a schedule which features 22 tour stops in the United States plus six more international stops.

The centerpiece of the schedule appears to be Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina. The WSOP Circuit season begins August 4, 2016 at Harrah’s Cherokee and concludes there, as well, with the WSOP Global Casino Championship. The dates have yet to be determined for the Championship. AND THEN…in the middle of the schedule – spanning the end of November and beginning of December – is a third date at Harrah’s Cherokee (well, technically second, as the Championship is the third date).

Two new tour stops have made the schedule: Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in February 2017 and Hard Rock Tulsa in March 2017. IP in Biloxi, Mississippi isn’t quite a “new” Circuit stop, but it was off the schedule last year, so let’s count it.

As usual, every tour stop will consist of a number of $ 365 buy-in ring events and a $ 1,675 Main Event. The winners of each Circuit Main Event will automatically qualify for the season-ending Global Casino Championship. In addition, the players who earn the most points across the dozen ring events at single tour stop will be named Casino Champions and also earn entry into the Global Casino Championship. Finally, the top 50 points earners over the entire season that didn’t already gain automatic entry punch their ticket into the season finale. Players can also qualify by winning a ring event or being one of the top 100 ranked players in the previous year’s WSOP Player of the Year standings, but they must pay the $ 10,000 buy-in. The other automatic qualifiers get to freeroll.

2016-2017 World Series of Poker Circuit United States Tour Schedule

August 4-16, 2016 – Harrah’s Cherokee (North Carolina)
August 18-29, 2016 – Foxwoods Resorts (Connecticut)
August 25 – September 5, 2016 – Planet Hollywood (Las Vegas Strip)
September 8-19, 2016 – IP (Biloxi, Mississippi)
September 29 – October 10, 2016 – Horseshoe S. Indiana (Louisville)
October 13-24, 2016 – Horseshoe Hammond (Chicago)
October 27 – November 7, 2016 – Harveys Lake Tahoe (Nevada)
November 10-21, 2016 – Palm Beach Kennel Club (Florida)
November 24 – December 5, 2016 – Harrah’s Cherokee (North Carolina)
December 1-12, 2016 – The Bicycle Casino (Los Angeles)
January 5-16, 2017 – Choctaw Durant (Dallas/Oklahoma)
January 19-30, 2017 – Horseshoe Tunica (Mississippi)
February 2-13, 2017 – Potawatomi (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
February 9-20, 2017 – Palm Beach Kennel Club (Florida)
February 23 – March 6, 2017 – Bally’s Las Vegas
March 4-15, 2017 – The Bicycle Casino (Los Angeles)
March 9-20, 2017 – Harrah’s Atlantic City (New Jersey)
March 16-27, 2017 – Hard Rock (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
March 30 – April 10, 2017 – Horseshoe Council Bluffs (Omaha/Iowa)
April 13-24, 2017 – Harrah’s Cherokee (North Carolina)
April 27 – May 8, 2017 – Horseshoe Baltimore (Maryland)
May 11-22, 2017 – Harrah’s New Orleans (Louisiana)
TBD – WSOP Global Casino Championship

2016-2017 World Series of Poker Circuit International Tour Schedule

September 8-20 – Casino Campione (Campione, Italy)
September 29 – October 9 – Spielbank Berlin (Berlin, Germany)
October 27 – November 14 – King’s Casino (Rozvadov, Czech Republic)
November 3-16 – Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino (St. Maarten, Caribbean)
November 11-27 – Cercle Clichy Montmartre (Paris, France)
December 2-11 – Enjoy Conrad Punta del Este (Punta del Este, Uruguay)

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APPT Macau Millions and Macau Poker Cup 24 Schedules Released

 APPT Macau Millions and Macau Poker Cup 24 Schedules Released

We are in a bit of a holiday lull right now when it comes to major live poker tournaments (though that doesn’t differ much from the lull most people are in at this time of year – how long does each work day this week feel?), but once the calendar page turns, it is off to the races once again. One of the first live poker tours that will step to the plate is the PokerStars Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT). Today, PokerStars released the schedules for the first and third stops on the tour: the Macau Millions and the Macau Poker Cup 24.

The Macau Millions kicks off Friday, January 8th with the first of nine events and will run through January 18th. The Main Event, which begins Thursday, January 14th, has a HK $ 3,000 buy-in (approximately USD $ 387) and a HK $ 3,000,000 (USD $ 387,093) guaranteed prize pool.

Similar to what is being done with the Colossus II at the 2016 World Series of Poker, the Macau Millions Main Event will have six starting flights, divided equally across three days (so for those scoring at home, that is two per day). In an interesting twist, though, the two starting flights that share each day will have different blind structures – the first each day will use the standard structure, while the second will be a turbo event.

Tournament organizers believe the Macau Millions Main Event will break this year’s record of field of 1,804 players. If so, it will easily eclipse the guarantee.

One new event at the Macau Millions is the HK $ 9,000 (USD $ 1,161) China Poker Championship. The PokerStars press release says that it is “closed to citizens of the People’s Republic of China,” but this wording is confusing: it is actually open ONLY to Chinese citizens. This is the first time the PokerStars LIVE Macau poker room is hosting a country-specific poker tournament.

After what is arguably the star of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour – the Aussie Millions – it is back to PokerStars LIVE Macau for the Macau Poker Cup 24. Running February 19th through March 6th, the third tour stop on the APPT Season 10 will feature 17 events. By the name, you probably thought there would be 24 events, as did I, but the “24” refers to this being the 24th edition of the Macau Poker Cup.

The headliner tournament of the Macau Poker Cup is the HK $ 12,000 (USD $ 1,548) Red Dragon Main Event with a HK $ 8 million (USD $ 1,032,240) guaranteed prize pool. It will be held February 28th through March 4th and will have three starting flights.

While the Macau Millions boasted over 1,800 entrants last year, the Red Dragon event actually holds the Macau record for most unique players in a tournament, with 995 (that’s unique as in “separate individuals” not as in “distinctive or special”).

The complete schedules for both Asia Pacific Poker Tour stops can be found at

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