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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 WSOP.com 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 WSOP.com 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 WSOP Europe Main Event Day 3 – Robert Bickley Vaults to Chip Lead on Final Hand of Day

 2017 WSOP Europe Main Event Day 3 – Robert Bickley Vaults to Chip Lead on Final Hand of Day

Just 46 players remain of the original 529 entries in the 2017 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Europe Main Event after Day 3 of action at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. Sitting atop the standings is the UK’s Robert Bickley with 1.431 million chips

It can be interesting to see how the standings change day to day in a large tournament. Going into Day 3, Vishal Maini was in first place with 651,000 chips and nobody was close to him, on a relative scale, as he had nearly 200,000 more chips than the second place player. Maini is still among the leaders, but he was unable to amass many chips on Tuesday, finishing the day with only 790,000, about half of what Bickley has.

Whereas Maini had a substantial lead at the end of Monday, the top of the leader board is much more congested (again, looking at the chip stacks in a relative sense) after Day 3. Following Bickley is Jack Salter with 1.396 million chips, then two players – Rainer Kempe and Michal Mrakes – have 1.254 million and 1.245 million chips, respectively. Two more players have over a million: Kristen Bicknell (1.085 million) and Vlad Darie (1.045 million).

Bickley rose to the chip lead through strong play throughout the day, obviously, but the very last hand of the night was what allowed him to leapfrog into the pole position. According to the WSOP.com live report, Philipp Gruissem bet 23,000 pre-flop and Bickley re-raised to 63,000. Gruissem then moved all-in for 256,000 more and Bickley quickly called.

Gruissem was being bold with just K-T, perhaps feeling he needed to make his stand or perhaps thinking Bickley was just bullying him. Either way, he was in trouble against Bickley’s A-K suited. It was largely academic when an Ace flopped and officially locked up when another hit on the turn, eliminated Gruissem and elevating Bickley into the chip lead.

According to TheHendonMob.com, Robert Bickley has $ 75,871 in live tournament earnings, most of which came in a single cash this summer, when he finished second in a $ 1,100 No-Limit Hold’em event at the Deepstack Extravaganza III for $ 56,037. He is guaranteed about one-third of his lifetime total already, even if he is the first to bust out on Wednesday, so not a bad week for Robert!

Normally, we could tell you exactly what the schedule would be for Day 4, but it is a little up in the air. Either six or seven 90-minute levels will be played with 20 minute breaks in between each. After the fourth level played, there will be a dinner break which will last an hour or an hour and a half. It all probably just depends on how things are going. Either way, Day 4 should end with the final table nearly determined.

2017 World Series of Poker Main Event – Day 3 Chip Leaders

1. Robert Bickley – 1,431,000
2. Jack Salter – 1,396,000
3. Rainer Kempe – 1,254,000
4. Michal Mrakes – 1,245,000
5. Kristen Bicknell – 1,085,000
6. Vlad Darie – 1,045,000
7. Marc MacDonnell – 895,000
8. Vishal Maini – 790,000
9. Niall Farrell – 745,000
10. Chi Zhang – 699,000

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2017 WSOP Europe Main Event Day 2 – Vishal Maini Puts Gap Between Himself and Field

 2017 WSOP Europe Main Event Day 2 – Vishal Maini Puts Gap Between Himself and Field

With the two Day 1 starting flights wrapped up, Monday was the time for the survivors of each – plus anyone who wanted to fire one final bullet or register for the first time – to come together in a single, unified field for Day 2 at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Europe Main Event at the King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. Vishal Maini emerged from yesterday’s action as the overwhelming chip leader with 651,500 chips.

After Maini, the next largest chip stack belongs to Milad Oghabian. His 463,500 is significant, but it is also nearly 200,000 fewer chips than the total belonging to Maini. After Oghabian, the top of the leader board is pretty packed, with the next five chip stacks ranging from 408,500 to 424,000 chips.

Maini has just $ 73,532 in lifetime live tournament earnings (I would LOVE to have that success!), but he isn’t quite in uncharted waters. Maini did finish sixth in the 2017 C$ 10,000 + 300 No Limit Hold’em High Roller event at the Playground Poker Spring Classic and tenth in the partypoker WPT Caribbean Main Event, so he has gone deep in some non-trivial tournaments. But neither of those is the World Series of Poker Europe.

Registration for the WSOP Europe Main Event was open until the beginning of Day 2; as a re-entry event, players who were eliminated on Day 1 could still take one more shot on Monday. When the final registration tallies were made, there were 529 entries, allowing the prize pool to just barely eclipse the guarantee of €5,000,500. Of the €5,025,500, €1,115,207 will go to the winner. 80 players will make the money with a minimum cash of €15,131.

Some notables of the 134 who moved on to Day 3 of the WSOP Europe Main Event were Mike Leah, David Peters, Philipp Gruissem, Anatoly Filatov, Pierre Neuville, Anthony Zinno, Mustapha Kanit, Antoine Saout, Kevin MacPhee, Davidi Kitai, Eugene Katchalov, Maria Ho, and Dominik Nitsche.

Ryan Riess, John Racener, Phil Hellmuth, Chris Ferguson, and Chris Moorman who among those who were eliminated on Day 2. Unfortunately, Racener’s ouster on Monday at the WSOP Europe also means that Chris Ferguson has won the 2017 World Series of Poker Player of the Year. Yes, that’s right. A man who was partly responsible for the theft of millions of dollars from Full Tilt Poker customers will now be celebrated as the Player of the Year. What’s next? Are we going to elect a grifter who doesn’t pay contractors President of the United States?

2017 World Series of Poker Main Event – Day 2 Chip Leaders

1. Vishal Maini – 651,500
2. Milad Oghabian – 463,500
3. Alexander Lakhov – 424,000
4. Jens Lübbe – 419,000
5. Roman Herold – 412,000
6. Gianluca Speranza – 408,500
7. Michael Mrakes – 408,500
8. Stoyan Obreshkov – 386,000
9. Goran Mandic – 377,500
10. Anatoliy Zyrin – 376,000

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2017 WSOP Europe Day 1: Markus Dürnegger Leads After Starting Flights

 2017 WSOP Europe Day 1: Markus Dürnegger Leads After Starting Flights

Both starting flights of the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe are in the books. While the later starting flights generally dwarf the earlier ones, the two flights of this tourney were fairly even; Day 1B was still larger, but it was not an overwhelming difference. A total of 490 players have signed up for the event, but the official prize pool will not be determined until Monday, as registration remains open until the start of Day 2. Unlike the traditional WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas, this event is also a re-entry tournament, so players who busted on Day 1A or Day 1B can register again before Day 2 begins.

Austria’s Markus Dürnegger emerged as the overall chip leader, amassing 246,200 chips during Day 1A. According to TheHendonMob.com, he has about $ 1.2 million in live tournament earnings. The vast majority of that figure came this summer, when he finished second in the €10,300 No Limit Hold’em PokerStars Championship High Roller event, good for $ 860,570.

Also of note near the top of the leader board is Henry Tran, who was the chip leader of Day 1B with 224,700 chips, 2015 WSOP Main Event seventh place finisher Pierre Neuville (239,000 chips), Mustapha Kanit (177,100), 2009 WSOP Main Event third place finisher AND 2017 fifth place finisher Antoine Saout (144,400), and 2013 WSOP Main Event champ Ryan Riess (150,400).

This is the tenth WSOP Europe Main Event. Annette Obrestad famously won the first WSOP Europe Main Event back in 2007, becoming the youngest player in history to win a WSOP bracelet, just a day shy of her 19th birthday. She would not even be able to play the traditional World Series of Poker for another few years, as the legal gambling age in Nevada is 21.

There was no WSOP Europe last year and there will not be one next year, as in November 2013, it was decided that the WSOP Europe and WSOP Asia Pacific (APAC) would be held in alternating years, likely because having major World Series of Poker festivals in Las Vegas, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region (read: Australia) risked spreading players and their bankrolls too thin.

This year’s WSOP Europe is being held for the first time at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. Somehow, this village of fewer than 1,000 people in the extreme western part of the country on the German border has the casino with the largest poker room in Europe, with 160 tables.

2017 World Series of Poker Europe – Day 1A Chip Leaders

1. Markus Dürnegger – 246,200
2. Pierre Neuville – 239,000
3. Laszlo Bujtas – 216,500
4. Asi Moshe – 203,600
5. Gilbert Diaz – 188,900
6. Razvan-Andrei Dumea – 170,700
7. Piotr Franczak – 169,800
8. Dejan Pustoslemšek – 162,100
9. Markus Ross – 157,400
10. Jan-Peter Jachtmann – 154,100

2017 World Series of Poker Europe – Day 1B Chip Leaders

1. Henry Tran – 224,700
2. Josip Simunic – 189,100
3. Marc MacDonnell – 182,500
4. Parker Talbot – 179,500
5. Mustapha Kanit – 177,100
6. Norbert Madaras – 155,800
7. Hans Thumann – 150,500
8. Dominik Panka – 149,600
9. Farid Yachou – 146,700
10. Diego Ventura – 145,200

2017 World Series of Poker Europe – Combined Day 1 Chip Leaders

1. Markus Dürnegger – 246,200
2. Pierre Neuville – 239,000
3. Henry Tran – 224,700
4. Laszlo Bujtas – 216,500
5. Asi Moshe – 203,600
6. Josip Simunic – 189,100
7. Gilbert Diaz – 188,900
8. Marc MacDonnell – 182,500
9. Parker Talbot – 179,500
10. Mustapha Kanit – 177,100

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Chris Ferguson Seizes Control of WSOP Player of the Year Race

 Chris Ferguson Seizes Control of WSOP Player of the Year Race

Continuing what has been arguably his most successful tournament poker span and the most controversial period of his career at the same time, Chris Ferguson has all but seized control of the 2017 World Series of Poker Player of the Year race.

Ferguson won Event #7, the €1500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo Eights or Better, defeating 92 players and taking away a €39,289 payday along the way. Other than being his sixth bracelet win, the more important thing for Ferguson with the win is the points that he added to his total. For the entirety of the 2017 WSOP (counting the summer Las Vegas version), Ferguson has been able to rack up 216 points in Event #7 and bring his total to 1178.53 points.

With only four events remaining on the WSOP schedule, it leaves little time for those trailing him to catch up.

Having arguably the best tournament poker year of his career, John Racener has been the hound in pursuit of the hare from the start of the WSOP. He has cashed three times at the WSOP Europe, including just missing the final table in Event #7. Those points have enabled him to hold onto second place – but not creep any closer to the top of the ladder – with his 999.76 points.

Pushing Racener for the second-place slot on the POY list has been Ryan Hughes. He has also cashed three times at the WSOP-E and, for a quick moment after Event #1, had passed Racener for the second-place slot in the pack to catch Ferguson. He has since fallen back behind Racener, but his 994.35 points have him in the mix should he make a deep run in any of the remaining tournaments.

After Hughes, one of the two players who was in the Top Ten at the start of the WSOP-E that did NOT go to the Czech Republic can be found. John Monnette, despite being in the Top Five after the schedule of events in Las Vegas this summer, decided against heading to Rozvadov to take part in the WSOP-E. Thus, his total of 865.21 will stay the same and he’ll probably stay in the Top Ten to the end of the European stop.

After Monnette, the players on the list have a “slim and none” chance and slim is leaving the building. Despite being on the grounds at the King’s Casino and picking up a couple of cashes, Foxen hasn’t garnered any more points in the race for the Player of the Year. As a result, Foxen and his 786.86 points are probably going to have to be sated by his current fifth place status. The remainder of the Top Ten also will have to be happy to be among the top players in the 2017 WSOP, including Mike Leah (sixth, 770.74 points), Raymond Henson (seventh, 768.49), Ben Yu (eighth, 766.49), Daniel Negreanu (ninth, 717.76) and Dario Sammartino (tenth, 710.96).

If someone is going to catch Ferguson for the POY, they’re going to have to go on a multi-tournament run. Because the fields have been smaller at the WSOP-E and the buy-ins aren’t as large, racking up any serious points is highly difficult. These are the four events left on the schedule:

Event #8 – €1000 “Little One for One Drop” No Limit Hold’em
Event #9 – €25,000 No Limit Hold’em
Event #10 – €111,111 High Roller for One Drop
Event #11 – €10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event

The €25,000 High Roller is nearing its conclusion, which basically means that those players left are not playing in the “Little One.” The lineup for the big One Drop tournament might see someone from the €25K take a shot, but it is expected that Ferguson will also participate in that event. With only the Main Event left, there just aren’t enough opportunities for players to mount an offensive against Ferguson.

Although the poker world might not like it, Ferguson has amassed quite a record for the 2017 WSOP. After cashing 17 times in Las Vegas, Ferguson has added another six in the seven completed events in Rozvadov, including his bracelet win. Unless someone can dig up a swing-dancing Anna Chapman to poison Ferguson over the next week, he’ll be the one who walks away with the accolades as the 2017 World Series of Poker Player of the Year.

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