The complete event schedule for the 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) has been published, running more than a month and a half, from May 29th through July 17th at its customary home, the Rio in Las Vegas.
There will be nine new events on the 78-event schedule in 2018:
Five events that were on the schedule in 2017 will be gone next year: the $10,000 Tag Team event, two $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em events, and two $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em events.
The Main Event
The $10,000 Main Event, the only event that most casual poker fans care about (note: I am only talking about casual poker fans, not poker players, or those more into the poker community), will begin on Monday, July 2nd, with the first of three starting flights. If we are to assume that the rest of the tournament will run the same as this year, there will also be three Day 2 flights. Days 2A and 2B will likely be run on the same calendar day, though the fields will be separate, while Day 2C will have a day to itself, as it will be by far the biggest of the three. From there, the Main Event will run every day without a break until it is over.
That means, of course, that the November Nine is still no longer a thing. Starting in 2008, the Main Event had paused when the final table was determined and then resumed in November, allowing ESPN to build the tournament narrative for its television broadcasts, but this year, the November Nine was nixed in favor of just running the tournament straight through the finish.
One Drop Event
The Big One for One Drop, the million-dollar buy-in event to benefit the One Drop charity, returns for 2018, as well. It debuted in 2012 when Antonio Esfandiari won $18.3 million. After a year off, it came back in 2014 and Daniel Colman took the title for $15.3 million. People thought it would be on the schedule in 2016, but instead, it was moved to Monaco and made into an invitational tournament, with wealthy business people preferred over poker pros.
Interestingly, the Big One for One Drop will be the final event of the 2018 WSOP, rather than the $10,000 Main Event. WSOP organizers decided to have twelve tournaments begin after the start of the Main Event, probably to keep people at the Rio as long as possible, instead of heading home as the Main Event field dwindles.
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