Poker players can start to make their travel arrangements for the 2017 World Series of Poker.
The preliminary schedule for the 48th WSOP was revealed on Monday, with the series beginning Tuesday, May 30, with live games and satellites. The first WSOP gold bracelet tournament will take place on May 31. The WSOP will wrap up on July 17 with the beginning of the final table of the Main Event.
“We want to wish everyone Happy Holidays and best wishes for a safe and successful 2017,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart in a release. “We are busy trying to finalize the entire 2017 WSOP schedule. We anticipate a similar series to last year with a few new wrinkles, but ensuring a broad array of options to satisfy every potential participant.”
According to the press release, the 2017 WSOP will have 70 bracelet events. (The 2016 WSOP boasted 69 gold bracelet events.)
For those looking for more specifics, the WSOP will finalize the schedule in February.
The WSOP Main Event
The $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em WSOP Main Event championship will likely follow the same format we’ve seen in the past few years.
The Main Event will take place from July 8-17. There will be three starting flights, one each on July 8, 9 and 10.
The press release doesn’t offer any other details, but considering the date ranges for the Main Event, they can be guessed. Unofficially, I would expect there to be two Day 2s, with the survivors from Day 1a and Day 1b combined for Day 2a, and the survivors from Day 1c making up the Day 2b field on July 11 and 12 respectively.
From there, the entire field will likely be combined for Days 3-7 (July 13-17), with the summer portion of the tournament coming to an end when the final table of nine players is set. The press release doesn’t mention the November Nine, but with the final day of the WSOP being July 17 it seems impossible for the tournament to play to a conclusion by then.
Returning WSOP events
According to the announcement, several popular events will be returning in 2017.
- Colossus III
- The Millionaire Maker
- The Monster Stack
- The Little One for ONE DROP
- The Seniors Event
- The Ladies Championship.
The third iteration of the Colossus tournament will once again feature a $565 buy-in and offer re-entry. Colossus III will have a total of six starting flights (two per day) over the course of Friday, June 2, Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4.
Another tournament the WSOP has provided dates for is the Seniors Tournament. The $1,000 buy-in tournament will start bright and early at 10 a.m., on Friday, June 16. It will once again limit the field to players 50 and up.
One new wrinkle added to the seniors event for 2017 is players can reenter one time.