The summer schedules across Las Vegas, NV are innovative in new offerings for players. 2018 is no different with the World Series of Poker and The Venetian rolling out never before seen events. From $400 all the way up to $100,000, players have their pick at a variety of chef’s selections. Past introductions include Monster Stack and The Marathon and perhaps a few of these five events will have staying power past 2018.
1. $10,000 World Series of Poker Super Turbo Bounty
Date: May 30
The World Series of Poker schedule kicks off this summer with a fast and fun-filled event. The success of last summer’s $1,000 Super Turbo Bounty spills over into the high roller variety. A one-day event with every elimination worth $3,000 should produce a truckload of great hands, top pros, and a loaded final table.
With 20-minute levels all the way through, expect to see entrants gamble it up in the hopes of getting a piece of their buy-in back before the prize pool is even announced.
The popularity of bounty events online fit in well with players who are used to jumping back and forth between the live and virtual felt.
Buckle-up for the WSOP rocketship as it takes off for the moon in the first of 74 events.
2. $50,000/$100,000 World Series of Poker High Rollers
Dates: June 1-4 ($100,000), July 13-14 ($50,000)
The return of the $1 million Big One for One Drop created a void in the relatively reduced price of the $111,111 One Drop High Roller. The WSOP ensures the void is eliminated in 2018 with a $50,000 and $100,000 High Roller bracelet event.
Both events use familiar elements used on the PokerStars Live and partypoker LIVE tours. Big blind ante and shot clocks are in use for the duration of each event. The WSOP is trotting out the shot clock in a limited format and the two high rollers along with the Big One For One Drop are the only events where players have a set time to act.
Details of the WSOP shot clock are not yet known but businessmen and professionals alike should be pleased to see a faster-paced game. The only question about the respective final tables is how many tens of millions in combined earnings are going to be lined up to fight for the bracelet.
3. $1,100 Venetian Summer Savers
Dates: July 5-8 & July 9-12
Unlucky summer filled with poor variance topped off by an early exit from the WSOP Main Event? Have no fear, The Venetian is here. The DeepStack Championship Series has back-t0-back $1,100 $1 million guaranteed events starting on Day 2A of the Main Event.
The 2017 Venetian DSE III ran a $1,100 $1.5 million guaranteed Main Event post-lim that drew 2,096 runners and put $313,664 up top. Similar numbers are in the cards for both events in 2018.
The same structure applies to each event. Two starting flights, 20,000 chips, and 40-minute levels all the way through.
The Summer Savers are up against the Little One for One Drop and The Closer at the Rio. Players have the pleasure of quality options for their post-Main Event life.
4. $1,500 WSOP Pot Limit Omaha Bounty
Date: July 6-8
Pot Limit Omaha tournaments and bounty formats are not slowing down in popularity. The World Series of Poker combines them for a Main Event post-lim. $500 of every buy-in goes toward a bounty and with starting stacks of only 7,500, chips are flying from the start.
It will be interesting to see how many players show up for this event. The $3,000 PLO Six-Max starts on July 8 and should keep four-card fiends in town for a few extra days.
5. $400 Venetian NightStack
Date May 31-July 1
The Venetian’s answer to the World Series of Poker’s Giant comes in the form of the $1 million guaranteed NightStack. Eight starting flights spread across the DeepStack Championship calendar from May 31 through June 29. Five percent of each field advances to July 1’s Day 2.
Close to 3,000 entrants need to register to cover the guarantee and a six-figure first-place prize is going to be up for grabs. Day 1 flights play into the money and players have the chance to play in multiple opening sessions should they choose. The action moves fast with 15,000 starting banks and 30-minute levels.