The 2018 WSOP Schedule Is Here

December 12, 2017
The 2018 WSOP Schedule Is Here


One of the best days of the year for a poker player, besides the day they walk into the World Series of Poker, is the day the summer schedule is released sparking dreams of gold in professionals and amateurs alike.

Well, it’s time to get your dream on and the good news is more dreams will be fulfilled with 78 bracelet events on the official 2018 schedule.

The World Series of Poker schedule highlights

The tournament series will run from May 29 to July 17 and as expected, will once again be held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The doors will open on May 29 for cash games, satellites, and tournament registration.

The first “Shuffle Up and Deal” will be uttered on May 30th as two bracelet events get underway. The tradition continues with Event #1 – $565 Casino Employees Event beginning in the morning, followed by the brand new Event #2 – $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold ‘Em starting later in the afternoon which is replacing the $10,000 Tag Team Event from last year’s schedule.

Players will be happy to see the popular, big -field events back on the schedule this year including:

  • Event #6 – $365 GIANT No-Limit Hold’EM (Starting weekly beginning June 1)
  • Event #7 – $565 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold’Em (June 2)
  • Event #21 – MILLIONAIRE MAKER No-Limit Hold’Em (June 9)

Some of the player’s favorite events are back as well:

  • Event #12 – $1,500 Dealer’s Choice 6-Handed (June 4)
  • Event #18 – $10,000 Dealer’s Choice 6-Handed (June 7)
  • Event #55 – $1,000 TAG TEAM No-Limit Hold’Em (June 27)
  • Event #62 – $888 CRAZY EIGHTS No-Limit Hold’Em 8-Handed (June 30)

And then there are the events designed with the poker playing professional in mind, including the brand new $100,00 High Roller.

  • Event #5 – $100,000 HIGH ROLLER No-Limit Hold’Em (June 1)
  • Event #33 – $50,000 Poker Players Championship 6-Handed (June 15)
  • Event #42 – $25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha (June 20)

And when you get tired of the daily commute to the Rio (because you know you will), you can get your online fix with one of these tournaments:

  • Event #9 – $365 Online No-Limit Hold’Em
  • Event #47 – $565 Online Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed (a brand new addition to the schedule)
  • Event #61 – $1,000 Online No-Limit Hold’em Championship
  • Event #63 – $3,200 Online No-Limit Hold’em HIGH ROLLER

What’s new at this year’s WSOP

The 2018 WSOP Schedule is sporting a brand new look by adding twelve events after the Main Event starts, including Event #68 – $1000 + 111 Little One for One Drop (July 7) and this year’s final event, Event #78 – $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop (July 15).

In addition to the new events already mentioned above, these tournaments will be making their debut this summer:

  • Event #11 – $365 PLO GIANT (Starting weekly Beginning June 3)
  • Event #67 – $1,500 Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha event (July 6)
  • Event #71 – $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em (30-minute levels – two-day event) (July 10)
  • Event #72 – $1,500 Mixed 8-Handed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha (July 10)
  • Event #73 – $1,000 “Double-Stack” No-Limit Hold’em (10,000 starting chips and 30-minute levels) (July 11)
  • Event #74 – $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Championship (July 11)
  • Event # 75 – $1,500 CLOSER No-Limit Hold’em tournament (15,000 starting chips and 30-minute levels) (July 12)
  • Event #77 – $50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em (two-day event) (July 13)

The Main Event

Event #65, The Main Event, also known as “the tournament everybody waits all year for” will start a bit earlier this year. The first of three starting flights will begin on July 2, meaning the final starting day will fall on July 4. The field is expected to combine on Day 3 of the tournament which falls on Saturday, July 7th. From that day on, players will continue to play every day through July 14th when the 2018 WSOP Main Event Champion will be crowned.

Like last year, live coverage of the event will be provided by ESPN and PokerGo. The WSOP will be releasing the structure sheet for this and all events starting in January, where play times will be optimized to accommodate broadcast schedules.

WSOP side events

The WSOP will once again provide cash games galore, the ever-popular Deepstack Tournament series and plenty of satellites to help you take your shot at the big time. A few notable side events include:

King’s High Roller Series

One-day events running every Friday- Sunday, June 1 – July 8.

  • Fridays at 8:00 p.m. – $25,000 Buy-In No-Limit Hold’em
  • Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. – $25,000 Buy-In Pot-Limit Omaha
  • Sundays at 8:00 p.m. – $50,000 Buy-In No-Limit Hold’em

Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em Tournaments

One-day events running daily from May 29 – July 15.

  • $235 Buy-In No-Limit Hold’em tournaments at 1 PM.
  • $185 Buy-In No-Limit Hold’em tournaments at 3 PM.
  • $365 Buy-In No-Limit Hold’em tournaments at 7 PM.
  • $135 Buy-In No-Limit Hold’em tournaments at 9 PM.

With about four and half months before the WSOP opens its doors, it’s time to start making your summer plans. The Complete 2018 World Series of Poker Tournament Schedule can be found here.

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