The WSOP Main Event Starts July 2nd!

The WSOP Main Event Starts July 2nd!

The first Monday in July brings about the biggest tournament in poker: the World Series of Poker $10,000 Main Event. The first starting flight gets underway at 11 a.m. with players from around the world converging on the Rio for a shot at the most coveted title in poker.

Over the next days, names like Hellmuth, Moneymaker, Chan, Raymer, Negreanu, and Ivey will be heard in the hallways as every serious (tournament) poker player gathers in the Amazon, Brasilia, Miranda, and Pavilion tournament rooms for their shot at eternal glory.

Featuring a comprehensive slate of tournaments in every major poker variation, the WSOP is poker’s longest-running tournament in the world, dating back to 1970.

In 2017, the WSOP drew 120,995 total entrants in 74 total events — the most in its history. The 2017 series awarded more than $231 million in prize money, and the events brought in players from 111 countries.

The venue has changed and numerous games and tournaments added, but the history remains. In recent years, some of those original games played in 1970 have even been worked back into the WSOP festivities in games like dealer’s choice and some of the mixed-games (Championship) events. And the foundation of that remains the Main Event.

When players take their seats beginning today in those first starting flight, they are not just attempting to win a poker tournament; they are attempting to become part of the game’s history — a history that traces its roots from the Revolutionary War to Civil War battlefields to 19th Century steamboats floating on the Mississippi River to scorching Las Vegas summers. Win that bracelet and your name becomes synonymous with some of the best in the game. Thousands will try, but only one will raise that shiny gold bracelet in victory.

Structure

At 11 a.m., players start with 50,000 in chipsLevels are 120 minutes long throughout. After every level, players have a 20-minute break. The dinner break60 minutes long, takes place after Level 2, which should be around 3:25 p.m.

Late registration for Day 1a of the 2017 WSOP Main Event is open for three levels, registration closes around 7:10 p.m. If you’re too late, there’s always tomorrow (Day 1b) and Wednesday (Day 1c). Day 1a wraps up around 11:00 p.m.

Level Duration Small Blind Big Blind Ante
1 120 minutes 75 150
20-minute break
2 120 minutes 150 300
60-minute break
3 120 minutes 150 300 25
20-minute break
4 120 minutes 200 400 50
20-minute break
5 120 minutes 250 500 75

Players to survive today return to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino Thursday, July 5, 2018, to play another five levels on Day 2ab.

Today’s action starts at 11 a.m. PokerNews will be there the entire day with live updates from around the convention center of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Besides live updates, you can follow along via ESPN2 and PokerGO.

When and Where to Watch

Once again, PokerGO and ESPN have teamed up to bring you a live stream of all the action. Here’s the schedule for the Main Event with times in Pacific Time (local Vegas time). This schedule is subject to change.

Date Main Event Slot 1 Start time End time Slot 2 Start time End time Slot 3 Start time End time
July 2 Day 1a ESPN2 05:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m. PokerGO 10:00 p.m. 11:35 p.m.
July 3 Day 1b ESPN2 04:00 p.m. 08:00 p.m. PokerGO 09:00 p.m. 11:35 p.m.
July 4 Day 1c ESPN2 05:30 p.m. 09:00 p.m. PokerGO 09:30 p.m. 11:35 p.m.
July 5 Day 2ab ESPN 05:00 p.m. 08:00 p.m. PokerGO 08:00 p.m. 11:35 p.m.
July 6 Day 2c ESPN2 05:30 p.m. 09:00 p.m. PokerGO 09:00 p.m. 11:35 p.m.
July 7 Day 3 ESPN2 03:00 p.m. 06:30 p.m. PokerGO 06:30 p.m. 08:30 p.m.
July 8 Day 4 ESPN 11:30 a.m. 03:00 p.m. PokerGO 03:00 p.m. 06:15 p.m.
July 9 Day 5 PokerGO 05:00 p.m. 06:00 p.m. ESPN2 06:00 p.m. 11:00 p.m. PokerGO 11:00 p.m. 11:35 p.m.
July 10 Day 6 PokerGO 11:30 a.m. 03:50 p.m. ESPN 05:00 p.m. 08:00 p.m. PokerGO 08:00 p.m. 11:35 p.m.
July 11 Day 7 PokerGO 11:30 a.m. 09:00 p.m. ESPN2 09:00 p.m. TBD
July 12 Final Table ESPN/PokerGO 06:00 p.m. TBD
July 13 Final Table ESPN/PokerGO 06:00 p.m. TBD
July 14 Final Table ESPN/PokerGO 06:00 p.m. TBD
Final Table ESPN Set

A Long Summer

While the Main Event is just about to get underway, a plethora of events are already in the books. The 2018 WSOP kicked off May 31st with the $565 Employees Event. Since then, dozens of events have been played, and PokerNews.com was there for each and every one of them. Millions in prize money has been rewarded, hundreds of thousands of hands have been dealt. Take a look at all the results up until now:

# Event Entries Prize Pool Winner Prize
1 $565 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em 566 $283,000 Jordan Hufty $61,909
2 $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold’em 243 $2,284,200 Elio Fox $393,693
3 $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em SHOOTOUT 363 $980,100 Joe Cada $226,218
4 $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better 911 $1,229,850 Julien Martini $239,771
5 $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller 105 $10,185,000 Nick Petrangelo $2,910,227
6 $365 GIANT No-Limit Hold’em 8,920 $2,676,000 Jeremy Perrin $250,000
7 $565 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold’em 13,070 $6,535,000 Roberly Felicio $1,000,000
8 $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball 321 $722,250 Johannes Becker $180,455
9 $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship 169 $1,588,600 Paul Volpe $417,921
10 $365 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em 2,972 $974,816 William ‘Twooopair’ Reymond $154,996
11 $365 PLO GIANT Pot-Limit Omaha
12 $1,500 Dealer’s Choice 6-Handed 406 $548,100 Jeremy Harkin $129,882
13 $1,500 Big Blind Antes No-Limit Hold’em 1,306 $1,763,100 Benjamin Moon $315,346
14 $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw 260 $351,000 Daniel Ospina $87,678
15 $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. 731 $986,850 Andrey Zhigalov $202,787
16 $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship 114 $1,074,600 Justin Bonomo 185,965
17 $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed 1,663 $2,245,050 Ognyan Dimov $378,743
18 $10,000 Dealer’s Choice 6-Handed 111 $1,043,400 Adam Friedman $293,275
19 $565 Pot-Limit Omaha 2,419 $1,209,500 Craig Varnell $181,790
20 $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 518 $2,408,700 Jeremy Wien $537,710
21 $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em MILLIONAIRE MAKER 7,361 $9,937,350 Arne Kern $1,173,223
22 $1,500 Eight Game Mix 481 $649,350 Philip Long $147,348
23 $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship 95 $893,000 Brian Rast $259,670
24 $2,620 THE MARATHON No-Limit Hold’em 1,637 $3,860,046 Michael Addamo $653,581
25 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better 596 $804,600 Benjamin Dobson $173,528
26 $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 986 $887,400 Filippos Stavrakis $169,842
27 $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship 166 $1,560,400 John Hennigan $414,692
28 $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed 868 $2,343,600 Gal Yifrach $461,798
29 $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw 356 $480,600 Hanh Tran $117,282
30 $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha 799 $1,078,650 Ryan Bambrick $217,123
31 $1,500 Seven Card Stud 310 $418,500 Steven Albini $105,629
32 $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship 519 $5,327,100 Matthew Davis $662,983
33 $50,000 Poker Players Championship 87 $4,176,000 Michael Mizrachi $1,239,126
34 $1,000 DOUBLE STACK No-Limit Hold’em 5,700 $5,130,000 Robert Peacock $644,224
35 $1,500 Mixed Omaha 773 $1,043,550 Yueqi Zhu $211,781
36 $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em 2,191 $1,971,900 Farhintaj Bonyadi $311,451
37 $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em 1,330 $1,795,500 Eric Baldwin $319,580
38 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship 83 $780,200 Yaniv Birman $236,238
39 $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout 908 $1,225,800 Preston Lee $236,498
40 $2,500 Mixed Big Bet 205 $461,250 Scott Bohlman $122,138
41 $1,500 Limit Hold’em 596 $804,600 Robert Nehorayan $173,568
42 $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller 230 $5,462,500 Shaun Deeb $1,402,683
43 $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em 1,248 $2,808,000 Timur Margolin $507,274
44 $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship 109 $1,024,600 Nicholas Seiken $287,987
45 Big Blind Antes $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em (30 minute levels) 1,712 $1,540,800 Mario Prats Garcia $258,255
46 $2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better 402 $904,500 David Brookshire $214,291
47 $565 WSOP.com ONLINE Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed 1,223 $635,960 Matthew ‘mendey’ Mendez $135,078
48 $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em MONSTER STACK 6,260 $8,451,000 Tommy Nguyen $1,037,451
49 $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship 476 $4,474,400 Loren Klein $1,018,336
50 $1,500 Razz 389 $525,150 Jay Kwon $125,431
51 $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Bounty 1,983 $2,677,050 Ryan Leng $272,504
52 $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship 114 $1,071,600 Scott Seiver $296,222
53 Event #53: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better 935 $1,262,250 Joseph Couden $244,370
54 Big Blind Antes $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 1,020 $2,754,000 Diogo Veiga $522,715
55 $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em 1,032 $928,800 Giuseppe Pantaleo – Nikita Luther $175,805
56 $10,000 Razz Championship 119 $1,118,600 Calvin Anderson $309,220
57 $1,000/$10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship 696 $626,400 Jessica Dawley $130,230
58 $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed 621 $2,766,750 Jean-Robert Bellande $616,302
59 $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty 2,065 $1,858,500 Mike Takayama $198,568
60 $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship 218 $2,049,200 $567,788
61 $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em Championship 1,635 $1,553,250 Ryan ‘Toosick’ Tosoc $238,778
62 $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed – $888,888 Guaranteed 1st Place
63 $3,200 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em High Roller 480 $1,459,200 Chance ‘BingShui’ Kornuth $341,598
64 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship

More Action

The Main Event has traditionally been the penultime or last WSOP tournament of the summer, but things are a little different this time around. There’s still a plethora of tournaments to be played, the majority running alongside the Main Event. The $1,000,000 buy-in Big One for One Drop is even to follow after the Main Event has wrapped up, running July 15 through 17. Here’s what’s still to be played:

# Event Dates
66 $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em July 05-07, 2018
67 $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Bounty July 06-08, 2018
68 $1,000 + $111 The Little One for One Drop No-Limit Hold’em July 07-11, 2018
69 $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed July 08-10, 2018
70 $3,000 Limit Hold’em 6-Handed July 09-12, 2018
71 $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em (30 minute levels) July 10-12, 2018
72 $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed July 10-12, 2018
73 $1,000 DOUBLE STACK No-Limit Hold’em (30 minute levels) July 11-12, 2018
74 $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship July 11-13, 2018
75 $1,500 The Closer No-Limit Hold’em (30 minute levels) – $1 Million Guarantee July 12-15, 2018
76 $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. July 12-14, 2018
77 $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller July 13-14, 2018
78 $1,000,000 The Big One for One Drop July 15-17, 2018

World Series of Poker History

The Main Event began as an idea hatched in Texas gambler Benny Binion’s mind to promote his casino. In 1970, a small group of Texas rounders gathered at Binion’s for 10 days playing for high stakes in games like five-card draw, 2-7 lowball, seven-card stud, razz, and no-limit hold’em. Players voted on the winner at the end — Texan and future Poker Hall of Fame member Johnny Moss. By 1972, no-limit hold’em became the premier game and the $10,000 buy-in tournament that players now know as the Main Event was introduced.

In the intervening 48 years, the event has grown to mammoth proportions with numerous preliminary events. The championship bracelet was introduced by Binion in 1976 and has become the ultimate trophy in poker. Owning one has become the litmus test for poker greatness. The series has even expanded beyond Las Vegas with numerous circuit and bracelet events around the country and the world.

Binion surely couldn’t have imagined the scope that the game would become since his showcase began in 1970. The World Series of Poker is the largest, richest and most prestigious gaming event in the world, having awarded more than $2.6 billion in prize money and the prestigious gold bracelet, globally recognized as the sport’s top prize.

Here’s a look at all the winners since the tournament’s inception:

Year Entries Champion Country Winning Hand Prize
1970 7 Johnny Moss United States
1971 6 Johnny Moss United States $30,000
1972 8 Thomas “Amarillo Slim” Preston United States {K-Hearts}{J-Diamonds} $80,000
1973 13 Walter “Puggy” Pearson United States {A-Spades}{7-Spades} $130,000
1974 16 Johnny Moss United States {3-Hearts}{3-Spades} $160,000
1975 21 Brian “Sailor” Roberts United States {J-Spades}{J-Hearts} $210,000
1976 22 Doyle Brunson United States {10-Spades}{2-Spades} $220,000
1977 34 Doyle Brunson United States {10-Spades}{2-Hearts} $340,000
1978 42 Bobby Baldwin United States {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs} $210,000
1979 54 Hal Fowler United States {7-Spades}{6-Diamonds} $270,000
1980 73 Stu Ungar United States {5-Spades}{4-Spades} $385,000
1981 75 Stu Ungar United States {A-Hearts}{Q-Hearts} $375,000
1982 104 Jack Straus United States {A-Hearts}{10-Spades} $520,000
1983 108 Tom McEvoy United States {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Spades} $540,000
1984 132 Jack Keller United States {10-Hearts}{10-Spades} $660,000
1985 140 Bill Smith United States {3-Spades}{3-Hearts} $700,000
1986 141 Berry Johnston United States {A-Spades}{10-Hearts} $570,000
1987 152 Johnny Chan United States (born in China) {A-Spades}{9-Clubs} $625,000
1988 167 Johnny Chan United States (born in China) {J-Clubs}{9-Clubs} $700,000
1989 178 Phil Hellmuth United States {9-Spades}{9-Clubs} $755,000
1990 194 Mansour Matloubi Iran {6-Hearts}{6-Spades} $895,000
1991 215 Brad Daugherty United States {K-Spades}{J-Spades} $1,000,000
1992 201 Hamid Dastmalchi Iran {8-Hearts}{4-Clubs} $1,000,000
1993 220 Jim Bechtel United States {J-Spades}{6-Spades} $1,000,000
1994 268 Russ Hamilton United States {K-Spades}{8-Hearts} $1,000,000
1995 273 Dan Harrington United States {9-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} $1,000,000
1996 295 Huck Seed United States {9-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} $1,000,000
1997 312 Stu Ungar United States {A-Hearts}{4-Clubs} $1,000,000
1998 350 Scotty Nguyen United States (born in Vietnam) {J-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} $1,000,000
1999 393 Noel Furlong Ireland {5-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} $1,000,000
2000 512 Chris Ferguson United States {A-Spades}{9-Clubs} $1,500,000
2001 613 Carlos Mortensen Spain (born in Ecuador) {K-Clubs}{Q-Clubs} $1,500,000
2002 631 Robert Varkonyi United States {Q-Diamonds}{10-Spades} $2,000,000
2003 839 Chris Moneymaker United States {5-Diamonds}{4-Spades} $2,500,000
2004 2,576 Greg Raymer United States {8-Spades}{8-Diamonds} $5,000,000
2005 5,619 Joe Hachem Australia {7-Clubs}{3-Spades} $7,500,000
2006 8,773 Jamie Gold United States {Q-Spades}{9-Clubs} $12,000,000
2007 6,358 Jerry Yang United States (born in Laos) {8-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} $8,250,000
2008 6,844 Peter Eastgate Denmark {A-Diamonds}{5-Spades} $9,152,416
2009 6,494 Joe Cada United States {9-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} $8,547,042
2010 7,319 Jonathan Duhamel Canada {A-Spades}{J-Hearts} $8,944,310
2011 6,865 Pius Heinz Germany {A-Spades}{K-Clubs} $8,715,638
2012 6,598 Greg Merson United States {K-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} $8,531,853
2013 6,352 Ryan Riess United States {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts} $8,361,570
2014 6,683 Martin Jacobson Sweden {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} $10,000,000
2015 6,420 Joe McKeehen United States {A-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} $7,683,346
2016 6,737 Qui Nguyen United States (born in Vietnam) {K-Clubs}{10-Clubs} $8,005,310
2017 7,221 Scott Blumstein United States {A-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} $8,150,000
Champion Scott Blumstein
Scott Blumstein beat a field of 7,221 to take home the top-prize of $8,150,000 in 2017Source: @pokernews

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