2018 World Series Of Poker schedule and details announced with a few changes

Dec 13, 2017 |
2018 World Series Of Poker schedule and details announced with a few changes
Nine new events have been added to the 2018 World Series of Poker schedule and five events from last year have been removed.
Nine new events have been added to the 2018 World Series of Poker schedule and five events from last year have been removed.

One of the best traditions in gambling returns to Las Vegas for the 49th year in 2018. The World Series of Poker (WSOP) will be played at Rio from May 29 through July 17. This is the richest, most prestigious and longest-running poker series in the world. The next tournament will consist of 78 events.

As always you can watch the tournament live in person at the Rio for free. This is a must-see “only in Vegas” experience if you’re in town. You don't have to play poker to appreciate the scene of hundreds of tables running at the same time. If you can’t make it to Las Vegas, the WSOP will be available to watch on ESPN TV and PokerGo online. Viewing schedules will be released next year.

The WSOP is changing a few things up from previous years. Nine new events have been added to the 2018 WSOP schedule and five events from last year have been removed. The new events this year are:

$10,000 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold’em (replaces the $10k Tag Team)
$100,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em (new addition)
$365 PLO GIANT (replaces a $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em)
$1,000 DOUBLE STACK No-Limit Hold’em (10,000 starting chips) (replaces a $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em)
$565 WSOP.com ONLINE Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed (new addition)
$1,500 BOUNTY Pot-Limit Omaha (replaces a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em)
$1,000 DOUBLE-STACK No-Limit Hold’em (30-minute levels) (replaces a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em)
$1,500 THE CLOSER No-Limit Hold’em (15,000 starting chips, 30-minute levels) (new addition)
$50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em (new addition)


Next year a dozen different tournaments begin after the WSOP Main Event commences. Several staples like the Little One for One Drop and the Big One for One Drop are part of the final events, plus several new and exciting additions are on tap during the post-WSOP Main Event time period. They include:

$1,500 Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha event
$5,000 two-day No-Limit Hold’em (30-minute levels) tourney
$1,500 Mixed 8-Handed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha three-day tournament
$1,000 “Double-Stack” No-Limit Hold’em event, featuring 10,000 starting chips and 30-minute levels
$10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Championship
$50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em two-day event “The Closer” a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em tournament with 15,000 starting chips and 30-minute levels


The WSOP Main Event is the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Championship and the most famous of all poker tournaments. This event will get underway earlier than normal in 2018. The Main Event will start on Monday, July 2 and run daily until a winner is crowned on Saturday, July 14. Once again there will be three starting flights so the final day for players to enter this year will be on America’s Independence Day - Wednesday, July 4. Once the field combines for the first time on Saturday, July 7 play will run every day without break.

Big One for One Drop concludes the 2018 schedule. The large buy-in tournament will take place from July 15-17, 2018. This is an every-other-year event like the $111k High Roller for One Drop, which takes place in odd calendar years.

Start times for individual events at the WSOP will remain consistent as in recent years. Most weekday events will usually begin at 11:00 am or 3:00 pm, with weekend events most likely starting at 10:00 am, with afternoon flights of the same event usually at 5:00 pm.

You can see a full list of tournaments and buy-ins here.

Rio is now offering its weekday (Sunday-Thursday) rates to WSOP players beginning at $41 as of the writing of this article. For budgeting purposes, you should know that the casino has stopped offering the free shuttle service to the Vegas Strip properties. You’ll have to pay for a car every time you visit the Rio if you stay on the Vegas Strip.

Palms and Gold Coast are walking distance if you're looking for another casino option. The Palms Place tower is condos if you'll be in town for awhile and prefer to prepare your own meals. The Wyndham Desert Blue opened this year north of Rio on Twain.

Another travel note: Rio is the only Caesars Las Vegas property that doesn’t charge for parking so you can get an Airbnb and drive in for tournaments.



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