The World Series of Poker (WSOP) just released its full schedule of events for the 49th Annual WSOP which will once again take place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The WSOP is considered to be the most popular poker tournament in the world and winning the Main Event is one of the crown jewels in a poker player’s career.
The WSOP has released its schedule well in advance to let poker players from across the world prepare their travel schedule and focus on what events they would like to take part in. The WSOP has made a number of changes to tis 2018 WSOP schedule which will feature as many as 78 gold bracelet events. The 2018 edition starts from May 29 and will conclude on July 17, 2018.
Big One for One Drop Event Returns After Four Year Break
The biggest change in the 2018 WSOP schedule is that the $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop event will return after a four year break. This is one of the biggest high stake events no the poker circuit and attracts a massive amount of attention from some of the best high stake poker pros in the world. The WSOP launched the inaugural event in 2012 and poker pro Antonio Esfandiari went down as the first player in the history books to win the Big One for One Drop.
Esfandiari won a whopping $18,346,673 and his win inspired hundreds of poker players to start focusing on high stakes poker. The WSOP did not hold the event in 2013 but went on to host it in 2014 which young poker pro Daniel Colman won. Colman received $15,306,668 for his first place finish and since then has gone on to win a number of high stake events.
The WSOP has now decided to bring back the Big One for One Drop in 2018 and will hold the event after Main Event. The WSOP has capped the number of players at 48 and the buy-in of $111,111 will go to the One Drop Foundation that looks to provide safe drinking water to children all over the world who struggle to find clean water.
The Big One for One Drop event will commence on July 15 and run over the course of 3 days. High stake poker pros will want to be quick to register as the last Big One for One Drop event which took place at the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe filled up pretty fast.
New Events Introduced At 2018 WSOP
The 2018 WSOP will feature a number of popular events that have been a part of previous WSOP editions. The Giant starts on June 1, Colossus IV will start on June 2, the Millionaire Maker will run from June 9 and the Little One for One Drop on July 7. Special events for senior poker players will also be present with the Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship taking place on June 15 and the Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em on June 17.
Poker players will be interested to see what new events are part of the 2018 edition. The WSOP has confirmed that some of the new events being introduced include the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty, $565 ONLINE Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed, $100,000 No-Limit High Roller, $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller, The Closer – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em (1M Gtd.) and the $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em.
Tournament organizers are expecting the 2018 WSOP to draw bigger crowds as poker players from around the world are expected to throng the one and half month long poker festival. The Main Event will follow the same format as 2017 as the November Nine concept which had the final 9 players battling it out in November has been dropped for good.
The 2018 WSOP has both high stakes and low stakes action to enable as many poker players as possible to be a part of the action. A number of online poker websites including the are running online satellite qualifiers. Players who would like to see all of the new events introduced or get the full schedule for the 2018 WSOP, can visit the WSOP website.

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