The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is arguably the most popular poker tournament in the world as poker players from all over the world compete in an action packed schedule that lasts for a month and a half. The 2016 WSOP Main Event concluded only in November but tournament organizers have already started planning for the 2017 edition.
The 2017 WSOP is once again expected to take place at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas and will commence from May 30. This will be the 48th WSOP and will conclude on July 17, with the final table for the Main Event being held in November as usual. The 2017 WSOP will run for 49 consecutive days and will have an action packed schedule featuring cash games, satellites, daily deepstack tournaments and gold bracelet events.
In a statement, Ty Stewart, WSOP Executive Director said “We want to wish everyone Happy Holidays and best wishes for a safe and successful 2017. We are busy trying to finalize the entire 2017 WSOP schedule. We anticipate a similar series to last year with a few new wrinkles, but ensuring a broad array of options to satisfy every potential participant”.
The 2016 WSOP went down very well with 21,613 players registered for the Colossus II event, 7,190 players registered for the Millionaire Maker, 6,927 players for the Monster Stack, 6,761 for the Crazy Eights and 6,737 players for the Main Event. The 2016 WSOP also created history in attracting the highest number of entries with 107,833.
The WSOP will once again hold its popular Colossus event and is expected to have 70 gold bracelets to be won at the 48th edition. The buy-in to Colossus III which is a reentry no limit holdem tournament is fixed at $565 and will run from June 2 to June 4. The No-Limit Hold’em WSOP Main Event Championship will commence on July 8 and have a buy-in of $10,000.
The WSOP.com website will run online satellite events in the states of Nevada and New Jersey which will give players the opportunity to win seats to the 2017 WSOP. 888poker has teamed up with the WSOP to be its international poker partner and will also run satellite qualification events that will give players a chance to win a seat at the WSOP. Organizers plan to set up 500 poker tables for the 2017 WSOP as they anticipate a huge turnout.