2018 World Series of Poker Schedule Announced
13 December 2017
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The 49th Annual World Series of Poker schedule has been officially released. The 2018 World Series of Poker calendar will feature 78 bracelet events, including the $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop, which is back on the WSOP schedule after a four-year hiatus. The series runs from May 29 to July 17, once again held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The doors at the Rio will open on May 29 for registration, live action games and satellites, and the first WSOP 2018 bracelet events will kick off on May 30.

The WSOP Main Event starts on July 2 and ends on July 14

Poker News will again be the official live reporting partner of the World Series of Poker. Live coverage with stories, hands, photos, videos, interviews, and podcasts from the floor of the Rio can be found on PokerNews and WSOP.com.

The WSOP Main Event starts on Monday, July 2 and ends on Saturday, July 14, while the WSOP Big One for One Drop wraps up the series from Sunday, July 15 to Tuesday, July 17. Besides the return of the Big One for One Drop, several new events are featured on the schedule:

  • $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty
  • $100,000 No-Limit High Roller
  • $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em
  • $365 THE PLO GIANT
  • $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Bounty
  • $565 WSOP.com ONLINE Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed
  • The Closer – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em (1M Gtd.)
  • $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller

Popular events from the past years are back on the schedule, including the GIANT (starts June 1, weekly), the COLUSSUS IV (June 2), Millionaire Maker (June 9), the THE MARATHON (June 11), Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship (June 15) and Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em (June 17), MONSTER STACK (June 23), the Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship (June 28), Crazy Eights (June 30) and the Little One for One Drop (July 7). The prestigious $50,000 Poker Players Championship starts on June 15.

The $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event will start its first of three starting days on Monday, July 2. Like last year, there will be no November Nine; instead, the final table will be played out in regular fashion. The final table will begin on Thursday, July 12 and the winner will be crowned on Saturday, July 14. The reigning champion is Scott Blumstein, who conquered a 7,221-strong field in 2017 to etch his name in World Series of Poker history and win $8,150,000.

After the Main Event wraps up, all eyes turn to the $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop, back on the WSOP-schedule after a four-year hiatus. In 2012, Antonio Esfandiari won the inaugural edition for a staggering $18,346,673. Daniel Colman became the second winner of this event in 2014 and cashed $15,306,668. In 2016, the tournament moved to Monte-Carlo for an invitation-only Extravaganza, won by Elton Tsang for $11,111,111.

During the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe, King’s Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik became the first player to officially register for this event. The event is capped at 48 entries and $111,111 of the buy-in will go directly to the One Drop Foundation. Don’t miss it: The Big One for One Drop starts on Sunday, July 15 and will be played out over the course of three days.

Besides the big eyecatchers, several new events are featured this year. One of them is Event #2: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty. Last year, this event was only played with a $1,000 buy-in, which will also return this year. Together with the traditional $565 Casino Employees tournament, the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty kicks off the series on Wednesday, May 30.

The $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop is back on the WSOP-schedule after a four-year hiatus

The High Roller for One Drop, won by Doug Polk in 2016, isn’t featured on the 2018 schedule and has been replaced with Event #5: $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller. Like last year, this High Roller is early in the series and will begin on Friday, June 1.

Event #11: $365 PLO GIANT gives Pot-Limit Omaha aficionados a very affordable shot at a bracelet. Like the No-Limit Hold’em variant, the PLO GIANT features unlimited reentry with payouts every flight. The first flight commences on Sunday, June 3 and additional flights will take place every Sunday through July 1 (a total of five flights).

Online bracelets are back as well, with four different tournaments played out entirely online. Event #47: $565 WSOP.com ONLINE Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed is new this year and will join the $365, $3,200 and $1,000 Championship events. This online event will be hosted on Friday, June 22.

Aptly named “The Closer”, Event #75: $1,500 The Closer – No-Limit Hold’em 1M Gtd. closes out the 49th Annual World Series of Poker with a bang. This event will kick off on July 12 and features a $1M guaranteed prize pool, two starting days and 30-minute levels.

Event #77: $50,000 High Roller is another high-end tournament added to the schedule. Wrapped around the Main Event final table and just before the Big One for One Drop, this tournament is sure to attract some of the very best to finish the series on a high note. The $50,000 High Roller begins on Friday, July 13.

Complete 2018 World Series of Poker Schedule

The complete schedule of WSOP events can be found on PokerNews.com/WSOP. Tournament director and former November Niner Kenny Hallaert has once again created a spreadsheet with all the events, later to be updated with more tournament series. The spreadsheet can be found here.

# Date Time (PT) Tournament Buy-in
1 Wed., May 30 11 a.m. Casino Employees $565
2 Wed., May 30 3 p.m. No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty $10,000
3 Thurs., May 31 11 a.m. No-Limit Hold’em Shootout $3,000
4 Thurs., May 31 3 p.m. Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better $1,500
5 Fri., June 1 3 p.m. No-Limit Hold’em High Roller $100,000
6 Fri., June 1 7 p.m. GIANT (FLIGHT A) $365
6 Fri., June 8 7 p.m. GIANT (FLIGHT B) $365
6 Fri., June 15 7 p.m. GIANT (FLIGHT C) $365
6 Fri., June 22 7 p.m. GIANT (FLIGHT D) $365
6 Fri., June 29 7 p.m. GIANT (FLIGHT E) $365
7 Sat., June 2 10 a.m. COLOSSUS IV (FLIGHT A) $565
7 Sat., June 2 5 p.m. COLOSSUS IV (FLIGHT B) $565
7 Sun., June 3 10 a.m. COLOSSUS IV (FLIGHT C) $565
7 Sun., June 3 5 p.m. COLOSSUS IV (FLIGHT D) $565
7 Mon., June 4 10 a.m. COLOSSUS IV (FLIGHT E) $565
7 Mon., June 4 5 p.m. COLOSSUS IV (FLIGHT F) $565
8 Sat., June 2 3 p.m. Mixed Triple Draw Lowball $2,500
9 Sun., June 3 3:30 p.m. WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em $365
10 Sun., June 3 3 p.m. Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship $10,000
11 Sun., June 3 7 p.m. PLO GIANT (FLIGHT A) $365
11 Sun., June 10 7 p.m. PLO GIANT (FLIGHT B) $365
11 Sun., June 17 7 p.m. PLO GIANT (FLIGHT C) $365
11 Sun., June 24 7 p.m. PLO GIANT (FLIGHT D) $365
11 Sun., July 1 7 p.m. PLO GIANT (FLIGHT E) $365
12 Mon., June 4 3 p.m. Dealers Choice 6-Handed $1,500
13 Tues., June 5 11 a.m. No-Limit Hold’em $1,500
14 Tues., June 5 3 p.m. No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw $1,500
15 Wed., June 6 11 a.m. H.O.R.S.E. $1,500
16 Wed., June 6 3 p.m. Heads Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship $10,000
17 Thurs., June 7 11 a.m. No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed $1,500
18 Thurs., June 7 3 p.m. Dealers Choice 6-Handed Championship $10,000
19 Friday, June 8 10 a.m. Pot-Limit Omaha (FLIGHT A) $565
19 Friday, June 8 5 p.m. Pot-Limit Omaha (FLIGHT B) $565
20 Friday, June 8 3 p.m. No-Limit Hold’em $5,000
21 Sat., June 9 10 a.m. MILLIONAIRE MAKER (FLIGHT A) $1,500
21 Sun., June 10 10 a.m. MILLIONAIRE MAKER (FLIGHT B) $1,500
22 Sat., June 9 3 p.m. Eight Game Mix $1,500
23 Sun., June 10 3 p.m. No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship $10,000
24 Mon., June 11 11 a.m. THE MARATHON No-Limit Hold’em $2,620
25 Mon., June 11 3 p.m. Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better $1,500
26 Tues., June 12 11 a.m. Pot-Limit Omaha $1,000
27 Tues., June 12 3 p.m. H.O.R.S.E. Championship $10,000
28 Wed., June 13 11 a.m. No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed $3,000
29 Wed., June 13 3 p.m. Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw $1,500
30 Thurs., June 14 11 a.m. Pot-Limit Omaha $1,500
31 Thurs., June 14 3 p.m. Seven Card Stud $1,500
32 Friday, June 15 10 a.m. Seniors Championship $1,000
33 Friday, June 15 3 p.m. Poker Players Championship $50,000
34 Sat., June 16 11 a.m. Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em (FLIGHT A) $1,000
34 Sun., June 17 11 a.m. Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em (FLIGHT B) $1,000
35 Sat., June 16 3 p.m. Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo (Pot-Limit, Limit, 5-Card) $1,500
36 Sun., June 17 10 a.m. Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em $1,000
37 Sun., June 17 3 p.m. No-Limit Hold’em $1,500
38 Mon., June 18 3 p.m. Seven Card Stud Championship $10,000
39 Tues., June 19 11 a.m. No-Limit Hold’em Shooutout $1,500
40 Tues., June 19 3 p.m. Mixed Big Bet $2,500
41 Wed., June 20 11 a.m. Limit Hold’em $1,500
42 Wed., June 20 3 p.m. Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller $25,000
43 Thurs., June 21 11 a.m. No-Limit Hold’em $2,500
44 Thurs., June 21 3 p.m. Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship $10,000
45 Fri., June 22 11 a.m. No-Limit Hold’em (30 minute levels) $1,000
46 Fri., June 22 3 p.m. Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo $2,500
47 Fri., June 22 3:30 p.m. WSOP.com ONLINE Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed $565
48 Sat., June 23 10 a.m. MONSTER STACK (FLIGHT A) $1,500
48 Sun., June 24 10 a.m. MONSTER STACK (FLIGHT B) $1,500
49 Sat., June 23 3 p.m. Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship $10,000
50 Sun., June 24 3 p.m. Razz $1,500
51 Mon., June 25 11 a.m. No-Limit Hold’em Bounty $1,500
52 Mon., June 25 3 p.m. Limit Hold’em Championship $10,000
53 Tues., June 26 11 a.m. Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better $1,500
54 Tues., June 26 3 p.m. No-Limit Hold’em $3,000
55 Wed., June 27 11 a.m. Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em $1,000
56 Wed., June 27 3 p.m. Razz Championship $10,000
57 Thurs., June 28 11 a.m. Ladies Championship $10,000 ($1,000)
58 Thurs., June 28 3 p.m. No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed $5,000
59 Fri., June 29 11 a.m. No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty $1,000
60 Fri., June 29 3 p.m. Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship $10,000
61 Fri., June 29 3:30 p.m. WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em Championship $1,000
62 Sat., June 30 10 a.m. Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em (FLIGHT A) $888
62 Sat., June 30 5 p.m. Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em (FLIGHT B) $888
62 Sun., July 1 10 a.m. Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em (FLIGHT C) $888
62 Sun., July 1 5 p.m. Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em (FLIGHT D) $888
63 Sat., June 30 3:30 p.m. WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em High Roller $3,200
64 Sun., July 1 11 a.m. Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship $10,000
65 Mon., July 2 11 a.m. No-Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT (FLIGHT A) $10,000
65 Tues., July 3 11 a.m. No-Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT (FLIGHT B) $10,000
65 Wed., July 4 11 a.m. No-Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT (FLIGHT C) $10,000
66 Tues., July 5 3 p.m. No-Limit Hold’em $1,500
67 Fri., July 6 3 p.m. Pot-Limit Omaha Bounty $1,500
68 Sat., July 7 11 a.m. The Little One for One Drop (FLIGHT A) $1,111
68 Sun., July 8 11 a.m. The Little One for One Drop (FLIGHT B) $1,111
68 Mon., July 9 11 a.m. The Little One for One Drop (FLIGHT C) $1,111
69 Sat., July 8 3 p.m. Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed $3,000
70 Mon., July 9 3 p.m. Limit Hold’em 6-Handed $3,000
71 Tues., July 10 11 a.m. No-Limit Hold’em (30-minute levels) $5,000
72 Tues., July 10 3 p.m. Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed $1,500
73 Wed., July 11 11 a.m. No-Limit Hold’em Double Stack (30-minute levels) $1,000
74 Wed., July 11 3 p.m. No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed Championship $10,000
75 Thurs., July 12 11 a.m. The Closer – No-Limit Hold’em $1M Gtd. (FLIGHT A) $1,500
75 Fri., July 13 11 a.m. The Closer – No-Limit Hold’em $1M Gtd. (FLIGHT B) $1,500
76 Thurs., July 12 3 p.m. H.O.R.S.E. $3,000
77 Fri., July 13 3 p.m. No-Limit Hold’em High Roller $50,000
78 Sun., July 15 11 a.m. The Big One for One Drop $1,000,000