48th World Series of Poker opens up May 30
April 25, 2017 3:00 AM
by H. Scot Krause
The 48th World Series of Poker (WSOP) – the longest-running, richest and most prestigious tournament series – opens its doors on Tuesday, May 30, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
The schedule includes gold bracelet events, satellites, cash games and thrice daily deep stack tournaments running for 49 consecutive days, with the WSOP Main Event reaching its final nine players on Monday, July 17.
The opening weekend event of the 2017 schedule will again feature the return of the world’s largest live poker event. Colossus III will be a $565 buy-in re-entry No-Limit Hold’em tournament featuring two starting flights a day, June 2-4. The format will include re-entry, allowing players to enter again if they fail to advance initially. This event has drawn 43,987 entries during its first two years.
Also back on the schedule in 2017 are the popular Millionaire Maker, Monster Stack, Little One for One Drop, Seniors Event and Ladies Championship.
The summer poker festival reaches its pinnacle with the globe’s longest-running poker tournament – the $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Main Event, slated to run over 10 consecutive days beginning July 8. It will feature three starting flights – Saturday, July 8; Sunday, July 9; and Monday, July 10. Nearly 500 poker tables will be set up across more than 100,000 square-feet of ballroom space to accommodate the thousands of players from around the world who attend poker’s annual Woodstock.
The first event on the schedule is the Casino Employees event on Wednesday, May 31, featuring a $565 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em two-day tournament with a single re-entry format.
The Senior Event again features a $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em format for those age 50 or older. It is set for 10 a.m. on Friday, June 16. New is a single re-entry option.
Buy-ins for tournaments at the Rio will start as low as $75. Live games will begin on May 30 and run 24 hours a day throughout the seven-week series taking place in the spacious Convention Center for the 13th consecutive year.
The current slate of individual events offered at WSOP are being finalized, with over 70 official gold bracelet events expected, catering to the No-Limit Hold’em weekend warriors and a broad range of other variations of poker at both entry and championship level buy-ins mixed in throughout the series.
For more information visit www.wsop.com.