It’s hard to believe, but the 2019 WSOP is officially underway with hundreds of players excited for a profitable summer grinding away the first cash games inside the Rio Convention Center. Starting tomorrow, the real fun begins with the first two gold bracelet events.
The Pavilion room doors opened Tuesday morning, marking the start of the summer poker season. WSOP Day One action included cash games, deepstack tournaments, and bracelet event satellites.
Calm Before the Storm
A few hundred poker players filed into the Pavilion Tuesday afternoon. While that would be enough to jam pack nearly every poker room in America, it doesn’t compare to what’s ahead in the coming days at the World Series of Poker.
At 11 am tomorrow morning, the first bracelet event – $500 Casino Employees – gets underway. An hour later, the first open bracelet tournament of the summer starts – $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty. These events will bring out thousands more players to the Rio.
The first games spread at the Rio on Tuesday were cash games, satellites, and daily deepstack tournaments which don’t award a gold bracelet or Player of the Year points. If you’re looking to satellite your way into a WSOP event, you can do so starting now throughout the summer in the Pavilion ballroom. Single-table satellites begin as soon as the table is full.
Big (50) Weekend Ahead
Wednesday’s first two bracelet events are just an appetite for what’s in store this coming weekend. The 50th annual WSOP commemorative event, the $500 Big 50, kicks off on Thursday with the first of four Day One starting flights. It will undoubtedly be the largest tournament of the summer. Estimates floating around expect upwards of 15,000 to 20,000 entries.
On Friday, the first high roller of the summer – the $50,000 High Roller – begins. And then on Sunday, the WSOP will host the first of nine online bracelet events ($400 WSOP.com Online No-Limit Hold’em). If that isn’t enough poker action for you, the first ever short deck tournament at the World Series of Poker also runs on Sunday and has a $10,000 buy-in.
And this is just the beginning of what is sure to be an exciting seven-week summer camp. CardsChat will keep you updated throughout the series on everything that is happening. Make sure you stay tuned for some unique content throughout the 50th annual World Series of Poker.