The World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2017 is a little over four months away, but poker players can now officially start planning for the summer. Seth Palansky, Vice President of Corporate Communications for Caesars Entertainment, has announced the full schedule via press release for the 48th annual series of tournaments.
The series begins May 30 and runs until the Main Event plays down to its final table on July 17. During that period, cash games, tournaments, and satellites will be running 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
As is the case every year, there are new events on the schedule, and all the most popular tournaments are back as well. Tournament buy-ins range from $333 (for the third running of the online bracelet event) to $111,111 (for the High Roller for One Drop). There will be 74 bracelet events in total, the most ever offered in WSOP history.
New Events for 2017
There are going to be eight new tournaments at the 2017 WSOP. That includes two new online events, in addition to the existing one. They are as follows:
- May 31: $10,000 Tag Team Event (2-4 players per team, similar to last year’s $1,000 tournament)
- June 3: $333 WSOP.com No-Limit Hold’em Online Bracelet Event ($333,333 guaranteed prize pool)
- June 9-July 7 (every Friday): $365 “The Giant” No-Limit Hold’em (Day One is hosted every Friday with Day Two beginning July 8)
- June 12: $2,620 “The Marathon” (five-day event with 100-minute levels)
- June 20: $1,000 Super Turbo Bounty (30-minute levels, $300 bounty per player)
- June 26: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low Split 8 or Better (three-day event)
- June 30: $2,500 Mixed Big Bag Event (eight-game mix, three-day event)
- July 1: $3,333 High Roller WSOP.com Online Bracelet Event (one-day event with unlimited entries)
What’s Coming Back
Many of last year’s top events are coming back in 2017. That includes the third edition of the $565 Colossus (Day One is June 2, 3, and 4). This year’s tournament has a guaranteed $8 million prize pool. There were more than 43,000 entries in the Colossus the past two years combined.
Event #72, the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop, kicks off July 7. Fedor Holz is the defending champion. The One Drop charity will also be hosting Event #74, the $1,111 Little One for One Drop, starting July 11. It will be the final bracelet event of the summer.
Considered by many as the top high roller tournament of the year, the $50,000 Players Championship begins July 2. This five-day event is a mixed-game event.
Back for its second year, the $888 Crazy Eights event sponsored by 888poker guarantees its winner will receive $888,888. Other popular lower buy-in tournaments on the schedule include the $1,500 Millionaire Maker (June 10) and the $1,500 MONSTER STACK (June 24).
And, of course, the World Series of Poker’s most prestigious tournament, the $10,000 Main Event, is on the schedule. 2016 winner Qui Nguyen will have an opportunity to defend his world title starting on July 8.