2018 WSOP Schedule


[SS] “The World Series of Poker just keeps on growing”, Stan the Stat related. “They added four events to bring the new record to 78; should hit triple digits around 2022.”

[LL] “What’s new?” Leroy the Lion asked.

[SS] “Big blind antes. Doesn’t affect the mix of events, but it’s an efficient way of implementing antes.”

[LL] “The person in the big blind gets hammered though as he has to ante for everyone.”

[SS] “But it’s completely fair, since that same person avoided paying the ante in every other position.”

[RR] “Carlos the Crazy used to have antes in his home tourneys,” Roderick the Rock recalled, “and I hated them becasue they really slowed things down. This is a terrific solution.”

[SS] “They’re implementing it in just eight Hold ‘Em events this year, but I expect big blind antes will be standard as soon as next year.”

[LL] “And not just at the WSOP… Good stuff, but I was actually wondering what the four new tournaments are.”

[SS] “They added a Hold ‘Em and three Omaha events.”1

WSOP Event Comparison: 2017 vs. 2018

By Game Type:

Game Type 2017 2018 Change
Hold ‘Em 42 43 +1
Lowball 6 6 0
Omaha 11 14 +3
Stud 4 4 0
Mixed Games 11 11 0

By Limit Type:

Limit Type 2017 2018 Change
Limit 17 15 -2
Pot Limit 11 14 +3
No Limit 40 41 +1
Mixed Limit 6 8 +2

By Buyin:

Buyin 2017 2018 Change
$333 1 0 -1
$365 1 3 +2
$565 3 4 +1
$888 1 1 0
$1,000 11 10 -1
$1,111 0 1 +1
$1,500 24 24 0
$2,500 4 4 0
$2,620 1 1 0
$3,000 6 6 0
$3,200 0 1 +1
$3,333 1 0 -1
$5,000 3 3 0
$10,000 15 15 0
$25,000 1 1 0
$50,000 1 2 +1
$100,000 0 1 +1
$111,000 1 0 -1
$1,000,000 0 1 +1

[SS] “This year’s WSOP kicks off with the Casino Employees event on May 30 and ends with the million-dollar buyin Big One for One Drop that goes from July 15 to 17. The Main Event is expected to run from July 2 to 14.”

[LL] “Looking forward to it! Always exciting to see who’s going to win multiple bracelets.”

[SS] “And who’s going to break the record for most cashes.”

[RR] “And it would be great for poker if a famous pro and a woman reached the Main Event final table.”

{ June 24, 2018 Update: one Limit Hold ‘Em event had been incorrectly categorized as No-Limit. That change has been reflected in the limit table. }

Footnotes:

  1. The new events are the $50,000 No-Limit Hold ‘Em High Roller (Big Blind Antes), the $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller, the PLO GIANT – $365 Pot-Limit Omaha, the Mixed $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better; Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better; Big O (5-Card PLO/8), and the $565 WSOP.com ONLINE Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed. That’s actually five new events as one of the $1,500 No Limit Hold ‘Em events was dropped. The $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop also returns to the WSOP, probably alternating with the High Roller for One Drop – $111,111 No-Limit Hold ‘Em. Some other buyins were slightly changed.

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