Since 1970, Poker enthusiasts have been flocking to Las Vegas in the summer months to witness the famous World Series of Poker. The tournament usually lasts for 49 straight days with a winner crowned in mid-July. The event has been a staple in Sin City as it continues to gain popularity by the year. But, when fans and players arrive next week at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino, noticeable changes will have been implemented.
For starters, Kings Casino Rozadov will be the sponsor of this event’s player of the year award. The player that captures that honor will now be eligible for the 2018 World Series Main Event and the Europe Main Event as well. In another change, the featured ESPN table will be located in the Brasilla Room after calling the Amazon Room its home for several tournaments. Needless to say, the 100,000 square-foot ballroom will look much different this year.
The 48th edition of the World Series of Poker will feature 500 poker tables where players from all over the globe can participate in cash games and deep stack tournaments. In a new and improved broadcast deal, ESPN and ESPN2 will televise nearly 40 hours of the WSOP. The sports broadcasting giant has hosted the tournament for the past 15 years, but decided to ramp up its coverage last month.
Qui Nguyen will look to defend his crown after taking home the title in 2016. The Vietnamese-American poker player has totaled more than $8 million in winnings during his career, clearly making him one of the favorites to return to the Main Event.
Here are some highlights of the 2017 World Series of Poker:
$1,500 Millionaire Maker (June 10th)
$1,000 Seniors and Super Seniors (June 16th)
$888 Crazy Eights (July 1st)
$10,000 Main Event (July 8th)
The first two events will officially get underway this week with the No-Limit Hold’em Tournament and Championship.