The height of poker season has ended, and social media streams are quieter than they have been in months. Within the past few months, the European Poker Tour and World Poker Tour wrapped up their seasons, and the World Series of Poker brought players to Las Vegas from the end of May through the middle of July. Now what?
There are many things that poker players generally do after the WSOP ends. The weeks of poker in the cold tournament rooms contrasted with the extreme outdoor heat in Vegas can be exhausting for most players, so the remaining weeks in July are generally a time to wind down.
Summer is over. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, the spring of hope, the winter of despair. pic.twitter.com/6d3UK48Odu— Cate Hall (@catehall) July 17, 2016
Top Post-WSOP Activities
The financial position of those coming out of the WSOP fog generally dictates their next moves.
Almost every player simply wants to sleep after the WSOP.
Resume Healthy Activities
Whether a regular exercise routine or cooking one’s own meals each day, players can shed any bad habits developed over the course of the WSOP.
Visit a Lawyer or Accountant
Winners should see a lawyer or tax accountant to ensure the proper taxes are paid from any payouts to avoid problems later.
Make Phone Calls
Many players who didn’t meet their WSOP goals need to have long conversations with backers, parents, roommates, and credit card companies.
A period of introspection is in order for many, as broke players need to reexamine their poker goals, move down in stakes, or find an alternate source of income going forward.
This is the time to complain about everything that is wrong with poker.
Reignite Poker Passion
After complaining, most players find a way to fall in love with the game again.
Back on the Grind
Once players have done some of the above activities, tried to erase bad beats from their memories, and made peace with the summer events, they can move on. But where do they go?
Stay in Las Vegas
For those not ready to leave Las Vegas, there were several options after the WSOP, including the Main Event of the Wynn Summer Classic. The Venetian was wrapping up its Deepstack Extravaganza with numerous events, including the $5K NLHE Main Event with a $2 million guarantee. And the Bellagio wrapped its short Bellagio Cup XII series with a $10K buy-in tournament.
I'm usually burned out after WSOP & don't play anything for a month, but have the fire for poker now. It's nice pic.twitter.com/q9zmhdCxiv— Ben Yu (@benyupoker) July 18, 2016
Borgata Summer Poker Open 2016
East coast players had an easy decision after the WSOP, as the Borgata in Atlantic City hosted its annual Summer Poker Open from July 12-29. The series offered a total of $2.95 million in guarantees, with the Championship offering $1 million of that from July 24-28 for a $2,500 buy-in.
The Mid-States Poker Tour was in partnership with the Iowa State Poker Championship to take MSPT action to the Midwest city of Tama. The $1,100 Main Event offered a $300K guarantee in addition to a variety of side events at the Meskwaki Casino.
Seneca Niagara Falls
The resort in Niagara Falls hosted its 2016 Summer Slam, with several low buy-in tournaments running from July 21-31 and culminating in a $600 buy-in Main Event on July 29.
Outside of North America, the Asia Pacific Poker Tour was preparing to head to Manila for the latest stop on that tour. The Philippines festivities are scheduled for July 28 to August 8.
1 week left 'til the 10th Anniversary of APPT Manila! Are you guys ready? pic.twitter.com/rp7FEnXhVE— PokerStarsLIVEManila (@PSLiveManila) July 21, 2016
The Seminole Hard Rock in Florida will host its Poker Open 2016 series set to start on July 28 and run through August 16. The tournaments are growing in popularity and attracting an ever-larger crowd.
For those still wanting a piece of the WSOP action, the Circuit is preparing to start its new season on August 4 at Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina. Action runs through August 16 with numerous gold ring events, as well as the Global Casino Championship.
The World Poker Tour is back in action at Choctaw Casino in Oklahoma from July 29 to August 2. The primary attraction is the $3,500 buy-in NLHE WPT Main Event, which will have a $3 million guarantee attached to it.
And European poker fans can relax until the launch of the European Poker Tour’s 13th season in Barcelona, Spain. In combination with the Estrellas Poker Tour, the festival will run from August 16-28 with everything from the €200 PokerStars Open to the €50K EPT Super High Roller.