Timing is everything. The World Series of Poker chose the Monday before Christmas to reveal its dates and some key information about its summer series in Las Vegas next year. Not only did the WSOP executives give poker players a holiday gift with the revelation of the dates, they did it on the last day of the European Poker Tour in Prague.
With those two considerations, the WSOP knew that poker players would be paying attention. With many poker fans watching the wind-down of the last-ever EPT tournament – just as WSOP star William Kassouf played heads-up for the High Roller trophy, no less – it was an ideal time to offer a “save the date” announcement. And as most poker players around the world wind down their activities to celebrate the holidays, the WSOP could grab everyone’s attention.
Furthermore, the ability of the WSOP to release dates for the 2017 series gives players ample time to make arrangements. While the exact schedule and the lineup of tournaments were not released, the dates of the most popular tournaments were given, allowing possible participants to start eyeing hotel accommodations and flights.
Poker is a game of information. Poker players like to have as much information as possible. And the dates for the 2017 WSOP will satisfy them until more details are released in February.
Over/under on tweets asking when full schedule announced?— Kevin Mathers (@Kevmath) December 19, 2016
Dates and Select Details
The 48th edition of the World Series of Poker will offer more than 70 tournaments, at least two more than the 2016 WSOP. Action will begin with cash games and satellites on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.
The first bracelet tournament of the series next year will be the Casino Employees No Limit Hold’em event, beginning on May 31 as a $565 buy-in NLHE with a single reentry and set to run for two days.
Other events on the schedule include the following:
- Colossus III: $565 buy-in reentry NLHE with six starting flights over three days (Friday, June 2; Saturday, June 3; Sunday, June 4)
- Millionaire Maker (dates TBD)
- Monster Stack (dates TBD)
- Little One for ONE DROP (dates TBD)
- Ladies Championship (dates TBD)
- Seniors Championship: $1K NLHE with single reentry starting at 10am on Friday, June 16
And, of course, the WSOP NLHE Main Event will be a $10K buy-in, presumably with no reentries. It will run over the course of 10 days, starting with three flights on Saturday, July 8; Sunday, July 9; and Monday, July 10. Playdown to the final table will then take place through July 17, at which point nine players will break from the action to return in November for a televised final table.
As for the cash games, they will begin on May 30 and run 24 hours a day throughout the seven weeks of the WSOP. There will also be daily non-bracelet tournaments with buy-ins as low as $75, though that exact schedule has yet to be revealed. The convention area of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas will provide nearly 500 tables for cash games, tournaments, and satellites. All of the ballrooms will be utilized as in past years.
Players are not yet allowed to buy in to tournaments, as the schedule is not official until it is finalized and revealed in February. Pre-registration will then open in March. However, room reservations at the Rio and other nearby hotels can be made at any time.
The only other important information in the announcement pertained to the online component of the 2017 WSOP, though it echoes the details from last year. The WSOP online poker site will award seats into live events, including the Main Event, and 888poker is the international online poker partner for the games. There will be satellites on the global 888poker site for seats to the 2017 WSOP.
Players can now mark their calendars for a few key events, though they will have to practice patience while waiting for the rest of the schedule to be revealed in February.