If you’re a die-hard poker fan, chances are you’re already psyching yourself up for the excitement of the World Series of Poker 2017. This year’s event takes place from May 30th to July 17th at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. If you tuned into the action last year, you’ll know that the competition attracts the biggest names in poker, while also giving the underdogs and unknowns a chance to win big in the City of Lights. The Flagship weekend events have now been confirmed for 2017 – so today we outline what you can look forward to come competition time.
The timing of this year’s WSOP means that there are six weekends available on which to place the competition’s biggest and most exciting events. We’re talking about the mega prize pools, and the tournaments that attract the most players.
The action kicks off the very first weekend with the world’s largest live poker event – the $565 Colossus III, which will take place from June 2nd-4th. For three consecutive days, there will be two starting flights a day, at 10am and 4pm. The $565 buy-in re-entry No-Limit Hold’em tournament is one of the most popular events of the entire competition – most likely because it features a guaranteed $1 million first place prize. Will you be lucky this year?
The second weekend of the competition see’s the first real chance to change your life forever. The $1,500 Millionaire Maker has just one flight starting at 10am on both the Saturday and Sunday of the competition. In 2016, the Millionaire Maker attracted a whopping 7,190 entries. There was a $9.7 million prize pool, and two new players became millionaires.
If you fall in the senior category (over 65), you best book your tickets to Las Vegas for the weekend of the 16th-18th June. Be sure to be up and at ‘em bright and early for the 10 o’clock start on Saturday and Sunday for the $1,000 Senior and Super Seniors event. The final weekend in June, the 24th-25th, is when we’ll see the $1,500 Monster Stack competition. Last year’s prize pool of $9.35 million attracted 6,927 entrants – but remember, the event remains single-entry freeze out. If you’re eliminated – there’s no opportunity for a re-entry.
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Moving into July, the first weekend sees the $888 Crazy Eights event, which has two flights, starting at 10am and 4pm each day, and gives the winner the chance to take home $888,888.
Finally, time for the event you’ve all been waiting for – the WSOP $10,000 Main Event! From July 8th-10th, at 11am each day, the biggest players in poker will line up to compete in the world’s most important poker tournament. Whether you’re in town to play, or just to participate, you’re sure to be in for an exciting three days.
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