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WSOP 2017 dates announced with still no APAC for Australasian players

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The 2017 WSOP is just six months away as organizers in Vegas have rolled out the first tentative schedule details. The World Series of Poker will run at its traditional home of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas from May 30 to July 17. This will be the 48th World Series of Poker (WSOP).

According to WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart in a release announced “We are busy trying to finalize the entire 2017 WSOP schedule. We anticipate a similar series to last year with a few new wrinkles, but ensuring a broad array of options to satisfy every potential participant.”

The longest-running tournament series, will run through July 17 with gold bracelet events, satellites, cash games and daily deep stack tournaments three times a day for 49 consecutive days.

The WSOP Main Event will play down to a final table of nine on July 17.

The 2017 schedule will feature Colossus III, the world’s largest live poker event as the opening weekend event, a three-day $565 buy in re entry no-limit hold’em tournament from June 2 through June 4. During its first two years, the event had 43,987 entries.

Events back on the schedule from prior years include Millionaire Maker, Monster Stack, Little One for ONE DROP, Seniors Event and Ladies Championship.

The $10,000 buy in No-Limit Hold’em WSOP Main Event Championship will kick off July 8 and run across 10 consecutive days, until July 17. The starting flights are as follows: July 8, July 9 and July 10.

The first event on the schedule is the Casino Employees event on May 31 with a $565 buy in no-limit hold’em tournament. The tourney will run two days and have a single reentry format.

The Seniors Event will feature a $1,000 buy in no-limit hold’em format on June 16 with a single reentry option.

The average WSOP gold bracelet event in 2016 had a $3,205,961 prize pool with $555,475 going to the winner. The events below represent the top five field sizes of the year across the poker world, adding up to 49,228 entries.

 No APAC For Australasian Players yet

So far, the released schedule has thrown up few surprises, but players Down Under may have been hoping for some news on a new Asia-Pacific tour.

It’s been two years since the WSOP chose to move abroad and a second festival Down Under. The World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific (WSOP-APAC) took place in Melbourne, with 10 bracelet events handed out.

The APAC has not returned to Oz since, and there seems to be no hunger for a third event from the organisers. But the 2016 World Series in Las Vegas was well-attended by Australians.

Aussie poker players cashed 157 times for over $4 million during the Series. That was a four-fold increase on the year before ($1,090,155), and a near-doubling of cashes for Australian players on 2015 (84).

Instead of a dedicated WSOP, Sydney was honoured with a WSOP International Circuit event at The Star. Although 11 bracelet events were held, there was no buy-in higher than AUD5,000 (which constituted a ‘high roller’ tournament for locals).

The WSOP International Circuit main event attracted over 1,000 runners, but the AUD2,000 failed to attract big overseas names.


Also for the first time in several years, next month’s Aussie Millions at the Crown Casino will not be supported by PokerStars. The Aussie Millions, despite being one of the world’s premier live poker tournaments, will not have a sponsor in 2017. The next 12 months could be key for Australian poker players wanting some home grown action.  

 WSOP.com’s real money online poker

WSOP.com’s real money online poker offerings will be the keys into seats for the WSOP events and are exclusively in New Jersey and Nevada. Satellites will run regularly there. 888poker is the international poker partner with satellite qualifications to win a seat into the WSOP.

The tournament will set up nearly 500 poker tables in anticipation of the crowd coming. Last year’s crowd generated prize pools over $221 million with participants hailing from 107 countries. So far, the WSOP plans for over 70 official gold bracelet events and weekends readied for no-limit hold’em weekend warriors and entry-level and championship-level buy-ins for many poker variations.

Reservations for Caesar’s Las Vegas properties can be made now by visiting Las Vegas – WSOP for 2017, but individual event online pre-registration won’t open up until March, after the events have been confirmed and submitted to regulators.

WSOP announced they will answer to “wrinkles and more additions” and the specific event schedule in the New Year. WSOP will release the full event-by-event scheduled sometime in February, but has stipulated that all of the event information is subject to change.

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