Wednesday May 23, 2018 at 11:01 pm

It's back! The 2018 World Series of Poker kicks off at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas on May 30. The 49th running of the WSOP features 78 bracelet events, which expanded from 74 the previous year. The $10,000 Main Event starts on July 2 and they'll crown a champion on July 14. The Big One for One Drop has a $1 million buy-in and runs July 15-17. We have a week-to-week breakdown of the 2018 WSOP schedule to give you a better picture of what's going down in Las Vegas this summer.

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The 2018 World Series of Poker is just around the corner. This will be the 49th year that the WSOP has attracted the top players from all over the world to celebrate all things poker. The Rio Casino in Las Vegas will be the hotbed for poker once again for cash games, tournaments, and satellites. Cards go in the air for the first event at the 2018 WSOP on Wednesday, May 30. The entire WSOP runs until July 17.

Just like last year, the WSOP accepts credit cards. Oh yeah! I wouldn't miss the chance to play cash games whenever there's a mega-donkament.

The WSOP backloaded events this year, like they used to do back in the day. Seven events will commence after the start of the Main Event including the $1,500 Bounty PLO, $5K NL, $1,500 MIXED 8-max NL/PLO, $1K DOUBLE STACK, $10K 6-Max NL Championship, $50K High Roller, plus The CLOSER, which is a $1,500 NL expedited-donkament with 30-min levels.

Just like last year, there is no more November Nine. The Main Event plays down to a champion in July, like it should be! The $10,000 buy-in Main Event starts on July 2 with three starting flights. Day 2 starts on July 5 for Day 1A and 1B survivors. Day 2 starts on July 6 for Day 1C survivors. All fields combined on July 7 for Day 3. The final table commences on Thursday, July 12 with the champion crowned on Saturday, July 14. For WSOP Main Event structure info, click here.

For the high-ball crowd out there, this year includes a trio of high roller events: $50K NL High Roller, $100K NL High Roller, and $25K PLO High Roller.

The Big One for One Drop is back with its $1 million buy-in. The Little One for One Drop has a $1,111 buy-in.

There's plenty of opportunity to acquire a bracelet at a bargain-basement price with buy-ins as low as $365. There are three events with a $365 price tag: $365 The GIANT, $365 PLO GIANT, and a $365 ONLINE NL event. There's 3 open events that only cost $565, including the COLOSSUS, a PLO event, and an online event at WSOP.com that's 6-max PLO.

There's a handful of brand-new events including the $10K Super Turbo Bounty, the PLO version of the GIANT, $1,500 BOUNTY PLO, $1K DOUBLE STACK, $1K DOUBLE STACK (30-min levels), and the CLOSER, which will be a two-day event with 30-minute levels and hosted at the tail end of the WSOP.

There are four online events that you can only play via WSOP.com.... $365 NL, $565 PLO 6-max, $1K ONLINE NL Championship, $3,200 ONLINE NL High Roller,

All of your favorite branded events are back! COLOSSUS, the GIANT, the MARATHON, the MILLY MAKER, Crazy Eights, and the DOUBLE STACK will return to the mix this summer.

For the WSOP schedule with structure info, click here.

And here's a complete list of 2017 WSOP Bracelet Winners and 2016 WSOP Bracelet Winners.

Now, let's get down to it. The weekly breakdown of the 2018 WSOP...

WSOP Week 1: May 30 to June 3

  • Wed, May 30 @11AM - Event #1: $565 Casino Employees NL
  • Wed, May 30th @3PM - Event #2: $10,000 NL Super Turbo Bounty
  • Thu, May 31st @11AM - Event #3: $3,000 NL Shootout
  • Thu, May 31st @3PM - Event #4: $1,500 Omaha 8
  • Fri, Jun 1st @7PM - Event #6: GIANT - $365 NL
  • Sat, Jun 2nd @10AM - Event #7: COLOSSUS - $565 NL
  • Sat, Jun 2nd @3PM - Event #8: $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball
  • Sat, Jun 2nd @5PM - Event #7B: COLOSSUS - $565 NL
  • Sun, Jun 3rd @10AM - Event #7C: COLOSSUS - $565 NL
  • Sun, Jun 3rd @3PM - Event #9: $10,000 Omaha 8
  • Sun, Jun 3rd @3PM - Event #10: $365 WSOP.com ONLINE NL
  • Sun, Jun 3rd @5PM - Event #7D: COLOSSUS - $565 NL
  • Sun, Jun 3rd @7PM - Event #11: PLO GIANT - $365 PLO

WSOP Week 2: June 4 to June 10

  • Mon, Jun 4th @10AM - Event #7E: COLOSSUS - $565 NL
  • Mon, Jun 4th @3PM - Event #12: $1,500 Dealers Choice 6-Handed
  • Mon, Jun 4th @5PM - Event #7F: COLOSSUS - $565 NL
  • Tue, Jun 5th @11AM - Event #13: Big Blind Antes $1,500 NL
  • Tue, Jun 5th @3PM - Event #14: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw
  • Wed, Jun 6th @11AM - Event #15: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.
  • Wed, Jun 6th @3PM - Event #16: $10,000 Heads-Up NL Championship
  • Thu, Jun 7th @11AM - Event #17: $1,500 NL 6-Handed
  • Thu, Jun 7th @3PM - Event #18: $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed
  • Fri, Jun 8th @10AM - Event #19: $565 PLO
  • Fri, Jun 8th @3PM - Event #20: Big Blind Antes $5,000 NL
  • Fri, Jun 8th @5PM - Event #19B: $565 PLO
  • Fri, Jun 8th @7PM - Event #6B: GIANT - $365 NL
  • Sat, Jun 9th @10AM - Event #21: $1,500 NL MILLIONAIRE MAKER
  • Sat, Jun 9th @3PM - Event #22: $1,500 Eight Game Mix
  • Sun, Jun 10th @10AM - Event #21B: $1,500 NL MILLIONAIRE MAKER
  • Sun, Jun 10th @3PM - Event #23: $10,000 NL 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship
  • Sun, Jun 10th @7PM - Event #11B: PLO GIANT - $365 PLO

WSOP Week 3: June 11 to June 17

  • Mon, Jun 11th @11AM - Event #24: THE MARATHON - $2,620 NL
  • Mon, Jun 11th @3PM - Event #25: $1,500 Seven Card Stud 8
  • Tue, Jun 12th @11AM - Event #26: $1,000 PLO
  • Tue, Jun 12th @3PM - Event #27: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E.
  • Wed, Jun 13th @11AM - Event #28: $3,000 NL 6-Handed
  • Wed, Jun 13th @3PM - Event #29: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw
  • Thu, Jun 14th @11AM - Event #30: $1,500 PLO
  • Thu, Jun 14th @3PM - Event #31: $1,500 Seven Card Stud
  • Fri, Jun 15th @10AM - Event #32: $1,000 Seniors NL
  • Fri, Jun 15th @3PM - Event #33: $50,000 Poker Players Championship
  • Fri, Jun 15th @7PM - Event #6C: GIANT - $365 NL
  • Sat, Jun 16th @11AM - Event #34A: $1,000 DOUBLE STACK NL
  • Sat, Jun 16th @3PM - Event #35: Mixed $1,500 PLO8, O8, Big O
  • Sun, Jun 17th @10AM - Event #36: $1,000 Super Seniors NL
  • Sun, Jun 17th @11AM - Event #34B: $1,000 DOUBLE STACK NL
  • Sun, Jun 17th @7PM - Event #11C: PLO GIANT - $365 PLO

WSOP Week 4: June 18 to June 24

  • Mon, Jun 18th @11AM -Event #37: $1,500 NL
  • Mon, Jun 18th @3PM -Event #38: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship
  • Tue, Jun 19th @11AM - Event #39: $1,500 NL Shootout
  • Tue, Jun 19th @3PM - Event #40: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet
  • Wed, Jun 20th @11AM - Event #41: $1,500 Limit Hold'em
  • Wed, Jun 20th @3PM - Event #42: $25,000 PLO High Roller
  • Thu, Jun 21st @11AM - Event #43: $2,500 NL
  • Thu, Jun 21st @3PM - Event #44: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship
  • Fri, Jun 22nd @11AM - Event #45: Big Blind Antes $1,000 NL (30-min levels)
  • Fri, Jun 22nd @3PM - Event #46 $2,500 Mixed Omaha 8/Seven Card Stud 8
  • Fri, Jun 22nd @3PM - Event #47: $565 WSOP.com ONLINE PLO 6-Handed
  • Fri, Jun 22nd @7PM - Event #6D: GIANT - $365 NL
  • Sat, Jun 23rd @3PM - Event #49: $10,000 PLO 8-Handed Championship
  • Sun, Jun 24th @10AM - Event #48B: $1,500 NL MONSTER STACK
  • Sun, Jun 24th @3PM - Event #50: $1,500 Razz
  • Sun, Jun 24th @7PM - Event #11D: PLO GIANT - $365 PLO

WSOP Week 5: June 25 to July 1

  • Mon, Jun 25th @11AM - Event #51: $1,500 NL Bounty
  • Mon, Jun 25th @3PM - Event #52: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship
  • Tue, Jun 26th @11AM - Event #53: $1,500 PLO 8
  • Tue, Jun 26th @3PM - Event #54: Big Blind Antes $3,000 NL
  • Wed, Jun 27th @11AM - Event #55: $1,000 Tag Team NL
  • Wed, Jun 27th @3PM - Event #56: $10,000 Razz Championship
  • Thu, Jun 28th @11AM- Event #57: $1,000/$10,000 Ladies NL Championship
  • Thu, Jun 28th @3PM - Event #58: $5,000 NL 6-Handed
  • Fri, Jun 29th @11AM - Event #59: $1,000 NL Super Turbo Bounty
  • Fri, Jun 29th @3PM - Event #60: $10,000 PLO8
  • Fri, Jun 29th @3:30PM - Event #61: $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE NL Championship
  • Fri, Jun 29th @7PM - Event #6E: GIANT - $365 NL
  • Sat, Jun 30th @10AM - Event #62A: $888 Crazy Eights NL 8-Handed
  • Sat, Jun 30th @3:30PM - Event #63: $3,200 WSOP.com ONLINE NL High Roller
  • Sat, Jun 30th @5PM - Event #62B: $888 Crazy Eights NL 8-Handed
  • Sun, Jul 1st @10AM - Event #62C: $888 Crazy Eights NL 8-Handed
  • Sun, Jul 1st @3PM - Event #64: $10,000 Seven Card Stud 8 Championship
  • Sun, Jul 1st @5PM - Event #62D: $888 Crazy Eights NL 8-Handed
  • Sun, Jul 1st @7PM - Event #11E: PLO GIANT - $365 PLO

WSOP Week 6: July 2 to July 8

  • Mon, Jul 2nd @11AM - Event #65A: $10,000 NL MAIN EVENT - World Championship - DAY 1A
  • Tue, Jul 3rd @11AM - Event #65B: $10,000 NL MAIN EVENT - World Championship - Day 1B
  • Wed, Jul 4th @11AM - Event #65C: $10,000 NL MAIN EVENT - World Championship - DAY 1C
  • Thu, Jul 5th @3PM - Event #66: $1,500 NL
  • Fri, Jul 6th @3PM - Event #67: $1,500 PLO Bounty
  • Sat, Jul 7th @11AM - Event #68A: The Little One for One Drop - $1,000 + $111 NL
  • Sun, Jul 8th @11AM - Event #68B: The Little One for One Drop - $1,000 + $111 NL
  • Sun, Jul 8th @3PM - Event #69: $3,000 PLO (6-Handed)

WSOP Week 7: July 9 to July 17

  • Mon, Jul 9th @11AM - Event #68C: The Little One for One Drop - $1,000 + $111 NL
  • Mon, Jul 9th @3PM - Event #70: $3,000 Limit Hold'em 6-Handed
  • Tue, Jul 10th @11AM - Event #71: $5,000 NL (30-min levels)
  • Tue, Jul 10th @3PM -Event #72: $1,500 Mixed NL/PLO (8-Handed)
  • Wed, Jul 11th @11AM - Event #73: $1,000 DOUBLE STACK NL (30-min levels)
  • Wed, Jul 11th @3PM - Event #74: Big Blind Antes $10,000 NL 6-Handed Championship
  • Thu, Jul 12th @11AM - Event #75A: The Closer - $1,500 NL (30-min levels)
  • Thu, Jul 12th @3PM - Event #76: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E.
  • Fri, Jul 13th @11AM - Event #75B: The Closer - $1,500 NL (30-min levels)
  • Sat, Jul 14th @11AM - Event #75C: The Closer - $1,500 NL (30-min levels)
  • Sun, Jul 15th @11AM - Event #78: The Big One for One Drop - $1,000,000 NL
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Tuesday July 16, 2019 at 6:55 am
2019 WSOP Main Event: Hossein Ensan leads final three with 326M

The 2019 WSOP Main Event continued with Day 9 action that saw the returning five players play down to the final three. Germany's Hossein Ensan began the day with the big stack and by the end of Day 9, he retained the lead with 375M. On Day 9, Chicago Cubs superfan Kevin Maahs busted in fifth place and Garry Gates got picked off in fourth place. Alex Livingston is second in chips, while Italian pro Dario Sammartino is the short stack. They return on Tuesday to play down to a champion.

Monday July 15, 2019 at 6:07 am
2019 WSOP Main Event: Hossein Ensan leads with 5 to go

The 2019 WSOP Main Event final table played down from nine to five players on the first of three days of action. Two players busted in the first 11 hands and four players were eliminated overall including Zhen Cai, Nick Marchington, Tim Su, and Milos Skrbic. At the end of Day 8, Hossein Ensan continued to hold the lead with 207.7 million, while Garry Gates was not far behind with 171.7 million.

Sunday July 14, 2019 at 3:33 pm
2019 WSOP: Keith Tiltson wins 100K High Roller; Negreanu 2nd

Daniel Negreanu cashed in his 15th event this summer and advanced to his fourth final table, but he fell short in his quest for bracelet #7 when Keith Tiltson defeated him heads up to win 2019 WSOP Event #83 $100,000 High Roller for a sensational score worth $2,792,406. Tiltson made a pair of final tables in the final week of the 2019 WSOP with a sixth place finish a couple days earlier in the FINAL FIFTY. Meanwhile, Negreanu launched a late assault on the WSOP Player of the Year race.

Saturday July 13, 2019 at 1:57 pm
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2019 WSOP: Germany's Hossein Ensan leads final table with 9 remaining

After a lengthy Day 7, the final table for the 2019 WSOP Main Event Championship is set. Only 35 players began Day 7 and when it ended, nine players were still alive and in the hunt for $10 million. Germany's Hossein Ensan bagged up the lead with 177M. Also advancing to the final table are... Garry Gates, Zhen Cai, Kevin Maahs, Alex Livingston, Dario Sammartino, Milos Skrbic, Timothy Su, and Nick Marchington. Action resumes on Sunday.

Friday July 12, 2019 at 7:47 pm
2019 WSOP Main Event: Nicholas Marchington leads final 35 on Day 6

On Day 6 of the 2019 WSOP Main Event Championship, they played down from 106 to 35 players. When play ended, Nicholas Marchington bagged up the lead with 39.8 million. Rounding out the top five are Tim Su, Milos Skrbic, Henry Lu, and Garry Gates. Among the notables who busted on Day 6 were Same Greenwood, Chris Hunichen, Lars Bonding, Alex Winter, Romain Lewis, Jake Schindler, Dan Hachem, Antonio Esfandiari, and Jeff Madsen.

Thursday July 11, 2019 at 9:34 pm
2019 WSOP: Main Event down to 106, Tim Su leader at end Day 5

The 2019 WSOP Main Event played down to 106 entrants on Day 5. Tim Su bagged the chip lead with 19.2 million. Also still alive are Sam Greenwood, Antonio Esfandiari, Romain Lewis, Chad Power, and Chris Hunichen. Among the notables to bust on Day 5 were Andrew Brokos, Chainsaw Kessler, Danielle Anderson, former NFL player Richard Seymour, Chance Kornuth, Adam Friedman, Galen Hall, Todd Brunson and Todd Wittles.

Tuesday July 9, 2019 at 12:53 pm
2019 WSOP: Money bubble bursts, Defending champ Cynn busto

The 2019 WSOP Main Event continued with the first time the entire field condensed into one. Day 3 commenced with 2,880 remaining and fewer than 1,300 getting paid. The money bubble snuck into play late last night and actually burst. Only 1,286 players remain. Everyone who returns for Day 4 locked up a min-cash worth $15,000. Norway's Preben Stokkan bagged and tagged the big stack with 2.18 million even though he was down to chip and a chair at one point. Andrew Brokos chipped up to 1.9M.

Monday July 8, 2019 at 4:32 pm
2019 WSOP: $10M to Main Event champ and 2,880 remain in second-biggest field ever

The 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event allowed late registration up to the start of Day 2 (ABC) and 444 runners took advantage of the extended time. A total of 8,569 are in this year's field, which marks the second highest of all time. The 2019 champion will bank $10 million with all final table players winning at least $1 million. Only 2,880 players advanced to Day 3 with Julian Milliard sitting on the big stack with 948K.

Sunday July 7, 2019 at 4:10 pm
2019 WSOP Main Event: Earthquakes, Naked Guys, and Second Largest Field in History

The 2019 WSOP Main Event hit its second day of action and thus far the total is 8,225 runners and counting. Late registration is still open until Day 2C. The combined Day 1A and Day 1B flights competed into Day 2AB and when the dust settled, only 1,100 or so players remained. Tim Sui bagged the lead with 791K and counting. Of course, Day 2AB was rather boring compared to Day 1C, which was punctuated with a 7.1 earthquake that sent players scattering for cover and a naked guy that went viral.

Friday July 5, 2019 at 4:49 pm
2019 WSOP: Chainsaw Kessler with a big stack after Main Event Day 1B

The 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event continued with Day 1B action on the Fourth of July holiday. A total of 1,915 runners took part in the second of three opening flights. At the end of the night, only 1,417 players survived Day 1B and live on to fight in Day 2. British pro Adam Owen bagged up the big stack with nearly 352K. Chainsaw Kessler bagged up 301,800, which was good for fifth overall. John Hesp, one of the more popular players from last year's Main Event final table, busted on Day 1B.

Friday July 5, 2019 at 3:05 pm
2019 WSOP: Juha Helppi wins 10K Limit bracelet, Joao Vieira wins 5K NL bling

Another blast from the past won a bracelet at the 2019 WSOP in Las Vegas. This time, Finnish pro Juha Helppi emerged victorious after outlasting a field of 118 runners in Event #72 $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship. He banked $306,622 for the win. Meanwhile, Joao Vieria from Portugal won Event #70 $5,000 NL 6-max and outlasted 815 players for his first bracelet and a sick payout worth $758,011.

Thursday July 4, 2019 at 8:15 pm
 2019 WSOP: Big Day 1A at Main Event, Jeremy Saderne wins Mini Main

The 2019 World Series of Poker continued with the start of the $10,000 buy-in Main Event Championship. This year's Day 1A is one of the biggest in recent memory with an 44% uptick from last year with 1,336 entries. 2013 bracelet winner Bryan Campanello bagged up the Day 1A chip lead with 417,500. Meanwhile, Frenchman Jeremy Saderne won his first bracelet with a victory in WSOP Event #69 $1,000 Mini Main Event. Saderne banked $628,654.

Wednesday July 3, 2019 at 3:35 pm
2019 WSOP: Robert Campbell wins 10K Stud 8, First double-bracelet winner this summer

Australian pro Robert Campbell won his second bracelet at the 2019 World Series of Poker to become the first and only player with multiple bracelet victories in 2019. Campbell moved into first place in the WSOP POY Race ahead of Dan Zack with a victory in Event #67 $10,000 Stud 8 Championship. He outlasted a small field of 151 runners to bank $385,763.

Wednesday July 3, 2019 at 1:41 am
2019 WSOP: David 'ODB' Baker wins second bracelet with LHE score

David 'ODB' Baker outlasted a field of 541 runners to win 2019 WSOP Event #64 $1,500 Limit Hold'em. His final table included Greg FBT Mueller and Jesus Ferguson. ODB banked $161,139 and moved over $3M in career WSOP earnings. Also, over in Event #68, Nicky 'Illari' Baris won the bracelet in the $1,000 NL ONLINE CHAMPIONSHIP and a first-place prize worth $303,738.75. He also prevented Jesus Ferguson from winning a bracelet and denied David 'Bakes' Baker another title.

Saturday June 29, 2019 at 12:25 pm
2019 WSOP: Philip Hui wins $50K Poker Players Championship, Anthony Zinno wins PLO8 bling

Philip Hui faded a field of 74 runners to win the 2019 WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship after he outlasted a tough final table and defeated Josh Arieh heads-up for the victory. Hui banked $1,099,311 for first place and he earned his second career bracelet. Meanwhile, Anthony Zinno won his second bracelet with a victory in Event #60 $1,500 PLO8 for a score worth $279,920.

Friday June 28, 2019 at 5:58 am
2019 WSOP: Josh Arieh Leads $50K Poker Players Championship final table

And then there were six remaining in the 2019 WSOP Poker Players Championship. Phil Ivey was the big stack at the end of Day 2 and Day 3 in the 50K PPC. However, on Day 4 Ivey met his fate in 8th place. David Oppenheim bubbled the final table that includes big stack Josh Arieh, Bryce Yockey, Phil Hui, John Esposito, Shaun Deeb, and Dan Cates. First place pays out $1.1 million on Friday.

Thursday June 27, 2019 at 3:16 pm
2019 WSOP: Kainalu McCue-Unciano wins MONSTER Stack for $1M, Ivey Leads 50K PPC with 12 to go

The 2019 50K Players Championship is down to 12 players and Phil Ivey is the chi pleader. He held the big stack at the end of Day 2 and he's got the big stack at the end of Day 3. Over in 2019 WSOP Event #50 $1,5000 MONSTER STACK, Kainalu McCue-Unciano outlasted a massive field of 6,035 runners to win a cool million and his first bracelet.

Wednesday June 26, 2019 at 3:32 pm
2019 WSOP: Dash Dudley, Kevin Gerhart, and Santiago Soriano win first bracelets

Three more first-time winners won bracelets at the 2019 WSOP. Dash Dudley took down Event #52 $10,000 PLO 8-Handed for his first bracelet and $1,086,967. Spain's Santiago Soriano won his first bracelet with a victory in Event #53 $800 NL Deepstack. Over in the Razz craziness, Kevin Gerhart was the last player standing in Event #54 $1,500 Razz to win his first bling.

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