Wednesday January 30, 2019 at 12:25 am

The 2019 World Series of Poker at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas is currently at 74 events and counting. The final schedule has yet to be released, but the WSOP announced a couple of additions including a special Bracelet Winners Only. There will also be larger starting stacks and Big Blind Ante format for any ante events.

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Ooooh, it's almost here. The 50th annual running of the donks is coming this summer. It seems like just yesterday that John Cynn outlasted a field of 7,874 runners to win the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event for an $8.8 million score. The WSOP is turning 50-years old this year. Hard to think it's been a half of a century since Benny Binion conjured up an idea to host a poker festival in order to spruce up business at the Horseshoe in downtown Las Vegas.

If you build it, they will come. The best of the best and the worst of the rich and all noobs and neophytes in between will flock to Vegas this summer for a chance to win a bracelet and become poker famous. Dreams are fulfilled and crushed with the same turn of the card. It's a place where you can walk into the casino a nobody and leave a couple days later and everyone will know your name.

The suits at the WSOP recently tossed poker crackheads a little taste of the schedule. The entire 2018 schedule got leaked last year, but they've done a good job keep the 50th anniversary schedule under wraps. They recently announced 34 more events to bring the schedule to 74 events and counting. There's a rumor that this year will have 100 events, or double the 50. Who knows for sure. The final schedule will be released shortly.

For now, all you need to know is the special bracelet event for bracelet winners. Call it a TOC or a Tourney of Champs or Winner's Club or Bracelet Brahs/Sisbrahs. Whatever you want to call it, it's a special event open to the thousand or so lucky souls who shipped bling since the 1970s. And yes, if you win a bracelet in 2019, you will also be eligible to play in the $1,500 buy-in Champion of Champions event. The WSOP CoC takes place on July 10.

Short-deck poker is coming to the WSOP. Say hello to a $10,000 Short Deck NL event that starts on June 2.

The Big Blind Ante has become the latest rage because it speeds up the action. No more wondering who ante/didn't ante. It will be featured in all events with antes, especially the dailys and satellites.

The starting stacks will be jacked up once again. I'm so old I remember the good old days when your starting stack was the buy-in of your event. Yeah, $1,500 events got 1,500 in chips and the Main Event got 10,000 in chips. Right now it's a 5x series. $1,500 events will now start with 25K in chips.

Also, the Big50 will have a starting stack of 50K. The $500 event doesn't have juice on its first entry. The total prize pool will be guaranteed for $5 million with $1 million set aside to the champion. The levels will be... 50 minutes. How clever!

Early on, there will be a $50,000 buy-in event for 50th Annual High Rollers. That kicks off May 31. There's also a $25K PLO High Roller on June 19. The $100,000 High Roller is at the end of the summer.

As far a premier events go, the $50K Players Championship is the most prestigious event on the schedule every summer. The winner plays for a big stack of cash, bragging rights, and the coveted the Chip Reese Trophy, which kicks off on June 24. And the $10,000 Main Event will be three opening flights starting on Wednesday July 3.

There's also a mini-Main that cost just $1,000 for those dreamers who bust from the Main Event early and want to fire another shot at a bracelet.

The Little One for One Drop has a $1,111 by-in and begins July 6.

Some cool $10,000 events included.... $10K Super Turbo Bounty, $10K Short Deck, $10K Heads Up, $10K Omaha 8 Championship, $10K Deuce to 7 Lowball, $10K HORSE, $10K Dealers Choice (6-max), $10K Seven-Card Stud, $10K Triple Draw, $10K Razz, $10K PLO8, $10K Stud 8, and $10K 6-Max NL.

There's only two $5K events of note with the $5,000 Dealers Choice and $5K NL.

And of course, there's all those super cheesy branded events like the Milly Maker, Marathon, Monster Stack, Colossus, Crazy Eights, and the Closer.

For more info, head over to the World Series of Poker website and check out their current schedule information.

We compiled a list of bracelet winners from the last two summers. Check out our index of 2017 WSOP Bracelet Winners and 2018 WSOP Bracelet Winners.

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Monday June 24, 2019 at 6:29 pm
2019 WSOP: Luke Schwartz, Ari Engel, and Stephen Chidwick win first bracelets

Another wild weekend at the 2019 WSOP. Korea's Jiyoung Kim outlasted a field of 968 runners to win Event #47 $1,000 NL Ladies. British pro Luke Schwartz won his first bracelet with a victory in Event #49 $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball. Fellow Brit Stephen Chidwick took down Event #25 $25,000 PLO High Roller for a $1.6 million score and his first bracelet. Not to be outdone, Ari Engel shipped his first bracelet with a victory in Event #48 $2,500 NL. Engel banked $427,399 for fading a field of 996 runners. Israel's Asi Moshe won his third bracelet with a victory in Event #44 $1,500 NL Bounty. Loren Klein also won bracelets in four consecutive years.

Thursday June 20, 2019 at 7:52 am
2019 WSOP: Daniel Negreanu denied 7th bracelet, Johnny 'World' Hennigan wins 10K Stud

2019 WSOP Event #41 $10,000 Seven-Card Stud attracted 88 runners in a stacked field. The final table included numerous multiple bracelet winners including Johnny World Hennigan, Frank Kassela, David ODB Baker, Daniel Negreanu, and David Singer. Negreanu was seeking to win his seventh bracelet, but got denied by Johnny 'World' Hennigan. Johnny World won the 10K Stud and shipped his sixth career bracelet.

Wednesday June 19, 2019 at 10:48 pm
2019 WSOP: Joe Cheong ships Doublestack and Robert Mitchell wins Deepstack bling

Event #34 $1,000 Double Stack attracted 6,214 and a prize pool worth over $5.5 million. Joe Cheong finally won his first bracelet with a big win the Double Stack. He banked $687,782 plus the bling. Robert Mitchell won his first bracelet with a victory in Event #37 $800 NL Deepstack outlasting a field of 2,808 for a score worth $297,537.

Wednesday June 19, 2019 at 1:29 pm
PokerStars launches UFC KO Poker series with 68 PKO events

PokerStars introduced another new series which begins on Sunday, June 23. This one is in conjunction with a UFC promotion called the UFC KO Poker Series with 68 tournaments that all are Progressive Knockouts, including the Sunday Million, which will be a PKO format. Yup, 68 PKOs with no less than seven daily tournaments and buy-ins as low as $11! Players have a shot at winning a free trip to California to see UFC 241 live featuring Cormier vs. Miocic 2 in August.

Sunday June 16, 2019 at 6:42 pm
2019 WSOP: Roman Korenev wins Marathon, Luis Zedan and Robert Campbell ship bracelets

Russia's Roman Korenev outlasted 1,083 players to win 2019 WSOP Event #26 $2,620 NL MARATHON for a score worth $477,401 and his first bracelet. Luis Zedan, originally from El Salvador, won his first bracelet in Event #30 $1,000 PLO for a score worth $236,673... but he said he'll be donating 35% of his winnings to charity. Also, Robert Campbell from Australia won Event #33 $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw for $144,027.

Saturday June 15, 2019 at 4:58 pm
2019 WSOP: Greg 'FBT' Mueller wins 10K HORSE bracelet, Thomas Cazayous wins bling

Former hockey player turned poker pro Greg 'FBT' Mueller won his second bracelet after taking down 2019 WSOP Event #29 $10,000 HORSE. Canada's Mueller outlasted 172 players to win $425,347. He went ten years in between bracelet victories. Also, over in Event #31 $3,000 NL 6-Max, French pro Thomas Cazayous faded 754 players to win $414,766.

Friday June 14, 2019 at 3:33 pm
2019 WSOP: The Grinder notches fifth bracelet with Stud 8 win

Ship it to the Grinder once again. Michael Mizrachi outlasted a field of 460 entrants to win 2019 WSOP Event #27 $1,500 Seven-Card Stud 8 for his fifth piece of WSOP jewelry. Mizrachi took down the $50K Poker Player's Championship last year and followed up with a bracelet in the second week of action at the WSOP. Also, Steve Song took down Event #28 $1K NL for a $341,854 score and his first bracelet.

Thursday June 13, 2019 at 2:54 pm
2019 WSOP: John Gorsuch wins Milly Maker; Rami Boukai, Jorden Fox, and Andrew Donabedian win bling

The Millionaire Maker played down to its champion. Event #19 $1,500 NL Milly Maker attracted 8,809 runners and a prize pool that almost topped $11.9 million. John Gorsuch unleashed a sick comeback and outlasted the massive field for a score worth $1,344,930. Rami Boukai won his second bracelet with a win in Event #23 $1,500 8-Game Mix. Jorden Fox outlasted 3,253 runners to win Event #22 DOUBLE STACK for $420,693. Also, Andrew Donabedian won the DEEPSTACK PLO bracelet in Event #25 $600 PLO.

Wednesday June 12, 2019 at 3:46 pm
2019 WSOP: Jim Bechtel wins 2nd bracelet 26 years after winning 1993 Main Event

Talk about a blast from the past. Jim Bechtel won the 1993 WSOP Main Event and had to wait 26 years before he could slap a second bracelet around his wrist. Bechtel faded a field of 91 players to win 2019 WSOP Event #21 $10,000 NL 2-7 Lowball Draw for a $253,817 score. Bechtel outlasted a tough final table that included Darren Elias, Prahlad Friedman, Jean-Robert Bellande, Vince Musso, and Pedro Bromfman.

Tuesday June 11, 2019 at 4:40 am
2019 WSOP: Eli Elezra wins 4th bracelet and Josh 'loofa' Pollock wins online PLO

Eli Elezra won 2019 WSOP Event #20 $1,500 Seven-Card Stud for his fourth bracelet and his second one in Stud. Elezra banked $93,766 for defeating Anthony Zinno heads-up for the bling. Also, Josh 'loofa' Pollock shipped one of the online bracelet events. Pollock outlasted a virtual field of 1,216 runners to win Event #24 $600 ONLINE PLO 6-Handed for $139,740.

Monday June 10, 2019 at 3:25 pm
2019 WSOP: Frankie O'Dell ships 10K O8, wins third bracelet

Old-school O8 player, Frankie O'Dell from LA, won 2019 WSOP Event #18 $10,000 Omaha 8 for a score worth $443,641. O'Dell faded a field of 183 players to win the Omaha 8 Championship. Dell won his third bracelet of his career, with his last one coming back in 2007 during the peak of the online poker boom. O'Dell survived a difficult final table that included Robert Mizrachi, Shaun Deeb, and David Benyamine.

Sunday June 9, 2019 at 6:08 pm
2019 WSOP: Isaac Baron, Murilo Souza, Brett Apter, and Sean Swingruber win bracelets

The 2019 World Series of Poker continued at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas and we now have four more bracelet winners. Brazil's Murilo Figueredo won Event #14 $1,500 HORSE for a score worth $207,003. In the Event #15 $10,000 NL Heads-Up Championship, Sean Swingruber defeated Ben Yu for the bling and denied Yu a fourth bracelet. Isaac Baron finally won a bracelet. The pro from LA took down Event #16 $1,500 NL 6-Handed for $407,739. Brett Apter outlasted 917 runners to win $238,824 and a bracelet in Event #17 $1,500 NL Shootout.

Friday June 7, 2019 at 2:24 pm
2019 WSOP: Dan Strelitz wins 5K NL and Yuval Bronshtein wins 2-7 Lowball

We have a couple more first-time bracelet winners from the 2019 WSOP. Daniel Strelitz won his first bracelet when he faded a field of 400 runners in Event #11 $5,000 NL. Strelitz banked $442,385 for first place. Maria Ho finished in fifth place. Over in Event #13 $1,500 NL Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Draw, Israel's Yuval Bronshtein won his first bling and banked $96,278.

Thursday June 6, 2019 at 2:41 pm
2019 WSOP: Scott Clements ships Dealer's Choice, Jeremy Pekarek wins Deepstack

Scott Clements won his third bracelet and only had to wait approximately 12 years to win once again. Clements outlasted a field of 470 runners in Event #10 $1,500 Dealer's Choice. He banked $144,957 for first. Over in Event #9 $600 Deepstack, local pro Jeremy Pekarek faded a juicy field of 6,150 runners to win $398,281 and his first bracelet.

Wednesday June 5, 2019 at 1:30 pm
2019 WSOP: Alex Epstein wins first Short Deck bracelet

Alex Epstein outlasted 114 runners to win Event #8 $10,000 Short Deck NL. Epstein binked the WSOP's first-ever Short Deck event. Epstein banked $296,227 for first place and simultaneously knocked out Thai Ha and bracelet winner Anson Tsang on the final hand. Meanwhile, Daniel Park outlasted a field of 2,452 runners to win Event #12 $1,000 NL Super Turbo Bounty for a score worth $226,243.

Tuesday June 4, 2019 at 1:49 pm
2019 WSOP: Ben Heath wins 50K High Roller, Dan Zack ships Mixed Triple Draw

British pro Ben Heath outlasted a field of 110 runners to win the 2019 WSOP $50,000 High Roller title. Heath banked $1,484,085 for first place. His final table also included the likes of Andrew Lichtenberger, Elio Fox, Chance Kornuth, Sam Soverel, Dmitry Yurasov, Nick Petrangelo, and Cary Katz. Also, you can add Dan Zack's name to the list of first-time bracelet winners. The New Jersey pro was considered one of the best pros who went deep at the WSOP, but never won a bracelet. He can finally cross his name off the list after Zack won Event #6 $2,500 Limit Mixed Triple Draw for a score worth $160,447.

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