That’s it – the World Series of Poker is over for another year – and what a competition 2017 proved to be! On July 17th all eyes were firmly trained on Las Vegas’s Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, where New Jersey native Scott Blumstein was crowned Poker World Champion. Blumstein earned himself quite the pay cheque, taking home $8,150,000 and the most coveted prize in poker – the WSOP Main Event bracelet. No doubt you’re feeling a tad lost now that there’s not back-to-back poker to watch every day of the week, so today we’re taking a look at the upcoming World Series of Poker events. Get those calendars out and begin the countdown!
WSOP Circuit 2017/2018
You have just enough time to catch your breath back before the World Series of Poker Circuit kicks off on August 2nd. The fun and games begin at Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina from the 2nd to the 14th, and will take in 24 other stops across the United States before coming to a crescendo at Harrah’s New Orleans on May 10th 2018.
Now we’ve got the schedule out of the way – what about the action? Well, this year is expected to be the biggest and best in the circuit’s 14-year history. Not only are there three new venues, but the Circuit season will again close with the prestigious, invite-only, Global Casino Championship. Participants will be in the running to win a cut of a minimum prize pool of $1,000,000. Entry to the event is free as it’s made up of all of the Main Event winners at each stop on the circuit – the cream of the crop you might say!
WSOP Europe 2017
From October 19th – November 10th, the World Series of Poker will be heading to Europe. This year, for the very first time in the decade long history of the World Series of Poker Europe, the competition will be taking place in the Czech Republic. This year’s competition will involve 11 bracelet events, buy-in’s ranging from €550-€111,111, and prize pools of over €20,000,000. The tournament is taking place in King’s Casino in Rozvadov, which is located in the west of the country, on the border with Germany. The casino has the largest poker room in Europe, which boats 160 tables!
The event will kick off with three starting flights in the €1,100 Monster Stack event on October 19th, 20th and 21st. The following week, things really heat up with the European version of the infamous Colossus tournament, which begins on October 27th. The European Colossus is more than guaranteed to live up to its name – with 10 starting flights, 4,000 entries, and a €2,000,000 prize guarantee – this event could well set the record for the biggest field size at this buy-in level in European history!