The Nuts And Bolts Of The 2018 World Series Of Poker Schedule

Written By Steve Ruddock on December 13, 2017 - Last Updated on December 4, 2023
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[toc]The schedule for the 49th World Series of Poker (WSOP) was unveiled on Tuesday.

The series boasts a total of 78 bracelet events and will run from May 29 – July 17.

“With today’s announcement, we hope there is enough time to adjust your holiday wish list,” said WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel.  “We feel very good about the multitude of offerings on the 2018 World Series of Poker schedule and look forward to welcoming everyone to the Rio in Las Vegas this summer.”

Here’s a look at some of the schedule’s highlights.

The full schedule can be found on

The Main Event

The Main Event will take place uninterrupted from July 2 – 14.

As has been the case in recent years, the tournament will feature three Day 1 flights on July 2, 3, and 4, and two Day 2’s on July 5 and 6.

The field will combine on July 7 for Day 3. Play then continues each day until a champion is crowned on July 14, or more likely, early on the morning of July 15.

There doesn’t appear to be any prize-pool or first-place guarantees attached to the Main Event this time around.

Schedule overfloweth with branded events

Up until recently, WSOP tournaments were almost exclusively designated by the stakes, type of the game being played, and sometimes the structure. The exceptions were:

  • Casino Employee Event
  • Ladies Championship
  • Seniors Championship
  • Poker Players Championship

In recent years, the WSOP has successfully experimented with more of these branded events, and at much smaller price-points.

The popularity of events like Colossus and the Millionaire Maker have led to a proliferation of “signature” branded events on the 2018 schedule.

The 2018 schedule contains no less than 17 branded tournaments:

  1. Event #1: Casino Employees Tournament – a $565 No-Limit Hold’em tournament
  2. Event #6: GIANT – a $365 No-Limit Hold’em tournament
  3. Event #7: COLOSSUS – a $565 No-Limit Hold’em tournament
  4. Event #11: PLO GIANT – a $365 Pot-Limit Omaha tournament
  5. Event #21: MILLIONAIRE MAKER – a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em tournament
  6. Event #24: THE MARATHON – a $2,620 No-Limit Hold’em tournament
  7. Event #32: The $1,000 Seniors Tournament
  8. Event #33: The $50,000 Poker Players Championship
  9. Event #34B: DOUBLE STACK – a $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em tournament
  10. Event #36: $1,000 Super Seniors Tournament
  11. Event #48: MONSTER STACK – a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em tournament
  12. Event #55: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em Tournament
  13. Event #57: The $10,000/$1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship
  14. Event #62: $888 Crazy Eights – an 8-Handed No-Limit Hold’em tournament
  15. Event #68: The $1,000 +111 Little One for One Drop Tournament
  16. Event #75: The Closer – a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em tournament
  17. Event #78: The $1 million Big One for One Drop Tournament

Four online events

The 49th World Series of Poker will feature four online-exclusive events played on in Nevada:

  1. Event #9 – $365 Online No-Limit Hold’Em
  2. Event #47 – $565 Online Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed
  3. Event #61 – $1,000 Online No-Limit Hold’em Championship
  4. Event #63 – $3,200 Online No-Limit Hold’em High Roller

High-Rollers galore

The 2018 WSOP schedule also boasts five high-roller bracelet events.

These events possess buy-ins ranging from $25,000 – $1,000,000.

  1. Event #5 – $100,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’Em
  2. Event #33 – $50,000 Poker Players Championship 6-Handed
  3. Event #42 – $25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha
  4. Event #77 – $50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em
  5. Event #78: $1 million Big One for One Drop Tournament

Additionally, there is also the King’s High Roller Series. These are single-day tournaments that will run every weekend from June 1 – July 8.

  • Fridays at 8:00 p.m. – $25,000 Buy-In No-Limit Hold’em
  • Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. – $25,000 Buy-In Pot-Limit Omaha
  • Sundays at 8:00 p.m. – $50,000 Buy-In No-Limit Hold’em

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Steve Ruddock is an avid poker player and a veteran member of the gaming media. His primary focus is on the regulated US online casino and poker markets. He writes for numerous online and print publications, including,, and USA Today.

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