2017 WSOP Schedule

March 6th, 2017 by Poka Paloma

2017 marks the 48th running of World Series of Poker tournaments. They will be held at the RIO All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas from May 30, 2017 – July 17, 2017 (and, presumably,  will pick up in November with the 217 November 9).
Download the 2017 WSOP Schedule (PDF).

2016 Seniors Event #27 Live Stream

June 20th, 2016 by Poka Paloma

Event #27, The Seniors No Limit Hold’em tournament was scheduled to conclude Sunday, June 19, 2016. A record-setting field of senior poker players (4,499) caused the tournament to get pushed out a day. Sunday, the 4½ dozen remaining senior players played down to a final table of 6.

Those 6 will pick up today, Monday, June 20, 2016. The Senior NL Hold’em Final table will be live streamed at a special time: 11:30 PST (2:30 EST).

2016 WSOP Schedule Posted

June 13th, 2016 by Poka Paloma

Finally, completed the 2016 WSOP schedule. Tracks events and winners.

2016 WSOP Starting within a Month

May 1st, 2016 by Poka Paloma

poker players with hoodiesThe 2016 WSOP will be the 47th Annual World Series of Poker. It will kick off this as it has in years past with the Casino Employees 2-day, no limit hold’em tournament, June 1, 2016.


This year’s schedule highlights onsite and online satellite tournaments starting May 31, 2016 and continuing through July. See the official 2016 WSOP schedule for those dates and times.

Poker Tournament Registration

Registration for 2016 WSOP tournaments are now being accepted. Registrations are being processed via Bravo Poker Live. Depending on the method used to pay, requirements change. Good news for credit card users, once you go through the online verification process, you will be able to use the WSOP Fast Track Kiosks. From the WSOP website:

•Wire-transfer (requires registration at least 14 days prior to event’s start date)
•Cashier’s Check (requires registration at least 14 days prior to event’s start date)
•Credit Card – for buy-ins $1500 and under only (requires registration at least 72 hours prior for first time use) ◦Once a credit card has been verified for WSOP 2016, this same card can be used for online registration until the end of late registration for that event. Once a participant has gone through the complete online registration and verification process, they will then be able to continue to register and pay for events online if they properly fund those transactions and can then utilize the “WSOP Fast Track Kiosks” to print seat cards and receipts.

2015 WSOP Main Event Final Table Approaching

October 17th, 2015 by Poka Paloma

The 2015 WSOP Main Event final table will begin in three weeks. In order of chip stacks, the November Nine are:

Player Chips Country Age Previous
Joe McKeehen 63,100,100 USA 24 8
Zvi Stern 29,800,000 Israel 36 1
Neil Blumenfield 22,000,100 USA 61 2
Pierre Neuville 21,075,100 Belgium 72 19
Max Steinberg 20,200,000 USA 27 11
Thomas Cannuli 12,250,100 USA 23 2
Josh Beckley 11,800,000 USA 24 4
Patrick Chan 6,225,100 USA 26 4
Federico Butteroni 6,200,000 Italy 25 2

Of note…

  • The chip leader, Joe McKeehen, has a little over double the chips of the closest competitor
  • Only one of the nine, Max Steinberg, has previously won a WSOP bracelet
  • 66% of the November Nine players are in their 20s
  • Two November Niners are the oldest players ever to make a Main Event final table; 61 year old Neil Blumenfield and 72 year old Pierre Neuville. Prior to this event, Steve Gee, age 57 at the 2012 WSOP, was the oldest poker player to make a prestigious Main Event final table.
  • 66% of the November Nine players are from the USA. No other country repeats.

So, who do you think is going to win? Let us know by voting in the poll on the sidebar.

Main Event Day 7 Final 27

July 14th, 2015 by Poka Paloma

Tuesday marks the 7th day of play for the 2015 WSOP Main Event. The 6,420 field of hopeful bracelet winners has been played down to the final 27. Among those are one of the most popular and outspoken poker players, Daniel Negreanu. He has worked his way into 9th place. If Negreanu goes on to win the Main Event, it would be his 7th win in the WSOP.

Countries: There are 18 poker players from the U.S., 4 from Germany, and 1 from Israel, Canada, Belgium, Italy, and the U.K.

 Here’s the chip counts prior to the start of play on Day 7.

# Player Chip Count Country
1 Thomas Kearney 14,400,000 United States
2 Mozheng Guan 14,230,000 United States
3 Erasmus Morfe 12,085,000 United States
4 Joseph McKeehen 11,975,000 United States
5 Mario Sequeira 11,685,000 United States
6 David Stefanski 11,485,000 United States
7 Alexander Turyansky 10,785,000 Germany
8 Zvi Stern 9,940,000 Israel
9 Daniel Negreanu 8,495,000 Canada
10 Justin Schwartz 7,510,000 United States
11 Patrick Chan 7,400,000 United States
12 Anton Morgenstern 6,955,000 Germany
13 Thomas Cannuli 6,220,000 United States
14 John Hinds 6,210,000 United States
15 Pierre Neuville 6,000,000 Belgium
16 Chad Power 5,300,000 United States
17 Blake Bohn 5,000,000 United States
18 Federico Butteroni 4,980,000 Italy
19 Fedor Holz 4,645,000 Germany
20 Neil Blumenfield 4,315,000 United States
21 Christoph Brand 4,120,000 United States
22 Joshua Beckley 3,745,000 United States
23 James Magner 3,500,000 United States
24 Max Steinberg 3,290,000 United States
25 Kilian Kramer 3,175,000 Germany
26 George McDonald 2,875,000 United Kingdom
27 David Peters (CA) 2,100,000 United States

2015 Main Event Progress after Day 1

July 8th, 2015 by Poka Paloma

Today is the start of Day 2s for the 2015 WSOP Main Event. I was reviewing the updates to see what had happened on Day 1C, and learned that:

  • A record number of entrants started Day 1C – over 3900
  • A total of 6,420 players entered the event, down from a 6,683 entrants last year
  • 4,389 players remain in this year’s Main Event
  • For ten years straight, the WSOP Main Event has drawn over 6300 entrants.
  • Phil Ivey is in the field. He arrived at the WSOP about a week ago to play the Hi Rollers’ ONE DROP tournament.
  • Phil Hellmuth arrived late (to starting Day 1C) as usual, at dinner time last night, with no frills as in previous years
  • Phil Hellmuth and Phil Ivey ended up at the same table. PokerNews has a great photo of them yacking it up.

Fun stat for those of us from Massachusetts:  2.5% of the Top 200 in the remaining field are from Massachusetts.

  1. Sean Hegarty – 133,825
  2. Jonathan Jaffe – 116,400
  3. Theodore Driscoll – 93,975
  4. Eugene Roemischer – 93,375
  5. Lokesh Garg – 92,850

More coverage and stats at the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

2015 WSOP Main Event Starts

July 6th, 2015 by Poka Paloma

After 39 days of poker event after poker event at the Rio, the 2015 WSOP Main Event started with Day 1A Sunday, July 5. Day 1A drew 741 players, of which 480 remain.

This year there are:

  • 3 Day 1s – Sunday (1A), Monday (1B) and Tuesday (1C)
  • 2 Day 2s – Wednesday (2A) and Thursday (2B). Players from 1A and 1B play Wed. and players from 1C play Thurs.

Friday, July 10th, all remaining players will play together.

Play starts at 3:00 PM EST each day.

Payout structure provides for paying out the top 1,000 places. Each final tabler is guaranteed at least $1 million IF the total number of 2015 Main Event entrants meets or exceeds the 2014 number (6,683).

The Main Event will not be streamed as ESPN will be filming. ESPN will air the Main Event in a series of programs leading up to the final table play which will occur in November. ESPN usually airs the final table live with a 30-minute delay.

Good luck to all the Main Event runner. Hope to join in the upcoming years!

Congrats to Haixia Zhang

July 2nd, 2015 by Poka Paloma

Congrats to Haixia Zhang who is returning with the final 4 to complete WSOP event #59, a $1500 No-Limit Hold’em tournament. Zhang will be returning as the chip leader with over ½ million more chips than the second place chip holder.

Haixia Zhang 4,800,000
Alex Lindop 4,200,000
Aurelien Guiglini 3,655,000
Yorane Kerignard 3,490,000

If she wins, she will be the first female to have won the Ladies Championship who then goes on to win a bracelet in an open event.

Keep an eye on Twitter for announcement of when the live stream of the final 4 will begin. The players return at 1:00 PM PST. Live streaming is on a 30-minute delay, so, around 4:30 EST, streaming of event #59 should begin.

Catch up with this event:  Updates of this Event on WSOP.com

First Female Bracelet Winner of 2015!

June 28th, 2015 by Poka Paloma

Congratulations to Carol Fuchs who won Event #52, the $1,500 Dealer’s Choice event last night! She beat a field of 356 other runners, including Robert Mizrachi, the 2014 winner, who finished 3rd this year.

Carol Fuchs is a Hollywood screnwriter/producer. She is an amateur poker player with one previous WSOP cash (<$4K in 2014) who plays cash games in Los Angeles. According to an article at PokerNews.com, Ms. Fuchs is “…as blown away by this as everybody else is”.

The 2015 WSOP will crown its second female bracelet winner today, when the 10 remaining players of the Ladies NLHE Championship meet this afternoon to play down to a winner.  The 10 include 6 from USA, 3 from Canada and 1 from Russia.

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