The 48th World Series of Poker kicks off next week

World Series of Poker 2017One of the biggest poker events in the world is just one week away and eight new events are among the changes expected this year.

The 2017 World Series of Poker will take place from May 30 to July 17 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

The 48th annual event will host 74 gold-bracelet events with minimum buy-ins starting at $USD333 – with a guaranteed $333,333 prize pool – and maximums getting up to $USD111,111 for the One Drop High Roller event.

There will be eight brand new events this year including a $10,000 tag team no-limit hold’em tournament where teams of up to four can contribute to the buy-in together and switch out players throughout the three-day event.

There will also be two new online events including a no-limit hold’em tournament – with the lowest minimum buy-in of WSOP as detailed above – and a $3333 online high roller event which offers unlimited re-entries. These digital events will join the $1000 no-limit hold’em online championship which starts on July 7.

The other new additions include a $10,000 pot-limit Omaha eight-or-better championship, a $2500 mixed big-bet event, a $1000 super turbo bounty no-limit hold’em event, and “The Giant” and “The Marathon” events featuring no-limit hold’em.

The global poker competition will also see the removal of the November Nine event, which has garnered a lot of criticism in the past due to waiting periods.

A WSOP winner will be played down during the summer too – the main event champion will be determined on July 22.

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A huge move which will impact players is the acceptance of credit cards when paying for buy-ins at live registration windows. Credit cards will have a $10,000 limit – the maximum was set to $1500 last year – making more events accessible to poker players.

There will be around 500 poker tables in use with the Amazon, Brasilia, Miranda and Pavilion ballrooms acting as the main locations.

What will not be different this year is the 24/7 tournaments and satellite, as well as the Daily Deepstack and cash game events at the Rio.

The WSOP main event will be televised for the first time

ESPN has signed on to broadcast the WSOP 2017 Main Event live on television for the first time in the poker tournament’s history.

This coincides with the new digital media channel addition known as PokerGO. The channel, launched by Poker Central after acquiring the television and digital rights of WSOP, will feature all the non-televised coverage of the events.

PokerGO will show what does not make it to the live feed on ESPN but to access it you will have to pay a monthly subscription for $10. You can also purchase an annual pass for $99 – PokerGO will also be broadcasting the Super High Roller Bowl between May 28 and June 1.

For the full schedule, visit the 2017 WSOP website where you will also find interviews, news and more.

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