It’s on! The World Series of Poker has started this week in Las Vegas at the Rio (as of May 31) and we are counting down to the first winner tonight. Tonight they are holding the final table of the Casino Employees’ championship, the event in which the casino workers, dealers, etc., all try their luck at winning at poker. It is restricted to casino employees, keeping out all of these bigshot poker players that you see on TV, but the winner wins the same WSOP bracelet that the bigshots are awarded in these other events. The last time I checked, the final table was down to three people, and they were on a dinner break. Updates here.
Also on now is the Colossus. That is that massive event basically open to any poker player walking in off the street and looking to win at the WSOP. For a very affordable $565 buy-in, you could end up winning a million dollars, guaranteed. There is something like 22,000 people participating in this including many big names, so it’s massive.
Last year a fellow named Cord Garcia won it and he took home $638,880. Final table for this year’s event should be next Tuesday.
We are still a long way off from the $10,000 Main Event which is the most prestigious event right at the end. Last year Joe McKeehen won the event and took home $7.68 million! There are 69 events, in total. The full tournament schedule is here. Also, the live reporting can be found here and live streams are here, and the streaming schedule is here.
The WSOP is worth following simply to try and improve your own poker game, and also to see the different variants of poker and how different the rules are for each one of them.
Anyway, following the WSOP is another one of these good boredom-fighting activities I always look forward to when the warmer weather arrives, along with watching baseball, golf tournaments and auto races, summer blockbuster movies, and every four years, the USA political conventions (!). It all helps make summer something to look forward to.
Also, this has been a very big week for poker already because results are in from the 2016 $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl held earlier this week at ARIA Las Vegas, and you can find out how that event went here.