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    WSOP 2019 dates, limited schedule announced

    Just dropped 10 minutes ago:

    The 2019 WSOP will take place from May 28 through July 16.

    The full schedule has NOT been announced, but some major events have.

    There is a new RAKE FREE event for 2019 only called "The Big 50", which takes place on May 30. It has a $500 buyin, 50,000 starting chips, and zero rake. It is not clear if anything will be taken out for the dealers/staff, or if players are expected to do that after they cash. "The Big 50" is in honor of the 50th WSOP, which will take place in 2019 (the first one was 1970). $5 million is guaranteed in the prize pool, and $1m to the winner. This means they are expecting at least 10,000 entres!

    Here are the events announced thus far, listed by STARTING DATE (some have multiple flights, which is why I am listing some date ranges below):

    May 30-June 2 $500 Big 50 Rake Free NL Holdem ($5m guarantee)
    June 7-8 $1500 Millionaire Maker NL Holdem
    June 13 $1000 Seniors NL Holdem (age 50+ only)
    June 14-15 $1000 Double Stack NL Holdem
    June 21-22 $1500 Monster Stack NL Holdem
    June 28-30 $888 Crazy Eights 8-handed NL Holdem ($888,888 to winner)
    July 3-5 $10,000 NL Holdem Main Event


    Here's one major change for 2018: The number of starting chips will be vastly increased for many events. In addition to the Big 50 having 50k starting chips, the Milionaire Maker will have 25k, the Seniors will have 20k, the Double Stack will have 40k, the Monster Stack will have 50k, the Crazy Eights will have 40k, and the Main Event will have 60k.

    In 2018, aside from a few special events, the standard was to start with 5x the starting chips compared to the buyin. This meant that standard $1k events started with just 5k chips, and standard $1500 events started with 7500.

    Since the "double stack" event is $1k buyin and starts with 40k, and since the Seniors starts with 20k for the same $1k buyin, I am assuming that they will be giving 20k chips for normal $1k events.

    Since Millionaire Maker starts with 25k, I'm assuming most $1500 events will start with that, as well.

    Befre you get too excited about the large stacks, keep in mind that the blinds are going to be adjusted much bigger, so it's unclear how much more play (if any) we will get.

    If you want to book the Rio now, use code WSOP9 to get some additional money off.

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    An important note regarding the Big 50, the FIRST entry is rake-free. All $500 of the first entry goes into the prize pool, re-entries will have the standard rake, whatever that happens to be. There are 4 opening flights with 1 re-entry/flight.

    Consider it the Colossus replacement, even if the Colossus returns in 2019.

     
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevmath View Post
    An important note regarding the Big 50, the FIRST entry is rake-free. There are 4 opening flights with 1 re-entry/flight.

    Consider it the Colossus replacement.
    This is a very smart idea, allow the more recreational/fun players buy-in rake free while juicing the subsequent buy-ins of usually the more "pro" oriented, and/or wealthy player.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevmath View Post
    An important note regarding the Big 50, the FIRST entry is rake-free. All $500 of the first entry goes into the prize pool, re-entries will have the standard rake, whatever that happens to be. There are 4 opening flights with 1 re-entry/flight.

    Consider it the Colossus replacement, even if the Colossus returns in 2019.
    Interesting.

    So only the first entry is rake-free? How much are other entries?

    And is it first entry per FLIGHT is rake-free, or just 1 entry total is rake free?

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    “Before you get too excited about the large stacks, keep in mind that the blinds are going to be adjusted much bigger, so it's unclear how much more play (if any) we will get.”

    Still can’t wait for June though. Gotta take down that senior title before I get too old!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayjami View Post
    Still can’t wait for June though. Gotta take down that senior title before I get too old!
    You have three more years to try for it before I enter the field and bust you.

     
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Druff View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Kevmath View Post
    An important note regarding the Big 50, the FIRST entry is rake-free. All $500 of the first entry goes into the prize pool, re-entries will have the standard rake, whatever that happens to be. There are 4 opening flights with 1 re-entry/flight.

    Consider it the Colossus replacement, even if the Colossus returns in 2019.
    Interesting.

    So only the first entry is rake-free? How much are other entries?

    And is it first entry per FLIGHT is rake-free, or just 1 entry total is rake free?
    Quoting from the press release:

    The Big 50 is a must play event for poker players. To celebrate our 50th, the WSOP is making everyone’s initial entry into this event rake-free. All $500 of the entry will go entirely to the prizepool. (Anyone who re-enters pays the normal rake, including re-entries into another flight). The Big 50 features four starting flights (Thursday-Sunday am) where players begin play with a whopping 50,000 in chips and play 12, 50-minute levels on Day 1. The WSOP has a $5 million prize pool guarantee, as well as ensuring the winner claims $1 million for the Big 50.

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    I am all for starting with a good amount of chips with a GOOD structure. I think for a $1500 buy in at the 2018 structure starting with only 7500 chips like they did last year is not good at all. Once again if you used the 2018 structure on a $1500 buy in I think 20k-25k SS is just right. You can bet this year they will be starting at 100-200 and blinds will almost double every level. There is a shit storm coming.

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    Might have to finally play some this year.. That $500 no rake sounds too tempting but Im willing to bet its gonna be a donkfest at least early on.. People shoving with shit willing to risk 4-6 bullets on this tournament..

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    13 more events announced.

    http://www.wsop.com/news/2019/Jan/10...NUAL-WSOP.html

    Of note:

    There's one new event announced here called "Mini Main Event" on July 1st. It's a $1k buyin, you start with 60k chips (just like the Main) and play every level of the Main. Only difference? Levels are 30 minutes instead of 120. That's a pretty damn big difference. I'll be skipping that one.

    The Casino Employees event takes place on May 29, which will be the first event of the entire WSOP.

    The Colussus WILL take place. Some thought that the Big 50 would replace it, but the Colussus was simply moved to June 26, and was changed to a $400 buyin (down from $565), with 40k chips and 40 minute levels. I'll also be skipping that.

    "The Marathon", an event probably closest to the Main regarding structure, has 100 minute levels this year. However, the buyin is $2620, which probably prices out most recreational players. So that may not be a very good event to play.

    The chips-per-buyin-dollar ratio is still all over the place.

    It appears most $1k events will be 20k chips (meaning each chip is 5 cents).

    It appears most $1500 events will be 25k chips (meaning each chip is 6 cents).

    The Marathon gives you 26,200 chips for $2620, making each chip 10 cents

    The Little One for One Drop (which I also am skipping) gives 40k chips for $1,111, making each chip 2.5 cents, if you ignore the $111 for charity.

    There are still no $10k events announced besides the Main.

    I wonder if they bought a lot of different chip sets. I hope they did, or I'm afraid there might be some chip theft and smuggling into other tournaments going on.

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    For some reason, they are releasing the schedule piece by piece.

    Now they just put out the $10k+ event schedule.

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    Of note:

    All of these events give you 6 chips per buyin dollar, meaning that they are all likely to use the same chipset (but that chipset probably won't be used in any other events).

    There is a Short Deck NL event on June 2, which is new. Short Deck involves the removal of cards 2-5. The strategy is very different for this reason. I would play a Short Deck event at lower buyin, but not at $10k.

    The High Roller NL event, which begins after the Main, has a $100k buyin. There's also a 6-handed $10k NL after the Main.

    Of these listed, I am interested in playing the Limit Holdem (July 2), PLO 8 (June 28), and O8 (June 6).

    The last three years I was mid-day-1 chipleader of the $10k Limit Holdem, and failed to cash all three times (in fact, I wasn't even close). Very annoying.

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