The World Series of Poker returns to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas from May 28 to July 16. Now in its 50th year, WSOP has been attended by everyone from the world’s professionals, to first-time players and celebrities like Nelly; with a celebratory gala and awards evening, as well as a huge opening weekend event, this year’s WSOP is definitely not one to be missed.
“For the city, this has become the most important gamblers’ convention,” said WSOP’s Executive Director Ty Stewart. “We have a lot of other attractions and events, but as far as qualified gamblers, we are bringing tens of thousands of folks to the city which are creating hundreds of thousands of room nights.
“We are truly lifting the city in the summer,” he added. “It’s a great responsibility and we feel an immense amount of pride.”
Throwback to 2018
Last year’s event was definitely one for the poker history books.
After a dramatic 10 hours of heads up play at WSOP’s Main Event, John Cynn finally took down Tony Miles to win the coveted Main Event Bracelet — as well as a cool $9 million and poker immortality.
It was a high-pressure, climatic event to end an already exciting year of record-breaking firsts. Farhintaj Bonyadi won the $1,000 Super Seniors event, making her and son Farzad Bonyadi the first mother-son duo in the history of WSOP.
“It’s my first bracelet,” said the 83-year old following her win. “I’m so happy. My son has three. I’m just so happy.”
“I was standing there for 20 hours trying to help her out, but she did it on her own,” said her son. “I’m so happy for her. She deserves it. She’s been cashing so many times. She won a tournament for $50,000, for $45,000, but this is her biggest score.”
2018 marked a record 123,865 entries, creating a 49-year high of $266,889,193 in prize money. Many of the year’s signature events are set to make a return for the events 50th year, including the Main Event, Millionaire Maker, Monster Stack, Crazy Eights, Seniors Championship and of course, the incredible Colossus.
WSOP 2019 also sees many of the series tournament favourites return to play.
The Canadian-born Team Pokerstars Pro Daniel Negreanu is expected to make an appearance this year. Always a crowd-favourite at WSOP, he has secured six of the event’s bracelets and $39,830,194 in total tournament winnings. This puts him in second place to Justin Bonomo — who, with an extraordinary $44,040,709 in tournament winnings is one of the most prolific and successful players in the world. Bonomo won the $1 Million The Big One for One Drop at WSOP last July — for a cool $8 million — and is likely to return this year to secure his place.
Another one to watch is Fedor Holz. A 25-year old German player, Holz is the kind of player who knows how to set goals and make them happen. He won his first WSOP bracelet in 2016 — at the age of 22 — and has since won $32,556377 in live tournaments, with sizeable cashes in Las Vegas but also Macau, Europe and Australia.
“One of the biggest lessons poker has taught me is to not be too focused on results but focus on the process and making good decisions,” he said. “[That] has brought me a lot of value in many areas of my play”.
The Las Vegas resident and crowd favourite Daniel Peters is also expected to attend WSOP’s 50th edition. With $31,590,261 in winnings, Peters has entered the top-five money list, and is sure to want to climb the ladder at one of the longest-running tournament series in the world.
It’s your chance to play
2019 is set to be one of the biggest events yet; nearly 500 poker tables are planned to be set up across over more than 100,000 feet of ballroom space at the Rio where WSOP will be held for its 15th consecutive year. With thousands of players expected to join this year, 888Poker is the only place to qualify for one of the biggest poker events in the world via satellite; single table satellites will begin on May 28 and run for 24 hours throughout the series. Buy-ins for tournaments at the Rio start from just $70.
Of course, the most anticipated event of the tournament series is the Big 50 No-Limit Hold-em, set to open the convention on May 30th 2019. With a $500 buy-in (with all $500 going to the prize pool), 50,000 chips, a $5,000,000 guaranteed prize pool and $1,000,000 winner, the Big 50 is sure to be one of the most exciting events of the past 50 years.
If the line-up is any indication, WSOP 2019 is definitely not one to be missed. A historic event, the celebration of the tournament series’ 50th year will be a party to remember.