A hammerhead shark robs a sushi joint somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. The only witness is an Angler Fish. The cops bring him in the identify the culprit in a lineup, and the hammerhead has to stand in line next to a bunch of bog standard shark looking sharks – that’s how ridiculous it would be for anyone in the world to host a $25,000+ buy-in event during the World Series of Poker (WSOP).
Each year, in June, earning the big bucks comes secondary to glory in the shape of gold bracelets, and Jack Effel and the crew will hand out three to high rollers in that month.
The first has been named ‘High Roller – $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em for the 50th Annual’. The single re-entry, 300,000 starting stack, levels up every 60-minute, late reg open until the start of Level 12 event takes place over four days beginning May 31.
It’s a new event to celebrate the WSOP’s 50th Anniversary, but it’s not the only time the WSOP has held a $50,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em event. In 2012, Mike Watson emerged bloodstained and battered from a €50,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em High Roller during the World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) in Cannes where he beat 60-entrants to win the €1m first prize.
On June 19, high rollers with Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO) set in their sniper rifle crosshairs will sit down to compete in the $25,000 buy-in PLO bracelet event. Once again, the game is single re-entry, only this time players have 150,000 chips, and the levels increase every 60-minutes. Late registration remains open until the start of Level 13. Last year, Shaun Deeb won this event on his way towards a successful series that saw him claim the Player of the Year crown. Deeb defeated 230-entrants to win the $1,402,683 first prize.
Then on June 24, mixed game specialists begin the cliff like ascent towards the summit of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship (PPC). Games involved include Limit Hold’em, Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, Seven Card Stud, Razz, Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better, No-Limit Hold’em, Pot-Limit Omaha, and Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw. Players start with 300,000 in chips, and blinds increase every 100-minutes, with late registration ending at the start of Level 11. The five-day event is a one bullet affair. Last year, Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mizrachi became the first player to win the PPC three times, collecting $1,239,126 after wading through a field of 87-entrants.
The 50th Anniversary WSOP runs from May 28 to July 16 with a record 89-events. Here is a full breakdown of events.
High Roller June Summary
31 May – $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em (Day 1)
1 Jun – $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em (Final Day)
19 Jun – $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha (Day 1)
20 Jun – $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha (Final Day)
24 Jun – $50,000 Poker Players’ Championship (Day 1)
25 Jun – $50,000 Poker Players’ Championship (Day 2)
26 Jun – $50,000 Poker Players’ Championship (Day 3)
27 Jun – $50,000 Poker Players’ Championship (Day 4)
28 Jun – $50,000 Poker Players’ Championship (Final Day)