The WSOP: In for a dime, in for a dollar.

by Lou on May 9, 2008

In for a dime, in for a dollar. That’s what I’m thinking as I stare at a schedule of events for this year’s World Series of Poker (2007 main event winner Jerry Yang pictured left) that came in the mail last week.

It’s tough to make sense of 54 events, but if you stop and stare at the schedule long enough, some things start to pop out at you.

For instance, if you are on a budget, and can only play weekends, you’ve got it a WSOP that’s just made for you. On Saturday, May 31 there’s a $1,500 4-day, no-limit hold’em tournament. On Friday, June 6 you’ll find a 3-day limit hold’em event. Seven days later you’ll find a 3-day razz tournament and the next day, June 14, a 3-day, no-limit hold’em event is scheduled.

One week later, on June 21, another $1,500 buy-in no-limit hold’em event is set, and they yet another will be contested on June 28.

So you can play in five events, or six—if you bust out of the razz event on June 13 and opt to play the no-limit hold’em tournament the following day. At $1,500 each, that makes a grand total of $9,000—one thousand less than you’d spend to enter the main event. If you allot that additional grand to travel, you can get six times the play—though far less glory if you win—than you can by playing in the main event.

If you’ve got the jack, there’s a high-rollers WSOP with your name on it. There are eight, $10,000 buy-in events scheduled (pot-limit hold’em on May 30; mixed event on June 4; 7-card stud on June 7; heads-up no-limit hold’em June 13; limit hold’em June 15; Omaha/8 June 19; pot-limit Omaha June 29; and the main event, no-limit Texas hold’em on July 3. You can enjoy a bigger, more expensive trip to the WSOP for $80,000. But if you really want to spice things up a bit, you can play in the world championship HORSE event on June 25. That will set you back $50,000 and make the cost of your high-rollers WSOP trip a cool $130,000 just for entry fees, never mind the travel and lodging.

There’s more than a little something for everyone here, and we’re not even talking about any other tournaments that will overlap the WSOP.


Mitchell May 10, 2008 at 1:23 am


What do you think of the delay of the Main Event?

Good thing the Mafia doesn’t control Vegas…although it would make for a good movie.


gtycoon May 10, 2008 at 1:33 am

It makes a lot of sense to try out some of the smaller WSOP events, especially if it’s your first trip to the WSOP. Most are looking to find the glory in the Main Event like MoneyMaker did off a $40 satellite and with PokerStars reportedly sending around 1000 players to the WSOP this year, we are going to see another huge field.

There is a lot of value and better odds in looking at the small tournaments. YOu’ll definitely be seeing a lot of the pros taking part in those WSOP events.

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