By TheNuts - May 30, 2023
2023 World Series of Poker Begins
Let the poker community rejoice because the 2023 World Series of Poker has arrived.
The madness really begins tomorrow, so opening day isn't a huge one, but it should still be a lot of fun to kick off the following 15 days. As usual, the $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em Event is the first tournament. It has been this way for ages and most likely will continue to be for ages to come. At 10:00 PT, it begins.
Tuesday's second event, Event #2: $25,000 High Roller Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em, gets underway at 2:00 PT. It should be a very small field, but the rivalry should be strong because of the hefty buy-in. Both competitions have a single re-entry restriction and are expected to span two days.
The action at Horseshoe Las Vegas and Paris Las Vegas ought to really pick up on Wednesday. The $1,000 Mystery Millions is the third event, and the first of four flights will take place tomorrow. The bounty pool will get $300 from each buy-in, and the WSOP has promised a top bounty of $1 million.
While bounties begin on Day 2, or June 4, the standard payout structure begins on Day 1. Every time a player is eliminated starting on Day 2, the person who eliminated them gets to select a random bounty prize in the hopes of winning one of the major ones. Matt Glantz was the fortunate recipient of the $1,000,000 reward the previous year.
The Tournament of Champions, which was held at the conclusion of the WSOP last year but is now held at the start of the WSOP this year, is event #4 on Wednesday. Only those who took home a WSOP Circuit ring (live or online) during the 2022–2023 season as well as bracelet winners from the 2022 WSOP Online and 2022 WSOP Europe are eligible for this tournament. A $1 million prize pool is available in this freeroll.
The fifth tournament, a $1,500 Dealers Choice Six-Handed, gets underway on Wednesday.
The 2023 WSOP will award the most bracelets ever with 95 being given out. Additionally, there are seven bracelet events each on WSOP.com in Pennsylvania and Michigan, as well as 20 New Jersey/Nevada online bracelets.
According to the tournament planners, this year's Series will be the biggest ever. If the excitement continues, it is certainly possible that the record is broken, but that we see the first 9,000-player Main Event in World Series history. Last year's Main Event was only 110 entries short of the record set in 2006, so if the pace continues, the mark may be broken. Whatever transpires, this is the most thrilling period of the year for poker players, and we wish everyone who is traveling to Las Vegas to take part a ton of joy.