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WSOP Day 1: It’s Showtime – with Casino Employees Championship and $10K Super Turbo

2018 World Series of Poker

There’s a buzz in Las Vegas – and it’s not just the Golden Knights’ run through the NHL playoffs and appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals. The wait is finally over and the World Series of Poker returns to the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino today with 78 events, Daily DeepStacks tournaments, big cash games action, additional broadcast and streamed coverage, more online bracelet chances, and new events.

So book your flight, gather your bankroll, and put on your best poker face – ”What to Watch For” will have your daily preview of the action all summer long. Here’s a look at today’s action.

Event #1: $565 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em

The tradition of kicking off play with a “thank you” to casino workers continues and should attract a nice field. This two-day event allows for one re-entry. Last year’s tournament attracted 651 entries and a prize pool of $325,500. Maryland poker dealer Bryan Hollis took home the bracelet and $68,817 in cash.

The event dates back to 2000 and was known as the “Dealers World Poker Championship” its first year and was only open to casino dealers. After that first tournament attracted 109 players, all casino employees became eligible the following year. The event peaked in 2006 when Caesars poker dealer Chris Gros took home a hefty $127,496.

To be eligible, entrants must work for a licensed gaming facility, such as a card room, a casino, racetrack, etc. From 2000-03, the tournament was played as Limit Hold’em, and then as No-Limit Hold’em since 2004.

The event kicks off today at 11 a.m. For structure sheet and more information, click here.
To follow the PokerNews live updates of this event, click here.

Casino Employees Tournament Winners

2000Dave Alizadeth$21,800
2001Travis Jonas$40,200
2002David Warga$47,300
2003David Lukaszewski$35,800
2004Carl Nessel$40,000
2005Anthony Nguyen$83,390
2006Chris Gros$127,496
2007Frederick Narciso$104,701
2008Jonathan Kotula$87,929
2009Andrew Cohen$83,833
2010Hoai Pham$71,424
2011Sean Drake$82,292
2012Chiab "Chip" Saechao$70,859
2013Chad Holloway$84,915
2014Roland Reparejo$82,835
2015Brandon Barnette$75,704
2016C.J. Sand$71,157
2017Bryan Hollis$68,817

Event #2: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty

The high-stakes action begins on Day 1 at the Rio with this new single-day event. Fans of some fast-paced action will be out in force. Levels last only 20 minutes and every player is a bounty. Knock someone out and earn $3,000 for every player you eliminate.

It will be interesting to see the turnout. Will there be plenty of pros looking for some Day 1 action and some gamble, or start their series a little later? The event kicks at 3 p.m. For structure sheet and more information, click here. Follow the PokerNews live updates to catch the action. Don’t miss a hand!

Daily DeepStacks

If a bracelet event is not quite within your bankroll, the WSOP’s Daily DeepStacks also kick off this week. These non-bracelet tournaments offer some nice value and last only one day. Buy-ins range from $150 – $365 and regularly feature five-figure payouts for winners. The events run through July 15 and here is the daily schedule:

  • $250 No-Limit Hold'em, 1 p.m.
  • $200 No-Limit Hold'em, 4 p.m. (Big Blind Ante)
  • $365 No-Limit Hold'em, 7 p.m. (Accelerated Format)
  • $150 No-Limit Hold'em, 10 p.m. (Accelerated Format and Big Blind Ante)

More Ways to Watch

Along with taking in the action live at the Rio, fans at home will have plenty of opportunities to follow along. The WSOP’s deals with Poker Central and ESPN allow fans to view the scene like never before.

WSOP broadcasts this year will air on ESPN2 and ESPN, with coverage beginning July 2 on ESPN with Day 1a of the Main Event. WSOP Main Event coverage continues after that for 12 continuous days, until a champion is crowned on July 14 or early morning hours of July 15. The network will then broadcast the $1 million Big One for One Drop on ESPN2 beginning July 16 with a winner emerging the following night. For the full ESPN schedule, click here.

Fans can also check out Poker Central’s PokerGO streaming service, which will air plenty of coverage throughout the summer beginning June 2 with the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout Final Table. The streaming service has added to its schedule this year including poker of every variety and buy-in. That includes action from the Main Event and Big One for One Drop. For the full PokerGO schedule, click here.

Poker Central also announced Saturday that it has partnered with to offer even more live coverage of the WSOP. In total, the site will air more than 31 tournaments and 25 final tables, with live streams June 2 – July 14. Longtime poker commentator David Tuchman will call the action and PokerNews podcast host and former professional poker player [Removed:139] will also assist. Twitch poker personalities and poker pros will help with color commentaries. For the complete Twitch schedule, click here.

Whatever your game or bankroll, whether a pro, recreational player, or just a fan, there will be plenty to check out this summer. There’s something for everyone – from online bracelets to DeepStacks events, to $1 million buy-ins, to massive field “bargain” event, And if you can’t make it to Vegas, grab your laptop or remote control and follow along.

And of course – check back to PokerNews for WSOP live updates, player features, and plenty of action.

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