Event #20: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em

Welcome to Event #20: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em

Scott Seiver won his bracelet in the $5k NLH event back in 2008

It's time to raise eyebrows for anyone who has embraced the most popular discipline in poker, the phenomenon of No-Limit Hold'em as one of the toughest no-limit events of the summer gets underway today at the 2018 World Series of Poker.

With a $5,000 price tag, the Event #20 belongs to the upper scale of tournament buy-ins. That naturally attracts the vast majority of prolific tournament grinders who are eager to outlast a largely competitive field and take home the gold wristwear along with a juicy top-prize.

While the so-called "vanilla" $5k NLH event has been regularly featured on the WSOP schedule since 2003, this year is a breakout year for the new concept that has overwhelmed poker arenas all over the globe: the big blind ante. Players should, therefore, be able to squeeze in more hands per level, getting an even more comfortable radius of action with their 25,000 chips they'll obtain in return for their registration slips.

That being said, it's hard not to expect some great battles of the talents from all corners of the world. A look at the past editions reveals some iconic names among the previous champions with the likes of Johnny Chan, TJ Cloutier and Scott Seiver all on that list.

Last year belonged to Argentinian player Andres Korn who defeated a field of 623 to claim his first bracelet together with $618,285. Korn prevailed in a heads-up match against Pete Chen, one of the hardest-grinding players in the world.

Now it's time to begin the quest for the new champion with Day 1 of the four-day event starting Friday, June 8 at 3 p.m. local time. A total of 10 levels are slated for play on the first day and all of them will last 60 minutes.

PokerNews live reporting team will be on their feet to provide live updates from the first riffle all the way until baggings. Make sure to come back to see who'll make it through and who will be forced to try their luck elsewhere.

Previous $5k NLH event winners:

1999110Eli BalasUnited States$220,000
2003127Johnny ChanUnited States$224,400
2004254Thomas KellerUnited States$382,020
2005466TJ CloutierUnited States$657,100
2006622Jeff CabanillasUnited States$818,546
2007640James MackeyUnited States$730,740
2008731Scott SeiverUnited States$755,891
2009655Brian LemkeUnited States$692,658
2010792Jason DeWittUnited States$818,959
2011865Allen BariUnited States$874,116
20121,001Pete VilandosUnited States$952,694
2013784Matt PerrinsUnited Kingdom$792,275
2014696David MiscikowskiUnited States$719,707
2015422Michael WangUnited States$466,120
2016863Yue DuChina$800,586
2017623Andres KornArgentina$618,285

Tags: Andres KornJohnny ChanPete ChenScott SeiverTJ Cloutier