The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is all about the game, all of the time! And from 2019 onwards, even more events will be added to the annual calendar. Bigger and better than ever before is the name of the game and a total of 34 new stops have been added for 2019. The highlight of the year will without a doubt be the Champion of Champions event, and the event’s organisers have already confirmed that the infamous “big blind ante” rule will be applied.
Thanks to the 34 new events having been added on to the existing calendar, the schedule for the year now stands at a whopping total of 74! And that’s not all. A WSOP spokesperson has let slip that more events may be added over the course of the next couple of months.
Anyone not familiar with what the big blind ante rule is may be quite curious about the concept at this point. The rule was first rolled out in 2018 and was implemented as a type of beta-mode test drive at a number of last year’s WSOP events. Due to its super-nova success, the WSOP will be applying the rule to all No Limit Hold’em events scheduled for 2019 so far.
The rule was originally instituted to shake up the excitement, and let no man contests its efficacy in this regard! According to the rule, whenever a player finds him or herself in a certain position, usually being the button position or the blind position, he or she will be expected to put up the entire bet on behalf of the whole table, instead of each individual player contributing his or her own bets to the pool.
This doesn’t only shake things up in terms of risks and awards, but it also ensures a much faster game time-wise, which in itself ads to the overall excitement of the game.
The much-anticipated Champion of Champions event has been scheduled to take place on July 10. Former bracelet winners will be able to buy in at $1,500 each. To date, 1078 WSOP players have managed to secure bracelets.
Event organisers have also confirmed that many of the buy-ins for this year’s events have been lowered considerably to enable more players from more walks of life to enter. Many have applauded the decision, but not everyone is equally pleased. Some players have taken to social media to express their dislike for the new, lower, buy-in price tags.