The 2015 World Series of Poker is underway in Las Vegas with two events on Wednesday. With nearly seven weeks of action ahead of us BLUFF has taken a look at the first few days of the schedule and found the storylines we think might be worth following early on.
#1 The Employees Event
This event often gets overlooked as it’s not an open event but it’s a field full of people who carry a real passion for poker. Most players in this event have a day job (or night job) built around the game and they’re the very fabric on which the industry is built. While it doesn’t attract any big names – except for WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart – to the event, there is still a highly coveted WSOP bracelet on the line. The record for the biggest Employees event field is 898 which came in 2013 when Chad Holloway topped them all to win the bracelet.
If you’re in Las Vegas on Thursday you should check out the final table of this event. The rail, usually full of other casino employees cheering on their friends, can be one of the liveliest of the year.
#2 The Early Logistics Headache
Every year the first few days of the WSOP exposes things that might have been overlooked in the planning process. Something inevitably goes wrong; registration lines run long, computers crash, infrastructure breaks down. Planning an event of this magnitude isn’t easy no matter how many years you do it. The key here for players is to be patient. While WSOP planners may have overlooked something in planning, they’re masters at fixing things on the fly and making sure the second week runs smoother than the first and the third runs smoother than the second.
#3 The Colossus
This one is clearly going to be the biggest story of the early days of the 2015 WSOP. With a record low buy-in of $565 organizers are expecting the field to push – and possibly breakthrough – the 20,000 entrant mark. That’s insane. The previous record for biggest WSOP event was the 2006 WSOP Main Event that attracted a field of 8,773. With the tournament still two days away the field size has already surpassed that. Again thinking of the logistics involved it will be worth watching to see just how WSOP floor staff handle the sheer size of the field.
#4 The First $10,000 Event
For the top professional players in the game the $10,000 buy-in championship events have special meaning. On Sunday the first of 14 such events, the $10,000 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw, gets underway. Last year Tuan Le won the event, topping a field of 120 players. If more players jump in this year it could be a good indication of field sizes being up overall for the rest of the summer. If watching some of the world’s best poker players ply their craft up close and personal is on your bucket list, the final table goes Tuesday, June 2.
#5 The WiFi Situation
With a WSOP.com app now available for mobile devices, the number of players sitting a table inside the Rio while also playing online poker will be at an all-time high. WSOP reps have promised free WiFi will be available in the playing areas but as more and more players get online just how stable will the WiFi be? There’s a myriad of reasons why the online bracelet event is scheduled so late in the Series but giving WSOP organizers enough time to make sure the WiFi can handle the traffic is probably one of them.
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