There are 27 events in the books at the 2015 World Series of Poker as week #4 approaches. There are a few storylines beginning to emerge and more than a few players making a real name for themselves this summer; some for doing great things and some strictly for not even being here. Here are the seven things we’re keeping an eye on this week.
Can Nick Schulman Win the No Limit Deuce to Seven Championship for a Third Time?
Nick Schulman isn’t playing a full schedule this summer – he’s focused on cash games – but he is making the most of the events he is playing. On Sunday night he made the final table of the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Championship event, an event he’s won twice in his career (2009 and 2012). He comes into the final table second in chips behind Dan Smith.
The final table will be live streamed on WSOP.com beginning at 2 pm PT.
The Rio is About to Turn into Hogwarts: So Many Wizards
There are two big buy-in Six Max events on the schedule this week and they always draw the best from a generation of players who grew up playing the variation online. The first, the $5,000 buy-in, starts at Noon PT Monday and will play to a winner on Wednesday. That’s the same day that the $10,000 Championship event starts.
Kevin Eyster won the $5,000 event in 2014, besting a 541-player field to win $622,998 while former Main Event champ Joe Cada beat Jeremy Ausmus heads-up to top a 264-player field to win $670,041.
The Debut of Another New Event: The $1,500 Extended Play
Every year the WSOP brings out a few new variations on poker. Sometimes it’s a new game, a new format or as is the case this year, events with an altered structure. After already running the Hyper Hold’em event earlier in the Series – where levels 20-30 minutes long – the $1,500 Extended Play makes its first appearance on Saturday. The four-day event features 90-minute levels instead of the standard 60.
The WSOP Valet Could Make a Killing Parking Rascal Scooters
While the wizards will be out in full force for the Six Max events, there is another entirely different demographic about to take over the Rio Hotel & Casino: the Seniors. There are two events this year aimed at the older generation. The first is the standard $1,000 Seniors Event, aimed at players who are at least 50 years old, which gets underway Friday morning (10 am PT start time).
Two days later another new event kicks off, this one aimed at an even older group. The $1,000 buy-in Super Seniors event has an age requirement of 65 years old. Either event could break Paul McKinney’s record for oldest bracelet winner ever. He was 80 in 2005 when he won the Senior event.
The Best of the Best: The Poker Players Championship
Sure, the Main Event is the World Championship of poker but for most of the game’s best players the $50,000 buy-in Poker Players Championship is the one they want to win most. Not only does the win come with the first place prize money and the WSOP bracelet, but it also earns the winner the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy.
There is a small twist to this years PPC though. Two new games have been added to the mix; Badugi and No Limit Deuce to Seven. That brings the total games in the rotation to ten. Some players are concerned that adding those games to the mix might scare away some of the more recreational players leading to a smaller field size.
The Phil Ivey Watch Intensifies
Phil Ivey has been in Macau, presumably playing high stakes cash games, during the first three weeks of the WSOP. All indications are though that this is the week the ten-time WSOP bracelet winner makes an appearance in Las Vegas.
@Kevmath Currently Ivey planning to come back June 18th, but hopefully sooner ; )
— Dan Fleyshman (@DanFleyshman) May 30, 2015
Ivey’s return is most likely connected to the Poker Players Championship and he’s likely to play most big buy-in events from the second he gets here.
Most Cashes Record Could be in Jeopardy
The record for most cashes during the Las Vegas portion of the WSOP belongs to Russian pro Konstantin Puchkov who found the cashier’s cage 11 times in the Summer of 2012. With less than half of the schedule already done, there are a few players who would be a threat to that record. Leading the way so far is Joe Kuether with six but there is a group of players right behind him with five.
2015 Cashes (through Event 26)
- Joe Kuether – 6
- Roy Thung – 5
- Mark Radoja – 5
- Jordan Cristos – 5
- Ronald Lee – 5
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