This is my tenth straight World Series of Poker. Live reporting, hosting videos, recording podcasts, four failed attempts to make Day 2 in an event, and endless all-nighters summarize my time at the Rio. I couldn’t be happier to be part of it again this year.
For Poker Central, I’ll be roaming the icy hallways of poker’s greatest circus, looking for the best stories, the funniest moments and ways to highlight storylines of players making it big in Las Vegas. Hellmuth’s latest rant, Phil Ivey’s new and improved stare down, short deck high stakes cash games, Bobby’s Room updates and Daniel Negreanu’s quest to end a decade-long drought at the WSOP in Las Vegas, I got you.
In this near-daily article, I’ll be informing you of all that is important at the Rio and beyond, along with a high dosage of podcast output in which you can listen to interviews with all the big names as they chase their first, second, or perhaps 15th WSOP bracelet.
When? What? How? Why?
The World Series of Poker can be overwhelming. Not just for poker players looking to break through or end an icy cold streak of bad luck, but also for poker fans looking to watch their favorite player pull of crafty moves. Don’t fret, this article will guide you.
Starting on Saturday, June 2nd, PokerGO streams no less than 16 final tables leading up to 13 straight days of WSOP Main Event coverage and, as a cherry on top, two days of live action from the Big One for One Drop. But wait, there’s more! Twitch streams 25 final tables and 30 total days of action to combine for more than 45 final tables and nearly 46 straight days of live poker for your entertainment.
As the live streams get underway on Saturday, it’s good to know that both PokerGO and Twitch have final table action to show. The $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout will be on PokerGO, while the $1,500 Omaha Eight or Better Split event will be on Twitch.
An Early Shot at No. 15
Both live-streamed events on Saturday are on their second day of play with plenty of big names to get excited about. The $3k Shootout drew 363 players to create a $226,218 first prize, and after the first round of action completed we’re looking at some huge names looking to start the summer strong, including Phil Hellmuth.
A 10-handed final table with Matt Stout, Chris Moorman, Joe Cada, Phil Hellmuth, Ismael Bojang, Christian Pham, Lee Markholt, Giuseppe Pantaleo, Brandon Meyers, and Joe McKeehen is still possible, to give an idea of who’s left in this event. Commentary tomorrow will be provided by Ali Nejad and Maria Ho.
The $1,500 O8 event drew 911 entries, and 296 remain as Day 2 gets underway today. Notables left in this field include John Monnette, Matt Waxman, Victor Ramdin, Layne Flack, Jeff Madsen, John Racener and Shaun Deeb. Our friends over at PokerNews will have live reporting throughout today to get you ready for tomorrow’s final table action. Commentary will be provided by Jeff Platt and Jeff Gross.
While the Super High Roller Bowl worked towards its epic conclusion with Justin Bonomo defeating Daniel Negreanu heads-up to take home $5,000,000, cards were already in the air at the WSOP. Two winners have been crowned so far, Jordan Hufty won the Casino Employees event for $61,909 while the big guns showed up for the first $10k at the Rio.
Former WSOP Europe Main Event winner Elio Fox took down the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty event for $393,693. Fox outlasted the likes of William Foxen and Paul Volpe at the final table to win his second bracelet. Other notables that cashed include Joe Cada (9th – $27,582), Bryn Kenney (10th – $21,734), John Racener (16th – $14,300) and Kenny Hallaert (19th – $11,950).
In Case You Missed it
Yesterday, we announced the schedule of the 2018 Poker Masters on PokerGO. The second edition of the Purple Jacket event runs from the September 6-13 exclusively on PokerGO. Steffen Sontheimer is the defending champion, winning two events and cashing for $2.7 million last September.
Missed the Super High Roller Bowl? Watch all four days of action, including the final table, on PokerGO right now. All caught up? Listen to the Poker Central Podcast that featured interviews with Jason Koon, Daniel Negreanu and the champ himself; Justin Bonomo.
New to PokerGO? This is the perfect time to Get in the Game. Watch all WSOP streams live and on-demand starting tomorrow until the epic conclusion of the Big One for One Drop on July 17. The PokerGO WSOP Sweepstakes is still open! Sign up now for a chance to win your way into the 2018 WSOP Main Event and $1,500 towards your travel. Registration closes on June 15th. Questions, requests or suggestions for Remko on the Rail? Reach out on Twitter or via firstname.lastname@example.org.