For novices and professionals poker players alike, if there is one event that you shouldn’t miss, if you can travel, is the World Series of Poker (WSOP). Professional players schedule their annual timetable around the World Series of Poker while novices save for their annual Las Vegas festival and every player has got used to things being arranged in a certain way at major poker events.
However, there are usually one or two changes that the organizers enact to improve the series – often in response to players comments or feedbacks and other times, just to remove an inefficiency that needs to be corrected.
2017 World Series Changes
Already, four changes have been announced for this year’s event. To begin, the 9th November has been removed from the poker’s books, a 9-year experiment that has been shelved in favor of a 2-day break and July completion of the Main Event. Also, there has been a major change in the ways of calling the clock, with new law enabling supervisors to set up countdowns with a shorter clock overall and no player prompt. The coverage schedule has also been changed with Poker Central dealing with the live streaming duties.
In addition to the above changes, the organizers have issued a press release outlining a few minor changes that will affect the 2017 series. Below, we will look at some of the most critical ones that fans and players should know before they visit the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino this summer.
- Amazon and Brasilia Switch Roles
In the past years, poker fans used to head to Amazon Room to watch the exciting drama and the moment when the legends were separated from the great by winning gold bracelets. This is where the event started from the second day and beyond, with the high-stakes tables unfolding on the “mothership” main stage – often surrounded by fans, family, and friends in the seats.
From this year, Brasilia Room will be the place to be for those wishing to witness the final table drama.
- Pavilion to Host High Roller Lounge, General Relaxing Area
There are a couple of changes that have been enacted to the Rio’s most exciting ballroom. For many years, the jack-of-all trades room has been the home for satellites, daily deep stack action, and cash games.
There is a new sponsor in town for the high-stakes cash game, King’s Casino from the Czech Republic. 15 tables will be placed in a set location where players participating in this game can enjoy and relax, “the Rozvadov high roller experience.” For players with limited pockets, the Pavilion will be the place to head for the general break.
- Player of the Year Changes
In this year’s event, the player of the year will be sponsored by King’s Casino. They will offer a seat to this year WSOP Main Event to the player collecting the most points. The method of selecting the winner will also change. A proprietary formula will be used instead of using a Global Poker Index.
- Daily Deepstacks – New Home, New Schedule
The food will still be served in the Miranda Room but there will be no seats. Instead, it will be home to the quite popular Daily Deepstacks series – it will award thousands of the winners every day at the right price point. There will be 45 tables in this room.
Other notable changes include the change in the timetable. Ensure that you watch out for these changes to ensure that you get into the action.