We are just days away from the start of the 2018 WSOP, the 49thannual summer series. This year’s epic poker extravaganza has a few changes in store, including the implementation of a “shot clock” in certain tournaments and New Jersey residents are now eligible to compete in online bracelet events.
To speed up the action, the World Series of Poker, for the first time, will test out a shot clock in three bracelet events. Many tournaments on the high roller circuit, including monthly events at Aria in Las Vegas, already have a shot clock implemented. Some high stakes players enjoy the format because the game moves quicker.
2018 WSOP “Shot Clock” Tournaments
Event #5, $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller
Event #77, $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller
Event #78, $1,000,000 No-Limit Hold’em Big One for One Drop
Players are given 30 seconds to act and must use a time extension chip to extend the time or their hand will be declared dead if the clock expires. Once a player is out of time extension chips, they must act within 30 seconds.
Win a Bracelet in New Jersey?
On May 1, New Jersey and Nevada’s player pools on WSOP.com merged, which means poker players in the Garden State can win a WSOP gold bracelet from the comfort of their own homes. Online poker players can win one of four online bracelets this summer.
2018 WSOP Online Bracelet Events
June 3, Event #9, $365 No-Limit Hold’em
June 22, Event #47, $565 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed
June 29, Event #61, $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em
June 30, Event #63, $3,200 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller
Preventing Another Chris Ferguson Situation?
Chris Ferguson is the reigning WSOP Player of the Year after setting a series record with 23 cashes, which includes a bracelet and a plethora of min-cashes. Many complained last year’s POY scoring system helped “Jesus” win the award and weren’t happy the former Full Tilt Poker executive was the champion.
Ferguson isn’t exactly a crowd favorite these days, not after his continued refusal to apologize for his role in the 2011 Black Friday scandal at FTP. So, after some players complained that he benefited from the 2017 scoring system that rewarded competitors in low buy-in tournaments more so than in the past, the WSOP has made some adjustments.
This year, the scoring system will reward winners and final table participants, even in smaller field events, more heavily than last year, and players won’t get as much credit for a min-cash.
This will make players such as Daniel Negreanu, who complained about last year’s scoring system throughout the summer, happy as the new system benefits those who compete in the high rollers which attract far fewer players than the $5,000 and below events.