50th World Series of Poker Kicks Off Next Week

The 2019 World Series of Poker starts next week at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Nevada. The 2019 WSOP will run from May 28 through July 16 and will feature a total of 89 gold bracelet poker events.

This is the 50th running of the World Series of Poker and there are a lot of special events planned for this series. Several prominent Australian poker players will look to establish or grow their legacy by snagging a bracelet at the series.

2019 WSOP Adds Multiple New Events to Schedule

As always, the WSOP is looking to make the event bigger and better and that includes adding new events to the 2019 WSOP schedule. One of the most prominent events added is the Big 50 No-Limit Hold’em Event scheduled to kick off on May 30. This event will feature a $500 buy-in with 50,000 in chips and 50-minute levels. It will feature four days of starting flights and has a guaranteed prize pool of $5 million. The winner is guaranteed $1 million.

Another new event is the $10k Short Deck NL Hold’em Championship. Short Deck Hold’em has been sweeping the high stakes world and the WSOP has decided to include it on this year’s schedule. Another new event is the $1,000 Mini Main Event on July 1st. This will feature a structure exactly like the Main Event but with a much small pricing point.

Many staples of the series are also returning. This includes the Monster Stack, the Millionaire Maker, and the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Several high roller events will also return, including the $100,000 NL High Roller.

This year, there will also be nine online bracelet events on WSOP.com. Players that are in Nevada will be able to play at WSOP.com in these events.

This year’s Main Event starts on July 3rd and features three starting days. Like last year, multiple events will commence after the Main Event starts, including the $1,500 50th Annual Bracelet Winners Only NL Hold’em Event. This event is open only to past bracelet winners and is rake free to players.

Which Australians Will Enjoy Success at the 2019 WSOP

Most credit 2005 WSOP Main Event champ Joe Hachem for starting Australia’s poker boom. He is the country’s all-time money winner with over $12 million in career earnings. However, several other top players also hail from Australia and are looking to improve their legacy at the series.

Jeff Lisandro has been a prominent player at the WSOP and has six career WSOP bracelets. Last year, he missed out on #7 when he finished runner-up in the $1,500 Stud Event. Lisandro is always a threat to take a bracelet, especially in Stud games as he is one of only five players to have won the Stud Triple Crown at the WSOP.

Alexander Lynskey is another player to watch this summer. Especially after his 2018 Main Event run where he finished 7th overall for $1.5 million. In 2017, he also finished runner-up the $2,620 Marathon event. Lynskey is looking to finally break through and win his first career WSOP bracelet.

Michael Addamo had an epic 2018 WSOP, winning two bracelets. He won his first during the summer, taking down the $2,620 Marathon Event. He then won the €25,000 High Roller at WSOP Europe. Addamo has been playing well at the WSOP for the last three years and looks to be the #1 player to watch from Australia this summer.

The World Series of Poker is the premier live poker event in the world. Players from all over the world descend upon Las Vegas for eight weeks to try and claim the coveted gold bracelet. We will be following the action all summer and will keep you updated on any major developments, especially those involving top Australian poker players.