The golden moment that every poker player and fan has been waiting for, has finally started.
The 50th Annual WSOP is back once more to the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino with a record 89 gold bracelet events which include Daily Deepstacks, Monster Stacks as well as exciting online tournaments.
As per tradition, the WSOP kicked off its 2019 tournament schedule with the $500 Casino Employees Event on May 29 (Wednesday), to give thanks to the people who serve the casino industry: casino dealers, pit bosses, cage employees, bartenders, and practically anyone who has a job related to the casino or poker rooms. These people have a shot at winning a WSOP gold bracelet with just a $500 buy-in.
2019 WSOP Event #1: $500 Casino Employees Event
Start Date: May 29, 2019 (Wednesday) at 11am
Duration: 3-day event
Last year, it was an Aria poker dealer and floorman named Jordan Hufty who took down this event, the 2018 WSOP Event #1: 565 Casino Employees NLHE. The prize pool generated was $283,000. He outlasted a player field of 566 entrants to win his first-ever WSOP gold bracelet and he also got to take home the biggest score of his poker career worth $61,909.
The first event of the WSOP holds an interesting backstory which started in the year 2000, when it called the Dealers World Poker Championship and only casino dealers were qualified to play back then. While the inaugural event was able to attract only 109 players, it was then expanded the next year. The event was only open to those who work for a licensed gaming facility such as casinos, racetracks, cardrooms and the like. The first four years of this event was in the Limit hold'em format, but after that it was changed to No-Limit hold'em.
This year, however, the Casino Employees event got a massive overhaul.
Last year the players received 5,000 in chips for 2 days of play with 30-minute blind levels starting at 25/25 blinds.
This time, the structure is deeper with players getting 25,000 in chips to play for 3 days with 40-minute blind levels starting at 100/100.
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How to Qualify for the 2019 WSOP
First, you have to log-in to the 888poker client. Press the tab "Tournaments" and select "Live Events". A selection of qualifying events will appear starting from 1 cent. Also, there are other affordable satellites ranging from 10 cents, $1 and $5. If you have already have some money and you can afford the bigger entry fees, then you can skip the first steps and participate in the daily satellites with the $16.50 buy-in, more pricey Sunday Qualifiers worth $109, or the $1,050 buy-in WSOP 2019 Main Event Package - Qualifier scheduled every Sunday at 20:30 GMT, which started on January 20th.
Those who win the last step satellite will get the chance to receive a prize package to the 2019 WSOP Main Event worth $12,600! The package includes the following:
- 6 nights (from July 4 to 10, 2019) at the Vdara Hotel in Las Vegas
- An invitation to a welcome party at the Vdara Hotel
- Transportation to the Rio Hotel & Casino
- $10,000 buy-in fee for the 2019 WSOP Main Event
- $1,000 for travel expenses (paid directly to the player's 888poker account)
- An 888poker LIVE swag kit
The qualifiers shall run daily until June 16, so interested players still have lots of time and chances to grab a seat to the golden anniversary of WSOP and who knows, they may even win their very first gold bracelet plus a wonderful cash prize to go along with it!
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