Poker is… a fascinating, wonderful, intricate adventure on the high seas of human nature.”

– David A. Daniel, author

The 2017 World Series of Poker has begun. Last year, a record 107,833 entries spanned the 7-week, 69-event poker extravaganza. This year’s WSOP at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, began on May 30, 2017 and will continuously test the skills and fortitude of its players from all walks of life until the final table at the Main Event on July 17, 2017. Poker players from all over the world come together during this 49-day event to see if they have what it takes to bring home one (or more) gold bracelets and mountainous stacks of winnings in such games as Omaha Hi-Lo, Dealer’s Choice 6-Handed Championship, Seven-Card Stud, H.O.R.S.E, Heads-up No Limit, and the infamous multiple day-one Main Event. Satellites are running online at WSOP.com (if your state allows) and live in the Pavilion, the WSOP’s largest poker room, along with cash games, tournaments, and a new high stakes cash game area.

Do you want to play higher stakes than what is offered in the Pavilion? Then head over to the brand new King’s Casino cash game area. You may see some of heavy hitters from all over the world at the feature table in the middle of the room or taking a break at the VIP lounge.

The Brasilia Room is another new addition to the tournament and houses the ESPN Mothership (the final table you see on television), two other feature tables, and a few additional tables used for playdowns. The Brasilia Room is the Big Show. This is where every poker player dreams of landing at the end of their WSOP journey. With the ESPN Mothership out of the Amazon Room poker tables now fill that room as far as the eye can see.

If you are interested in watching or playing in a 2017 World Series of Poker event, the schedule is here.

Millions of dollars will be awarded. It is an exciting time in Las Vegas!

Insider Tip: Some of the pros head down to the lower stakes poker tables in the casinos late at night, or before the sun comes up in the morning. You could win a pot against a former gold bracelet champion at a 2-4 table.

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