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Poker World Reacts As 50th World Series Of Poker Kicks Off Wednesday

2019 Summer Series Begins With $500 Casino Employees Event


With an introduction from Jack Effel, and the traditional announcement of ‘shuffle up and deal,’ the 2019 World Series of Poker officially kicked off on Wednesday, marking the 50th anniversary of the summer series.

As has become the custom, the series was ceremoniously started with the $500 buy-in casino employees event. This no-limit hold’em bracelet tournament is reserved for only those players who work in the gaming industry.

Around noon, however, the top pros began to make their way to the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino for the $10,000 super turbo bounty event, which is scheduled to crown a champion Thursday night.

A record 89 gold bracelets are set to be awarded this summer, beating out the previous record of 78 bracelets handed out in 2018. There are a total of 80 live bracelet events taking place at the Rio, and another nine bracelets to be awarded online at In order to enter every event on the schedule once, a player would need to put up $493,119.

No-limit hold’em is still by far the most highly represented game on the schedule, with 51 events that exclusively feature the ‘Cadillac of poker.’ A total of 20 events on the schedule feature a buy-in of $10,000 or higher, while 54 feature a buy-in of $1,500 or lower. There are also 17 events with a buy-in of $888 or lower, primarily made up of online tournaments, and half a dozen ‘Deepstack’ events. The highest buy-in bracelet event of the summer is $100,000, while the lowest is just $400.

Read more about the changes for this year’s WSOP here. You can also find out how to watch the 2019 WSOP from home by clicking here.

Of course, with the series just starting, there is plenty of excited optimism in the air. Check out what the poker world has to say about the start of the 2019 WSOP.

For more coverage from the summer series, check out the 2019 WSOP landing page, complete with a full schedule, results, news, player interviews, and event recaps.