Weekly Poker Roundup: June 18, 2018
It’s a World Series of Poker-themed roundup this week!
Doyle Brunson Ends WSOP Career at the Final Table
Doyle Brunson finished sixth in the $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw event at the 2018 World Series of Poker this past week in what he said was likely the last WSOP tournament in which he will ever play. Brian Rast won the event for his fourth career bracelet.
Brunson announced that it would be his last tournament on Twitter beforehand, but he also told Poker Central that he was going to retire from poker entirely (though he later tweeted that he may still play on High Stakes Poker, depending on the game). Aside from his age – he is in his mid-80’s – his main reason for calling it quits is to be with his ailing wife.
“My wife is not in very good health, and I will stay with her for the duration of either her life or mine,” Brunson said.
“This will be the last time that my wife and I have to spend together, and right now, every day that I leave the house I feel guilty.”
Brunson’s legendary credentials are too numerous to list in this space, but here are a few: 10 WSOP bracelets, including back-to-back Main Event championships in 1976 and 1977, one WPT title, over $6 million in live tournament earnings, countless millions in winnings in the highest stakes games in Vegas, and the author of Super System, one of the most revered poker books ever written.
WSOP $1 Million Big One for One Drop Nearly Two-Thirds Full
On Friday, the World Series of Poker announced that a month out, the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop event has 30 player commitments. The tournament will be the final event of the 2018 WSOP. The tournament raises money the One Drop organization, which works to bring clean, drinkable water to locations around the world that need it. In the past, $111,111 of the buy-in went to One Drop (with no rake from the WSOP), but that amount has been lowered to $80,000.
Among the names confirmed so far are Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, past champ Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Hellmuth, Rainer Kempe, Dominik Nitsche, and Bryn Kenney. Eight of the players confirmed on non-pros, including Rick Solomon and Leon Tsoukernik, owner of King’s Casino, the venue for the WSOP Europe later this year.
“That a charitable poker tournament could have such an impact is simply astonishing,” said WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel. “Since 2012, through 15 tournaments and player donations, over 12,000 individuals have contributed to raising over $20 million for the cause of access to safe water. This has had an incredible impact on the lives of over 170,000 people in need. Both from the poker and humanitarian aspects, the whole poker community and us at WSOP are lucky to be a part of this.”
The entry cap for the Big One for One Drop is 48 players.
WSOP Europe Schedule Published
In more World Series of Poker news, the WSOP Europe schedule has been finalized. As mentioned above, it will be hosted by King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic and will run September 20th through November 5th. Bracelet events will begin October 9th.
A few years ago, it was decided that WSOP Europe and WSOP Asia Pacific (APAC) would take place in alternating years and WSOP Europe was on the odd-year schedule. WSOP APAC was canceled in 2016, though, so because of its popularity and the open slot on the calendar, it looks like WSOP Europe has been moved back to an annual festival.
There will be ten gold bracelet events, featuring €13 million in guarantees. The WSOP Europe Main Event will cost €10,350 with a guarantee of €5 million by itself. Most of the events will be of the No-Limit Hold’em variety. Just three will be different: two will be Omaha while one will be an Omaha/Hold’em mix.
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