The World Series of Poker is officially scheduled to commence for the 49th time this week and poker enthusiasts from all four corners of the world are eagerly anticipating the diverse events it has prepared for them. This Wednesday is going to bring the first tournament open for registration Event $1: $565 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em which gives a well-deserved nod to the people responsible for the organization of poker festivals and entertainment offerings, namely casino staff members which operate for a licensed gambling venue.
Being the most prestigious poker festival on a global scale, the WSOP has a reputation to protect which is why it strives to deliver only the best to every participant willing to register for one or several of the poker tournament available in the rich schedule. This basic principle is the driving force of this year’s edition of the festival which is going to be hosted by Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino Las Vegas.
Over the span of this month and a half or 50 days of live performance on the felt, the guests attending live will have the chance to make a move in the poker world and potentially win some of the big cashes up for grabs during the festival. The very first event which will kickstart the entire festival and set the tone for the remaining 77 events will be open for participation for staff members of casino facilities from near and far. With a relatively average buy-in, this event boasts a prize pool amounting to some $78,500 which guarantees the interest of many players.
Special Tournament Attracts Casino Staff Members
Just like every year so far this tournament will welcome eligible employees of licensed gaming venues to the likings of casino rooms, racetracks, as well as casino venues. The first edition of this event could be traced back to the year 2000 where it had its inaugural edition and caused a significant amount of interest, bringing diversity to the field.
For its first edition, this poker tournament went by the name of Dealers World Poker Championship guaranteeing spots for dealers working at casino venues only. The first ever winner was Dave Alizadeth who claimed the generous first-place payout amounting to some $21,800 and set the general mood for the rest of the poker festival as well as the tournament throughout the years. However, it should be taken into account that the largest ever payout from this poker event was claimed by a poker dealer Chris Gros working at Caesars who managed to generate some $127,496 in 2006.
There were some 109 players registering for participation back in the year 2000 which is significantly less than what the last edition of the Casino Employees tournament brought. A total of 651 entries were registered back in 2017 and analysts claim that this year is going to welcome even more entries at the first tournament of the WSOP. The even it set to last for two entire days, giving everyone the chance to showcase their true potential on the poker tables.
Another single-day event is going to launch together with the Casino Employees one and this would be Event #2: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty. With its 20-minute levels and a bonus of $3,000 for each player eliminated, this event is sure to win the hearts of many players.