This Week in Poker: 2018 WSOP Schedule Leaked?
Tournament poker players may have just received an early Christmas present. The World Series of Poker appears to have leaked a draft of their 2018 schedule at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas; the info went up on the WSOP website last week before getting taken down shortly afterwards, but screenshots have already been shared on the internet, and it looks like tournament officials have some special goodies planned for next year’s festival.
First and foremost, it’s even more likely that the $1-million Big One for One Drop will be back in 2018. This was already announced in early November by WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart, but the leaked draft brings us one step closer to seeing the highest of the high rollers in action – July 15 is the tentative start date. There are 77 bracelet events in total on this schedule, including new events like the “Boost Your Stack” No-Limit Hold’em tourney on June 16, as well as familiar favorites like the Colossus and the Monster Stack. The $10,000 NLHE Main Event would get underway July 2 if this schedule holds up.
More Boom Times in Maryland
Meanwhile, on the East Coast, poker continues to experience solid growth. The UNLV Center for Gaming Research released their year-over-year numbers for October, and the numbers were especially good for Maryland, where gambling revenue from commercial casinos was up nearly 40%– thanks in large part to the opening of MGM National Harbor just over a year ago. Further inland, revenue in Illinois was up 8.4% from October 2016, and Ohio saw revenues increase 5.4%.
Other parts of the country didn’t fare so well. The mass shooting in Las Vegas put a dent in revenues for Nevada, which fell 6% in October, and the impact of Hurricane Nate was felt in both Mississippi (down 9.7%) and Louisiana (down 2%). These incidents led to flat year-over-year growth across American commercial casinos; revenues had been up 2.7% over the first 10 months of 2017. We’ll find out how resilient the market is when November’s numbers are released.
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