Running May 28 to July 16th, the 50th annual World Series of Poker schedule has been released and it contains a few surprises; including the addition of 6 Plus Hold’em.
Also known as Short Deck poker, cards valued 2 through 5 are removed which can result in more action and the employment of different strategies than Texas Hold’em. This game is commonly played amongst those who prefer high stakes poker, but may trickle down to lower stakes players over time.
One of the interesting points of Short Deck poker is that the hand rankings have changed to account for less cards in the deck and the changed probabilities of making certain hands as a result of the fewer cards in the deck.
An example of this is that three of a kind beats a straight, and a flush beats a full house. This can be confusing to newer players who have just gotten used to the rankings in traditional Texas Hold’em.
One detail that should not be missed is a brand new event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the WSOP. The ‘Big 50’ is a $500 buy-in event with a $5,000,000 guaranteed prize pool and a $1 million guaranteed first-place prize.
The event runs May 30 – June 2 and the initial entry is rake-free. All $500 goes into the prize pool. All re-entries will pay standard rake.
Other noteworthy events include the $1,500 “Millionaire Maker” event, the Seniors no-limit hold’em championship, and the Monster Stack no-limit hold’em event. Gone from this year’s schedule are the $1 Million buy-in Big One for One Drop and the $111,111 One Drop High Roller.