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The 50th World Series of Poker (WSOP) has been in the midst of quite a lot of hullabaloo from the moment the brand announced the first details of this year’s series. Now that the series is underway, the chaos hasn’t entirely stopped, in fact, it seems to have intensified. From hosting the records breaking BIG 50 to the Millionaire Maker registering its biggest field in the last six years, the anniversary special series of the WSOP has been off to a rollicking start.
The global poker giant has now decided to up the ante by adding another bracelet event to the mix of 89 events, rounding off the series to an even 90 bracelet events. On June 11, the WSOP announced the $50,000 Final Fifty High Roller which will commence on July 8 and will be a three-day long affair.
Final Fifty – Tournament Details
With a buy-in of $50,000, Day 1 of the Final Fifty is scheduled to kick off at 6 PM (Pacific Time Zone) on July 8, with Day 2 resuming proceedings from 4 PM on July 9. The field is expected to whittle down to the final six players by the end of Day 2, with Day 3 starting off at noon on July 10 and eventually playing down to a winner. Note that the schedule is subject to change, and whether or not the final table will be live streamed remains to be seen.
Blinds start at 1,000/1,000 with a 1,000 ante, with the full structure of the tournament available right here.
Featuring a Shot Clock format, the event will allow for unlimited re-entries, with late registrations open until the start of Day 2.
Based on the expected success of this tournament, WSOP is already planning to make this a permanent part of its schedule, however, with a reduced buy-in of $25,000. VP of Corporate Communications Seth Palansky said, “The anticipation is next year there will be a $25k NLH tournament on the schedule, likely replacing one of the $50K’s from this year.”
How the Final Fifty Came About?
With an already choc-a-block schedule, the addition of an event barely two weeks into the series came as quite a shock to most of the poker community.
Palansky explained that player feedback was the main reason behind this latest event being added to the schedule.
“We got some feedback from players who thought [the initial $50K event] was too early in the series and they weren’t around for it. We also goofed by not having a $25K High Roller NLH on the schedule this year, which was more feedback we received from players.”
Palansky further revealed how the date for the event was fixed, “It’s tough at this stage to fit things in, but we found this slot on July 8 that we thought could satisfy everyone.”
WSOP has stuck to its ‘Fifty’ theme, especially after the BIG 50 was such a grand success with 28,371 entries. Femi Fashakin took down this record-shattering event for $1,147,499.
“We decided to make it a $50K instead of $25K to properly close out the 50 theme of the WSOP this year,” said Palansky, who added, “The event is well positioned right before the $100K.”
Impact on the Player of the Years Points
WSOP also confirmed that the Final Fifty will count towards Player of the Year points, that has caused quite a stir within the community since it may affect the WSOP fantasy leagues that many players participate in. Six-time WSOP bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu took to Twitter yesterday to update people for the $25K Fantasy league he runs, first saying the event would count, and then opening it up for discussion when some team owners objected.
$25k draft rules says “Every open bracelet event counts”
Players draft teams at start of WSOP. A NLH event is added to schedule after the fact benefiting some teams and hurting others.
Should the event count for the fantasy league?
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) June 11, 2019
It led to a debate with people arguing from both sides, while Negreanu proposed an arbitration committee to decide. The three appointees for the final three-member committee include poker icons Isaac Haxton, Phil Galfond, and Jason Somerville.
We have 3 arbitrators who have agreed. They will get an email arguing both sides of the issue. They will vote and decide how we handle the @25kfantasy issue regarding the added $50k event
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) June 12, 2019
What will be the final outcome of this debate is yet to be seen.
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