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Doyle Brunson to Play in 2017 WSOP – Chasing Bracelet 11

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

doyle-brunson-poker-roomDoyle Brunson hasn’t played in a WSOP event since 2013. But he announced that he’s seriously considering playing in some 2017 WSOP tournaments.

“I actually am thinking about playing all the 10k events. Depends on my wife’s health issues,” Brunson tweeted.

$10k buy-in events have become popular among top bracelet earners like Phil Hellmuth because they have small field sizes and large payouts. That said, it’s no surprise why Brunson is interested in these kinds of tourneys.

But what’s surprising is the simple fact that the Texas Dolly would even consider playing the WSOP again.

After announcing his retirement from the series in 2011 – due to the strain it puts on his body – Brunson played in the 2013 WSOP Main Event. He made a solid run that year, finishing 409th place for a $28,063 payout.

However, this was generally thought to be an anomaly for the now 83-year-old. Brunson will prove that this isn’t the case, though, if he plays in all of the $10k events.

Currently, Brunson has 10 gold bracelets, which puts him in a tie with Johnny Chan and Phil Ivey for second place all time. Given that both Chan and Ivey are more interested in business pursuits these days, Brunson would solidify his second-place standing by winning a bracelet this summer.

But he’d have to go on an all-time heater to catch Hellmuth, who has a record-14 gold bracelets.

Regardless of how Doyle finishes up, it will be great to see him playing meaningful tournament poker again. After all, he’s sometimes called the Godfather of Poker since he was one of the original WSOP participants.

These days, Brunson mostly sticks to high stakes cash games at Bobby’s Room (Bellagio) and the Ivey Room (Aria). But it’s a good bet that he still has the skills to take down a big tourney.

2017 WSOP Schedule Released – 3 Online Bracelet Events on Tap

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

2017-wsopThe 2017 WSOP schedule has been finalized, and the most-notable change this year is 3 online bracelet events.

Running from May 20 to July 17, 2017 at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino, the event will feature 74 gold bracelet tournaments in all, with buy-ins running from $333 up to $111,111 (One Drop High Roller).

The $333 buy-in tourney will be the online WSOP.com NL Hold’em event (June 3), featuring a guaranteed $333,333 prize pool. Another online tournament is the $3,333 High Roller (July 3), which has no guarantee.

Other new and exciting events include:

– The Giant, a $365 buy-in NLHE tournament (June 9-July 8), will last on and off for five weeks.

– The Marathon, a $2,620 NLHE tourney with 100-minute levels and starting stacks of 26,200 chips, will run from June 12-16.

– $10,000 Tag Team event (May 31-June 2), where teams of 2-4 entrants can switch players during the 3-day tournament.

– $10,000 PLO Hi-Lo championship spanning from Jun 26-28.

– $1,000 super turbo bounty NLHE tourney (June 20), with 20-minute levels and $300 bounties.

– $2,500 Mixed Big Bet tournament (June 30), with 2-7 NL, NL five-card draw, Big O, NLHE, PLO, PLO 8/0B and 2-7 PL triple draw on the schedule.

wsop-november-nine-2016Once again, the WSOP Main Event will be delayed until November once the 9-player final table is formed. This format has worked well for TV coverage and fan interest ever since it was instated in 2008.

“The focus of the schedule remains squarely on two core principles: the biggest prize pools possible and diversity in offerings to provide something for everyone,” said WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel. “The 48th running of the globe’s biggest poker series promises to deliver on these core principles and ensure another action-packed summer at the Rio. Can’t wait to see you soon.”

Keep in mind that this is only a portion of what you can expect from the 2017 WSOP. So check out the full schedule here if you’d like to see everything that’s on tap.