Due to exceptionally high demand, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2022 has made a significant change in its Main Event Day 2 schedule. On Monday, WSOP’s official Twitter handle made an announcement urging players who haven’t registered for the $10,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em event to consider playing on Day 1c instead Day 1b.
The reason for this was that the event is expected to draw in a massive crowd of players on the final of Day 1 starting flight and this could force players to play 10-handed poker on the felts. In the Twitter post, WSOP also notified players of the situation in which there could be a long wait for alternate seating.
As per the original WSOP 2022 Main Event schedule, there would be four Day 1 starting flights. Each starting flight will be held one per day. This schedule isn’t changing, however, many players will be impacted by the alterations made to the Day 2 schedule.
Instead of having a Day 2ab flight, the event will host a Day 2abc on Thursday. This means that players returning from Day 1c flight will compete in Day 1 abc instead of the second Day 2 session. Day 2d will start on Friday where only players who survived Day 1d will return to play.
WSOP MAIN EVENT SCHEDULE CHANGE
Due to the field sizes in Flights 1A and 1B of the Main Event, Flight 1C will now be combined with the first two flights to create Day 2ABC on Thursday, July 7 at 11am. Day 2D will play as scheduled on July 8th at 11am. pic.twitter.com/S0FG07FxQt
— WSOP (@WSOP) July 4, 2022
Players will not be very welcoming of the news as some of them were planning on entering Day 1c and were expecting to return only on Friday. However, given that there is a high demand for Day 1d, WSOP felt that it was a necessary move.
Last year in WSOP 2021, a similar situation had occurred shortly before the start of the Main Event. While it was initially planned to have three Day 1 starting flights, due to COVID-19 travel restrictions being lifted in Europe, many Europeans players were able to make a last minute flight to Las Vegas just before the conclusion of the opening session. It was because of this that WSOP added two extra days to give players an opportunity to compete.
In the end, the 2021 WSOP Main Event recorded a whopping 6,650 total entries which would have been only 3,000 less if the extra two sessions were not scheduled. According to many, this year’s WSOP Main Event is expected to surpass the WSOP 2006 record of 8,773 entries and the coming Day 1d is also expected to be the largest starting flight in WSOP history.
While the Main Event is the most prestigious tournament in the WSOP line-up, it is also not the only bracelet event. This means that changes to the Main Event schedule will also affect a player’s plans to grind in other WSOP tournaments.
Event #71: $1,111 One More for One Drop No-Limit Hold’em kick-starts with the first of the three Day 1 starting flights for the Main Event. Players who are playing in the Main Event Day 1c and also want to register for Day 1 starting flights for the One More for One Drop event, might have to change their plans and register for Day 1b.
From the Indian contingent, players that made it to Day 2 of the Main Event from Day 1a are Abhishek Goindi and Chiraag Patel. Day 1b has Kunal Patni, Sriharsha Doddapaneni, and Nathan Rao grinding. Unfortunately, Paawan Bansal exited the Day 1b flight.
Donna Amo is a writer at Gutshot Magazine. She is a graduate from Sophia College of Women, Mumbai with a degree in English Literature. When this October born foodie is not writing content or poetry, she spends her time laughing at memes or watching series. Based out of Mizoram, she is drawn to all things nature and has a soft spot for puppies.
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