How to Follow 2018 WSOP from Afar

How to Follow 2018 WSOP from Afar
49th Annual WSOP Begins in One Week

The wait for the 2018 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas is nearly over. The first day of poker action at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino will be on Tuesday, May 29, and players are already flocking to Sin City to settle in for the long haul.

Realistically speaking, most poker players and fans do not go to Vegas for the entirety of the WSOP. While many do fly in to play a tournament or two, or simply to see their favorite players in action, the vast majority of poker enthusiasts watch and read about the games from afar.

There are many ways to keep up with the action.

WSOP Live Updates

The WSOP website can be overwhelming when looking at the home page, but it is easier to start from the 2018 WSOP page. From there, the “important information” box contains links to the schedule, tournament rules, online registration, and even a payout calculator.

The live coverage page will be a link to bookmark, as there will be videos, blog entries, and live tournament updates and chip counts. Viewers can click on any event that has gotten underway to check out the prize pool, payouts, and chip counts, with everything remaining in place after the events are completed as well.

Information about the WSOP comes directly from the source, and no other media outlet has been named as an official live coverage partner. That may change in the days to come, as PokerNews claimed that role last year, but no announcements have yet been made.


Most poker fans have come across PokerGO, the digital video subscription service that gives viewers a front-row seat to live tournaments, as well as past and present poker programming. The content can be streamed on any computer or mobile device, and it is available in the United States and internationally.

There are several ways to view poker on PokerGO, starting with a free seven-day trial. Then there are monthly subscriptions for only $10 and close to $100 for an annual subscription, though there is a $10 discount for the annual deal by clicking the link on the front page of the WSOP website or the Poker Central website.

A PokerGO subscription is ideal for poker fans and players who are unable to spend much time at the site of the WSOP. In reality, many people at the WSOP also maintain a subscription to be able to keep up with events when away from the tournament tables.

There will be live streams for many of the most popular WSOP events this year, with streams nearly every day from June 2 to July 17. Ali Nejad and Lon McEachern will anchor the coverage, as Norman Chad and others yet to be announced will provide commentary.

The schedule of events is as follows but is always subject to change.

–June 2, 4pm ET:  $3K NLHE Shootout final table

–June 4, 4pm ET:  $100K NLHE High Roller final table

–June 5, 6pm ET:  $10K Omaha Hi-Lo 8-or-Better final table

–June 7, 4pm ET:  $1,500 NLHE final table

–June 8, 4pm ET:  $10K NLHE Heads-up final table

–June 9, 4pm ET:  $1,500 NLHE 6-Handed final table

–June 11, 6pm ET:  $1,500 8-Game Mix final table

–June 12, 6pm ET:  $10K NL Lowball Draw final table

–June 13, 6pm ET:  $1,500 Stud Hi-Lo 8-or-Better final table

–June 14, 6pm ET:  $10K HORSE final table

–June 16, 6pm ET:  $1,500 PLO final table

–June 19, 6pm ET:  $50K Poker Players Championship final table

–June 20, 6pm ET:  $10K Seven-Card Stud final table

–June 22, 6pm ET:  $25K PLO High Roller final table

–June 23, 6pm ET:  $10K Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw final table

–June 25, 6pm ET:  $10K PLO Hi-Lo 8-or-Better final table

–July 3, 1am ET:  $10K NLHE Main Event Day 1A

–July 3, 11pm ET:  $10K NLHE Main Event Day 1B

–July 5, 12am ET:  $10K NLHE Main Event Day 1C

–July 5, 8pm ET:  $10K NLHE Main Event Day 2A

–July 6, 12am ET:  $10K NLHE Main Event Day 2B

–July 7, 12am ET:  $10K NLHE Main Event Day 2C

–July 7, 9:30pm ET:  $10K NLHE Main Event Day 3

–July 8, 7pm ET:  $10K NLHE Main Event Day 4

–July 9, 8pm ET:  $10K NLHE Main Event Day 5A

–July 10, 2am ET:  $10K NLHE Main Event Day 5B

–July 10, 2:30pm ET:  $10K NLHE Main Event Day 6A

–July 10, 11pm ET:  $10K NLHE Main Event Day 6B

–July 11, 2:30pm ET:  $10K NLHE Main Event Day 7

–July 12, 9pm ET:  $10K NLHE Main Event final table Day 1 (ESPN)

–July 13, 9pm ET:  $10K NLHE Main Event final table Day 2 (ESPN)

–July 14, 9pm ET:  $10K NLHE Main Event final table Day 3 (ESPN)

–July 16, 2:30pm ET:  $1M Big One for One Drop Day 2A

–July 17, 12:30am ET:  $1M Big One for One Drop Day 2 (ESPN2)

–July 17, 2:30am ET:  $1M Big One for One Drop Day 2B

–July 17, 6:30pm ET:  $1M Big One for One Drop Day 3

–July 17, 9pm ET:  $1M Big One for One Drop Day 3 (ESPN2)

All tournaments will be delayed by 30 or 60 minutes from the actual tournament start times in order to show hole cards on the live streams.



About Jennifer Newell

Jennifer began writing about poker while working at the World Poker Tour in the mid-2000s. Since then, her freelance writing career has taken her from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back to her hometown of St. Louis, where she now lives with her two dogs. She continues to follow the poker world as she also launches a new subscription box company and finishes her first novel. Jennifer has written for numerous publications including and has followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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