The 47th edition of World Series of Poker (WSOP), scheduled to start from May 31, will feature a number of changes that are aimed at improving the experience of both players and viewers.
The WSOP has announced that it will make changes to the payout process in order to make it more efficient. Last year, 2,241 players cashed out and most of them had to wait for hours to get their money. For the 2016 edition, he WSOP has increased the payout percentage to 15 percent of the field from the existing 10 percent, so there will most likely still be large queues of players but payments should be processed faster.
The newly introduced eQueue Payout Process will add players to the payout list if all the player information is already available and send them a text message informing them of the payout time, reducing the need of waiting for hours in a line.
Another significant and much-awaited change is the permitting the use of headphones by players in the money. Players can now use headphones until they reach the final table, but the WSOP has warned players that this does not exempt them from being alert for instructions from dealers, officials or other players.
Additionally, the WSOP has announced a new chip counting tool called Chipin. Players can use this app to update their chip totals while playing, based on which the reporting system will get updated as will the official website found at WSOP.com.
WSOP events will be available for viewing online through the webstream Live at the WSOP. The program will concentrate on one final table per day this year rather than following multiple tables simultaneously like last year. However the cameras will do a quick sweep and help viewers catch up on other action at the various tables. David Tuchman will continue to be the lead host accompanied by Tatjana Pasalic. The WSOP has expanded Pasalic’s role this year, giving her more air-time and the responsibility of bringing in players for more interactions.
PocketFives Community Manager Kevin Kevmath Mathers will manage WSOP’s official twitter accounts @WSOP and @WSOPcom and also assist with the accounts @WSOPTD and @WSOPChipIn.
WSOP.com NV is the biggest online poker destination for players in the state of Nevada which allows regulated online gaming. Starting May 25, the site will host over 500 tournaments for a period of two weeks, offering more than $2 million in guaranteed prize pools.
Satellites held on the site will offer players a chance to win a ticket to the gold-bracelet event for the next day. Not just that the site will also host a gold-bracelet tournament Event #66: $1,000 WSOP.com Online No-Limit Hold’em on June 8. In addition, the WSOP.com NV will host the Online Championships from June 10 to July 10 featuring a total of 93 events.