Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris
It has been announced by the World Series of Poker that the Big Blind Ante format will be introduced to 8 of this year’s 78 gold bracelet events, as well as several side events.
This is a basic reworking of the ante format. Instead of being a specific amount that each player pays every hand it now will be a specified amount that each player pays each round. Because the Big Blind Ante is like the Big Blind, it only affects the player on the Big Blind of each hand. This way all players are treated equally.
In other words, you no longer need to worry about whether or not you put up your ante and the dealer doesn’t have to collect or figure out if someone missed paying the ante. This makes for a faster game and allows each player more chances to play hands at every level.
As reported by the WSOP, The Big Blind Ante format works this way:
“In variants with an ante, instead of each player posting an ante each hand, the player in the Big Blind will post an amount equal to the Big Blind.
For example, with blinds at 500-1,000, the player in the Big Blind will post 1,000 for his/her Big Blind, followed by 1,000 for the Ante. His/Her total contribution to that pot is 2,000. The Ante (1,000) is dead and is immediately brought into the pot. The Big Blind (the other 1,000) is live and is part of the pre-flop betting.
If a player in the tournament does not have the required amount for both the Big Blind and the Ante, the Big Blind will be paid first, followed by the ante.
No matter how many chips a participant starts with he/she can always win the entire ante. For example: the blinds are 4k/8k and the big blind also antes 8k. A participant who is not in the blinds who starts the hand with only 1k gets involved in a three-way pot against the blinds. If that participant wins, he/she wins 11k (his/her own 1k wager, plus 1k from each opponent, plus the 8k ante). In this scenario, 1 chip can win 11 chips.”
Below is a list of the 2018 WSOP Events that will feature the Big Blind:
|2018 WSOP EVENTS USING BIG BLIND ANTE|
|Event #5: $100,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em|
|Event #13: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em|
|Event #20: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em|
|Event #45: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em (30-minute levels)|
|Event #54: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em|
|Event #74: $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em|
|Event #77: $50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em|
|Event #78: $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop No-Limit Hold’em|
|4pm: $200 Daily Deepstack (one-day event) Daily May 29-July 17|
|10pm: $150 Daily Deepstack (one-day event) Daily May 29-July 17|
|King’s Lounge: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em – Every Friday at 8pm|
|King’s Lounge: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em – Every Sunday at 8pm|
|Mega Satellites: A variety running daily in Pavilion Room. See staff.|
Hope to see you at the poker tables during the 49th Annual World Series of Poker.