The World Series of Poker has grown exponentially throughout the years. Not only have prize pools and the number of players increased, but there's also been a surge in the number of poker variants.
These players offer some suggestions of their own.
It’s hard to imagine the first handful of players that elected Johnny Moss as the first World Series of Poker Champion would've expected the WSOP to grow into what it is today.
Now spanning 68 events, the WSOP sees hundreds of thousands of players and awards hundreds of millions of dollars over the course of seven weeks.
This meteoric explosion didn’t just stop at fields and prize pools though, the types of games played at the WSOP multiplied throughout the years. The events are even coming with their own names.
Until recently, the WSOP Main Event was the only proper noun in tournament poker, now we have The Colossus, The Millionaire Maker, The Monster Stack, The Big One for One Drop, The Little One for One Drop and the Lucky 7's.
While all these variations appeal to a wide array of players, they don’t quite hit every player’s sweet spot.
These players have a few suggestions for what games the WSOP could add to next year’s schedule.
Bill Chen: The Unlimited Limiter
Event Details: A championship for those who know their limits. Bill Chen's proposed tournament would include every limit game in the book.
Event Favorites: Bill Chen, Terrence Chan, Cepheus
Shaun Deeb: The ChaPLOW Championship
Event Details: Born from the mind of five-time SCOOP champion and WSOP bracelet winner Shaun Deeb, the $50K ChaPLOW would be a Chainsaw Pot-Limit Omaha Low event that few players would sign up for.
Bryan Hastings: The C27M PLOFOF Frenzy
Event Details: While it might seem like the constantly-giggling Bryan Hastings just rattled off as many poker variants as he could in under three seconds, the $10,000 Chainsaw 2-7 Middle Pot-Limit Omaha Open Face tournament appeals to those who prioritize the gamble and the fun above all else.
Likelihood of it becoming an actual WSOP event: -0%
"Because it’s the most fun game of them all," Hastings said. "All you have to do is run good in fantasy land."
Dan O'Brien: The RazzCraft Conquest
Event Details: This hybrid of e-sports and real sports combines a round of StarCraft and a round of Razz until someone becomes the ultimate RazzCraft Conquerer.
Tournament favorite: ElkY
"[ElkY's] washed up," O'Brien said. "He's old-school. Tell him I said that."
Inspired by O'Brien's inclusion of a non-poker element into the tournament scene, the other players offered some non-poker variants they'd like to see included in their events.
"I guess I could be solving Putnam Math Contest problems," Bill Chen said. "I would probably be ok with that."
Hastings opted for chess, a combination that Jen Shahade has already been playing for some time.
Shaun Deeb on the other hand had an even less strenuous variant.
"I got a shot if it's sleeping," Deeb said. "Sleeping through loud noises is what I'd add."
Dominik Nitsche: More Heads-Up NLHE and NLHE/PLO
Event Details: Heads-up No-Limit Hold'em
Event Details: No-Limit Hold'em and Pot-Limit Omaha