The World Series of Poker is always looking for innovations in the world of poker. On-line poker introduced most players to the “Turbo” style of poker. Turbo events were faster by nature, shortening the blind levels, forcing players to make quicker decisions to keep the action flowing.
The clock becomes an additional opponent. Players can not just sit and wait for a big hand to come their way. Players have to become more aggressive as this helps to avoid being blinded-out or short-stacked. Playing the turbo format will improve your game, or least give a player new respect for the clock.
Turbo No-Limit Texas Hold’em makes its debut in the upcoming 2013 WSOP, the first event of its kind as far as the WSOP is concerned. Starting at noon on Wednesday, June 19th, players will be able to buy-in to this event for $1,000. This event is scheduled to take two days. The action will be a little more intense in the earlier blind levels of this event.
The first four levels will consist of only 30 minutes on the clock. Levels five through 17 will allow players a little more time to make decisions with levels being increased to 40 minutes. Beginning with level 18, the time will increase to the standard 6o minute structure of the WSOP, continuing at 60 minutes until the event is completed.
This should be an exciting event with plenty of early action as players try to position themselves to make it past the earlier levels. If ever there were a time when the strong will survive, this event may be that time. Players who spend the early levels and do not get strong hands will have tough decisions as to when to push and risk their stacks.
Looking at the schedule of this WSOP, and noticing the innovative approach the organizers have put into these events, the future looks bright for the WSOP. Players from all over the world will continue to come to Las Vegas each summer, to play poker and strike it rich. As long as the players keep coming to play, the WSOP will keep looking and finding ways to enhance the experience of playing in the world’s longest running and greatest poker series.