With exactly three months until the first of 101 bracelet events, the 2020 WSOP schedule is complete, which means you can all start planning for summer camp in Las Vegas.
May 27 will mark the start of the 51st annual World Series of Poker. The series kicks off with a $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em freezeout event at 11 am at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino.
Many poker players on Twitter are a bit concerned the series will be postponed due to the potential coronavirus pandemic, but the WSOP is planning for another exciting summer of poker in the desert.
“We’ve been monitoring the situation and will continue to lean on the experts in this field for guidance,” Seth Palansky, the WSOP’s director of corporate communications, told CardsChat News. “At this time, all our events and schedules remain intact and are planned to go on without interruption. We would be prepared to expand measures to ensure the safety of our guests and employees, again leaning on the experts.”
2020 WSOP Schedule Highlights
The 2020 WSOP schedule includes a plethora of tournaments for players at all levels. Whether you’re bankrolled for the high rollers, mid-stakes events, or your budget is tight, you’ll find many events to play.
Buy-ins for the upcoming poker extravaganza range from $400 all the way up to $250,000. Live tournament grinders and internet players are being catered to more than ever this year.
Of the 101 bracelet events scheduled, 14 will take place at WSOP.com, which means even the players in New Jersey can win a bracelet without traveling to Las Vegas. But most of the tournaments — 87, to be exact — will be won at the Rio.
Many of the top regular tournaments, such as the $1,500 Millionaire Maker (June 6), $10,000 Main Event (July 1), and $50,000 Poker Players Championship (June 22), made the cut on the 2020 WSOP schedule. The $2,500 Omaha 8-or-Better, however, didn’t. Some players on Twitter complained about the elimination of this popular tournament, but it’s impossible for the WSOP to please everyone.
Top Events on the 2020 WSOP Schedule
- Main Event (NLH) $10,000 buy-in, July 1-14
- Poker Players Championship (Mixed) $50,000 buy-in, June 22-26
- Heads-Up Championship (NLH) $25,000 buy-in, May 31-June 2
- Millionaire Maker (NLH) $1,500 buy-in, June 5-9
- High Roller (PLO) $25,000 buy-in, June 17-20
- Super High Roller (NLH) $250,000 buy-in, June 27-29
- Big 50 (NLH) $500 buy-in, May 28-June 2
- WSOP.com Online Super High Roller (NLH), $10,000 buy-in, July 2
Structures for each event will be announced at an undisclosed date in April, the WSOP announced on Thursday.
New Registration Structure for 2020
All players registering for any World Series of Poker event must have a Caesars Rewards players card. You can pick up a new one or sign-up for a card at no cost at the players club desk at the Rio or at any other Caesars property.
The sign-up process for a WSOP tournament will be much more pleasant this year compared to previous years. For the first time, the payout and registration rooms will be separated due to often long wait times in past years. The WSOP is also adding more stations to the main registration and VIP cages. This should also help speed things along.
“There is no doubt we need to do a better job of getting people in their seats and playing poker faster,” WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart said in a press release. “We’ve looked closely at several areas in the off-season and are dedicating new resources – technology, equipment and people – to aid in these efforts in 2020. These changes, in conjunction with better informing guests of the required documents needed to register, make us optimistic it can lead to noticeable improvement.”
Players can buy into tournaments via cash, wire transfer, casino chips, check, or with a Bravo Tournament Buy-In Account. There will be 20 kiosks at the Rio this summer for players to print their seat cards. But this feature is only available to those who use the online registration system and fund their accounts in advance. If you don’t have your account funded beforehand, you will have to stand in line to register for each tournament.