2021 WSOP Schedule Sparks Mixed Reactions from Players

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The 2021 WSOP schedule came out last week, and a Twitter poll showed that the poker community had a mostly positive reaction. But others believe that important tournaments are missing from this fall’s slate of events.

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The World Series of Poker is back in Las Vegas this year after a one-year COVID-19 hiatus. (Image: rove.me)

This year’s World Series of Poker technically starts on July 1, although every bracelet event this summer will take place online. Last year, all 85 bracelets were won on the GGPoker and WSOP.com poker sites. In 2021, however, the games return to the Rio in Las Vegas, but will take place in the fall instead of the summer (Sept. 30 to Nov. 23).

The live 2021 WSOP schedule features 88 bracelet events, including a solid mix of traditional favorites (Main Event, Poker Players Championship, etc.), and some new tournaments, such as the $5 million guaranteed Reunion event, which kicks off the opening weekend.

Kevin “Kevmath” Mathers, one of the top sources for poker information on social media, asked his followers to share their thoughts on the upcoming schedule. He posted a poll that returned over 500 votes, and the responses were quite telling about the poker community’s thoughts on the 2021 WSOP schedule.

As of June 21, 54.7% of all voters “Love it,” while only 3.7% “Hate it.” Twitter polls aren’t an exact science, of course. Voters aren’t screened beforehand, and some who voted likely wouldn’t play in a WSOP event under any circumstances. But poker fans represent a large portion of Kevmath’s followers, so the odds are good that most respondents have at least some interest in the World Series of Poker.

‘The Chainsaw’ Slams 2021 WSOP Schedule

With that said, there are some who aren’t too fond of the 2021 WSOP schedule. One of those individuals is Allen Kessler, who has 83 cashes in bracelet events.

“People are upset,” Kessler told CardsChat News, although he didn’t specify whom he was referring to. “Their favorite event, $2,500 Omaha/8 is inexplicably missing.”

The $2,500 buy-in Omaha 8-or-Better/Stud 8-or-Better event Kessler is referring to attracted over 400 players the past two years, making it one of the largest non-hold’em tournaments in the US at that high of a price point. But the WSOP decided to keep it off this year’s schedule, and Kessler is none too thrilled.

Key Events on 2021 WSOP Schedule

  • $500 The Reunion No-Limit Hold’em $5 Million Guaranteed (Oct. 1)
  • $25,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship (Oct. 5)
  • $1,500 Millionaire Maker (Oct. 8)
  • $1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship (Oct. 11)
  • $50,000 Poker Players Championship (Oct. 31)
  • $10,000 Main Event (Nov. 4)
  • $250,000 Super High Roller No-Limit Hold’em (Nov. 18)
  • $100,000 High roller No-Limit Hold’em (Nov. 21)

Still, despite Kessler’s displeasure with his favorite event being removed from the schedule, the poker community has reacted favorably toward the schedule, which you can view here.

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