WSOP Adding Weekly HORSE Tournaments, Moving Daily Deepstacks to Casino Floor

It’s time to sharpen up your mixed-game skills as the World Series of Poker will begin hosting weekly HORSE tournaments for the first time this year.

Masquerade Village, soon to be site of WSOP daily deepstacks

The Masquerade Village section of Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, once home to the Masquerade Show in the Sky, will host some smaller buy-in events at the 2020 WSOP, including the Daily Deepstacks and new HORSE tournaments. (Image: Best of Las Vegas)

The addition of a weekly, $250 HORSE event every Monday at 5 pm is among a handful of announcements from the WSOP this week, including the move of the Daily Deepstacks to the Masquerade Village of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

Seniors, PLO and HORSE Tournaments, Oh My

The HORSE tournaments, featuring a rotation of Limit Hold’em, Omaha Hi-Lo, Razz, Seven-Card Stud, and Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo, will feature stacks of 25,000 starting chips with 30-minute levels. The actual structures haven’t been announced yet. Late registration will take place for the first eight levels until 9:35 p.m.

The WSOP will also bring back its weekly $250 Pot-Limit Omaha tournaments every Sunday at 5:30 p.m, and weekly seniors events every Wednesday at 9 am These events, which were introduced in 2019, will also feature 25,000 starting chips and 30-minute levels.

Masquerade Village Should Alleviate Congestion

Like the Daily Deepstacks, the PLO, Seniors and HORSE tournaments will take place at tables set up in the Masquerade Village section of the casino (presumably rows of slots will be removed to make room) with a dedicated registration area set up there as well. The WSOP says this setup will allow for these events to run without interruption this year, whereas large-field events such as the Monster Stack and Colossus often took up nearly all of the tables in the convention area in past years, forcing cancelation of the Daily Deepstacks during the busiest days of the festival.

This move should also result in shorter registration lines in the convention center for players looking to enter bracelet events, alleviating headaches for everybody.

While moving these tournaments to Masquerade Village means fewer bathrooms in the general vicinity, it also puts players close to the shaded parking garage – and there’s that Chippendales show upstairs if you want to check it out.

Daily Deepstack and Cash Game Improvements

Daily Deepstacks, No-Limit Hold’em tournaments that usually last eight to 12 hours, will take place four times daily in 2020 between May 26 and July 13, with more starting chips than in previous years. Here is the daily schedule:

  • 1 p.m. – $250 buy-in – 25,000 starting chips; 30-minute levels. Late registration for eight levels until 5:35pm
  • 4 p.m. – $200 buy-in – 20,000 starting chips; 30-minute levels. Late registration eight levels until 8:35pm
  • 7 p.m. – $400 buy-in – 30,000 starting chips; 20-minute levels. Late registration eight levels until 10:00pm
  • 10 p.m. – $150 buy-in – 15,000 starting chips; 20-minute levels. Late registration eight levels until 1:00am

The WSOP also announced that 56 cash-game tables inside the Pavilion Ballroom will feature automatic shufflers, better chairs, and upgraded tables that include USB ports and built-in drink holders. The King’s Lounge will also return to host high-stakes cash games across 15 tables.

Johnny Kampis
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Johnny Kampis
Johnny Kampis -- the author of "The Essential Guide to Vegas during the World Series of Poker" and "Vegas or Bust: A Family Man Takes on the Poker Pros" -- has been making the summer trek to Las Vegas from Alabama since 2004. When not playing poker, he's a professional journalist who's written for American Spectator, Fox News, HuffPost, Watchdog.org, and many others. He currently writes for the Taxpayers Protection Alliance and serves on the FCC's media advisory panel.

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