The CardsChat Guide to WSOP Events

The World Series of Poker events explained, with the comprehensive CardsChat guide to the games of the WSOP.

Poker fans and players across the globe know the World Series of Poker (WSOP) as the biggest tournament series in the calendar. With gold bracelets and eye-watering prize money on offer for the winners, these events attract many of the best poker players in the world.

The $10,000 Main Event understandably gets the most attention, but a quick look at the 2022 WSOP schedule of events reveals there’s much more to this poker festival than the ‘big dance’.

Ever wondered what those other events are all about, and what some of those poker terms mean? Don’t worry, we at CardsChat are here to clear it up for you!

Shootout

# Event Title Date Duration Buy-In
#27 Event Title SHOOTOUT No-Limit Hold'em Date Mon, Jun 13th 11:00 AM Duration3 Days Buy-In$1,500

Anybody familiar with how an online single-table tournament (sometimes called a Sit and Go) works will have an idea of how a Shootout plays out at the WSOP. A Shootout tournament is essentially a series of single-table tournaments, with only the table winner progressing to the next round.

Every individual ‘shootout’ reduces nine players around that table to just one survivor. Even so, it will take several shootout rounds to reach a final table, and the winner of that one will become the champion. The ultimate Shootout winner will be the only player who manages to win numerous single-table tournaments consecutively.

Flip & Go

# Event Title Date Duration Buy-In
#24 Event Title FLIP & GO No-Limit Hold’em Presented by GG Poker – Flight A Date Sun, Jun 12th 11:00 AM Duration2 Days Buy-In$1,000

There are two distinct phases to the WSOP Flip & Go tournament, which begins with what is essentially a quickfire, random lottery to thin the field to its money winners, followed by a more traditional poker tournament.

There is almost no skill involved in the first part – players don’t do much more than flip over their hand to see who wins, hence the name – and it eradicates a drawn-out bubble. The second and final day of play is much more familiar.

In the opening phase, nine players sit around a single table and prepare to see only one hand; they are therefore immediately all-in. Each player receives three cards and the dealer deals a flop. Players then discard one of their hole cards, as in a hand of Pineapple Hold’em. The dealer then deals the turn and river, completing the board. The player with the best hold’em hand is declared the table winner and progresses to the second phase of the tournament. All the others are eliminated. This lottery-style element is the principal attraction of a Flip & Go tournament, especially because a table winner immediately makes the money.

Players can enter as many opening flights as they want, with these single-table games running on multiple days throughout the whole WSOP festival. Day 2 of the tournament is a regular No Limit Hold’em tournament, with a 20,000-chip starting stack, and a normal payout structure.

Colossus

# Event Title Date Duration Buy-In
#51A Event Title COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold’em – Flight A Date Fri, Jun 24th 10:00 AM Duration4 Days Buy-In$400
#51B Event Title COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold’em – Flight B Date Sat, Jun 25th 10:00 AM Duration4 Days Buy-In$400

In the ancient world, a ‘colossus’ was a gigantic statue, renowned above all for its extraordinary size. It’s where we get the word ‘colossal’, meaning enormous. That knowledge should give a firm hint as to what to expect from the World Series of Poker Colossus.

It’s a poker tournament of gigantic proportion, with almost certainly the biggest field of the whole WSOP in Las Vegas. The vast field is all but guaranteed by its scheduling – the Colossus usually begins on a weekend in the middle of the series – and its buy-in – a recreational-player friendly $400. For many amateur players, this is the best chance they will get of playing a World Series event, and maybe picking up a slice of a huge prize pool too.

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High Roller

# Event Title Date Duration Buy-In
#2 Event Title High Roller Bounty No-Limit Hold’em Date Tue, May 31st 3:00 PM Duration3 Days Buy-In$100,000
#8 Event Title High Roller No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed Date Sat, Jun 4th 1:00 PM Duration3 Days Buy-In$25,000
#12 Event Title High Roller No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed Date Mon, Jun 6th 1:00 PM Duration3 Days Buy-In$50,000
#19 Event Title High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed) Date Thu, Jun 9th 1:00 PM Duration4 Days Buy-In$25,000
#28 Event Title HIGH ROLLER Pot-Limit Omaha Date Mon, Jun 13th 1:00 PM Duration3 Days Buy-In$50,000
#42 Event Title High Roller No-Limit Hold’em Date Sun, Jun 19th 3:00 PM Duration3 Days Buy-In$100,000
#50 Event Title Super High Roller No-Limit Hold'em Date Thu, Jun 23rd 3:00 PM Duration3 Days Buy-In$250,000
#83 Event Title HIGH ROLLER No-Limit Hold’em Date Thu, Jul 14th 1:00 PM Duration3 Days Buy-In$50,000

In the casino world, high rollers are the players who play the biggest: the folk with the deepest pockets who want to risk the most. In poker, the term ‘High Roller’ tends to refer to the tournament itself, but the principle is the same.

A High Roller tournament has a significantly bigger buy-in than even the Main Event. At the WSOP in Las Vegas, the High Roller events have buy-ins of $25,000, $50,000 and $100,000. And if you want to play a $250,000 buy-in tournament? Well, that’s a Super High Roller. (It follows, of course, that the players known as high rollers often play High Roller tournaments.)

Freezeout

# Event Title Date Duration Buy-In
#3 Event Title Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em Date Wed, Jun 1st 11:00 AM Duration3 Days Buy-In$2,500
#18 Event Title Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em Date Thu, Jun 9th 11:00 AM Duration2 Days Buy-In$1,000
#34 Event Title Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em Date Thu, Jun 16th 11:00 AM Duration3 Days Buy-In$1,500
#41 Event Title Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold'em (freezeout) Date Sun, Jun 19th 11:00 AM Duration1 Day Buy-In$1,000
#43 Event Title Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em Date Mon, Jun 20th 11:00 AM Duration2 Days Buy-In$500
#62 Event Title Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold'em (freezeout) Date Wed, Jun 29th 1:00 PM Duration1 Day Buy-In$1,500
#65 Event Title Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em Date Thu, Jun 30th 3:00 PM Duration3 Days Buy-In$3,000
#66 Event Title MINI Main Event No-Limit Hold’em (freezeout) Date Fri, Jul 1st 11:00 AM Duration3 Days Buy-In$1,000
#67 Event Title Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold'em (freezeout) Date Fri, Jul 1st 3:00 PM Duration2 Days Buy-In$10,000
#81 Event Title Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed Date Wed, Jul 13th 3:00 PM Duration3 Days Buy-In$5,000

In a freezeout tournament, every player starts the event with the same number of chips, and when those chips are gone, the player is out. That’s it. There’s no option to re-enter and start again.

Many events at the World Series of Poker and beyond offer the chance to try again if things go wrong, but not in a freezeout. Lose your chips and you’re frozen out. The World Series Main Event has always been a freezeout tournament, which adds to its prestige, as players know they get just one chance per year to win it.

Dealer’s Choice

# Event Title Date Duration Buy-In
#4 Event Title Dealers Choice 6-Handed Date Wed, Jun 1st 3:00 PM Duration3 Days Buy-In$1,500
#10 Event Title Dealers Choice 6-Handed Championship Date Sun, Jun 5th 3:00 PM Duration3 Days Buy-In$10,000

In a Dealer’s Choice tournament, the players themselves get to choose what game they play. At the beginning of every orbit, one player nominates the game for the coming round, selecting from a list of 20 WSOP-approved poker variants:

  • No-Limit Hold’em
  • Limit Hold’em
  • Pot-Limit Hold’em
  • Badugi
  • Badeucy
  • Pot-Limit Omaha
  • Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Eight or Better
  • Big O
  • Limit Omaha High
  • Omaha Hi-Lo Eight or Better
  • Razz
  • Seven Card Stud
  • Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Eight or Better
  • Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Regular
  • Badacy
  • Pot-Limit Deuce-Seven Lowball Triple Draw
  • Limit Deuce-Seven Lowball Triple Draw
  • Ace to Five Lowball Triple Draw
  • No-Limit Deuce-Seven Lowball Draw
  • No-Limit Five-Card Draw High

When the round is complete, the next player at the table gets to choose the game. The term ‘Dealer’s Choice’ comes from the world of poker home games, where the player literally dealing the cards would choose what game was played.

In home games, the list of variants might be much longer, and even include some games invented on the fly. In the WSOP version, the rules are standardized for each variant, and the dealer simply asks the nominated player at the beginning of the round for their choice and then displays the game type on a plaque placed face up on the table.

Heads Up

# Event Title Date Duration Buy-In
#6 Event Title Heads Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship Date Thu, Jun 2nd 3:00 PM Duration3 Days Buy-In$25,000

When only two players are at a poker table, the game is said to be ‘Heads Up’. In a traditional multi-table tournament, this comes at the end, where the last two players are left to battle for the title. However, the WSOP also offers Heads Up tournaments, where entrants play a series of heads up matches to decide a winner.

There may be several hundred entrants to the tournament as a whole, but players only ever face off against one opponent at any one time. At the start, all entrants are placed into random draw and are picked against a random opponent. The winner then progresses to the next round and plays another first-round winner. The process repeats and the field continues to shrink by half each round, until eventually the last two face off for the bracelet. It’s a similar process to a knockout bracket in sport competitions.

Deepstack

# Event Title Date Duration Buy-In
#11 Event Title No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack Date Mon, Jun 6th 11:00 AM Duration2 Days Buy-In$600
#25 Event Title No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack Date Sun, Jun 12th 1:00 PM Duration2 Days Buy-In$800
#57 Event Title Deepstack Championship No-Limit Hold'em Date Mon, Jun 27th 11:00 AM Duration4 Days Buy-In$600
#64 Event Title Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack (8-Handed) Date Thu, Jun 30th 11:00 AM Duration2 Days Buy-In$600
#80 Event Title Mixed No-Limit Hold'em; Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack (8-Handed) Date Wed, Jul 13th 12:00 PM Duration2 Days Buy-In$600
#82 Event Title 8-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack Date Thu, Jul 14th 12:00 PM Duration2 Days Buy-In$800

The term ‘Deepstack’ refers to the number of chips every player gets at the start of the tournament – and Deepstack events typically give a bigger stack than you would ordinarily expect for the buy-in level.

When stacks are deep, particularly in comparison with the size of the blinds during the early levels, players can play more hands and see more flops without jeopardizing a large percentage of their chips.

Lowball

# Event Title Date Duration Buy-In
#17 Event Title Mixed Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) Date Wed, Jun 8th 3:00 PM Duration3 Days Buy-In$2,500
#20 Event Title Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Date Thu, Jun 9th 3:00 PM Duration3 Days Buy-In$1,500
#29 Event Title No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Date Mon, Jun 13th 3:00 PM Duration3 Days Buy-In$1,500
#31 Event Title Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship Date Tue, Jun 14th 3:00 PM Duration3 Days Buy-In$10,000
#38 Event Title No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship Date Fri, Jun 17th 3:00 PM Duration3 Days Buy-In$10,000
#48 Event Title Eight Game Mix 6-Handed Date Wed, Jun 22nd 3:00 PM Duration3 Days Buy-In$1,500
#52 Event Title Nine Game Mix 6-Handed Date Fri, Jun 24th 3:00 PM Duration3 Days Buy-In$2,500
#56 Event Title Poker Players Championship 6-Handed Date Sun, Jun 26th 3:00 PM Duration5 Days Buy-In$50,000

In the most common poker variants – Hold’em, Omaha, etc., – players try to make the best hand possible, in accordance with common poker hand rankings. Aces are high, and pairs, trips, straights and flushes are good. In Lowball games, however, the opposite is true. Players aim to make uncoordinated, low hands – and the worst is best.

Three such lowball games feature in the WSOP schedule, and all rotate in the Mixed Triple Draw Lowball tournament: Badugi, Deuce-Seven Triple Draw and Ace-Five Triple Draw, with entrants playing a round of each one, consecutively.

They are each slightly different. In Badugi, hands comprise only four cards, and their suits are relevant. The best Badugi hand is of four different suits, with all low cards (ace is considered low). In Deuce-Seven Triple Draw, aces are considered high, and players need to avoid straights or flushes, so the best hand possible is 2-3-4-5-7, offsuit. In Ace-Five Triple Draw, suits and straights don’t count, so A-2-3-4-5, or the ‘wheel’ is the best hand.

The ‘draw’ element is common to all these games. It means that players get to discard cards through three betting rounds, replacing them with new cards from the deck in a bid to improve – or, in this case, weaken – their hand.

Monster Stack

# Event Title Date Duration Buy-In
#21A Event Title MONSTER STACK No-Limit Hold'em – Flight A Date Fri, Jun 10th 10:00 AM Duration5 Days Buy-In$1,500
#21B Event Title MONSTER STACK No-Limit Hold'em – Flight B Date Sat, Jun 11th 10:00 AM Duration5 Days Buy-In$1,500

While a Deepstack event offers a bigger starting stack than usual, a ‘Monster Stack’ tournament takes things even further. At the WSOP, players get 50,000 starting chips for their $1,500 buy-in in the Monster Stack event, double the size of the starting stack in the $1,500 buy-in Millionaire Maker, for example. Players enjoy Monster Stack events for the same reason they like Deepstack tournaments: they promise much more play for your entry fee.

H.O.R.S.E./Mixed Games

# Event Title Date Duration Buy-In
#17 Event Title Mixed Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) Date Wed, Jun 8th 3:00 PM Duration3 Days Buy-In$2,500
#32 Event Title H.O.R.S.E. Date Wed, Jun 15th 11:00 AM Duration3 Days Buy-In$1,500
#35 Event Title Mixed Big Bet Event Date Thu, Jun 16th 3:00 PM Duration3 Days Buy-In$2,500
#44 Event Title H.O.R.S.E. Championship Date Mon, Jun 20th 3:00 PM Duration4 Days Buy-In$10,000
#48 Event Title Eight Game Mix 6-Handed Date Wed, Jun 22nd 3:00 PM Duration3 Days Buy-In$1,500
#52 Event Title Nine Game Mix 6-Handed Date Fri, Jun 24th 3:00 PM Duration3 Days Buy-In$2,500
#53 Event Title Mixed No-Limit Hold'em; Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed) Date Sat, Jun 25th 3:00 PM Duration2 Days Buy-In$5,000
#72 Event Title Mixed: Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better; Omaha Hi Lo 8 or Better; 'Big O' Date Thu, Jul 7th 3:00 PM Duration3 Days Buy-In$1,500
#77 Event Title Mixed No-Limit Hold'em; Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed) Date Mon, Jul 11th 1:00 PM Duration3 Days Buy-In$1,500
#80 Event Title Mixed No-Limit Hold'em; Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack (8-Handed) Date Wed, Jul 13th 12:00 PM Duration2 Days Buy-In$600
#84 Event Title H.O.R.S.E. Date Thu, Jul 14th 3:00 PM Duration3 Days Buy-In$3,000

There are numerous variants of poker, and the WSOP in Las Vegas offers the chance to play them all. There are five disciplines required in a H.O.R.S.E. tournament: Limit Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo Eight or Better, Razz, Seven Card Stud and Seven Card Hi-Lo Eight or Better, with the H.O.R.S.E. acronym coming from the initial of the five games (the "E" is from the "Eight” in “Eight or Better"). The tournament rotates through the five games, orbit by orbit.

There's a similar process in Eight Game Mix and Nine Game Mix tournaments, with the addition of a few games to the rotation.

In Eight Game Mix, players play Limit Hold'em, Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Eight or Better, Seven Card Stud, Razz, Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Eight or Better, No-Limit Hold'em, Pot-Limit Omaha and Limit Deuce-Seven Lowball Triple Draw, with the game changing at the end of every orbit.

In a Nine Game Mix, No-Limit Deuce-Seven Lowball Draw is the additional game. In all mixed game tournaments, the dealer indicates which game is presently being played via a name plaque placed face up on the table.

Millionaire Maker

# Event Title Date Duration Buy-In
#37A Event Title MILLIONAIRE MAKER No-Limit Hold’em – Flight A Date Fri, Jun 17th 10:00 AM Duration5 Days Buy-In$1,500
#37B Event Title MILLIONAIRE MAKER No-Limit Hold’em – Flight B Date Sat, Jun 18th 10:00 AM Duration5 Days Buy-In$1,500

While some WSOP games need a detailed explanation, the Millionaire Maker is just the opposite. The only thing you need to know is right there in the name. This is the tournament that is guaranteed to make a millionaire: there’s a $1 million minimum first prize.

A seven-figure poker tournament prize is exceptional at any time, but the Millionaire Maker has a buy-in of only $1,000, which makes it extraordinary. There are two starting flights – Day 1A and Day 1B – and players are allowed one re-entry per flight. That means that the maximum anyone will pay to enter is $4,000 – and it’s very possible that millionaire can be made from just $1K.

Tag Team

# Event Title Date Duration Buy-In
#55 Event Title TAG TEAM No-Limit Hold'em Date Sun, Jun 26th 1:00 PM Duration3 Days Buy-In$1,000

Under most circumstances, poker is strictly an individual game, where only one person plays one chip stack from the start of a tournament to its conclusion. The exception is the Tag Team event, where one tournament stack is shared between two people in a designated team.

Only one team member can sit at the table at any one time, and, once seated, that player must play each hand alone. However, team-mates can tag in and out at any time they are not involved in a hand, assuming control of the stack and playing as long as they wish, before tagging their team-mate in again.

Each team member must play at least one round of blinds during the tournament, but there are no other rules governing the distribution of play. Any winnings, however, are equally split between the two team members – and there are two bracelets on offer to the winners.

Salute to Warriors

# Event Title Date Duration Buy-In
#54 Event Title SALUTE to Warriors - No-Limit Hold’em Date Sun, Jun 26th 11:00 AM Duration3 Days Buy-In$500

Poker players wishing to give something to charity might consider the Salute to Warriors event at the WSOP. It’s a regular No Limit Hold’em tournament in all aspects, but $40 of each entry fee is donated to non-profit corporations who support the United States Armed Forces and their families. The chief beneficiary is the United Service Organizations (USO), with other veterans organizations also receiving some money. The charity donation comes from the players’ prize pool; regular entry fees and dealer payments still apply.

Bounty

# Event Title Date Duration Buy-In
#2 Event Title High Roller Bounty No-Limit Hold’em Date Tue, May 31st 3:00 PM Duration3 Days Buy-In$100,000
#41 Event Title Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold'em (freezeout) Date Sun, Jun 19th 11:00 AM Duration1 Day Buy-In$1,000
#62 Event Title Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold'em (freezeout) Date Wed, Jun 29th 1:00 PM Duration1 Day Buy-In$1,500
#67 Event Title Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold'em (freezeout) Date Fri, Jul 1st 3:00 PM Duration2 Days Buy-In$10,000
#68A Event Title Million Dollar Bounty No-Limit Hold'em – Flight A Date Sat, Jul 2nd 12:00 PM Duration5 Days Buy-In$1,000
#68B Event Title Million Dollar Bounty No-Limit Hold'em – Flight B Date Sun, Jul 3rd 12:00 PM Duration5 Days Buy-In$1,000
#68C Event Title Million Dollar Bounty No-Limit Hold'em – Flight C Date Mon, Jul 4th 12:00 PM Duration5 Days Buy-In$1,000
#68D Event Title Million Dollar Bounty No-Limit Hold'em – Flight D Date Mon, Jul 4th 7:00 PM Duration5 Days Buy-In$1,000
#74 Event Title BOUNTY Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Date Sat, Jul 9th 3:00 PM Duration3 Days Buy-In$1,500
#76 Event Title Poker Hall of Fame Bounty No-Limit Hold'em (freezeout) Date Sun, Jul 10th 3:00 PM Duration2 Days Buy-In$1,979

Back in the wild west, a bounty was a sum of money paid to someone for hunting down and killing a bad guy. Collecting a bounty in poker does not need to be fatal, but it does require eliminating an opponent from a tournament.

In a bounty tournament, a portion of the entry fee goes into the regular prize pool and the remainder goes into the bounty pool. Each player starts the event with a bounty on their head, which is paid to the person who knocks them out. It offers an added incentive to go for the elimination, and players can make a profit from a bounty event even if they don’t make the money, provided they knock out enough opponents.

Most bounty events at the WSOP feature a fixed bounty worth about one third of the entry fee, but there are a couple of attractive variations. In the ‘Poker Hall of Fame Bounty’ tournament (event 76), only players who have been inducted into the official Poker Hall of Fame have a bounty on their heads. Knocking out a Hall of Famer earns a reward of the dollar equivalent of the year of that player’s Hall of Fame induction. (Knocking out Doyle Brunson, who entered the Hall of Fame in 1988, for instance, earns $1,998.)

The ‘Million Dollar Bounty’ tournament (event 68) is something different again. At the beginning of the event $300 from each $1,000 buy-in goes to the bounty pool. From Day 2 onwards, players get the chance to draw a random bounty award for every opponent they eliminate. These bounty awards are of varying size, and one is worth $1 million.

Tournament of Champions

# Event Title Date Duration Buy-In
#89 Event Title Tournament of Champions – Day 1 Date Mon, Jul 18th 11:00 AM Duration3 Days Buy-In$0
#89 Event Title Tournament of Champions – Day 2 Date Tue, Jul 19th 11:00 AM Duration3 Days Buy-In-
#89 Event Title Tournament of Champions – Day 3 Date Wed, Jul 20th TBD Duration3 Days Buy-In-

The final event on the 2022 WSOP schedule is the Tournament of Champions – an invitation-only tournament with a $1 million prize pool. The only players permitted to play are WSOP Circuit event champions from the most recent season and 2022 WSOP bracelet winners. They are all free-rolling; their previous victory books their seat in the game without the need for an entry fee.

According to the WSOP, the Tournament of Champions “will be the first time all WSOP winners in a given year are brought together for one ultimate bragging rights event featuring regional grinders and international superstars.” It kicks off two days after the conclusion of the Main Event, meaning the most recent World Champion will be able to take their seat.

Main Event

# Event Title Date Duration Buy-In
#70A Event Title MAIN EVENT No-Limit Hold'em World Championship – Day 1A Date Sun, Jul 3rd 11:00 AM Duration14 Days Buy-In$10,000
#70B Event Title MAIN EVENT No-Limit Hold'em World Championship – Day 1B Date Mon, Jul 4th 11:00 AM Duration14 Days Buy-In$10,000
#70C Event Title MAIN EVENT No-Limit Hold'em World Championship – Day 1C Date Tue, Jul 5th 11:00 AM Duration14 Days Buy-In$10,000
#70D Event Title MAIN EVENT No-Limit Hold'em World Championship – Day 1D Date Wed, Jul 6th 11:00 AM Duration14 Days Buy-In$10,000
#70 Event Title MAIN EVENT No-Limit Hold'em World Championship – Day 2AB Date Thu, Jul 7th 11:00 AM Duration14 Days Buy-In-
#70 Event Title MAIN EVENT No-Limit Hold'em World Championship – Day 2CD Date Fri, Jul 8th 11:00 AM Duration14 Days Buy-In-
#70 Event Title MAIN EVENT No-Limit Hold'em World Championship – Day 3 Date Sat, Jul 9th 11:00 AM Duration14 Days Buy-In-
#70 Event Title MAIN EVENT No-Limit Hold'em World Championship – Day 4 Date Sun, Jul 10th 11:00 AM Duration14 Days Buy-In-
#70 Event Title MAIN EVENT No-Limit Hold'em World Championship – Day 5 Date Mon, Jul 11th 11:00 AM Duration14 Days Buy-In-
#70 Event Title MAIN EVENT No-Limit Hold'em World Championship – Day 6 Date Tue, Jul 12th 11:00 AM Duration14 Days Buy-In-
#70 Event Title MAIN EVENT No-Limit Hold'em World Championship – Plays down to 9 players Date Wed, Jul 13th 11:00 AM Duration14 Days Buy-In-
#70 Event Title MAIN EVENT No-Limit Hold'em World Championship – Final Table Date Fri, Jul 15th TBD Duration14 Days Buy-In-
#70 Event Title MAIN EVENT No-Limit Hold'em World Championship – Final Table Date Sat, Jul 16th TBD Duration14 Days Buy-In-

The Main Event is the centrepiece of any poker festival, usually with a high buy-in and a huge field. At the World Series specifically, the Main Event is the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em World Championship and, yes, the winner gets to call themselves World Champion. They will join a celebrated club as winner of the most prestigious tournament in the world game. It’s the one every poker player wants to win and comes with one of the game’s biggest prizes.

The WSOP Main Event is also the longest-running poker tournament in the world, held annually in Las Vegas since the early 1970s. There were only a handful of players in those early days, but the tournament has grown sensationally ever since, with 8,773 contesting the largest ever Main Event in 2006, when the total prize pool hit $82,512,162.

Although the Main Event is now only one tournament in a weeks-long series — and the WSOP has also expanded to festivals in other destinations across the world — when people talk about “winning the World Series”, they are almost always referencing the Main Event.