The biggest poker event of the summer is almost here! The 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP) will once again take place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino on May 26 – July 15, and players and fans all over the world are eagerly waiting for the final schedule which should be out in a few weeks’ time.
For the meantime, let’s take a look at the initial details announced by the WSOP and the latest updates that have been released.
79 Events Confirmed
The WSOP has thus far announced a total of 79 events, released in batches since December last year. The confirmed events include a number of fresh offerings that will surely add another layer of excitement to the prestigious festival. Among the announced for the 51st WSOP are the so-called “Value Menu” events which feature lower buy-ins of between $400 and $1000, the lowest being the much-loved Colossus event.
The WSOP also previously suggested that the festival will bring back the traditional freezeout format in response to player feedback. In line with this, a “Freezeout Series” has been included in the schedule, which features six No-Limit Hold’em events taking the single-shot format.
For the first time ever, the WSOP will feature a $250K buy-in Super High Roller, the festival’s biggest buy-in tournament so far. Events with a $1,500 buy-in have also been confirmed.
WSOP signature events such as the Millionaire Maker, Little One for One Drop, Colossus, and Monster Stack remain on the schedule, while the record-breaking BIG 50 is also set to return this year.
More details of the available schedule below:
WSOP High Roller Series
This year will see a new WSOP High Roller Series for high-stakes enthusiasts, headlined by the $250K Super High Roller. The Series is composed of nine events, including a new $50K Pot Limit Omaha tournament, a Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em event which now has a buy-in of $25,000, up from the previous $10,000, four High Roller No-Limit Hold’em 8-handed events, two Pot Limit Omaha 8-handed events, and the $50K Poker Players Championship.
The WSOP also continues its tradition of offering multiple variants of poker across the festival. The 2020 schedule features 16 tournaments representing all poker variants, within the $10,000 price point.
They include the Main Event, Poker Players Championship, Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw, Razz, Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better, No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw, Dealers Choice 6-Handed, H.O.R.S.E., Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, and 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em.
The festival will also feature the hugely popular Short Deck poker variant, plus there will be an Online No-Limit Hold’em event on WSOP.com.
Following controversy in the 2019 Player of the Year race and long-standing concerns from the poker community over how POY points are awarded, the WSOP is this year introducing dedicated leaderboards for particular sets of events.
The $1,500 buy-in events will have their own leaderboard, so do the High Roller events. The Championship events will also form part of a new leaderboard, with extra prizes on offer.
The $10,000 Main Event is scheduled to run on July 1 to 14, with three starting flights on July 1-3. Surviving players are expected to make the final table on July 10, with the final battle to be televised on ESPN until a winner is crowned.
The event is expected to once again attract huge fields, creating new millionaires. Last year, the Main Event was taken down by Iranian-German poker pro Hossein Ensan for $10,000,000.
More Affordable Bracelet Events
This year, the WSOP wants to make sure every player, regardless of their bankroll, gets the chance to win a gold bracelet. Players can now compete for the much sough-after accolade from as low as $400 (Colossus event). Low-stakes grinders will also have some events to enjoy, with buy-ins starting at $75.
Satellites will also be running throughout the festival, beginning May 26, giving players the opportunity to win their way into huge events for just a fraction of the price!
The 2020 WSOP is expected to once again be huge, building on from the festival’s massively successful 2019. Among last year’s winners include Robert Campbell, Ben Heath, Dan Zack, Kahle Burns, Femi Fashakin, Stephen Chidwick, and Phil Hui.