The biggest poker event on the planet is taking place in just three months! Players and fans all over the world could be drafting their schedules as early as now for the highly-anticipated 53rd World Series of Poker (WSOP) which gets underway on May 31 and runs through July 20 at a new venue, Bally’s/Paris on the Las Vegas Strip.
The 2022 WSOP will give away a total of 88 bracelets live, with an additional 21 gold bracelets up for grabs online. The jam-packed schedule includes an event for everyone regardless of their level, with satellites to the big events also available.
Among the key tournaments players shouldn’t miss are WSOP signature events like the Millionaire Maker and Colossus, a brand-new tournament dubbed “The Housewarming”, the unique Tag Team event, and of course, the main highlight of the series, the $10,000 Main Event.
Let’s delve into the details of each of these events.
As usual, all eyes will be on the main highlight of the series, the $10,000 Main Event, which kicks off on July 3 and runs through July 16 featuring six starting flights. Last year, the tournament pulled in 6,550 entries, that’s despite the vaccine mandate. The 2022 edition could very well go beyond that figure considering that the series is now open to unvaccinated players.
During the 2021 fall series, it was Koray Aldermir who walked away with the biggest chunk of the $62 million total prize pool. His victory earned him $8 million in cash prize and his maiden gold bracelet.
If the $10K entry fee is within your reach, then the Main Event should be part of your 2022 WSOP schedule.
Colossus has the lowest buy-in among the dozens of events at this year’s WSOP. The tournament costs just $400 to enter but will award a multi-million dollar prize pool given the huge number of players expected to take part in the popular event. It gets underway on June 24 and runs for four days, featuring two starting flights.
Last year, Colossus drew a total of 9,399 entrants, one of the largest fields at the series. It was won by Russian poker pro Anatolii Zyrin for $314,705.
Millionaire Maker is among the flagship WSOP tournaments returning this year and it’s also something players should be on the lookout for. This five-day event kicks off on June 17 and has a buy-in of $1,500. In 2021, the event was taken down by Daniel Lazrus for $1,000,000 after outclassing a field of 5,330 entries. The winner this year will also take home a seven-figure top prize.
The 2022 WSOP schedule is made up of plenty of huge tournaments awarding millions in prize money, but if you’re someone who likes to compete in a unique format, consider taking part in the Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em.
As the name suggests, players will be competing by team (two players each team) and any prize won will be split between the two players. The Tag Team has an entry fee of $1,000 and gets underway on June 26. Last year, Mike Rutter and Samy Dighwali emerged victorious in the tournament, taking home $113,366 and two gold bracelets.
The festival will kick off with a bang this summer with a $500 buy-in, $5 million-guaranteed event running on the opening weekend. “The Housewarming” gets underway on June 3 and runs for six days.
It is expected to attract one of the largest fields at this year’s series, much like its predecessor, 2021’s The Reunion which had a similar buy-in and ended up recording 13,000 registrations to generate almost $5.5 million in total prize pool. The tournament was won by Long Ma for $513, 604.