Poker players from around the world are looking forward to the 2021 WSOP which will once again return to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 2021 WSOP is set to run from September 30 to November 23 and is poised to set new records.
The 2021 WSOP features a total of 88 bracelet events, with buy-ins ranging from $400, all the way up to $250,000. Players can choose from a variety of formats, including No-Limit Hold’em, Limit Hold’em, Short Deck, Pot-Limit Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo, Stud, Draw, as well as mixed games.
The main highlights of the festival include a $25K Heads-Up Championship, a $250K Super High Roller tournament which is the biggest non-charity event in the history of the WSOP, and a $50K PLO event. As usual, the $10,000 Main Event is expected to attract a huge turnout, plus there’s a special Poker Hall of Fame Bounty tournament.
While everyone would definitely want to have a shot at these huge events, not all can afford the buy-in. If you’re one of those looking at playing at the WSOP on a budget, we’ve compiled a list of events within the $400-$600 range that will make it possible for you to still compete for huge value even if you’re playing with limited bankroll.
$500 Buy-in, $5M GTD The Reunion
At the top of the list is the new “The Reunion” tournament which you can enter for only $500. For that price, you’ll be competing for a massive $5,000,000 guarantee! The tournament is on course to become one of the biggest events of the 2021 WSOP, and kicks off on October 1.
The Reunion features three starting flights, with players allowed one re-entry per flight. They’ll start the action with 50,000 chips, played to 30-minue levels, increasing to 40 minutes from Day 2 onwards.
During the 2019 WSOP, a similar event was included in the schedule. The Big 50, which also featured a $500 buy-in, attracted a total of 28,371 entries, making it the largest live tournament in poker history. It was won by Femi Fashakin for $1,147,499.
$400 Colossus Event
This is another event you shouldn’t miss at this year’s WSOP. The Colossus first became part of the WSOP schedule in 2015. The inaugural event drew an astonishing 22,374 entries, and was taken down by Lance Garcia for $638,880.
While participation numbers have decreased in the years that followed, Colossus still remains as one of the WSOP’s most popular events. It returns this year with a buy-in of $400, and gets underway on October 29. You may enter the event via two starting flights, and you can re-enter once per flight.
$600 Deepstack Championship
The 2021 WSOP also includes a championship event which costs less than $1,000 to enter. Event #61: $600 NLHE Deepstack Championship gets underway on November 1, featuring 30,000 in starting chips played to 40-minute levels on Day 1, before increasing to 60 minutes on Day 2 onwards. Late registration is open for nine levels and players are allowed single re-entry.
$500 Salute to Warriors
Another event to look forward to when you want to play on a budget at this year’s WSOP is the Salute to Warriors, which comes with a buy-in of $500. The charity event takes place on November 2.
$600 8-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack
If you’re an avid Omaha fan, then don’t miss the 8-Handed PLO Deepstack event which has an entry fee of $600. It is a two-day, single re-entry event which kicks off on October 12, featuring 30,000 in starting chips played to 30-minute levels. Late registration is open for 12 levels.
Don’t forget that there will be lots of live satellites running throughout the series, which might just earn you an entry into the biggest events at the festival, such as the WSOP Main Event, for a much cheaper price.
Check out the full schedule of the 2021 WSOP on WSOP.com.

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