Players taking part in the 2019 World Series of Poker (WSOP) will be interested to know that 13 new events have been confirmed. The WSOP had released its first list of confirmed events late last year and has now provided players with a second update.
The WSOP will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and the one and a half month tournament will run from May 28 to July 16 and as usual will take place at the Rio.
Annual Signature Events Return
This year’s schedule will once again feature WSOP’s signature No-Limit Hold’em events such as the Casino Employees (May 29), Super Seniors (June 17) and Ladies (June 20). The Casino Employees event has a buy-in of $500, while the Ladies and Super Seniors events both have a $1,000 buy-in.
Some of the other popular events at the WSOP including the $2,620 buy-in Marathon event taking place on June 10, the $1,000 Double Stack event on June 9, the $1,000 buy-in Little One for One Drop scheduled between July 6 to 8 and the $1,500 The Closer event taking place between July 12-14.
New Addition — Mini Main Event
The $10,000 WSOP Main Event has always been the biggest draw at the poker tournament. To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the WSOP will introduce a special Mini Main Event which will have a $1,000 buy-in and will take place on July 1, two days before the $10,000 Main Event. Players at the Mini Main Event will start out with 60,000 chips, playing in 30-minute levels.
Lower Buy-in for Colossus, Single-Day Super Turbos
Meanwhile, one of WSOP’s most popular events, the Colossus will go through a mini makeover for the 2019 edition. This event takes place on June 26 and 27, with single re-entry allowed for each flight.
Colossus now has a significantly lower buy-in of $400 (previously $565), making it the lowest-priced gold bracelet event on this year’s schedule. Survivors from the starting days on 26 and 27 will meet again on June 28 for Day 2. Finalists will compete on June 29, and a winner will be crowned.
Players can win a coveted WSOP gold bracelet in just one day via Super Turbo Bounty events. Super Turbos will run in two versions, a $1000 buy-in taking place on June 4, and a $1,500 buy-in on June 24.
Adding another level of fun and excitement to the tournament is the $500 buy-in Big 50 opening weekend which will take place from May 30 to June 2.
Make Use Of Online Satellite Events
Players who don’t have the bankroll to participate in the WSOP but are keen on doing so can take advantage of the numerous online satellite tournaments that will take place in the run up to the big event. Most of these satellites will be hosted by 888poker. Those in New Jersey and Nevada can also win free tickets through WSOP.com which is licensed in these two states.
Players will have to wait until March or April to make individual event pre-registration online. The WSOP will release its full schedule of events before the end of the first quarter of this year.
Bigger and Better 2019
The WSOP is considered by many to be the biggest and most popular poker tournament in the world. Players from all parts of the globe make plans to attend this poker festival as there are millions of dollars in prize money up for grabs, a chance to play against the best poker players in the world, and an opportunity to win a WSOP gold bracelet.
Last year, the WSOP attracted a record 123,865 players, ending up with a record-breaking $266,889,193 in total guaranteed prize pool. Close to 50,000 players in total turned up for the Main Event, Monster Stack, Millionaire Maker, Colossus and other signature events.
The WSOP is looking to make the 2019 edition bigger and better than before in an effort to celebrate its 50th anniversary and give back more to the players who made the WSOP what it is today.
In December 2018, WSOP’s vice president of corporate communications Seth Palansky already hinted at some new exciting changes in store for 2019, taking into account feedback gathered from players all around the world, many of whom have been calling for more value, as well as more freezeouts.
One will have to wait for the WSOP to release its final schedule to know what are the other surprises that players have in store!