There’s just less than four months to go before the world’s most prestigious and longest-running poker festival, the World Series of Poker (WSOP), returns to the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The festival’s 2020 schedule is beginning to shape up, with more events being announced. In addition to mainstays such as the Main Event, Deepstack and Seniors Event, a fresh batch of freezeout tournaments, as well as a “mystery bounty” and a new Super High Roller have now been included in the jam-packed schedule.
The 2020 WSOP takes place on May 26 to July 15. If you have yet to arrange your summer schedule, it’s time to begin sorting out the dates now.
More Freezeout Events
Earlier this month, the WSOP hinted that a significant portion of the 2020 schedule will be made up of freezeout tournaments. They’ve made that even clearer now by announcing a dedicated “freezeout series”, which will take place on May 27 to June 21. There will be six freezeout events running within those dates, with buy-ins ranging from $500 to $5,000.
According to the WSOP, over 40 events on the 2020 schedule will feature a freezeout format, giving players just one chance to win a bracelet. They include the $10,000 buy-in Omaha Hi-Lo Championship on June 3, Stud and H.O.R.S.E. Championship taking place on June 6 & 9 respectively, 2-7 Triple Draw Championship on June 18, Pot Limit Omaha Championship on June 20, as well as the $50,000 buy-in Poker Players Championship on June 22.
The $10,000 buy-in Main Event which is scheduled to take place on July 1-14, will also feature a freezeout format.
WSOP officials have decided to bring in more freezeout tournaments this year after receiving input from players and fans around the world. The issue about re-entries have dominated discussions in the poker community over the past few months, with Poker Hall of Famer Daniel Negreanu tweeting about his intention to avoid re-entries throughout the year, including this summer’s WSOP.
New $250K Super High Roller
Among exciting additions to the 2020 schedule is a new $250,000 Super High Roller. It is the biggest buy-in event in the festival’s long and rich history, and is also the first tournament of such a high price point to ever take place in Las Vegas. The $250K Super High Roller takes place on June 27, featuring 1,500,000 in starting chips, played in 60-minute levels. Players will be allowed single re-entry.
Other high-stakes events on the schedule include a $25,000 High Roller Eight Max on May 29, and the $50,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller scheduled to run on July 7.
Mystery Bounty
Right after the $250K Super High Roller, a new “mystery” bounty event is set to take place, with $1 million in bounties up for grabs, distributed across 100 mystery bounties. It will be played in typical bounty format, with the standard bounty valued at $100. However, those able to bust players who are holding one of the mystery bounties can win as much as $250,000. The mystery factor is that players will have no clue whether or not a certain opponent is carrying a mystery bounty.
The $1,500 buy-in event takes place on June 28.
BIG 50 Returns
The record-breaking BIG 50 tournament is also set to make a comeback this year, taking the opening weekend slot. Players can get in on the action by taking part in any of the four starting flights kicking off on May 28. The event has a $500 entry fee, and features 50,000 in starting chips with 50-minute levels.
The BIG 50 made a debut last year as part of WSOP’s 50th anniversary celebrations. It became the largest live poker tournament in history after attracting a total of 28,371 participants. American poker pro Femi Fashakin ultimately captured the event, taking home $1,147,499 in first-place winnings, alongside his first-ever gold bracelet.
Championship Leaderboard
The 2020 WSOP will also feature a Championship Leaderboard, which will give away prizes to the players earning the most points in Championship events. It will work in similar fashion to the WSOP Player of the Year race.
The current schedule for the 2020 WSOP now features a total of 56 events. More updates will be announced soon.

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