The world’s most prestigious and longest-running poker series is returning to Las Vegas! Poker players and fans across the globe can now begin making travel arrangements for this year’s World Series of Poker (WSOP) live festival which is scheduled to run from September 30 to November 23 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, pending applicable regulatory approvals.
WSOP at The Rio                                     
In 2020, organizers dropped plans for a WSOP live festival in the summer as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was replaced by an online series where players were still being given the chance to compete for gold bracelets. But many would agree, the virtual edition just lacked the prestige of the live, in-person event.
In December 2020, a hybrid WSOP Main Event took place, and during that time there were high hopes that a full live event could finally take place during the summer of 2021, but the threat surrounding COVID-19 still remains a major cause for concern.
There’s only one option left – holding the festival during the fall. Daniel Negreanu, a long-time member of the WSOP’s Player Advisory Board, previously indicated it would happen, and now officials have finally confirmed it – the WSOP is coming back to the Rio in Las Vegas, ending speculations about the festival’s 2021 running.
The full schedule for this year’s biggest poker event isn’t available yet, but here are the initial details so far:
The festival will kick off with a bang, with a $5 million-guaranteed no-limit-holdem tournament called “The Reunion”, as well as a $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. event slated for the opening weekend. In addition to that, there will also be a charity event taking place, the proceeds of which will go to frontline health workers.
The $10,000 buy-in Main Event will kick off on November 4, and will run through November 17. Players may enter via four starting flights taking place on November 4, 5, 6, and 7.
The surviving players from each flight will meet again on Wednesday, November 10 to play down to a final table.
Online pre-registration is expected to open during the summer, when the full schedule is finalized and the WSOP team obtain all the necessary regulatory approvals.
Those interested to participate in the 2021 WSOP can make hotel room reservations as early as now at the Rio, and across all Caesars Entertainment resorts in Las Vegas. If you are a Caesars Rewards member, you are offered a lower reservation rate starting at $60. Check out for more details. Don’t forget to use the promo code “WSOPM” when you book your room.
WSOP Online
In addition to the live festival in Las Vegas, there will also be an online series, similar to that in 2020. The virtual edition will once again be divided into two portions – a domestic leg running on, and an international leg taking place on GGPoker.
The domestic portion of the online series will get underway on July 1 and will run on’s All-American Poker Network. It will conclude with a $1,000 championship. Players can get in for a fraction of the price by taking part in satellite qualifiers for as low as $1.
The full details of the online series will be released on April 15, 2021 on
WSOP Europe
European players will also be delighted to know that WSOP Europe is also coming back to King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. The festival will take place from November 19 to December 8, and is again subject to approval from regulators.
There will be 15 gold bracelets up for grabs, and among the main highlights will be a €10,000 WSOP Europe Main Event, as well as a €50,000 High Roller.
The WSOP team will continue to monitor the situation regarding COVID-19 and will comply with the necessary health protocols, guidelines, and restrictions. The WSOP also reserves the right to make appropriate changes to the policies and procedures of the events especially when it comes to dealing with the ongoing global health crisis.

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