The full schedule of the 2019 World Series of Poker (WSOP) is still in the works, but the details of some of the events confirmed for this year have now been announced, giving players a peek of what’s in store for them in the coming months.
The 2019 WSOP will once again take place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas from May 28 to July 16. What will be interesting for high stakes poker players is that the WSOP has confirmed 20 events which will have a buy-in of $10,000 or more. Before we take a look at these high stake events, let us confirm which are the signature events that will run in 2019.
Finalized Dates for WSOP Signature Events
Here are some of the WSOP signature events that are confirmed for this year along with the dates they will take place. The $500 buy-in Casino Employees takes place on May 29 at 11 am, with players starting out at 25,000 chips, in 40-minute levels. The $1,000 buy-in Super Seniors is scheduled on June 17 at 10 am. Players start with 20,000 chips (60-minute levels), the $10,000/$1,000 Ladies event happens on June 20 at 11 am (20,000 starting chips, 60-minute levels).
Popular events including the Little One for One Drop, Double Stack, The Closer and Marathon are also included in this year’s schedule. To find out more information on these events, do check out the official WSOP website.
$10,000 Main Event Details
Without a doubt the most popular $10k event at the 2019 WSOP will be the Main Event. The much-anticipated $10,000 WSOP Main Event will take place on July 3 – 16. It stays as a freeze-out format where players will only have one shot to the top prize. The starting chip stack is now 60,000 – 10,000 more than the customary 50,000. The event adopts the Big Blind Ante Structure. Players will be allowed to enter the event up until the start of play on Day 2 on July 6 and 7.
$50,000 No-Limit Hold’em
In celebration of WSOP’s 50th anniversary, a $50,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em event has been added to the schedule. Players will have an initial chip stack of 300,000 (60-minute levels). This high-roller event will last four days and will start on May 31 at 3pm.
$10,000 Buy-in Events
High stakes poker players will have to come to the 2019 WSOP with a strong bankroll as there are many as 20 events with buy-ins set at $10,000 or more. There are millions in prize money up to be won at these high stake events and poker players from all over the world will fly in to see if they can make a mark at this year’s WSOP.
Some of the $10,000 buy-in events or more include the Super Turbo Bounty on May 29; the Short Deck No-Limit Hold’em on June 2; the Heads Up No-Limit Hold’em on June 5; the Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better on June 6; the No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw on June 8 and the H.O.R.S.E. event on June 11.
The action continues with more high stakes events as there is a Dealers Choice 6-Handed        event on June 14; a Seven Card Stud on June 17; the Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw on June 20 and the Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed event on June 22.
Players with a big bankroll will also be interested in the High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha event on June 19 which has a $25k buy-in and the Poker Players Championship on June 24 which has a $50k buy-in.
WSOP Introduces Short Deck
Also taking the spotlight in the 50th edition of the WSOP is the tournament’s first ever Short Deck No-Limit Hold’em event, kicking off on June 2 at 6pm. Short Deck, a new 36-card variant that adopts a different structure from the regular No-Limit Hold’em games, is among the latest crazes in poker today.
Expect A Bigger and Better WSOP
The 2018 WSOP was a record-breaking year for WSOP, attracting 123,865 entries, with prize pools totaling $266,889,193. Jack Effel, WSOP Vice President said they are doing their best to make the 2019 WSOP edition bigger and better.
The full and final schedule is expected to be announced by April, after which online pre-registration will begin.

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