It was announced on Thursday that the 2020 World Series of Poker tournament schedule has been finalized.
In less than three months, players from all over the world will head to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to take part in the largest WSOP in history.
After the low-key addition of eight more bracelet events this week, the 2020 WSOP will offer a grand total of 101 gold bracelets. Of those 101 events, 87 will take place in the Rio convention center and, as previously announced, 14 will be won online.
Added without an official press release, the final eight tournaments fill in the gaps between the WSOP’s lower buy-in bracelet events and their $10,000 Championship tournaments. With buy-ins ranging from $2,500 to $5,000, these events cover a variety of disciplines from NLHE to mixed games.
Recent Additions To The 2020 WSOP Schedule
|06-01||Mixed Triple Draw Lowball||3 p.m.||$2,500.00|
|06-25||NL 6-Handed||3 p.m.||$5,000.00|
|07-05||Limit Hold’em 6-Handed||3 p.m.||$3,000.00|
|07-08||NL 6-Handed||3 p.m.||$3,000.00|
|07-10||PLO 6-Handed||3 p.m.||$3,000.00|
|07-13||Mixed Big Bet||3 p.m.||$2,500.00|
|07-14||NL 8-Handed||3 p.m.||$5,000.00|
In theory, more events will lead to more people crowding the halls of the Rio and World Series of Poker officials have announced that they have worked out a plan to better handle the congestion that can take place during some of their larger marquee events.
For the first time, the WSOP will be separating their in-person registration and players looking to be paid out into separate rooms.
“There is no doubt we need to do a better job of getting people in their seats and playing poker faster,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “We’ve looked closely at several areas in the off-season and we are dedicating new resources – technology, equipment, and people – to aid those efforts in 2020. These changes, in conjunction with better informing guests of the required documents needed to register, make us optimistic it can lead to a noticeable improvement.”
The necessary documents include a physical Caesars Rewards card, which can be reprinted or obtained for the first time in the Rotunda of the Rio convention center. In order to get a Caesars Rewards card player will need to bring valid picture identification like a state-issued driver’s license or passport.
Online Saves Time
In addition to being able to register for tournaments in person with the ability to pay using cash, credit cards, Rio casino chips, wire transfers, and satellite lamers, the WSOP is hoping more players will take advantage of their online/mobile registration system.
The WSOP online/mobile registration system gives players a couple of ways to bypass the lines and get to their seats faster. The first is setting up and account and paying with a credit card through BravoPokerLive.com. There are additional fees with this method, but for those players who want to make sure they will not have to wait in lines and potentially be an alternate at the start of some of the biggest events, like the Big 50, it may be an option.
The second method is a funded WSOP Tournament Account. Introduced last year, the WSOP Tournament Account is an account with a one-time set-up at the cage that will allow players to register online and head straight to one of the 20 kiosks set up in the convention center to print their seat card.
“The WSOP Tournament Account is a no-brainer for anyone who plays more than a couple of WSOP events annually,” said Daniel Negreanu who set one up in 2019. “Literally I went to the registration cage once to set it up, then utilized the self-serve kiosks the rest of the summer to register for any event I wanted to play. I was in and out of the kiosk in less than a minute and on my way to my seat.”
WSOP officials estimate that 20% of entries in 2019 used online registration. They hope that up to 80% of players will be using kiosks in the near future.
The 2020 World Series of Poker is set to take place from May 26 to July 15. Online registration for events is expected to be available as early as April.