New $1,000 Buy-In Freezeout Event To Kick Off 2020 WSOP

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2020 WSOP Value Events
More events announced for the 2020 World Series of Poker, including plenty of options for buy-ins of $1,000 or less (photo: WSOP)

Less than a week after it announced the schedule for its ‘Championship’ events, including a new $10,000 buy-in WSOP.com online event, the World Series of Poker announced dates and details for events priced at $1,000 and under – the ‘Value Menu’ events, as they’re being called. Kicking off the 2020 WSOP will be the $1,000 buy-in Freezeout No Limit Hold’em tournament on Wednesday, May 27.

Offering more freezeouts on the schedule is what the WSOP is calling a “concerted effort” for 2020. Every week during the 2020 WSOP, running May 26 through July 15 there will be at least one No Limit Hold’em event played in a freezeout format.

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Additional low buy-in freezeout events include the $1,000 Super Turbo Bounty NL starting on June 2, the $500 Freezeout No Limit Hold’em starting on June 15, the $1,000 Tag Team event starting on June 22, and the $1,000 Mini Main Event starting on June 29.

2020 WSOP ‘Value Menu’ Events

DATE EVENT START TIME (PT) BUY-IN
5/27 Freezeout No Limit Hold’em 11 a.m. $1,000
5/27 Casino Employees Event 2 p.m. $500
5/28 ‘Big 50’ 10 a.m. $500
6/1 NL Deepstack 11 a.m. $600
6/2 Super Turbo Bounty NL 11 a.m. $1,000
6/7 Forty Stack No Limit Hold’em 11 a.m. $1,000
6/8 PLO Deepstack 11 a.m. $600
6/10 PLO 8-Handed 11 a.m. $1,000
6/14 NL Deepstack 11 a.m. $800
6/15 Freezeout No Limit Hold’em 11 a.m. $500
6/16 8-Handed Mixed NL/PLO Deepstack 11 a.m. $600
6/17 Ladies Championship 11 a.m. $10,000/$1,000
6/18 Seniors (50+) Championship 10 a.m. $1,000
6/19 Double Stack NL 10 a.m. $1,000
6/21 8-Handed NL Deepstack 11 a.m. $800
6/22 Super Seniors (60+) 10 a.m. $1,000
6/22 Tag Team 2 p.m. $1,000
6/23 Deepstack Championship 11 a.m. $600
6/24 Colossus 10 a.m. $400
6/26 Crazy Eights NL 10 a.m. $888
6/29 Mini Main Event 11 a.m. $1,000
6/30 ‘Final 500’ Salute To Warriors 11 a.m. $500
7/4 Little One for One Drop 12 p.m. $1,111
7/12 NL Deepstack 11 a.m. $800
7/13 Super Turbo NL 11 a.m. $1,000

As it stands right now, the 2020 WSOP schedule has 25 events priced at $1,000 or less, but that number will increase when officials release the full schedule of WSOP.com online gold bracelet events.

To give you an idea how much things have change over the years, the 2015 WSOP had nine events priced at $1,000 or less. The 2019 WSOP event had 22 live events priced at $1,000 or less (including the $1,000 + $111 Little One for One Drop). The total number of 2019 WSOP events with a buy-in of $1,000 or less was 30 when you include the eight WSOP.com online events that met the criteria.

The move to include more events at price points with greater accessibility has helped the WSOP continue to set record numbers year after year. The 2019 WSOP was the latest to do so, generating a total of 187,298 entries and more than $293 million in prize money. Last year, the WSOP also produced the largest live poker tournament in history with 28,371 entries in the first-ever Big 50.

MORE: 2019 a Record-Breaking Year for WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events