WSOP Announces $10K Short Deck Event, Big Blind Ante for Main Event

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The 2019 WSOP will include a $10,000 Short Deck tournament and big blind ante for the Main Event (WSOP photo)

The World Series of Poker continued with its piece-by-piece announcements of the 2019 WSOP schedule on Tuesday, dropping the full schedule for all events with a $10,000-or-higher buy-in. Highlights include a $10,000 Short Deck event, a $50,000 High Roller in celebration of the 50th WSOP, and the WSOP Main Event being played with big blind ante format.

“We are proud to be the only tournament series offering such a wide variety of poker variants,” WSOP Vice President Jack Effel said in the press release. “Players at this buy-in level should continue to expect terrific structures, with registration open until Day 2 in most cases and plenty of play to determine the champion in each discipline.”

The announcement comes one week after the WSOP released a batch of 13 events for the 2019 WSOP.

There are 20 events with a buy-in of $10,000 or higher, starting with the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty on May 29, 2019, that features 20-minute levels.

The $50,000 buy-in 50th Annual High Roller kicks off May 31 at 3 p.m. PT. Players in this new four-day event start with 300,000 in chips and are allowed one re-entry.

The $10,000 Short Deck tournament is a four-day event starting on June 2. Players are allowed one re-entry in this event.

For those unfamiliar with short deck poker, it is a variant of no-limit hold’em that has quickly risen in popularity in the last couple of years. The game is largely played in high-stakes cash games, but it has been making its way to the tournament scene more recently. With this variant of no-limit hold’em, deuces through fives are removed from the standard 52-card deck, leaving a new 36-card deck that includes only sixes through aces.

The 2019 WSOP Main Event kicks off July 3 and plays through July 16, featuring three opening flights and an increased starting stack of 60,000 in chips. As part of this new announcement, the WSOP Main Event will be played using the big blind ante format and registration will remain open until the start of Day 2, which is either July 6 or July 7 at 12 p.m. PT.

The WSOP’s $100,000 High Roller and $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em events will be played as post-lim tournaments, starting after the WSOP Main Event is well underway on July 11 and July 13, respectively.

DATE EVENT BUY-IN CHIPS LEVELS RE-ENTRY TIME
5/29 Super Turbo Bounty $10,000 60,000 20 minutes None 12 p.m.
5/31 50th Annual High Roller $50,000 300,000 60 minutes 1 3 p.m.
6/2 Short Deck NL $10,000 60,000 60 minutes 1 6 p.m.
6/5 Heads-Up NL $10,000 60,000 20 minutes None 3 p.m.
6/6 Omaha Hi-Lo $10,000 60,000 60 minutes None 3 p.m.
6/8 NL 2-7 Draw $10,000 60,000 60 minutes 1 3 p.m.
6/11 H.O.R.S.E. $10,000 60,000 60 minutes None 3 p.m.
6/14 Dealers Choice 6-Handed $10,000 60,000 60 minutes None 3 p.m.
6/17 Seven-Card Stud $10,000 60,000 60 minutes None 3 p.m.
6/19 High Roller PLO $25,000 150,000 60 minutes 1 3 p.m.
6/20 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw $10,000 60,000 60 minutes None 3 p.m.
6/22 PLO 8-Handed $10,000 60,000 60 minutes None 3 p.m.
6/24 Poker Players Championship $50,000 300,000 100 minutes None 3 p.m.
6/26 Razz $10,000 60,000 60 minutes None 3 p.m.
6/28 PLO Hi-Lo $10,000 60,000 60 minutes None 3 p.m.
6/30 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo $10,000 60,000 60 minutes None 3 p.m.
7/2 Limit Hold’em $10,000 60,000 60 minutes None 3 p.m.
7/3 WSOP Main Event 1a $10,000 60,000 120 minutes None 12 p.m.
7/4 WSOP Main Event 1b $10,000 60,000 120 minutes None 12 p.m.
7/5 WSOP Main Event 1c $10,000 60,000 120 minutes None 12 p.m.
7/11 High Roller $100,000 600,000 60 minutes 1 3 p.m.
7/13 6-Handed NL $10,000 60,000 60 minutes None 3 p.m.