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  1. Welcome to the Ultimate Guide to the 2020 World Series of Poker. The days are counting down to the start of the 51st edition of the WSOP, and everyone’s favorite poker festival will be here before we know it. For dates, schedule details, frequently asked questions, how to qualify, and more, you’ve come to the right place. Bookmark this page because we’ll be updating it regularly as more announcements are made. Last update: Monday, April 20, 2020 2020 WSOP Postponed On Monday, April 20, 2020, WSOP officials announced that the 2020 WSOP is postponed until a later date due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The news targeted a fall edition of the WSOP but that determination and exact dates will be announced at a later time, so stay tuned to PocketFives for ongoing developments. As it pertains to series' online tournaments, Ty Stewart, executive director of the WSOP, said in the press release that, "In the interim, official WSOP competitions are expected to be played online this summer, and we will soon announce details of an expanded series of tournaments to be played on WSOP.com and through partnership with international operators, which will allow players to chase WSOP glory from their homes." For now, PocketFives' Ultimate Guide to the 2020 World Series of Poker will remain intact until we receive further details on events, dates, and more regarding the 2020 WSOP. What's New for the 2020 WSOP? $10,000 buy-in WSOP.com Online No Limit Hold'em $1,000 buy-in Freezeout NL to start the WSOP "Concerted effort" to hold more freezeout tournaments 'Mystery Bounty' tournament Nine 'High Roller' events, including the $250,000 Super High Roller 25 events in 18 different game types at the $1,500 buy-in level When Does the 2020 WSOP Start? Originally scheduled to start Tuesday, May 26, the 2020 World Series of Poker has been postponed until a later date. Stay tuned for details as they become available. The first gold bracelet event of the originally scheduled 2020 WSOP was the brand new $1,000 buy-in Freezeout No Limit Hold'em tournament. Offering more freezeout (no reentry) tournaments for the 2020 WSOP is what officials are calling a "concerted effort." Where Is the World Series of Poker Played? The World Series of Poker returns to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in 2020. It will be the 16th year that the WSOP is held at the off-strip Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Although Caesars Entertainment Corp sold the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in 2019 to New York real estate company Imperial Companies for $516.3 million, Caesars retains a lease on the property and will maintain and operate the Rio for 2020 and 2021, paying a rent of $45 million each year. The WSOP is still owned by Caesars and will once again be held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in 2020. "The World Series of Poker will be hosted at the Rio in 2020 and Caesars will retain the rights to this event," an internal company-wide Caesars memo stated when news of the sale was announced. "The site of future WSOP events will be announced at a later date." The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino is located just off the Las Vegas Strip, with an address of 3700 West Flamingo Road. The large conference area, ballroom space, and available parking benefit the substantial amount of attendance the WSOP attracts. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] What Is the Buy-In for the World Series of Poker? Buy-ins for the World Series of Poker have ranged from as low as $365 all the way up to $1 million in the past. In 2019, buy-ins ranged from $400 to $100,000. In 2020, the buy-ins ranged from $500 up to $250,000. The buy-in for the WSOP Main Event is $10,000. One of the best things about the WSOP is that there truly is a poker tournament available for players at all price points, so the accessibility is incredibly high. How Old Do You Have To Be To Play the WSOP? The legal age to enter events at the World Series of Poker is 21. Even if you come from a state, country, or region with a lower legal age for gambling, you must be at least 21 years old to play in WSOP events. How Much Can I Win at the World Series of Poker? Prizes can be anywhere from hundreds of dollars to tens of millions of dollars, depending on the tournament and how high a player’s placing is. The WSOP Main Event is known for its life-changing prizes. In 2019, Hossein Ensan won the WSOP Main Event for $10 million. Can I Win a WSOP Bracelet Online? Yes, as a matter of fact you can. Players in New Jersey and Nevada can play in WSOP.com online gold bracelet events as part of the 2020 World Series of Poker. For the 2020 WSOP, there are 14 online gold bracelet events scheduled, ranging from $400 up to $10,000. The online gold bracelet schedule is likely to be adjusted given the news of the festival's postponement. Stay tuned for details as they become available. Players don't have to be residents of New Jersey or Nevada to play. Players simply must be located within NJ and NV state boundaries and of age to be eligible to play in the WSOP.com online gold bracelet events. When Is the 2020 WSOP Main Event? The 2020 WSOP Main Event was scheduled to take place starting Wednesday, July 1, with three starting flights - Wednesday, July 1, Thursday, July 2, and Friday, July 3. The originally scheduled end date was Tuesday, July 14. With news of the postponement shifting things to a targeted date in the fall, new dates for the 2020 WSOP Main Event will need to be announced. How Many Entries in the WSOP Main Event? The field size for the WSOP Main Event varies from year to year. The 2006 WSOP Main Event currently holds the record for largest field size in the event's storied history. In 2006, the WSOP Main Event had 8,773 entries. The 2019 WSOP Main Event came just 204 entries short of that record with 8,569 entries. The 2019 WSOP Main Event field size was the second largest ever for the tournament. The 2019 WSOP Main Event was also the fourth consecutive year-over-year increase in field size for the event. Although we can't know for sure how big the 2020 WSOP Main Event will be, we can confidently estimate that it will draw a field of 8,000-9,000 entries. 2020 WSOP Main Event Schedule DATE EVENT DAY TBD (originally scheduled for Wednesday, July 1) Day 1a TBD (originally scheduled for Thursday, July 2) Day 1b TBD (originally scheduled for Friday, July 3) Day 1c TBD (originally scheduled for Saturday, July 4) Day 2a and 2b TBD (originally scheduled for Sunday, July 5) Day 2c TBD (originally scheduled for Monday, July 6) Day 3 TBD (originally scheduled for Tuesday, July 7) Day 4 TBD (originally scheduled for Wednesday, July 8) Day 5 TBD (originally scheduled for Thursday, July 9) Day 6 TBD (originally scheduled for Friday, July 10) Day 7 TBD (originally scheduled for Saturday, July 11) Off Day TBD (originally scheduled for Sunday, July 12) Day 8 TBD (originally scheduled for Monday, July 13) Day 9 TBD (originally scheduled for Tuesday, July 14) Day 10 Key Events The 2020 WSOP schedule will be full of a wide variety of tournaments and there are great events to choose from everyday, but some stand out a little more than others. Other than the WSOP Main Event, here are the key events for the 2020 World Series of Poker. Big 50 - START DATE BUY-IN STARTING CHIPS LEVEL TIME TBD (originally scheduled for May 28) $500 50,000 50 minutes The first open event of the 2020 WSOP is the WSOP Big 50, and it's going to be just that… big. After a record field of 28,371 entries turned up to play the event in 2019, another massive turnout is expected and it’s a great opportunity to turn a $500 buy-in into a life-changing payday. A $500 buy-in gets you 50,000 in starting chips and levels are 50-minutes in length. There are multiple starting flights for the event, running over the course of May 28-31, and players can reenter once per flight during the registration period if they bust out. The 2019 WSOP Big 50 attracted a field of 28,371 entries to create the largest live poker tournament in history. It had a prize pool of $13.509 million. Femi Fashakin won the event for $1.147 million. Millionaire Maker - START DATE BUY-IN STARTING CHIPS LEVEL TIME TBD (originally scheduled for June 5) $1,500 25,000 60 minutes The WSOP Millionaire Maker is always a popular tournament. Ever since it was added to the WSOP schedule in 2013, players from all over the world have flocked to this $1,500 buy-in event with the hopes at being crowned a million-dollar winner. As the name suggest, the WSOP Millionaire Maker tournament guarantees $1 million to first place. The $1,500 buy-in Millionaire Maker starts on Friday, June 5, and players begin with 25,000 in chips and play 60-minute levels. There is a second starting flight scheduled for Saturday, June 6, and players can reenter once per flight during the registration period if they bust out. The 2019 WSOP Millionaire Maker attracted 8,809 entries and created a prize pool of $11.892 million. John Gorsuch took home the gold bracelet and $1.344 million prize. Ladies Championship - START DATE BUY-IN STARTING CHIPS LEVEL TIME TBD (originally scheduled for June 17) $1,000* 20,000 60 minutes The WSOP Ladies Championship is another special event on the schedule year after year. The event has a $1,000 buy-in for women and starts Wednesday, June 17. Players begin with 20,000 in starting chips and play 60-minute levels. There is one reentry allowed during the registration period. The 2019 WSOP Ladies Championship drew a field of 968 entries and generated a prize pool of $871,200. Jiyoung Kim won first place and $167,308 in prize money. *Due to state regulations, this event features a buy-in of $10,000 that is discounted to $1,000 for women. Seniors Championship - START DATE BUY-IN STARTING CHIPS LEVEL TIME TBD (originally scheduled for June 18) $1,000 20,000 60 minutes Every year, the WSOP Seniors Championship is a wall-bursting competition, with players ages 50 years old and above packing the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino for a shot at poker’s ultimate glory. The 2020 edition of this event has a start date of Thursday, June 18, and features a $1,000 buy-in for 20,000 in chips. Levels are 60 minutes long and there is one reentry allowed during the registration period. In 2019, Howard Mash, topped the 5,916-entry field to win his first career bracelet and the $662,594. The prize pool was $5.324 million. Mystery Bounty - START DATE BUY-IN STARTING CHIPS LEVEL TIME TBD (originally scheduled for June 28) $1,500 50,000 30 minutes New for the 2020 WSOP is the 'Mystery Bounty' tournament. This tournament will play like a typical bounty tournament in that every time you bust a player, you'll receive a prize. But, there's a twist. Throughout the field, there will be 100 players with mystery bounties on their heads that range from anywhere between $2,500 and $250,000. That's right. Knocking out a player would earn you up to a quarter of a million dollars. The mystery bounties are guaranteed at $1 million. Included in the mystery bounties in addition to the $250,000 one are three worth $100,000 each and six worth $25,000 each. $10,000 WSOP.com Online NL - START DATE BUY-IN STARTING CHIPS LEVEL TIME TBD (originally scheduled for July 2) $10,000 30,000 20 minutes Having WSOP gold bracelets event that play out online at WSOP.com is nothing new, but the addition of a $10,000 buy-in online gold bracelet event definitely is. The $10,000 buy-in WSOP.com Online No Limit Hold'em is the first online bracelet event with a buy-in of at least $10,000. The previous high was the $3,200 WSOP.com NL High Roller. The $10,000 WSOP.com Online NL starts Thursday, July 2, at 12 p.m. PT and is a freezeout tournament. This should be one heck of an event and we're very much looking forward to it. The Closer - START DATE BUY-IN STARTING CHIPS LEVEL TIME TBD (originally scheduled for July 10) $1,500 25,000 30 minutes If you’re looking to close out your summer of poker with a bang, the WSOP Closer is your ticket to try and do so. The $1,500 buy-in event has starting flights on Friday, July 10, and Saturday, July 11. Players start with 25,000 in chips, play 30-minute levels, and are allowed one reentry per starting flight during the registration period. The 2019 WSOP Closer had a field of 2,800 entries. That generated a prize pool of $3.78 million. Abhinav Iyer earned the lion’s share of the prize pool by winning the event and taking home $565,346. Schedule for All 2020 WSOP Bracelet Events Below is the original list of events planned for 2020 WSOP. Due to the postponement, new dates will need to be announced and there may be further changes to the schedule. As information becomes available, PocketFives will update the schedule. DATE TBD START TIME (PT) BUY-IN TBD Freezeout No Limit Hold'em TBD $1,000 TBD Casino Employees Event TBD $500 TBD 'Big 50' TBD $500 TBD Omaha Hi-Lo TBD $1,500 TBD High Roller NL 8-Max TBD $25,000 TBD Dealer's Choice 6-Handed TBD $1,500 TBD WSOP.com Online NL TBD $400 TBD Heads-Up NL TBD $25,000 TBD NL Deepstack TBD $600 TBD Mixed Triple Draw TBD $2,500 TBD Super Turbo Bounty NL TBD $1,000 TBD Seven Card Stud TBD $1,500 TBD 6-Handed NL TBD $1,500 TBD Omaha Hi-Lo 8-or-Better TBD $10,000 TBD Freezeout NL TBD $1,500 TBD H.O.R.S.E. TBD $1,500 TBD Millionaire Maker TBD $1,500 TBD High Roller NL 8-Max TBD $50,000 TBD Mixed Omaha TBD $1,500 TBD Seven Card Stud TBD $10,000 TBD Forty Stack No Limit Hold’em TBD $1,000 TBD H.O.R.S.E. TBD $3,000 TBD WSOP.com Online PLO TBD $777 TBD PLO Deepstack TBD $600 TBD Short Deck TBD $10,000 TBD Super Turbo Bounty NL TBD $1,500 TBD H.O.R.S.E. TBD $10,000 TBD WSOP.com Online Freezeout NL TBD $800 TBD PLO 8-Handed TBD $1,000 TBD NL 2-7 Lowball TBD $1,500 TBD Freezeout NL TBD $2,500 TBD Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo TBD $1,500 TBD Monster Stack TBD $1,500 TBD Super Turbo Bounty NL TBD $10,000 TBD Limit 2-7 Triple Draw TBD $1,500 TBD Dealer's Choice 6-Handed TBD $10,000 TBD NL Deepstack TBD $800 TBD PLO 8-Handed TBD $1,500 TBD WSOP.com Online NL Turbo Deepstack TBD $500 TBD Freezeout No Limit Hold'em TBD $500 TBD No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw TBD $10,000 TBD 8-Handed Mixed NL/PLO Deepstack TBD $600 TBD Razz TBD $1,500 TBD Ladies Championship TBD $10,000/$1,000 TBD NL Shootout TBD $1,500 TBD High Roller PLO 8-Max TBD $25,000 TBD Seniors (50+) Championship TBD $1,000 TBD Freezeout NL TBD $3,000 TBD Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw TBD $10,000 TBD Double Stack NL TBD $1,000 TBD 9-Game Mix 6-Max TBD $2,500 TBD Pot Limit Omaha TBD $10,000 TBD 8-Handed NL Deepstack TBD $800 TBD Freezeout NL TBD $5,000 TBD WSOP.com Online Freezeout NL TBD $500 TBD Super Seniors (60+) TBD $1,000 TBD Tag Team TBD $1,000 TBD Poker Players Championship TBD $50,000 TBD Deepstack Championship TBD $600 TBD PLO Hi-Lo 8-Handed TBD $1,500 TBD Colossus TBD $400 TBD Razz TBD $10,000 TBD NL 6-Handed TBD $5,000 TBD Crazy Eights NL TBD $888 TBD Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8-or-Better TBD $10,000 TBD Super High Roller NL TBD $250,000 TBD Limit Hold'em TBD $1,500 TBD Mystery Bounty NL TBD $1,500 TBD Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8-or-Better TBD $10,000 TBD WSOP.com Online Championship TBD $1,000 TBD Mini Main Event TBD $1,000 TBD 6-Handed No Limit Hold'em TBD $10,000 TBD WSOP.com Online NL TBD $500 TBD 'Final 500' Salute To Warriors TBD $500 TBD Limit Hold'em TBD $10,000 TBD WSOP.com Online NL TBD $1,500 TBD WSOP Main Event TBD $10,000 TBD WSOP.com Online High Roller NL TBD $3,200 TBD WSOP.com Online Super High Roller NL TBD $10,000 TBD WSOP.com Online NL TBD $400 TBD Little One for One Drop TBD $1,111 TBD WSOP.com Online NL Turbo Deepstack TBD $500 TBD Limit Hold'em 6-Handed TBD $3,000 TBD WSOP.com Online NL 6-Handed TBD $600 TBD Mixed NL/PLO 8-Max TBD $5,000 TBD Bounty NL TBD $1,500 TBD High Roller PLO TBD $50,000 TBD Bounty PLO TBD $1,500 TBD NL 6-Handed TBD $3,000 TBD Fifty Stack NL TBD $1,500 TBD Mixed NL/PLO TBD $1,500 TBD High Roller NL 8-Max TBD $50,000 TBD The Closer TBD $1,500 TBD PLO 6-Handed TBD $3,000 TBD High Roller NL 8-Max TBD $100,000 TBD NL Deepstack TBD $800 TBD 8-Game Mix 6-Handed TBD $1,500 TBD WSOP.com Online Summer Saver NL TBD $500 TBD Super Turbo NL TBD $1,000 TBD Mixed Big Bet TBD $2,500 TBD NL 8-Handed TBD $5,000 New events that jump off the page for the 2020 WSOP include the $1,500 buy-in 'Mystery Bounty' tournament, the $250,000 Super High Roller, and the $50,000 High Roller PLO. The Mystery Bounty is a tournament with a unique bounty format in that there are 100 "mystery bounties" worth anywhere from $2,500 to $250,000, with a total value of the mystery bounties coming to $1 million. There is a heads-up bracelet tournament that comes with a big buy-in of $25,000. This event will be capped at 64 players. Tthe $250,000 Super High Roller is going to be one exciting tournament with some truly elite talent and big names on display. Same with the $50,000 High Roller PLO. These three events are some of the nine 'High Roller' events on the 2020 WSOP schedule. How To Qualify for the 2020 WSOP Qualify in the US on WSOP.com - Players in US regulated online poker markets can already start qualifying for the 2020 World Series of Poker on WSOP.com. Qualify Outside the US with 888poker - Players outside of the US have the chance to qualify for the 2020 WSOP Main Event and more with 888poker, where available. Deemed the '888poker WSOP 2020 Mega Package,' players who win a package will receive entry into the 2020 WSOP Main Event and a buy-in to the $888 Crazy Eights NL gold bracelet event. Below is what's included in the $15,000 package: $10,000 buy-in to the 2020 WSOP Main Event $888 buy-in to the Crazy Eights gold bracelet event $1,000 in cash for travel, food, and additional expenses 12-night stay at the Vdara Hotel (June 26-July 8) Transportation to and from the Rio 888poker welcome session at the Vdara 888poker LIVE kit, including branded merchandise The 888poker Mega Package is one of the best ways to win a trip to play in the WSOP, and you can do so for as little as $0.01. Check out the 'Tournaments' tab in the 888poker client, then go to the 'Live Events' section. In that lobby, you'll see that 888poker is offering 'Step Satellites' that allow players the chance to work their way up the ladder and eventually play for the chance to win one of the $15,000 packages. Players can start at the lowest level and buy-in for just $0.01, hop right into the $1,050 WSOP 2020 Mega Package qualifier, or find something in between. All of the satellites are geared towards helping players win packages to the 2020 WSOP. MORE: Win Your Way to the 2020 WSOP Main Event with 888poker How To Watch the 2020 WSOP Can you watch the WSOP on TV? You bet you can. Once again, the World Series of Poker will be broadcast on ESPN. For 2020, it was announced by the WSOP, Poker Central, and ESPN that live footage of the WSOP Main Event will be available, although dates of the broadcast will be determined at a later date. ESPN and Poker Central will air 40 hours of live WSOP coverage, plus an additional 90 hours of originally produced episodes. Below is the current schedule for 2020 WSOP broadcasts: DATE EVENT NETWORK AIR TIME (ET) TBD WSOP Main Event Day 1a ESPN2 TBD TBD WSOP Main Event Day 1b ESPN TBD TBD WSOP Main Event Day 1b ESPN2 TBD TBD WSOP Main Event Day 1c ESPN2 TBD TBD WSOP Main Event Day 2ab ESPN TBD TBD WSOP Main Event Day 2c ESPN2 TBD TBD WSOP Main Event Day 3 ESPN2 TBD TBD WSOP Main Event Day 4 ESPN2 TBD TBD WSOP Main Event Day 5 ESPN2 TBD TBD WSOP Main Event Day 6 ESPN2 TBD TBD WSOP Main Event Day 7 ESPN2 TBD TBD WSOP Main Event Day 8 ESPN2 TBD TBD WSOP Main Event Day 9 ESPN2 TBD TBD WSOP Main Event Day 10 ESPN TBD WSOP All-Time Bracelet Winners Thousands of players have won WSOP gold bracelets. Here's a look at the top players with the most gold bracelets entering the 2020 World Series of Poker, led by Phil Hellmuth with an astounding 15 gold bracelets. RANK PLAYER BRACELETS 1. Phil Hellmuth 15 T2. Phil Ivey 10 T2. Johnny Chan 10 T2. Doyle Brunson 10 5. Johnny Moss 9 6. Erik Seidel 8 T7. Men Nguyen 7 T7. Billy Baxter 7 T9. Daniel Negreanu 6 T9. Chris Ferguson 6 T9. John Hennigan 6 T9. TJ Cloutier 6 T9. Jeff Lisandro 6 T9. Layne Flack 6 T9. Ted Forrest 6 T9. Jay Heimowitz 6 Behind the group with six bracelets each, there are 10 players with five bracelets each and then 23 players with four bracelets each. There are also a lot of highly regarded players who have yet to win WSOP gold. You can read about some of those players on PocketFives, including Patrik Antonius, Dan Smith, Shannon Shorr, and Jason Koon. WSOP All-Time Money Earners There are hundreds of millions of dollars to be won every year at the World Series of Poker. Here is a look at the top 10 players based on money earned at the WSOP entering the 2020, with Antonio Esfandiari leading the way. RANK PLAYER WSOP EARNINGS 1. Antonio Esfandiari $22,365,691 2. Daniel Negreanu $19,355,619 3. Dan Colman $17,413,782 4. Phil Hellmuth $15,032,052 5. Jonathan Duhamel $14,666,297 6. Justin Bonomo $14,292,554 7. Joe Cada $13,610,088 8. Jamie Gold $12,343,698 9. Martin Jacobson $12,143,293 10. Fedor Holz $11,915,808 Sitting just outside the top 10, Joe McKeehen, Hossein Ensan, and Greg Merson have all won more than $10 million at the World Series of Poker. WSOP Main Event Winners YEAR WINNER ENTRIES FIRST PRIZE 1970 Johnny Moss 7 n/a 1971 Johnny Moss 6 $30,000 1972 Thomas 'Amarillo Slim' Preston 8 $80,000 1973 Walter 'Puggy' Pearson 13 $130,000 1974 Johnny Moss 16 $160,000 1975 Brian 'Sailor' Roberts 21 $210,000 1976 Doyle Brunson 22 $220,000 1977 Doyle Brunson 34 $340,000 1978 Bobby Baldwin 42 $210,000 1979 Hal Fowler 54 $270,000 1980 Stu Ungar 73 $385,000 1981 Stu Ungar 75 $375,000 1982 Jack Strauss 104 $520,000 1983 Tom McEvoy 108 $540,000 1984 Jack Keller 132 $660,000 1985 Bill Smith 140 $700,000 1986 Berry Johnston 141 $570,000 1987 Johnny Chan 152 $625,000 1988 Johnny Chan 167 $700,000 1989 Phil Hellmuth 178 $755,000 1990 Mansour Matloubi 194 $895,000 1991 Brad Daugherty 215 $1,000,000 1992 Hamid Dastmalchi 201 $1,000,000 1993 Jim Bechtel 220 $1,000,000 1994 Russ Hamilton 268 $1,000,000 1995 Dan Harrington 273 $1,000,000 1996 Huck Seed 295 $1,000,000 1997 Stu Ungar 312 $1,000,000 1998 Scotty Nguyen 350 $1,000,000 1999 Noel Furlong 393 $1,000,000 2000 Chris Ferguson 512 $1,500,000 2001 Carlos Mortensen 613 $1,500,000 2002 Robert Varkonyi 631 $2,000,000 2003 Chris Moneymaker 839 $2,500,000 2004 Greg Raymer 2,576 $5,000,000 2005 Joe Hachem 5,619 $7,500,000 2006 Jamie Gold 8,773 $12,000,000 2007 Jerry Yang 6,358 $8,250,000 2008 Peter Eastgate 6,844 $9,152,416 2009 Joe Cada 6,494 $8,574,649 2010 Jonathan Duhamel 7,319 $8,944,138 2011 Pius Heinz 6,865 $8,715,638 2012 Greg Merson 6,598 $8,531,853 2013 Ryan Riess 6,352 $8,359,531 2014 Martin Jacobson 6,683 $10,000,000 2015 Joe McKeehen 6,420 $7,683,346 2016 Qui Nguyen 6,737 $8,005,310 2017 Scott Blumstein 7,221 $8,150,000 2018 John Cynn 7,874 $8,800,000 2019 Hossein Ensan 8,569 $10,000,000
  2. On Wednesday, the World Series of Poker added another 19 events to the official 2020 WSOP summer schedule, all of which will be offered at a price point of $1,500. “We have found the $1,500 price point to be the sweet spot in poker, perfectly balancing affordability, field size, and prize pool to offer great value for participating players,” said Jack Eiffel, WSOP Vice President. “As we continue to cater our offerings to find something for everyone, the $1,500 buy-ins remain a core staple of the WSOP.” [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] In total, the World Series of Poker will be offering 25 gold bracelet tournaments at the $1,500 price point. The $1,500 buy-in will encompass 18 different disciplines, 12 of which will have just a single entry, embracing the WSOP’s “concerted effort” to offer players more freezeout tournaments. For the remaining 13 events, players are afforded no more than a single re-entry per flight. All events will start with a minimum of 25,000 in chips, which aims to provide value for the player but means something different to each tournament depending on its structure. In addition to offering a wide variety of $1,500 events this year, the WSOP is giving the price point its own dedicated leaderboard. Players dedicated to grinding out the slate of $1,500 events will earn points for every cash and, unlike some of the previous years’ WSOP POY awards, there will be “prizes up for grabs for the winner.” More information on the $1,500 leaderboard, as well as the overall 2020 WSOP Player of the Year award, will be announced prior to the start of the 2020 summer series. Many of the WSOP’s marquee events can be found as a part of the $1,500 series of events, including the Millionaire Maker, Monster Stack, and Closer, all of which had been previously announced. Also part of the series is the buzz-worthy Mystery Bounty tournament, in which a single bounty may be worth as much as $250,000. Also, the Fifty Stack, a No Limit Hold’em tournament with 50,000 in starting chips and 30-minute levels. New to the 2020 schedule are three different bounty tournaments including the return of the popular No Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty ($500 bounties with 20-minute levels), as well as both a No Limit Hold’em and a Pot-Limit Omaha bounty tournament. Mixed games are well represented at the $1,500 buy-in as well with Omaha, Seven Card Stud, and 2-7 variants being represented, as well as H.O.R.S.E, the Dealer's Choice, and Eight Game Mix all returning to the schedule. The 2020 WSOP is set to take place from May 26 through July 15 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. For everything you need to know about the 2020 WSOP, check out our Ultimate Guide to the 2020 WSOP. 202 WSOP $1,500 Buy-In Events DATE EVENT BUY-IN CHIPS LEVELS RE-ENTRY TIME 5/28 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better $1,500.00 25,000 40/60 min Freezeout 3 p.m. 5/30 Dealers Choice 6-Handed $1,500.00 25,000 40/60 min 1 3 p.m. 6/2 Seven Card Stud $1,500.00 25,000 40/60 min Freezeout 3 p.m. 6/3 6-Handed NLHE $1,500.00 25,000 40/60 min 1 11 a.m. 6/4 Freezeout NLHE $1,500.00 25,000 40/60 min Freezeout 11 a.m. 6/4 H.O.R.S.E. $1,500.00 25,000 40/60 min Freezeout 3 p.m. 6/5 Millionaire Maker No Limit Hold'em $1,500.00 25,000 60 min 1 / Flight 11 a.m. 6/5 Mixed: PLO Hi-Lo 8; Omaha Hi-Lo 8; Big 0 $1,500.00 25,000 40/60 min 1 3 p.m. 6/9 Super Turbo Bounty NLHE ($500 Bounties) $1,500.00 25,000 20 min Freezeout 11 a.m. 6/10 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw $1,500.00 25,000 60 min 1 3 p.m. 6/11 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better $1,500.00 25,000 40/60 min Freezeout 3 p.m. 6/12 Monster Stack No Limit Hold'em $1,500.00 50,000 60 min Freezeout 10 a.m. 6/12 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw $1,500.00 25,000 40/60 min 1 3 p.m. 6/14 Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed) $1,500.00 25,000 40/60 min 1 3 p.m. 6/16 Razz $1,500.00 25,000 40/60 min Freezeout 3 p.m. 6/17 Shootout No Limit Hold'em $1,500.00 25,000 40 min Freezeout 12 p.m. 6/23 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better (8-Handed) $1,500.00 25,000 40/60 min 1 3 p.m. 6/27 Limit Hold'em $1,500.00 25,000 40/60 min Freezeout 3 p.m. 6/28 Mystery Bounty No Limit Hold'em $1,500.00 50,000 30 min Freezeout 11 a.m. 7/7 Bounty No Limit Hold'em ($500 bounties) $1,500.00 25,000 40/60 min Freezeout 12 p.m. 7/8 Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha ($500 bounties) $1,500.00 25,000 40/60 min 1 12 p.m. 7/9 Fifty Stack No Limit Hold'em $1,500.00 50,000 30 min 1 12 p.m. 7/9 Mixed No Limit Hold'em/PLO (8-Handed) $1,500.00 25,000 40/60 min 1 3 p.m. 7/10 & 11 The Closer No Limit Hold'em $1,500.00 25,000 30 min 1/flight 12 p.m. 7/12 Eight Game Mix (6-Handed) $1,500.00 25,000 40/60 min 1 3 p.m.  
  3. The schedule for the 2020 World Series of Poker continued to take shape on Thursday as officials revealed the dates for another 12 events, including a brand new ‘mystery’ bounty tournament and the largest buy-in tournament ever to take place at the WSOP. With the announcement of these 12 new events, a total of 17 brand new tournaments have been added thus far to the 2020 WSOP. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="BetMGM NJ"] Freezeout Series Following up their previous announcement that this year’s World Series of Poker will have a “concerted effort” to provide players more freezeout tournaments, the latest batch of dates includes another six No Limit Hold’em events priced between $500 and $5,000 that gives players just a single shot to make the money. When all is said and done, including staple events like the Main Event and the Monster Stack, the WSOP promises players more than 40 events on the schedule will utilize the freezeout format. The six tournaments announced today have been dubbed the Freezeout Series six-pack and hit a variety of price points. Freezeout Series Six-Pack Dates DATE EVENT START TIME (PT) BUY-IN 05-27 Freezeout No Limit Hold'em 11:00 AM $1,000 06-04 Freezeout No Limit Hold'em 11:00 AM $1,500 06-11 Freezeout No Limit Hold'em 11:00 AM $2,500 06-15 Freezeout No Limit Hold'em 11:00 AM $500 06-18 Freezeout No Limit Hold'em 01:00 PM $3,000 06-21 Freezeout No Limit Hold'em 03:00 PM $5,000 "Mystery Bounty" One of those new single-shot tournaments that is sure to draw some buzz is the first-ever $1,500 Mystery Bounty No Limit Hold’em. The tournament plays like a typical bounty tournament where players will capture a cash reward for every player they eliminate. However, there’s a twist. The will be 100 “mystery bounties” of varying values that total at least $1,000,000. A standard bounty is $100, but the 100 players who unknowingly hold a “mystery bounty” will be valued between $2,500 and $250,000. The mystery part is that players will have no idea if they are battling against a player worth $100 or $250,000 until they actually bust that player and cash out. Bounty Amount # of Prizes $250,000 1 $100,000 3 $25,000 6 $10,000 10 $2,500 80 This event is scheduled for Sunday, June 28, one day after the $888 Crazy Eight event and just one day before the $1,000 Mini Main Event. Historic Super High Roller Another new event added to the schedule is the $250,000 Super High Roller NLHE bracelet event. The tournament is not only new to the World Series of Poker but, according to the announcement, it’s new to the city of Las Vegas. It will mark the first time that a tournament with a price point this high has ever been run in Sin City. While the player pool for such a nosebleed event is limited, the interest that the $250,000 Super High Roller bracelet event will draw from the poker playing public will be quite high. In addition to the $250K, three more big buy-in tournaments were part of the announcement. On May 29, there will be a $25,000 NLHE High Roller Eight Max scheduled and on July 7 the $50,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller will take place. The 64-player Heads-Up tournament returns in 2020 as well, however, this year the buy-in has gone up from $10,000 to a $25,000 buy-in. Read: WSOP Adds $10,000 Online Event and 15 More Events To 2020 Schedule “New events are always a result of player input and we’re thankful to have received many great suggestions this year,” said Jack Eiffel, WSOP Vice President. “The 2020 WSOP is chock-full of new events, new price points and a little mystery sure to resonate with poker players everywhere. We can’t wait to open our doors in four short months to get things started.” For everything you need to know about the 2020 World Series of Poker, check out our Ultimate Guide to the 2020 WSOP. 2020 WSOP New Event Schedule DATE EVENT START TIME (PT) BUY-IN 05-27 Freezeout No Limit Hold'em 11:00 AM $1,000 05-29 High Roller NLHE Eight Max 03:00 PM $25,000 05-31 Heads-Up NLHE 06:00 PM $25,000 06-04 Freezeout No Limit Hold'em 11:00 AM $1,500 06-07 Forty Stack NLHE 11:00 AM $1,000 06-11 Freezeout No Limit Hold'em 11:00 AM $2,500 06-15 Freezeout No Limit Hold'em 11:00 AM $500 06-18 Freezeout No Limit Hold'em 01:00 PM $3,000 06-19 Nine-Game Mix Six Max 03:00 PM $2,500 06-21 Freezeout No Limit Hold'em 03:00 PM $5,000 06-27 Super High Roller NLHE 12:00 PM $250,000 06-28 Mystery Bounty' NLHE 11:00 AM $1,500 07-06 Mixed NLHE/PLO Eight Max 06:00 PM $5,000 07-07 High Roller Pot Limit Omaha 03:00 PM $50,000 07-09 Fifty Stack NLHE 12:00 PM $1,500 07-12 No Limit Hold'em Deepstack 11:00 AM $800 07-13 Super Turbo NLHE 11:00 AM $1,000 * 5 of the 17 events above have been previously announced.
  4. Dates for the 2020 World Series of Poker were announced on Wednesday, and the 51st WSOP is scheduled for May 26 through July 15, 2020. The 2020 WSOP will once again be held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, with 51 action-packed days of poker planned, despite the recent sale of the property. Although the full schedule of events is yet to be released, the WSOP did give the dates for the WSOP Main Event, the BIG 50, and the Seniors Championship. Main Event Scheduled for July 1-14 The 2020 WSOP Main Event runs July 1-14. It kicks off on Wednesday, July 1, for the first of three starting flights. The second and third flights are scheduled for Thursday, July 2, and Friday, July 3, respectively. Competitors to advance from either of the first two flights will resume action on Saturday, July 4, and those to advance from the third flight will play their Day 2 on Sunday, July 5. All remaining entrants will combine into one field on Monday, July 6. Play is scheduled to continue each day through Friday, July 10, when it is anticipated that the final table will be reached. The final players will have an off day on Saturday, July 11, before resuming the competition on Sunday, July 12. A winner is expected to be crowned on Tuesday, July 14. The 2020 WSOP Main Event will look to draw off the success that was delivered in 2019, when it attracted the second largest field size in the event’s history at 8,569 entries. It was only the second time ever that the field size for the WSOP Main Event topped 8,000 entries, and it was the fourth consecutive year that the Main Event field size increased. The 2019 WSOP Main Event winner was Hossein Ensan, who took home the mammoth $10 million first-place prize. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] BIG 50 Scheduled for May 28-June 4 The beginning of the 2020 World Series of Poker will feature the incredibly popular $500 buy-in BIG 50 tournament. It’s the second year for this event and big things are expected after the 2019 edition absolutely shattered the record books with 28,371 entries. The 2020 WSOP BIG 50 is scheduled to start on Thursday, May 28, and wrap up on Thursday, June 4. In 2019, it was Femi Fashakin finishing in first place from the enormous field. Fashakin took home the lion’s share of the $13.509 million prize pool, winning $1.147 million. Seniors Champions Scheduled for June 18-21 The third event that WSOP officials did confirm in the announcement is the $1,000 buy-in, single reentry Seniors Championship. Scheduled to take place June 18-21, the WSOP Seniors Championship is open to all participants age 50 or older. In 2019, the WSOP Seniors Championship drew 5,916 entries. Howard Mash, a 50-year-old financial advisor from Florida was triumphant, scoring $662,594. Online Satellites Already Running At the time of the announcement, the start of the 2020 WSOP was five and a half months away, so there’s plenty of time to get ready for what should be another record-setting series. The 2019 WSOP was the biggest ever, with 187,298 total entries and more than $293 million in prize pool money generated. The 2020 edition is likely going to set new records, and part of the reason why is because online satellites are already running on WSOP.com in Nevada and New Jersey. Will Pennsylvania Be Involved? Pennsylvania could certainly be involved with the 2020 WSOP, at least to some capacity. With regulated online poker now up and running in Pennsylvania, the Keystone State could become a player when WSOP.com is up and running, although there is no WSOP.com online client available in Pennsylvania at the time of this announcement. When WSOP.com becomes available in Pennsylvania, we should expect there to be online satellites running that will function to qualify players for the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. What we shouldn’t expect is for PA online poker players to be able to play in online gold bracelet events with players from Nevada and New Jersey from within Pennsylvania state lines. Although Nevada and New Jersey share player pools, Pennsylvania is not yet involved in any interstate compacts, so they’ll likely have to wait to compete for an online gold bracelet from within the State of Pennsylvania.
  5. [caption width="640"] Playing on playMGMpoker this month could send you to the WPT Five Diamond Poker Classic (WPT photo)[/caption] For November only, PocketFivers in New Jersey can win one of three $535 World Poker Tour Five Diamond super satellite tickets simply by playing tournaments on playMGMpoker.com. Players can earn leaderboard points by cashing in tournaments on PlayMGMpoker.com throughout the month of November. Points are awarded based on the PocketFives.com Leaderboard Formula and only results from PlayMGMPoker count towards the leaderboard. Points are earned only AFTER players opt in to the leaderboard. The three players who earn the most leaderboard points during this time will each win a $535 WPT Five Diamond Super Satellite ticket good for entry to the December 3 Super Satellite. That Super Satellite awards one $12,000 WPT Five Diamond package, including $10,400 buy-in and $1,600 travel, for every 24 players entered and at least one seat is guaranteed. This is the first time that New Jersey players have been able to qualify for a Las Vegas WPT event. "The leaderboard is just another way for us to give back to our loyal New Jersey community," said Lance Bradley, PocketFives President and Editor in Chief. "We'd love nothing more than for one of our members to turn that $535 ticket into a World Poker Tour title." One of the most prestigious WPT events on the schedule, the Five Diamond Poker Classic, which has a $10,400 buy-in, is set to take place December 5-10 at the Bellagio Resort and Casino. “We are thrilled with the opportunity to extend this to a national offering, with playMGMpoker sponsoring our online satellite program into the WPT Bellagio Five Diamond Poker Classic; allowing for participants in New Jersey to compete amongst the best players at an MGM Resorts Destination in Las Vegas,” said Ray Stefanelli, Executive Director of Online Gaming for playMGMpoker. Players who finish 4th - 10th on the leaderboard each receive a PocketFives hooded sweatshirt. To be eligible for this promotion you must have your PlayMGMpoker screen name listed on your PocketFives.com profile. Click here to do that (be sure to select “PlayMGM” from the list of sites). Once you've done that, make sure you visit the PlayMGMpoker WPT Five Diamond Leaderboard and click the green OPT IN button.
  6. The 2014 World Series of Poker is here! The 65-event schedule kicks off on Tuesday with two tournaments, the annual $500 Casino Employees event at Noon local time and a special $25,000 Mixed-Max No Limit Hold'em event that begins four hours later. Twitter was ablaze with players making their way to the Rio in Las Vegas, the host venue of the WSOP for the tenth straight year. Among those arriving in Las Vegas on Tuesday night was Griffin Flush_EntityBenger, who reached #1 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings earlier this month. Benger poked fun at his arrival being after the Mixed-Max event starts, Tweeting, "Booked my flight to Vegas for late this evening. Can you believe it was $25,000 cheaper than any other flight in the last few days!?" Benger has just over $100,000 in career WSOP earnings. Amit amak316 Makhija said it best on Twitter, telling his followers on Tuesday, "I have a ton to do before going to the WSOP tomorrow, but I will be running errands with a smile on my face. Such an amazing time of the year." Makhija has three WSOP scores of at least $150,000. Andres andressoprano Pereyra (pictured) Tweeted that he thought the fields would be more difficult to navigate in 2014: "Best of luck to all my button-clicker friends playing the series. Fields will be tougher this year; this fish won't be donating." Pereyra has two WSOP cashes to his name; both came in 2012. Although WSOP officials hawked free wireless internet, Bluff's Lance Bradley was less-than-enthusiastic about the Rio's in-room WiFi, saying, "When my daughter begins to use the internet, I'm bringing her to @RioVegas to use the in-room WiFi so she can learn what dial-up was like." Players will be able to grind online on WSOP.com, a regulated online poker site in Nevada, while in tournaments or cash games at the WSOP, which could put a heavy strain on internet bandwidth. Terrence Chan (pictured) was another player looking forward to the start of the WSOP, Tweeting on Tuesday, "Game day! Tried so hard to sleep in late, but woke up at 5:15am like a kid on Christmas morning." We'll leave the last word on the start of the 2014 WSOP to the Two Plus Two Pokercast team, who Tweeted the following fun fact about this year's series: "The only player going into the 2014 WSOP having won bracelets in both 2012 and 2013 is Belgium's Michael Gathy." As a reminder, non-US players are encouraged to bring a second form of ID that has proof of their address on it, else be faced with paperwork to prove residency. Not having a second ID will not preclude anyone from playing, according to WSOP officials, just make registering more problematic. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP news. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  7. The World Series of Poker has made a handful of announcements regarding the 2019 WSOP. To make your life easier, PocketFives put together the various pieces of the 2019 WSOP puzzle to bring you everything you need to know about the series, so far. We’ll keep this article updated as more announcements are made. Last update: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Where and When Is the 2019 WSOP? The 2019 WSOP takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino. It is the 50th edition of the World Series of Poker, with action scheduled to begin Wednesday, May 29, 2019. The 2019 WSOP is scheduled to end Tuesday, July 16. [caption id="attachment_617048" align="aligncenter" width="640"] The World Series of Poker again returns to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in 2019[/caption] New Additions To the 2019 WSOP The Big 50 - Leading the way for new events on the 2019 WSOP schedule is 'The Big 50.' This event is a $500 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament with a $5 million prize pool guarantee. The winner is guaranteed to take home $1 million, with payouts slated to begin on Day 2, according to the WSOP. While prize guarantees are nice, arguably the biggest draw for The Big 50 is the fact that everyone’s first entry into the event is rake-free. The event is re-entry and additional entries past the first will see $65 withheld for house and staff fees. The WSOP Big 50 starts Thursday, May 30, and has multiple starting flights. Additional starting flights take place Friday, May 31, Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2. The Big 50 is scheduled to reach a winner on Friday, June 7. Click here for The Big 50 structure sheet. Mini Main Event - Another exciting new event on the 2019 WSOP schedule is the 'Mini Main Event.' This tournament mirrors the WSOP Main Event but comes without the $10,000 buy-in. The WSOP Mini Main Event has a buy-in one-tenth the amount at $1,000. It features the same starting stack and structure as the $10,000 Main Event, but with level times that are 30 minutes instead of the 120 minutes played in the regular WSOP Main Event. The Mini Main Event is slated to be a two-day tournament, kicking off Monday, July 1, and leading directly into the $10,000 Main Event. Click here for the Mini Main Event structure sheet. Short Deck - Short deck poker is getting a lot of love these days. The game quickly became a regular fixture on the high roller scene and was recently launched as part of PokerStars’ online offering. Now, the game is coming to the World Series of Poker and in a big way. The WSOP announced that the 2019 schedule includes a $10,000 Short Deck tournament that will be played for a gold bracelet. The $10,000 Short Deck tournament is a four-day event starting on Sunday, June 2. Players are allowed one re-entry in this event. For this event, the rankings of hands will be, in order: royal flush, straight flush, four of a kind, flush, full house, straight, three of a kind, two pair, one pair, high card. Click here for the Short Deck structure sheet. $50,000 High Roller - In celebration of it being the 50th World Series of Poker in 2019, tournament organizers added a ‘50th Annual High Roller’ to the schedule. This event carries a $50,000 buy-in and comes right at the beginning of the summer, kicking off on Friday, May 31. The WSOP’s 50th Annual High Roller is listed as a four-day event and players are allowed one re-entry. Click here for the $50,000 High Roller structure sheet. Bracelet Winners Only - Another addition to the 2019 WSOP program is the $1,500 buy-in 50th Annual Bracelet Winners Only No-Limit Hold’em tournament. Open to only past WSOP gold bracelet winners and marketed by the WSOP to "crown the 'champion of champions' from any of the 1,078 WSOP gold bracelet winners since 1970 who decide to participate, along with the 60+ who win one at this year’s series prior to this event’s start," this tournament feels akin to the World Poker Tour Tournament of Champions that is open to only WPT Champions Club members. Click here for the Bracelet Winners Only structure sheet. Low Buy-In 'Deepstack' Events - The WSOP announced six additional low buy-in poker 'Deepstack' tournaments in the $600-$800 range, covering both no-limit hold'em and pot-limit Omaha. These new bracelet events come in addition to such things are The Big 50, Colossus, and the GIANT. There are four no-limit hold'em Deepstack events, one pot-limit Omaha, and one that is a mix of no-limit hold'em and pot-limit Omaha. The final Deepstack event in this category is the $600 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack Championship. This event comes with a $500,000 prize pool guarantee and is a three-day event. The winner will take home an added $10,000 WSOP Main Event seat. In this event, players will begin with 30,000 in starting chips. Salute To Warriors - Another addition to the 2019 WSOP schedule is a charity event to honor military service members, deemed the 'Salute To Warriors' tournament. The gold bracelet event has a $500 buy-in and starts Tuesday, July 2. It is a three-day tournament that will conclude on Thursday, July 4, which is Independence Day in the U.S. Proceeds from this event are said to be donated to the USO and other veteran organizations. The Salute To Warriors event is not restricted. It's open to all participants. Click here for the Salute To Warriors structure sheet. Main Event Seat Giveaway - In celebration of the 50th annual WSOP, the organization is giving away five WSOP Main Event seats through a drawing held on July 1, 2019. Simply swipe your Caesars Rewards card at the Rio Caesars Rewards desk to earn an entry. Additional entries, up to a maximum of five, can be earned by playing gold bracelet events. $500 Hot Seat Promotion - Starting June 3 and running to July 9, the WSOP will draw a random seat every hour of the WSOP and the player in that seat will receive $500 in cash value casino chips. According to the promotion’s official rules, a “drawing will be held each hour on each day starting at 12 am only in the event that there is an eligible poker game running.” A $1 jackpot promotional rake will be taken from each pot that reaches $10 or more at eligible live action tables. Automatic Shufflers - One hundred automatic shuffling machines will be added to the Rio’s Amazon Room. In past years, only a handful of tables in the Amazon Room had automatic shufflers. Gavin Smith Memorial Poker Tournament - On May 28, the WSOP will host a $200 buy-in memorial tournament to benefit the family of Gavin Smith. The event will be rake-free and start at 6 p.m. PT. From each $200 buy-in, $100 will go to the prize pool and $100 will be donated to the Gavin Smith Trust. Ladies Warm-Up Tournament - The 2019 WSOP Ladies Championship kicks off on June 20. The day before, June 19 at 6 pm, the WSOP will host a special, one-day, non-bracelet Ladies No Limit Hold’em Warm-Up event with a $150 buy-in. Seniors and PLO Deep Stack Events - Every Wednesday from May 28 to July 10, the WSOP will host special seniors-only (50+) one-day, deep-stack, No Limit Hold’em tournaments. These tournaments will start at 9 am PT. Every Sunday from June 2 to July 14, the WSOP will host special one-day, deep-stack, pot-limit Omaha tournaments. These tournaments will start at 5 pm and have a $250 buy-in. Larger Starting Stacks As the World Series of Poker put it, "gone are the days of a starting chip stack equivalent to the buy-in amount." For the 2019 WSOP, the majority of events received a bump in starting stack size. For example, $1,500 buy-in no-limit hold’em events that saw a starting stack of 7,500 in 2018 will now have a starting stack of 25,000. What isn’t so prominently mentioned in this regard is that the tournament structures are altered as well. Although full tournament structures have yet to be released, it’s safe to assume the stack multiplier won’t carry over to the number of big blinds a player starts the tournament with. Below is a chart to lays out the starting stack sizes for no-limit hold'em and pot-limit Omaha bracelet events at the 2019 WSOP, showing the comparison to the 2018 WSOP. Buy-In 2018 Starting Stack 2019 Starting Stack $400 n/a 40,000 $500 5,000 25,000 $600 n/a 30,000 $800 n/a 40,000 $888 8,000 40,000 $1,000 5,000 20,000 $1,500 7,500 25,000 $2,500 12,500 15,000 $2,620 26,200 26,200 $3,000 15,000 20,000 $5,000 25,000 30,000 $10,000 50,000 60,000 $25,000 125,000 150,000 $50,000 250,000 300,000 $100,000 500,000 600,000   [caption id="attachment_622478" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Larger starting stacks aim to be a big draw for the 2019 WSOP[/caption] Of note, the $500 buy-in 'Big 50' features a 50,000-chip starting stack. The $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Double Stack and $1,000 Mini Main Event, although they are at the $1,000 buy-in level, have 40,000-chip starting stacks. The $1,111 Little One for One Drop also has a 40,000-chip starting stack when the $111 add-on is purchased. At the $1,500 buy-in level, the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Double Stack, $1,500 Monster Stack, and $1,500 50th Annual Bracelet Winners Only No-Limit Hold'em have 50,000-chip starting stacks. Below is a chart to lays out the starting stack sizes for mixed games, limit, and seven-card stud gold bracelet events, plus the non-bracelet Daily Deepstacks tournaments at the 2019 WSOP, with a comparison to the 2018 WSOP stack sizes. Buy-In 2018 Starting Stack 2019 Starting Stack $150 10,000 10,000 $200 15,000 15,000 $250 20,000 20,000 $400 25,000 25,000 $1,500 7,500 10,000 $2,500 12,500 15,000 $3,000 15,000 20,000 $10,000 50,000 60,000 For a further look at some of the 2019 WSOP tournament structures and how they compared to the structures from 2018, see the links below. 2019 WSOP Structure Breakdown: Millionaire Maker 2019 WSOP Structure Breakdown: The Colossus 2019 WSOP Structure Breakdown: Monster Stack 2019 WSOP Structure Breakdown: Crazy Eights 2019 WSOP Structure Breakdown: The Main Event Big Blind Ante The 2019 World Series of Poker will see a big blind ante format applied to all no-limit hold’em tournaments at the Rio during the summer. That’s not just WSOP gold bracelet events. This new change applies to Daily Deepstacks and mega satellites. While some WSOP events have been played with big blind ante before, 2019 will be the first time the WSOP Main Event features big blind ante. Utilizing the big blind ante format is a positive move that will be well received by players, as it makes the game much more efficient. Schedule for All 2019 WSOP Bracelet Events DATE EVENT BUY-IN TIME 5/29 Casino Employees $500 11 a.m. 5/29 Super Turbo Bounty $10,000 12 p.m. 5/30 'The Big 50' 1a $500 11 a.m. 5/30 Omaha Hi-Lo $1,500 3 p.m. 5/31 'The Big 50' 1b $500 11 a.m. 5/31 50th Annual High Roller $50,000 3 p.m. 6/1 'The Big 50' 1c $500 10 a.m. 6/1 Limit Mixed Triple Draw $2,500 3 p.m. 6/2 'The Big 50' 1d $500 10 a.m. 6/2 WSOP.com No-Limit Hold'em $400 3:30 p.m. 6/2 Short Deck NL $10,000 6 p.m. 6/3 NL Deepstack $600 11 a.m. 6/3 Dealer's Choice $1,500 3 p.m. 6/3 No-Limit Hold'em $5,000 6 p.m. 6/4 Super Turbo Bounty $1,000 10 a.m. 6/4 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw $1,500 3 p.m. 6/5 H.O.R.S.E. $1,500 11 a.m. 6/5 Heads-Up NL $10,000 3 p.m. 6/5 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em $1,500 4 p.m. 6/6 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout $1,500 11 a.m. 6/6 Omaha Hi-Lo $10,000 3 p.m. 6/7 Millionaire Maker 1a $1,500 10 a.m. 6/7 Seven-Card Stud $1,500 3 p.m. 6/8 Millionaire Maker 1b $1,500 10 a.m. 6/8 NL 2-7 Draw $10,000 3 p.m. 6/9 Double Stack $1,000 11 a.m. 6/9 Eight-Game Mix $1,500 12 p.m. 6/9 WSOP.com 6-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha $600 3:30 p.m. 6/10 PLO Deepstack $600 11 a.m. 6/10 Marathon $2,620 12 p.m. 6/10 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo $1,500 3 p.m. 6/11 No-Limit Hold'em $1,000 11 a.m. 6/11 H.O.R.S.E. $10,000 3 p.m. 6/12 Pot-Limit Omaha $1,000 11 a.m. 6/12 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em $3,000 3 p.m. 6/13 Seniors (50+) $1,000 10 a.m. 6/13 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw $1,500 3 p.m. 6/14 Double Stack NL 1a $1,000 10 a.m. 6/14 Dealers Choice 6-Handed $10,000 3 p.m. 6/15 Double Stack NL 1b $1,000 10 a.m. 6/15 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout $3,000 3 p.m. 6/16 NL Deepstack $800 11 a.m. 6/16 WSOP.com No-Limit Hold'em Knockout $600 3:30 p.m. 6/17 Super Seniors (60+) $1,000 10 a.m. 6/17 Pot-Limit Omaha $1,500 12 p.m. 6/17 Seven-Card Stud $10,000 3 p.m. 6/18 NL/PLO 8-Handed Deepstack $600 12 p.m. 6/18 Mixed Big Bet $2,500 3 p.m. 6/19 No-Limit Hold'em (w/ Bounties) $1,500 11 a.m. 6/19 High Roller PLO $25,000 3 p.m. 6/19 WSOP.com Turbo No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack $500 3:30 p.m. 6/20 Ladies $10,000/$1,000 11 a.m. 6/20 No-Limit Hold'em $2,500 12 p.m. 6/20 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw $10,000 3 p.m. 6/21 Monster Stack 1a $1,500 10 a.m. 6/21 Mixed Omaha-8/Stud-8 $2,500 3 p.m. 6/22 Monster Stack 1b $1,500 10 a.m. 6/22 PLO 8-Handed $10,000 3 p.m. 6/23 NL 8-Handed Deepstack $800 11 a.m. 6/23 Razz $1,500 3 p.m. 6/23 WSOP.com No-Limit Hold'em Double Stack $1,000 3:30 p.m. 6/24 Super Turbo Bounty $1,500 10 a.m. 6/24 Tag Team (2-4 person teams) $1,000/Team 12 p.m. 6/24 Poker Players Championship $50,000 3 p.m. 6/25 NL Deepstack Championship $600 11 a.m. 6/25 Pot-Limit Omaha-8 $1,500 3 p.m. 6/26 Colossus 1a $400 10 a.m. 6/26 Razz $10,000 3 p.m. 6/27 Colossus 1b $400 10 a.m. 6/27 Omaha Mix $1,500 3 p.m. 6/28 Crazy Eights NL 1a $888 10 a.m. 6/28 PLO Hi-Lo $10,000 3 p.m. 6/28 Crazy Eights NL 1b $888 5 p.m. 6/29 Crazy Eights NL 1c $888 10 a.m. 6/29 Limit Hold'em $1,500 3 p.m. 6/30 Crazy Eights NL 1d $888 10 a.m. 6/30 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo $10,000 3 p.m. 6/30 WSOP.com Championship $1,000 3:30 p.m. 7/1 Mini Main Event $1,000 11 a.m. 7/1 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em $5,000 3 p.m. 7/2 Salute To Warriors NL $500 11 a.m. 7/2 Limit Hold'em $10,000 3 p.m. 7/3 WSOP Main Event 1a $10,000 12 p.m. 7/3 WSOP.com High Roller $3,200 3:30 p.m. 7/4 WSOP Main Event 1b $10,000 12 p.m. 7/5 WSOP Main Event 1c $10,000 12 p.m. 7/6 Little One for One Drop 1a $1,000+$111 11 a.m. 7/7 Little One for One Drop 1b $1,000+$111 11 a.m. 7/7 WSOP.com 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em $800 3:30 p.m. 7/8 Little One for One Drop 1c $1,000+$111 11 a.m. 7/8 Limit Hold'em $3,000 3 p.m. 7/9 Pot-Limit Omaha (w/ Bounties) $1,500 11 a.m. 7/9 No-Limit Hold'em $3,000 3 p.m. 7/10 Mixed NLHE/PLO 8 Handed $1,500 11 a.m. 7/10 50th Annual Bracelet Winners Only $1,500 3 p.m. 7/11 Double Stack $1,500 11 a.m. 7/11 High Roller $100,000 3 p.m. 7/12 The Closer 1a $1,500 11 a.m. 7/12 Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha $3,000 3 p.m. 7/13 The Closer 1b $1,500 11 a.m. 7/13 6-Handed NL $10,000 3 p.m. 7/14 The Closer 1c $1,500 11 a.m. 7/14 H.O.R.S.E. $3,000 3 p.m. 7/14 WSOP.com Summer Saver No-Limit Hold'em $500 3:30 p.m. 7/15 No-Limit Hold'em $5,000 12 p.m.   Schedule for No-Limit Hold'em Events Only DATE EVENT BUY-IN TIME 5/29 Casino Employees $500 11 a.m. 5/29 Super Turbo Bounty $10,000 12 p.m. 5/30 'The Big 50' 1a $500 11 a.m. 5/31 'The Big 50' 1b $500 11 a.m. 5/31 50th Annual High Roller $50,000 3 p.m. 6/1 'The Big 50' 1c $500 10 a.m. 6/2 'The Big 50' 1d $500 10 a.m. 6/2 WSOP.com No-Limit Hold'em $400 3:30 p.m. 6/2 Short Deck NL $10,000 6 p.m. 6/3 NL Deepstack $600 11 a.m. 6/3 No-Limit Hold'em $5,000 6 p.m. 6/4 Super Turbo Bounty $1,000 10 a.m. 6/5 Heads-Up NL $10,000 3 p.m. 6/5 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em $1,500 4 p.m. 6/6 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout $1,500 11 a.m. 6/7 Millionaire Maker 1a $1,500 10 a.m. 6/8 Millionaire Maker 1b $1,500 10 a.m. 6/9 Double Stack $1,000 11 a.m. 6/10 Marathon $2,620 12 p.m. 6/11 No-Limit Hold'em $1,000 11 a.m. 6/12 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em $3,000 3 p.m. 6/13 Seniors (50+) $1,000 10 a.m. 6/14 Double Stack NL 1a $1,000 10 a.m. 6/15 Double Stack NL 1b $1,000 10 a.m. 6/15 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout $3,000 3 p.m. 6/16 NL Deepstack $800 11 a.m. 6/16 WSOP.com No-Limit Hold'em Knockout $600 3:30 p.m. 6/17 Super Seniors (60+) $1,000 10 a.m. 6/19 No-Limit Hold'em (w/ Bounties) $1,500 11 a.m. 6/19 WSOP.com Turbo No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack $500 3:30 p.m. 6/20 Ladies $10,000/$1,000 11 a.m. 6/20 No-Limit Hold'em $2,500 12 p.m. 6/21 Monster Stack 1a $1,500 10 a.m. 6/22 Monster Stack 1b $1,500 10 a.m. 6/23 NL 8-Handed Deepstack $800 11 a.m. 6/23 WSOP.com No-Limit Hold'em Double Stack $1,000 3:30 p.m. 6/24 Super Turbo Bounty $1,500 10 a.m. 6/24 Tag Team (2-4 person teams) $1,000/Team 12 p.m. 6/25 NL Deepstack Championship $600 11 a.m. 6/26 Colossus 1a $400 10 a.m. 6/27 Colossus 1b $400 10 a.m. 6/28 Crazy Eights NL 1a $888 10 a.m. 6/28 Crazy Eights NL 1b $888 5 p.m. 6/29 Crazy Eights NL 1c $888 10 a.m. 6/30 Crazy Eights NL 1d $888 10 a.m. 6/30 WSOP.com No-Limit Hold'em Championship $1,000 3:30 p.m. 7/1 Mini Main Event $1,000 11 a.m. 7/1 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em $5,000 3 p.m. 7/2 Salute To Warriors NL $500 11 a.m. 7/3 WSOP Main Event 1a $10,000 12 p.m. 7/3 WSOP.com High Roller $3,200 3:30 p.m. 7/4 WSOP Main Event 1b $10,000 12 p.m. 7/5 WSOP Main Event 1c $10,000 12 p.m. 7/6 Little One for One Drop 1a $1,000+$111 11 a.m. 7/7 Little One for One Drop 1b $1,000+$111 11 a.m. 7/7 WSOP.com 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em $800 3:30 p.m. 7/8 Little One for One Drop 1c $1,000+$111 11 a.m. 7/9 No-Limit Hold'em $3,000 3 p.m. 7/10 50th Annual Bracelet Winners Only $1,500 3 p.m. 7/11 Double Stack $1,500 11 a.m. 7/11 High Roller $100,000 3 p.m. 7/12 The Closer 1a $1,500 11 a.m. 7/13 The Closer 1b $1,500 11 a.m. 7/13 6-Handed NL $10,000 3 p.m. 7/14 The Closer 1c $1,500 11 a.m. 7/14 WSOP.com Summer Saver No-Limit Hold'em $500 3:30 p.m. 7/15 No-Limit Hold'em $5,000 12 p.m.   Schedule for Omaha Events Only DATE EVENT BUY-IN TIME 5/30 Omaha Hi-Lo $1,500 3 p.m. 6/6 Omaha Hi-Lo $10,000 3 p.m. 6/9 WSOP.com 6-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha $600 3:30 p.m. 6/10 PLO Deepstack $600 11 a.m. 6/12 Pot-Limit Omaha $1,000 11 a.m. 6/17 Pot-Limit Omaha $1,500 12 p.m. 6/19 High Roller PLO $25,000 3 p.m. 6/22 PLO 8-Handed $10,000 3 p.m. 6/25 Pot-Limit Omaha-8 $1,500 3 p.m. 6/27 Omaha Mix $1,500 3 p.m. 6/28 PLO Hi-Lo $10,000 3 p.m. 7/9 Pot-Limit Omaha (w/ Bounties) $1,500 11 a.m. 7/12 Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha $3,000 3 p.m.   Schedule for Limit and Mixed Game Events Only DATE EVENT BUY-IN TIME 5/30 Omaha Hi-Lo $1,500 3 p.m. 6/1 Limit Mixed Triple Draw $2,500 3 p.m. 6/3 Dealer's Choice $1,500 3 p.m. 6/4 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw $1,500 3 p.m. 6/5 H.O.R.S.E. $1,500 11 a.m. 6/6 Omaha Hi-Lo $10,000 3 p.m. 6/7 Seven-Card Stud $1,500 3 p.m. 6/8 NL 2-7 Draw $10,000 3 p.m. 6/9 Eight-Game Mix $1,500 12 p.m. 6/10 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo $1,500 3 p.m. 6/11 H.O.R.S.E. $10,000 3 p.m. 6/13 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw $1,500 3 p.m. 6/14 Dealer's Choice 6-Handed $10,000 3 p.m. 6/17 Seven-Card Stud $10,000 3 p.m. 6/18 NL/PLO 8-Handed Deepstack $600 12 p.m. 6/18 Mixed Big Bet $2,500 3 p.m. 6/20 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw $10,000 3 p.m. 6/21 Mixed Omaha-8/Stud-8 $2,500 3 p.m. 6/23 Razz $1,500 3 p.m. 6/24 Poker Players Championship $50,000 3 p.m. 6/26 Razz $10,000 3 p.m. 6/27 Omaha Mix $1,500 3 p.m. 6/29 Limit Hold'em $1,500 3 p.m. 6/30 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo $10,000 3 p.m. 7/2 Limit Hold'em $10,000 3 p.m. 7/8 Limit Hold'em $3,000 3 p.m. 7/10 Mixed NLHE/PLO 8-Handed $1,500 11 a.m. 7/14 H.O.R.S.E. $3,000 3 p.m.   Schedule for WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events Only DATE EVENT BUY-IN TIME 6/2 WSOP.com No-Limit Hold'em $400 3:30 p.m. 6/9 WSOP.com 6-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha $600 3:30 p.m. 6/16 WSOP.com No-Limit Hold'em Knockout $600 3:30 p.m. 6/19 WSOP.com Turbo No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack $500 3:30 p.m. 6/23 WSOP.com No-Limit Hold'em Double Stack $1,000 3:30 p.m. 6/30 WSOP.com Championship $1,000 3:30 p.m. 7/3 WSOP.com High Roller $3,200 3:30 p.m. 7/7 WSOP.com 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em $800 3:30 p.m. 7/14 WSOP.com Summer Saver No-Limit Hold'em $500 3:30 p.m.   Qualify for the 2019 WSOP WSOP.com has started running online satellites for the 2019 World Series of Poker, available for players in the U.S. in the states of Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware. On May 30, at 8 p.m. ET and 5 p.m. PT, WSOP.com NJ and WSOP.com NV, respectively, will be hosting a special 50-seat guarantee Big 50 Mega Satellite for $33. That's right, 50 $500 seats will be guaranteed in a satellite that costs $33 to enter. Players can win their seats to the 50-seat guarantee Big 50 Mega Satellite for even cheaper, too, by playing the $2 mega super satellites that are running daily. [caption id="attachment_623704" align="aligncenter" width="598"] Here's how you can win your way to the 2019 WSOP with WSOP.com[/caption] During May, WSOP.com is running satellites every single day, offering up ways for players to win their way to WSOP events for as little as $1. Below is the May daily schedule for WSOP.com NJ satellites. TIME (ET) SATELLITE BUY-IN 6 p.m. $400 WSOP Online Bracelet Seat Satellite (RE) $10 7:30 p.m. Big 50 2019 WSOP Seat Satellite (R&A) $10 8:30 p.m. Super Satellite Into 50-Seat Gtd. Big 50 Mega Satellite $2 9 p.m. $400 WSOP Online Bracelet Seat Satellite (RE) $10 9:15 p.m. WSOP Kick-Off Weekend Package Satellite (R&A) $30 10 p.m. Super Satellite To Any $10 WSOP Seat Satellite (R&A) $1 11 p.m. $600 WSOP Online Bracelet PLO Seat Satellite (R&A) $10 11:30 p.m. $400 WSOP Online Bracelet Seat Satellite (Freezeout) $20 Additionally, WSOP.com NJ is running satellites that take place every Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday in May, per the table below. DAY TIME (ET) SATELLITE BUY-IN Tue 6 p.m. $10,000 WSOP Main Event Seat Satellite (1x RE) $215 Sat 5:15 p.m. $1,000 WSOP Seat Satellite (R&A) $25 Sun 5:15 p.m. $600 WSOP Seat Satellite (R&A) $10 6:30 p.m. 10 Seats GTD to the $400 Online Bracelet (R&A) $33 6:30 p.m. $10,000 WSOP Main Event Seat Satellite (1x RE) $215 6:45 p.m. $1,000 WSOP Seat Satellite (R&A) $25 7:45 p.m. WSOP Kick-Off Weekend Package Satellite (R&A) $30 9:30 p.m. $10,000 WSOP Main Event Seat Satellite (1x RE) $215 Mon 12:30 a.m. $1,000 WSOP Seat Satellite (R&A) $25 Below is the May daily schedule for WSOP.com NV satellites. TIME (PT) SATELLITE BUY-IN 3 p.m. $400 WSOP Online Bracelet Seat Satellite (RE) $10 4:30 p.m. Big 50 2019 WSOP Seat Satellite (R&A) $10 5:30 p.m. Super Satellite Into 50-Seat Gtd. Big 50 Mega Satellite $2 6 p.m. $400 WSOP Online Bracelet Seat Satellite (RE) $10 6:15 p.m. WSOP Kick-Off Weekend Package Satellite (R&A) $30 7 p.m. Super Satellite To Any $10 WSOP Seat Satellite (R&A) $1 8 p.m. $600 WSOP Online Bracelet PLO Seat Satellite (R&A) $10 8:30 p.m. $400 WSOP Online Bracelet Seat Satellite (Freezeout) $20 Then, similar to what's happening in New Jersey, WSOP.com NV is running satellites that take place every Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday in May, per the table below. DAY TIME (ET) SATELLITE BUY-IN Tue 6:30 p.m. $10,000 WSOP Main Event Seat Satellite (1x RE) $215 Sat 3 p.m. $1,000 WSOP Seat Satellite (R&A) $25 Sun 2:15 p.m. $600 WSOP Seat Satellite (R&A) $10 3:30 p.m. 10 Seats GTD to the $400 Online Bracelet (R&A) $33 3:30 p.m. $10,000 WSOP Main Event Seat Satellite (1x RE) $215 3:45 p.m. $1,000 WSOP Seat Satellite (R&A) $25 4:45 p.m. WSOP Kick-Off Weekend Package Satellite (R&A) $30 6:30 p.m. $10,000 WSOP Main Event Seat Satellite (1x RE) $215 8:30 9.m. $1,000 WSOP Online Bracelet Satellite (R&A) $15 9:30 p.m. $1,000 WSOP Seat Satellite (R&A) $25 WSOP.com 25-Seat Scramble On Sunday, June 30, WSOP.com is hosting its 25-Seat Scramble satellite to the 2019 WSOP Main Event. The satellite has a buy-in of $215, starts at 4 p.m. PT that day, and guarantees 25 seats to the WSOP Main Event worth $10,000 each will be given out. Re-entry is unlimited and there's a very good chance more than 25 seats are awarded. The WSOP.com 25-Seat Scramble is a great and affordable way to win your way to the 2019 WSOP Main Event. Where and When To Watch the 2019 WSOP On Wednesday, February 13, the World Series of Poker and Poker Central announced the preliminary live coverage schedule for the 2019 WSOP. Coverage of the event can be viewed on ESPN and PokerGO, Poker Central's subscription streaming service. ESPN will broadcast no less than 40 hours of WSOP coverage, plus an additional 90 hours of originally produced episodes. Streaming of the events will take place on PokerGO. The full PokerGO streaming schedule is yet to be announced, but the WSOP did release the planned broadcast schedule for the 2019 WSOP Main Event. Coverage will be split between ESPN and ESPN2, per the following schedule. DATE EVENT TIME (ET) NETWORK 7/3 WSOP Main Event Day 1a 8:30 p.m. - 2 a.m. ESPN2 7/4 WSOP Main Event Day 1b 9 - 11 p.m. ESPN2 7/5 WSOP Main Event Day 1c 8 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. ESPN2 7/6 WSOP Main Event Day 2ab 6 - 10:30 p.m. ESPN2 7/7 WSOP Main Event Day 2c 2:30 - 6 p.m. ESPN 7/8 WSOP Main Event Day 3 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. ESPN2 7/9 WSOP Main Event Day 4 7 - 11 p.m. ESPN 7/10 WSOP Main Event Day 5 8 - 11 p.m. ESPN 7/11 WSOP Main Event Day 6 12:30 - 2 a.m. ESPN2 7/12 WSOP Main Event Day 7 9 - 11 p.m. ESPN WSOP Main Event Day 7 11 p.m. - 2 a.m. ESPN2 7/14 WSOP Main Event Day 8 10 p.m. - TBD ESPN2 7/15 WSOP Main Event Day 9 10 p.m. - TBD ESPN 7/16 WSOP Main Event Day 10 9 p.m. - TBD ESPN If you don't have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  8. It didn't take long at all for Daniel Negreanu to position himself on the cusp of his seventh World Series of Poker gold bracelet. On Wednesday at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Negreanu manoeuvred his way to the final six of the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty (Event #2). Guaranteed $52,099, Negreanu and his five opponents called it quits for the night and bagged up their chips. On Thursday, they return to battle for WSOP glory and the $345,669 top prize. Negreanu has added emphasis to perform well at the 2019 WSOP. First and foremost, he allowed supporters from all across the globe to buy action of him by putting together three packages at different buy-in levels. The mid-tier package is for the 2019 WSOP events he plays that have buy-ins of $1,501 to $10,000. The $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty falls into that category, so those who were able to purchase shares have reason to feel good. "It's huge because I've always been a streaky player," Negreanu said after play ended for Day 1. "A lot of years at the World Series of Poker, I've gone like 0-for-11 at the start. It's been really frustrating. But to start off with a $10K final table right off the bat, it puts me in contention in a lot of things. Most importantly, the people who bought my mid-stakes package have to feel really good about it. Of course, it's unfortunate for those who got shut out, and I'm sorry for that, but I can say that there will be an opportunity in the future." The unfortunate thing that Negreanu referred to was that not everyone was able to get in, while others got in but then had to be refunded due to overselling caused from a technical issue. That said, Negreanu has hundreds, if not thousands, of people with big rooting interest in him this summer and he has the chance to hit it out of the park right out of the gate. Come Thursday's finale, Negreanu sits fourth in chips, but the turbo format means anything can happen and it can happen very quickly. As if having tons of people backing him financially isn't enough, Negreanu has the added motivation of his declaration that he wants to challenge for WSOP Player of the Year. Negreanu had a bit of a back and forth with Shaun Deeb on social media leading up to the 2019 WSOP, and Deeb's another top contender for the WSOP Player of the Year award. Deeb is the award's reigning champion, with Negreanu having won it two times prior, first in 2004 and then in 2013. "Honestly, that's the big ticket item," Negreanu said of WSOP Player of the Year. "That's the thing I want. Obviously, it would be nice to hit number seven, in terms of bracelets. This whole tournament has been a lot of fun, it's been stress free. It's weird playing turbos. You just have to play super tight. I folded some hands that make me embarrassed in this tournament, but I feel good about Thursday. I feel good, calm, and collected, and that's the plan going through the whole series." For as much success as Negreanu has had on the felt, which includes six WSOP gold bracelets, it's been quite a while since he's landed himself in the WSOP winner's circle. The last time Negreanu won a gold bracelet was in 2013. That year, he won two, but they came in WSOP events outside of Las Vegas. The last time he won a gold bracelet in Las Vegas was in 2008. "There's been a lot of seconds and thirds over the years," Negreanu said of his bracelet drought. "You can taste it. The thing with this tournament is that I know I'm not going to make any massive mistakes in a turbo like this and you just have to win the all-ins. So far, I've been really fortunate in all-ins. Twice I was all in - once was nines against aces, another time with tens against kings - and I won both of those, so it's pretty cool that I get to use that luck. Hopefully that continues, because whoever wins this tournament is going to be a good player but also the luckiest player for sure." A victory would give Negreanu and his backers a massive start to the summer, plus catapult him into pole position in the WSOP Player of the Year race, and few can argue there's a better way to kick off the 50th annual World Series of Poker.
  9. Short deck hold'em continues to grow in popularity, both in cash game and tournament format. This summer, the World Series of Poker added a $10,000 buy-in short deck hold'em event to its schedule of gold bracelet events, plus a handful of other venues around town are including the game in their summer offerings. Here are where and when you can play short deck hold’em in Las Vegas this summer. Short Deck Hold'em Events in Vegas This Summer Date Time (PT) Venue Buy-In Guarantee 6/1 2 p.m. Planet Hollywood $200 None 6/1 6 p.m. The Orleans $200 $20,000 6/2 6 p.m. World Series of Poker $10,000 None 6/5 7 p.m. ARIA $240 None 6/14 11 a.m. Golden Nugget $250 $5,000 6/20 10 a.m. Golden Nugget $360 $5,000 In addition to the tournaments listed in the table above, players may be able to find short deck hold'em cash games around Las Vegas this summer. One venue that is open to spreading it is ARIA Resort & Casino, who said they would be open to dealing the game at any limit they have in place for regular no-limit hold'em. What Is Short Deck Hold’em and How Do You Play? Also known as "six-plus hold’em," short deck hold'em is the new game in town that's quickly risen in the ranks of popularity. Players such as Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, and Jason Koon are playing the game for astronomical stakes throughout Asia, and it's coming to the WSOP for the first time ever in 2019. Compared to regular no-limit hold'em, short deck hold'em is still extremely young and, therefore, not as widely known. Its rise in popularity has it almost on par with pot-limit Omaha. So, how does one play short deck hold'em? Short deck hold'em plays just like regular no-limit hold'em. Everyone is dealt two cards and there is a flop, turn, and river, with betting action taking place preflop and after each street of community cards. Also just like hold'em, players use their two hole cards combined with the five community cards on the board to make the best five-card poker hand. The deck being played with is different, though, and this is the first major difference between short deck hold'em and regular hold'em. Instead of the normal 52 cards that make up your regular poker deck, a deck used for short deck hold'em is only made up of 36 cards. Removed from the deck to cut it from 52 to 36 are the twos, threes, fours, and fives, hence the alternate name "six-plus hold’em." An ace remains a two-way card that can be used as both a high card and a low card. The second major difference is how the hands are ranked. It's become commonplace that flushes rank ahead of full houses in short deck hold'em. Some rules allow for three of a kind to beat straights, as well, but this is not the case for the $10,000 Short Deck tournament at the 2019 WSOP. Due to the shorter deck that's used in short deck hold'em, the odds for making certain hands change. It's easier to make a full house than it is a flush, which is why flushes rank higher than full houses in short deck hold'em. Below is a table of the most commonly used hand ranking system for short deck hold’em. Short Deck Hold'em Hand Rankings Royal Flush Straight Flush Four of a Kind Flush Full House Straight Three of a Kind Two Pair One Pair High Card Preflop, both blind and ante structures have been used for short deck hold'em.When blinds are used, the two players to the left of the button post the small blind and big blind, just as they would in regular hold'em, but some short deck hold'em games are played ante-only with no blinds.
  10. The World Poker Tour will close out 2018 action with the prestigious WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic. The tournament, held at the iconic Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, will be the eighth WPT Main Tour stop of Season XVII. It’s an event that comes with a $10,400 buy-in and has been a part of the World Poker Tour schedule since the very first season. The WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic $10,400 Main Event kicks off Tuesday, December 11, 2018, and runs through Saturday, December 15. The format calls for 40,000 in starting chips, big blind ante, registration until the start of the 12th level, and unlimited reentry until the close of registration. Levels will be 60 minutes long on Day 1 and 90 minutes long on Day 2, 3, and 4. The final table will be played with 60-minute levels until heads-up play. The full tournament festival begins Thursday, November 29. Rich Prizes, Storied History, and Legendary Champions The WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic was the very first event on the World Poker Tour, held all the way back in 2002 when the WPT got its start. In that inaugural event, 146 players ponied up the $10,000. The one and only Gus Hansen emerged victorious to claim the $556,460 top prize and his first of three WPT titles. In Season III, the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic had a $15,300 buy-in and an incredible first-place prize of more than $1.77 million. Winner the event was none other than Daniel Negreanu after he defeated the popular Humberto Brenes in heads-up play. Season V of the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic attracted 583 entries and awarded a first prize of more than $2.2 million. Walking away with the title was Joe Hachem, who had just won the World Series of Poker Main Event one year prior. With the WPT Five Diamond victory, Hachem became the fourth player in poker history to own both WSOP Main Event and WPT titles, alongside Doyle Brunson, Scotty Nguyen, and Carlos Mortensen. More stars of the game captured WPT Five Diamond titles in Season VI, Season VII, and Season VIII of the World Poker Tour. First, it was Eugene Katchalov winning in Season VI for $2.482 million. In Season VII, Chino Rheem took the title and $1.538 million. For Rheem, it was his first of three WPT titles. In Season VIII, Daniel Alaei scored first place for $1.428 million. As if the likes of Hansen, Negreanu, Hachem, Katchalov, Rheem, and Alaei weren’t enough, Antonio Esfandiari earned his second WPT title when he won the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic in Season IX for $870,124. Esfandiari returned to the final table the following season and earned a sixth-place finish worth $119,418. Then in Season XI, Esfandiari was back at the final table, taking fourth for $329,339. To date, Esfandiari has cashed six times in the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic at Bellagio, earning more than $1.4 million in total from the event through its first 16 editions. Dan Smith earned the WPT Five Diamond title for $1.161 million in Season XII. Then in Season XIII and Season XIV, both Mohsin Charania and Kevin Eyster won WPT Five Diamond for their second World Poker Tour titles. Charania won for $1.177 million, and Eyster won for $1.587 million. Record-Breaking Turnouts and Tosoc’s Back-To-Back Success In Season XV, the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic drew a mammoth field of 791 entries, setting a new record for the WPT Five Diamond tournament and tying the all-time record for a $10,000 buy-in event in WPT history. That tournament created an enormous prize pool of more than $7.67 million and saw the top two places walk away with seven-figures scores - first place earned $1.938 million and second place won $1.124 million. James Romero defeated Ryan Tosoc in heads-up play to win the event. The following season, an even larger field turned out for the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic, with 812 entries setting new records for the largest turnout in the WPT Five Diamond event and a $10,000 buy-in WPT event. Nearly $7.9 million was up for grabs, and once again the top two places earned seven figures - first place took home $1.958 million and second place earned $1.134 million. In a jaw-dropping back-to-back run, Tosoc, who placed second the year before for $1.124 million, won the event for $1.1958 million. From the two-season WPT Five Diamond run, Tosoc earned $3.082 million in total prize money. Big Buy-In Events Galore In addition to the $10,400 Main Event, the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic schedule features several big buy-in tournaments. Included in the Season XVII schedule are seven other events with buy-ins of $10,000 or more. They are, as follows. - Wednesday, December 5, at 2 p.m.: $10,000 buy-in Bellagio 10K PLO 02 - Thursday, December 6, at 2 p.m.: $10,000 buy-in Bellagio 10K PLO 03 - Friday, December 7, at 2 p.m.: $15,000 buy-in Bellagio 15K 8-Game 01 - Saturday, December 8, at 2 p.m.: $25,000 buy-in Bellagio 25K 01 - Monday, December 10, at 2 p.m.: $25,000 buy-in Bellagio 25K 02 - Friday, December 14, at 2 p.m.: $25,000 buy-in Bellagio 25K 03 - Saturday, December 15, at 2 p.m.: $100,000 buy-in Bellagio 100K 01 There are also two $5,200 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournaments on the schedule. The first starts on Sunday, December 9, at 1 p.m., and the second starts on Thursday, December 13, at 1 p.m. *Photo courtesy of the World Poker Tour.
  11. Over the last five or six years, Chris Hunichen and Chance Kornuth have each bought dozens upon dozens of pieces of players in the World Series of Poker Main Event. This year the pair have teamed up, not only to be able to put more money to work, but to bring some sort of organization and professionalism to a process that quite often lacks both. For the uninitiated, players entering the WSOP Main Event will sometimes look to other players to buy pieces of their Main Event entry in exchange for an equal percentage of any potential winnings. For example, before the tournament begins Player A sells Player B 10% of his Main Event winnings for $1,400. For investors, the Main Event is a very unique tournament given the overall size and makeup of the field. Hunichen sees it as an opportunity to get a decent return on an investment with a real chance at picking up a big score. "It's not often you get to chase prize pools with $8.8 million for first place. Also, this is kind of a tournament where there's just so many rec players where almost anybody has a shot to go deep," said Hunichen. "It's so easy to get a lot of cashes in this tournament, and if you can get just one or two or three people to break through and have one or two them final table, then a lot of big things can happen." The deals are usually consummated via text message, a direct message or maybe sometimes a handshake and often has players running around to collect $500 or $1,000 from various players all over Las Vegas. "Usually I just buy a few of my own pieces or I have a friend that will buy a bunch and I'll buy a piece of that. But over the years, it's pretty unorganized, it's kind of a pain dispersing the money and then chasing all your horses around and collecting the money when it's all done," said Hunichen. So Hunichen teamed up with Kornuth to get aggressive in investing some money in players. They spread the word that they were buying pieces and as players reached out, Hunichen and Kornuth started doing their homework. In cases where they didn't know the player, Hunichen would look for friends they had in common and do a bit of a reference check. "I'd go on Facebook and look what mutual contacts I had and I would message those people and ask 'Is this guy trustworthy? Can you vouch for him?'. I know most of the poker world, but there's also people that offer Main Event action that I've never heard of before," said Hunichen. "We would also look for Hendon Mob links. People would send in their Hendon Mob links so we could see how much live success they've had." Hunichen and Kornuth each took 33.3% of the action with Chip Leader Capital, a fund set up by Kornuth for his Chip Leader Coaching business, taking the remainder. They invested a total of $230,000. "We got contracts and we posted up at a certain spot here (at the Rio) for a couple of days in a row so that everyone could have easy access to us," said Hunichen. "So we sat down, had them show their ID and then the contract basically just says you were paid X amount of money and we get X percentage of this tournament." The contracts became a bit of necessity after some of Kornuth's investors who come from outside the poker world started asking questions and showing some discomfort with the idea of investing in people without some level of legal protection built in. "A lot of the business people and the non-poker demographic had a lot of concerns about that area, so we decided to do contracts," said Kornuth. "It was basically just trying to reassure our investors that their money was safe." As much as the contracts should serve as a natural deterrent for players doing something unethical, there was one player, who tried to pull a fast one on Kornuth and Hunichen. Austin Bursavich sold $1,100 worth of action to the pair but never entered the Main Event. "He degened it off and then went home, but we have him under contract and we've already been in touch with the lawyers," said Hunichen. Realizing he could be facing legal action, Bursavich reached out to Hunichen to figure out a way to settle up. "We've already been paid $500 and we're told we're being paid the rest, while everyone else without contracts hasn't even been responded to," said Kornuth. "I think that will be the future for buying action and in fact for next year when we do this again, I'll have my own Chip Leader Capital contracts in addition to a basic blank contract that other purchasers can use as well." Players were required to send a picture of their buy-in receipt from the table as well. Kornuth expected some resistance from players at such a formal process, but that wasn't the case at all. "I think we got a lot more appreciation for professionalism than the opposite," said Kornuth. Along with the investment, which was the only way some of the players would have been able to get into the event, the pair also plan on providing coaching to any of their pieces that continue to run deep into Day 5, 6, 7 and beyond. "It's going to be a combination of Huni and I and maybe other coaches that are part of CLC, but there's going to be livestreams for days and days of coverage and I will definitely go over all the tape if somebody makes a final table, give them all the live reads if they get deep enough," said Kornuth. "We definitely plan on helping people that go deep, we're looking forward to it."
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