Inside the Series: A Look at Some Highlights of the 2022 WSOP Live Bracelet Events

March 10, 2022
Inside the Series: A Look at Some Highlights of the 2022 WSOP Live Bracelet Events

Players headed out to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas this summer will find 88 bracelet events on tap. The series runs from May 31 to July 20 and may be one of the biggest series to date.

The highly anticipated series is expected to be at full capacity with no mask or vaccine mandates. With the action just under three months away, USPoker took a look at some highlighted events players may want to check out.

New Jersey poker player Mark “Butter” Olivo is one of those ready to get in on the action.

“I turned 21 over the pandemic and haven’t been able to get to Las Vegas,” Olivo says. “I’m pretty excited to play in my first ever WSOP this summer.”

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What’s new?

The WSOP is known to throw some new tournaments into the mix every summer and this year is no exception. Four events to check out are:

  • $500 Housewarming
  • $1,000 Mystery Bounty
  • Tournament of Champions
  • $250,000 Super High Roller

Housewarming (June 2)

The series is kicking off with the new Housewarming party event. This $500 is going to attract major numbers and boasts a $5 million guarantee. For this event to break even, there needs to be a field of more than 10,000 entries.

The largest WSOP tournament to date was the Big 50 back in 2019. The field swelled to 28,371 and there is a chance the Housewarming may see similar numbers.

Mystery Bounty (July 2)

This is one of the most anticipated events of the series. As the name implies, the tournament includes mystery bounties with one worth $1 million. The event was originally scheduled for 2020 before the COVID pandemic. 

Mystery bounties are a popular new phenomenon in the poker world. These tournaments allow players to win big, but they don’t know their prize until opening their bounty. On Day 2, there will be multiple mystery bounties handed out after a player is eliminated. One of these bounties is a seven-figure payday.

Tournament of Champions (July 18)

For players looking to get into the Tournament of Champions, an entry can’t be bought – it must be earned. Players that win either a bracelet or WSOP Circuit ring in 2022 will be eligible for the tournament. 

Even though this event has run in a different format in years past, the revival should make for some excitement. The best of the best will be on the felt together with some entertainment to go with it.

Super High Roller (June 23)

The $250,000 Super High Roller should attract some of the biggest names in poker. This event launches brings the highest buy-in of the 88 events.

Low roller value

If $250,000 may be a bit out of reach, check out USPoker’s picks for best bang for the buck in this series. Some low value events include:

  • $400 Colossus
  • $500 Salute to Warriors
  • $500 Freezeout
  • $1,000 Mini Main Event

Colossus (June 24)

The name refers to the amount of players, not the price tag. The $400 multi-day flight event starts building on June 24 and is the lowest buy-in of the series. That’s a great value for a player not looking to bust their bankroll.

The last Colossus in Las Vegas took place in 2019, attracting 13,109 entries and the prize pool exploded to $4.3 million. South Korea’s Sejin Park won that event for $451,727. Be on the lookout for the 2022 Colossus to possibly top these numbers. 

Salute to Warriors (June 26)

This charity event in support of veterans with proceeds raised going to the USO and veteran organizations.

Not only are players giving to a good cause, the prize pool generally does pretty well. Even during a pandemic, the 2021 event saw a six-figure payday for reigning champion Eric Zhang

$500 Freezeout (June 20)

Players enjoy freezeout events for the simple reason of not having to re-enter. Tournament players know multiple bullets won’t be coming out of their pockets.

Freezeouts also allow players to put pressure on opponents because they can’t bust and jump back in. In 2021, Anthony Koutsos froze out the competition and won $167,272 along with a bracelet.

Mini Main Event (July 1)

Just a few days before the Main Event, this three-day tournament features a $1,000 buy-in and is also in freezeout format. The Mini Main is a good warmup before the real deal.

In 2021, Georgios Sotiropoulos captured the title along with $432,575

The classics

Every year there are a handful of events that always draw a good crowd and make for entertaining events. Some of those events include:

  • $10,000 Main Event
  • $1,500 Millionaire Maker
  • $1,000 Tag Team 
  • $1,000 Seniors NLHE

Main Event (July 3)

Fireworks, freedom, hot dogs, and the Main Event are Fourth of July staples. This year is no exception. The Main Event takes place on the Vegas Strip for the first time ever.

“I’m looking at playing my first Main Event after turning 50 this year,”  says Pete LaBrie, of Haddonfield, New Jersey. “Putting my poker skills up against 8,000 players will be exciting”

The Main Event record was set in 2006 when 8,773 players entered. WSOP officials anticipate a crowd close to or bigger than that number this year.

Koray Aldemir is the reigning champ, scoring $8 million for first prize in 2021. CBS Sports and PokerGo will again cover the event this year.

Millionaire Maker (June 16)

The $1,500 Millionaire Maker is another classic event and the name alone sells the event. The tournament has been a staple in the WSOP lineup for several years now. In 2021 Daniel Lazrus cashed in for the $1 million top prize.

Tag Team (Jun 26)

The Tag Team has grown into one of the best events in the series and begins. This tournament allows up to four players to participate as a team, “tagging” in another player when they get tired. A new  trend sees players dressing up in fun costumes as a team.

Seniors NLHE (Jun 22)

The seniors event is open for players over 50 and continues to attract large numbers each year. That should continue in 2022 and the tournament always made for a nice vibe in the Rio.

In 2021, Robert McMillan won first place for a nice haul of $561,060. Here’s a look at the complete WSOP schedule.

2022 WSOP

DateTimeEventTournamentBuy-inStarting chipsRe-entry
May 31, 20229amRegistration Opens, Live Action & Satellites Begin---
May 31, 202211am1Casino Employees No Limit Hold'em (2 day event)$50025,0001
May 31, 20223pm2High Roller Bounty No Limit Hold’em (every player is a $25K bounty) (8-Handed) (3 day event)$100,000600,0001
June 1, 202211am3Freezeout No Limit Hold'em (3 day event)$2,50035,0000
June 1, 20223pm4Dealers Choice 6-Handed (3 day event)$1,50025,0001
June 2, 202210am5AThe Housewarming No Limit Hold'em $5,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool (6 day event) (Payouts every flight) $50050,0001/flight
June 2, 20223pm6Heads Up No Limit Hold'em Championship - (64 player max) (3 day event)$25,000150,0000
June 3, 202210am5BThe Housewarming No Limit Hold'em Flight B$50050,0001/flight
June 3, 20223pm7Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better (3 day event)$1,50025,0000
June 4, 202210am5CThe Housewarming No Limit Hold'em Flight C$50050,0001/flight
June 4, 20221pm8High Roller No Limit Hold’em 8-Handed (3 day event)$25,000150,0001
June 4, 20223pm9Seven Card Stud (3 day event)$1,50025,0000
June 5, 202210am5DThe Housewarming No Limit Hold'em Flight D$50050,0001/flight
June 5, 20223pm10Dealers Choice 6-Handed Championship (3 day event)$10,00060,0000
June 6, 202211am11No Limit Hold’em Deepstack (2 day event)$60030,0001
June 6, 20221pm12High Roller No Limit Hold'em 8-Handed (3 day event)$50,000300,0001
June 6, 20223pm13Limit Hold’em (3 day event)$1,50025,0000
June 7, 202211am146-Handed No Limit Hold’em (3 day event)$1,50025,0001
June 7, 20223pm15Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship (4 day event)$10,00060,0000
June 8, 202211am16No-Limit Holdem (4 day event)$3,00040,0001
June 8, 20223pm17Mixed Triple Draw Lowball  (Limit) (A-5, 2-7, Badugi) (3 day event)$2,50035,0001
June 9, 202211am18Freezeout No-Limit Holdem (2 day event)$1,00020,0000
June 9, 20221pm19High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed) (4 day Event)$25,000150,0002
June 9, 20223pm20Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw (3 day event)$1,50025,0001
June 10, 202210am21AMONSTER STACK No Limit Hold'em Flight A (players who are eliminated in flight A may re-enter into flight B) (5 day event)$1,50050,000Bust A Play B
June 10, 20223pm22Seven Card Stud Championship (3 day event)$10,00060,0000
June 11, 202210am21BMONSTER STACK No Limit Hold'em Flight B$1,50050,0000
June 11, 20223pm236-Handed Limit Hold’em (3 day event)$3,00040,0000
June 12, 202211am24FLIP & GO No Limit Hold’em Presented by GG Poker - Flight A (2 day event)$1,00020,000unlimited
June 12, 20221pm25No Limit Hold’em Deepstack (2 day event)$80040,0001
June 12, 20223pm26Limit Hold'em Championship (3 day event)$10,00060,0000
June 13, 202211am27Shootout No Limit Hold'em (2,000 player max) (3 day event)$1,50025,0000
June 13, 20221pm28High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha (3 day event)$50,000300,0002
June 13, 20223pm29No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw (3 day event)$1,50025,0002
June 14, 202211am30Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed (3 day event)$1,00020,0002
June 14, 20223pm31Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship (3 day event)$10,00060,0000
June 15, 202211am32H.O.R.S.E. (Limit Hold'em; Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better; Razz; Seven Card Stud; Seven Card Hi-Lo 8 or Better) (3 day event)$1,50025,0000
June 15, 20223pm336-Handed No Limit Hold’em (2 day event)$3,00040,0001
June 16, 202211am34Freezeout No-Limit Holdem (3 day event)$1,50025,0000
June 16, 20221pm35Mixed Big Bet Event - NLHE, PLO, 2-7 NL, NL 5 Card Draw, Big O, PLO Hi-Lo, 2-7 Pot-Limit Triple Draw (3 day event)$2,50035,0002
June 16, 20223pm36Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better (3 day event)$1,50025,0000
June 17, 202210am37AMILLIONAIRE MAKER No Limit Hold’em Flight A - $1,000,000 Guaranteed for 1st Place (5 day event) $1,50025,0001/flight
June 17, 20223pm38No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship (3 day event)$10,00060,0001
June 18, 202210am37BMILLIONAIRE MAKER No Limit Hold'em Flight B$1,50025,0001/flight
June 18, 20221pm396-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha (4 day event)$3,00040,0002
June 18, 20223pm40Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship (3 day event)$10,00060,0000
June 19, 202211am41Super Turbo Bounty No Limit Hold'em (freezeout) (every player is a $300 bounty) (1 day event)$1,00020,0000
June 19, 20223pm42High Roller No Limit Hold’em (3 day event)$100,000600,0001
June 20, 202211am43Freezeout No-Limit Holdem (2 day event)$50025,0000
June 20, 20223pm44H.O.R.S.E. Championship (Limit Hold'em; Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, Razz, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Hi-Lo 8 or Better) (4 day event) $10,00060,0000
June 21, 202211am45Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed) (3 day event)$1,50025,0002
June 21, 20223pm466-Handed No Limit Hold’em (4 day event)$5,00050,0001
June 22, 202210am47ASeniors No Limit Hold’em Championship (Must be 50 years of age or older) Flight A (5 day event)$1,00020,0001 / flight
June 22, 20223pm48Eight Game Mix 6-Handed (3 day event)$1,50025,0001
June 23, 202210am47BSeniors No Limit Hold’em Championship Flight B$1,00020,0001 / flight
June 23, 20221pm49No-Limit Holdem (3 day event)$2,00030,0001
June 23, 20223pm50Super High Roller No Limit Hold'em (3 day event)$250,0001,500,0001
June 24, 202210am51ACOLOSSUS No Limit Hold’em Flight A (Payouts each flight) (4 day event)$40040,0001 / flight
June 24, 20223pm52Nine Game Mix 6-Handed (3 day event)$2,50035,0001
June 25, 202210am51BCOLOSSUS No Limit Hold’em Flight B (Payouts each flight)$40040,0001 / flight
June 25, 20223pm53Mixed No Limit Hold'em; Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed) (2 day event)$5,00050,0002
June 26, 202211am54Salute to Warriors - No Limit Hold’em Proceeds to be donated to the USO and other Veteran Organizations (3 day event)$50050,0001
June 26, 20221pm55TAG TEAM No Limit Hold'em (2 person team, each team must register together) (3 day event) $1,000/Team20,0000
June 26, 20223pm56Poker Players Championship 6-Handed (5 day event)$50,000300,0000
June 27, 202211am57Deepstack Championship No Limit Hold'em (4 day event)$60030,0001
June 27, 20223pm58Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better (8-Handed) (3 day event)$1,50025,0002
June 28, 202210am59Super Seniors No Limit Hold’em (Must be 60 years of age or older) (4 day event)$1,00020,0001
June 28, 20223pm60Short Deck No Limit Hold'em (3 day event)$10,00060,0001
June 29, 202211am61Ladies No Limit Hold’em Championship (4 day event) (Event Entry is $10K; Ladies Discounted Price is $1K)$10,000 men/$1,000 ladies20,0001
June 29, 20221pm62Super Turbo Bounty No Limit Hold'em (freezeout) (every player is a $500 bounty) (1 day event)$1,50025,0000
June 29, 20223pm63Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship (8-Handed) (4 day event)$10,00060,0000
June 30, 202211am64Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack (8-Handed) (2 day event)$60030,0002
June 30, 20223pm65Freezeout No Limit Hold'em (3 day event)$3,00040,0000
July 1, 202211am66Mini Main Event No Limit Hold’em (freezeout) (3 day event)$1,00060,0000
July 1, 20223pm67Super Turbo Bounty No Limit Hold'em (freezeout) (every player is a $3,000 bounty) (2 day event)$10,00060,0000
July 2, 2022Main Event Satellite Days July 2 - 7
July 2, 202212pm68AMillion Dollar Bounty No Limit Hold'em - Payouts begin on Day one - Bounties begin on Day 2 - Top bounty guranteed $1,000,000$1,00040,0001/flight
July 2, 20223pm69Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship (4 day event)$10,00060,0000
July 3, 202211am70AMAIN EVENT No Limit Hold'em World Championship - Day 1A$10,00060,0000
July 3, 202212pm68BMillion Dollar Bounty No Limit Hold'em - Flight B$1,00040,0001/flight
July 4, 202211am70BMAIN EVENT No Limit Hold'em World Championship - Day 1B$10,00060,0000
July 4, 202212pm68CMillion Dollar Bounty No Limit Hold'em - Flight C$1,00040,0001/flight
July 4, 20227pm68DMillion Dollar Bounty No Limit Hold'em - Flight D - Turbo 15 minute levels$1,00040,0001/flight
July 5, 202211am70CMAIN EVENT No Limit Hold'em World Championship - Day 1C$10,00060,0000
July 6, 202211am70DMAIN EVENT No Limit Hold'em World Championship - Day 1D$10,00060,0000
July 7, 202211amMAIN EVENT - Day 2AB (combine all surviving players 1A + 1B)
July 7, 202212pm71AOne More for One Drop No Limit Hold'em Flight A (5 day event)$1,000 + $11140,000unlimited
July 7, 20223pm72Mixed: Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better; Omaha Hi Lo 8 or Better; "Big O" (5 Card PLO Hi-Lo 8) (3 day event)$1,50025,0002
July 8, 202211amMAIN EVENT - Day 2CD (For all surviving 1C + 1D players)
July 8, 202212pm71BOne More for One Drop No Limit Hold'em Flight B$1,000 + $11140,000unlimited
July 8, 20223pm73Razz (3 day event)$1,50025,0000
July 9, 202211amMAIN EVENT - Day 3 (combine all fields into one for first time)
July 9, 202212pm71COne More for One Drop No Limit Hold'em Flight C$1,000 + $11140,000unlimited
July 9, 20223pm74BOUNTY Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed (every player is a $500 bounty) (3 day event)$1,50025,0002
July 10, 202211amMAIN EVENT - Day 4
July 10, 202212pm75ALucky 7's No Limit Hold'em 7-Handed Flight A $777,777 Guaranteed 1st place - (5 day event) (Payouts every flight) $77740,000unlimited
July 10, 20223pm76Poker Hall of Fame Bounty No Limit Hold'em (freezeout) (every Hall of Famer is a bounty) (2 day event)$1,97930,000unlimited
July 11, 202211amMAIN EVENT - Day 5
July 11, 202212pm75BLucky 7's No Limit Hold'em 7-Handed Flight B$77740,000unlimited
July 11, 20221pm77Mixed No Limit Hold'em; Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed) (3 day event)$1,50025,0002
July 11, 20223pm78No Limit Hold’em (3 day event)$2,50035,0001
July 12, 202211amMAIN EVENT - Day 6
July 12, 202212pm75CLucky 7's No Limit Hold'em 7-Handed Flight C$77740,000unlimited
July 12, 20223pm79Razz Championship (3 day event)$10,00060,0000
July 13, 202211amMAIN EVENT - Plays down to 9 players
July 13, 202212pm80Mixed No Limit Hold'em; Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack (8-Handed) (2 day event)$60030,0002
July 13, 20223pm81Freezeout No Limit Hold’em 8-Handed (3 day event)$5,00050,0000
July 14, 202211amMAIN EVENT - Day Off
July 14, 202212pm828-Handed No Limit Hold’em Deepstack (2 day event)$80040,0001
July 14, 20221pm83HIGH ROLLER No Limit Hold’em (3 day event)$50,000300,0001
July 14, 20223pm84H.O.R.S.E. (Limit Hold'em; Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better; Razz; Seven Card Stud; Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better) (3 day event)$3,00040,0000
July 15, 2022TBDMAIN EVENT - Final Table
July 15, 202212pm85AThe Closer - No Limit Hold’em Flight A (payouts each flight) (3 day event)$1,50050,0001 / flight
July 15, 20223pm866-Handed No Limit Hold'em Championship (3 day event)$10,00060,0000
July 16, 2022TBDMAIN EVENT - Final Table
July 16, 202212pm85BThe Closer - No Limit Hold’em Flight B (payouts each flight)$1,50050,0001 / flight
July 16, 20223pm878-Handed No Limit Hold'em (2 day event)$5,00050,0001
July 17, 202211am88Super Turbo No Limit Hold'em (1 day event)$1,00020,0001
July 18, 202211am89Tournanent of Champions Day 1$0
July 19, 202211amTournanent of Champions Day 2$0
July 20, 2022TBDTournanent of Champions Day 3$0

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