WSOP Adds Championship and Lower Buy-in Events; Here’s the Schedule So Far

January 18, 2020
WSOP Adds Championship and Lower Buy-in Events; Here’s the Schedule So Far

The World Series of Poker schedule continued to take shape over the last week with the release of several other event dates. Plans call for the 51st event kicking off May 26 and running through July 15 at the Rio in Las Vegas.

The series has released dates in waves with some of the more popular events, like the Colossus, announced in early December. That was followed by more big-field events like the Monster Stack.

The $10,000 championship and lower buy-in events have also now been added to the mix. For online players, that includes a new $10,000 freezeout event. The full schedule isn’t yet complete, but offers a nice glimpse of what to expect this summer.

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A look at the WSOP Championship events

In recent years, the WSOP has made use of a two-tiered system of events. The $10,000 (and higher) championship events cater to pros and those with bigger bankrolls.

“The championship events are always among the most special offered at the WSOP each year,” WSOP Vice President Jack Effel said in a news release.

“We are proud to be the only tournament series who spreads such an offering and have worked with some of the game’s most distinguished players this offseason to ensure our schedule and the events themselves align well with where poker is in 2020.”

Lower buy-in events were meant to appeal to a wider audience of players. The WSOP seems to have now added a third “bargain tier” with several events priced $1,000 or less and attracting huge fields.

Those with bigger bankrolls welcomed a plethora of big buy-in championships. This year that includes 16 different tournaments at the $10,000 level with  24 different game variations.

The $50,000 Poker Players Championship begins June 22 and should again attract some of the biggest names in poker. The five-day, six-handed event features an additional game this year, No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw.

Low roller events also announced

Lower buy-in events have continued to fuel growth and record-setting numbers at the WSOP for the last several years. WSOP staff have made efforts to reach players of all level and bring more players into the Rio in Las Vegas.

Those efforts seem to be working and the chance at a bracelet for a lower price have attracted thousands of players.

“Everyone loves good value and the WSOP has continued to enhance its offering to meet the demand at these meaningful price points,” Effel said.

“Delivering large prize pools, new players, and exciting formats are core objectives of the WSOP and these 25 events are key to meeting this mandate.”

With the growing debate on re-entry events, WSOP officials have added emphasis on freezeouts and single re-entries.

One of those falls into the series’ “bargain” event philosophy. The WSOP begins on May 27 with a $1,000 freezeout tournament. Series officials also promise one No Limit Hold’em freezeout event each week throughout the summer.

Another tournament added is the Forty Stack, a $1,000 event with 40,000 starting chips and a single re-entry (June 7). A new $500 freezeout event has also been added and set for June 15. Here’s a look at the complete schedule so far:

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Starting Flight DatesEventBuy-inRe-entries
May 27Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em$1,000 Freezeout
May 27Casino Employees Event No-Limit Hold’em$5001
May 28Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better$1,500Freezeout
May 28, 29, 30, 31Big 50$5001 per flight
May 29High Roller No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed$25,0001
May 30Dealers Choice 6-Handed$1,5001
May 31Heads Up No-Limit Hold’em$25,000 Freezeout
May ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em$4001
June 1No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack$6001
June 1Mixed Limit Triple Draw Lowball$2,500 1
June 2Super Turbo Bounty NLH - $300 bounty/player$1,000Freezeout
June 2Seven Card Stud$1,500Freezeout
June 36-Handed No-Limit Hold’em$1,5001
June 3Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better$10,000Freezeout
June 4Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em$1,500Freezeout
June 4H.O.R.S.E.$1,500Freezeout
June 5-6Millionaire Maker$1,5001 per flight
June 5High Roller No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed$50,0001
June 5Mixed: PLO Hi-Lo 8; Omaha Hi-Lo 8; Big 0$1,5001
June 6Seven Card Stud$10,000Freezeout
June 7Forty Stack No-Limit Hold’em (40,000 starting chips)$1,0001
June 7HORSE$3,000Freezeout
June ONLINE PLO 7-Handed$7773
June 8Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack 8-Handed$6001
June 8Short Deck$10,0001
June 9Super Turbo Bounty NLH ($500 bounties)$1,500Freezeout
June 9HORSE$10,000Freezeout
June 9 ONLINE Freezeout Knockout Deepstack NLHE$800Freezeout
June 10Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed$1,0001
June 10No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw$1,5001
June 11Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em$2,500Freezeout
June 11Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better$1,500Freezeout
June 12-13Monster Stack
June 12Super Turbo Bounty NLH$10,000Freezeout
June 12Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw$1,5001
June 13Dealers Choice 6-Handed$10,000Freezeout
June 14No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack$8001
June 14Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed)$1,5001
June ONLINE 8-Handed NLH Turbo Deepstack$5001
June 15Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em$500Freezeout
June 15No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw$10,0001
June 168-Handed Mixed NLH/PLO Deepstack$6001
June 16Razz$1,500Freezeout
June 17Ladies Championship$1,000 (ladies)
$10,000 (men)
June 17Shootout No-Limit Hold’em$1,500Freezeout
June 17High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed$25,0001
June 18Seniors Championship (age 50 and up)$1,0001
June 18No-Limit Hold'em$3,000Freezeout
June 18Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw$10,000Freezeout
June 19-20Double Stack$1,0001 per flight
June 19Nine-Game Mix (6-Handed) $2,5001
June 20Pot-Limit Omaha$10,000Freezeout
June 218-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack $8001
June 21Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em$5,000Freezeout
June 21 ONLINE Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em$500Freezeout
June 22Super Seniors (age 60 and over)
$1,0001 per flight
June 22Tag Team (two-person teams)$1,000 per teamFreezeout
June 22Poker Players Championship$50,000Freezeout
June 23Deepstack Championship No-Limit Hold’em$6001
June 23Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better (8-Handed)$1,5001
June 24-25Colossus$4001 per flight
June 24Razz$10,000Freezeout
June 25No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed$5,0001
June 26-27Crazy Eights$8881 per flight
June 26Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better$10,000Freezeout
June 27Super High Roller No-Limit Hold’em$250,0001
June 27Limit Hold’em$1,500Freezeout
June 28Mystery Bounty No-Limit Hold’em
($1 million in bounty guarantees; $250,000 max bounty)
June 28Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better$10,000Freezeout
June ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em Championship $1,0001
June 29Mini Main Event $1,000Freezeout
June 296-Handed No-Limit Hold’em$10,000Freezeout
June ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em$5001
June 30FINAL 500 Salute to Warriors No-Limit Hold’em$5001
June 30Limit Hold’em$10,000Freezeout
June ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed $1,5001
July 1, 2, 3Main Event$10,000Freezeout
July 1 ONLINE High Roller NLH 8-Handed$3,2001
July Online NLHE Super High Roller$10,000Freezeout
July ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em$4001
July 4-6Little One for ONE DROP No-Limit Hold’em$1,000 + $111 Unlimited
July ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Deepstack$5001
July 5Limit Hold'em 6-Handed$3,000Freezeout
July ONLINE 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em$6001
July 6Mixed No-Limit Hold’em; Pot-Limit Omaha (8-hand)$5,0001
July 7Bounty No-Limit Hold’em ($500 bounties)$1,500Freezeout
July 7High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha$50,0001
July 8Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha ($500 bounties)$1,5001
July 8No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed$3,0001
July 9Fifty Stack No-Limit Hold’em$1,5001
July 9Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/PLO (8-Handed)$1,5001
July 9High Roller No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed$50,000 1
July 10-11The Closer$1,5001 per flight
July 10Pot Limit Omaha 6-Handed$3,0001
July 11High Roller No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed$100,0001
July 12No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack$8001
July 12Eight Game Mix (6-Handed)$1,5001
July ONLINE Summer Saver No-Limit Hold’em$5001
July 13Super Turbo No-Limit Hold’em$1,0001
July 13Mixed Big Bet$2,5001
July 14No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed$5,0001

Only one WSOP online option released so far

While much of the WSOP schedule is out, New Jersey and Nevada online poker players will have to wait a bit longer. However, the WSOP has teased players with some details on one new event.

A new $10,000 online bracelet event has been scheduled for July 2. The No Limit Hold’em event features 30,000 starting chips and 20-minute levels.

Like several other events announced, the event will also be in freezeout format.

This becomes the largest buy-in event in the history of the WSOP. In 2019, the highest online event was a $3,200 high roller with 593 entries for a $1.8 million prize pool.

Florida’s Brandon Adams came out on top and took home $411,501.The event allowed for three re-entries.

The new event now triples that buy-in and it will be interesting to see the turnout for this event. A similar number of players could make for a massive first-place payout. USPoker will bring you the full online schedule when it’s announced.

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