WSOP 101: Series finalizes schedule, announces improved registration and payout efforts

February 27, 2020
WSOP 101: Series finalizes schedule, announces improved registration and payout efforts

After weeks of releasing several events at a time, the World Series of Poker schedule was finalized on Feb. 27. The series calls for a record 87 live and 14 online gold bracelet events.

The 51st annual series runs at the Rio in Las Vegas from May 26 to July 15, now with a total of 101 tournaments. Along with announcing the final schedule, WSOP officials announced new registration and payout processes.

“There is no doubt we need to do a better job of getting people in their seats and playing poker faster,” WSOP executive director Ty Stewart said. “We’ve looked closely at several areas in the off-season and are dedicating new resources – technology, equipment, and people – to aid in these efforts in 2020.

“These changes, in conjunction with better informing guests of the required documents needed to register, make us optimistic it can lead to noticeable improvement.”

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A complete 2020 WSOP schedule of events follows this article.

Plans show WSOP growth continues

In announcing so many events, there are more opportunities than ever to win a gold bracelet. That goes for the events at the Rio, but also online for players in Nevada and New Jersey.

The WSOP has seen record turnouts in recent years. That now includes breaking events into differing categories to reach players at different price points.

It’s evident series organizers are attempting to accommodate even more growth. The series now offers four basic price points for differing levels of players:

  • Low – These are events like the Big 50 and Colossus, which feature buy-ins $1,000 or below. They’re geared toward average Joe players looking to play on a weekend and have a shot at a big score.
  • Medium – These are more traditional WSOP events in the $1,500, $3,000, and even $5,000 range. The series has even announced a $1,500 buy-in tournament leaderboard this year.
  • High – These are the $10,000 “championship” events that feature some of the game’s best players.
  • High Roller – The WSOP has added even more events in this category this year, with nine events in total. Dubbed the “High Roller Series” with a dedicated leaderboard, players will need to budget $625,000 to play them all.

Discussion of the summer activities had plenty of players discussing the event on Twitter on Thursday.


Seeking solutions to registration and payout issues

Along with the schedule, WSOP officials released some new plans to hopefully make the process easier this summer. Here’s a look at what’s planned.

Improving registration

The main registration area remains in the Tropical Ballroom. More stations will be added to the main cage and VIP cage.

This office opens May 26 and will remain open 24 hours a day through July 14. Players need a valid picture identification, a Caesars Rewards card, and payment to enter events. Methods to pay for buy-ins include:

  • Cash
  • Credit/debit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express)
  • wire transfers
  • Cashier’s checks made out to the participant or Rio
  • Rio gaming chips
  • Rio tournament buy-in chips
  • Tournament buy-in credit

The payout process

The payout office will be located next door to registration in the Palma Ballroom (previously the Media Center). Anyone collecting funds will head here to be processed. 

International players are required to bring an additional form of identification. This must show a residential address, such as a signed lease agreement, a utility bill, or a mobile phone bill.

Players can request the payment method of their choice including:

  • Cash
  • Wire transfer
  • Casino chips
  • Check
  • Personal Tournament Account – Those who opened a Bravo tournament buy-in account can direct funds back to their account.

Kiosks to print seat assignments

The WSOP hopes greater use of technology this year will make the entire process easier. Players can print seat cards at 20 kiosks located throughout the Rio.

This method only works, however for players utilizing online/mobile registration. The system allows players to select their events and fund them in advance. Players must go through an in-person ID verification. Anyone using a kiosk will need to have a Caesars Rewards card.

Register online

Players are encouraged to utilize the online/mobile registration process. This reserves a seat for an event and allows a player to register and pay online.

The WSOP uses for this process. To register online, players need one visit to the main cage in the Tropical or Belize Ballroom for identification.

Verified players can then simply pick events online, utilize the self-service kiosks to print seat cards, and go directly to their table.

About 20% of players entered this way in 2019. The WSOP hopes to grow that to 80% to ease in-person registration congestion. Registration opens in April.

WSOP tournament account

Players can set up a WSOP tournament account for free. An account allows players to wire funds or put money on account when they arrive at the Rio.

After setup at the Main Cage in the Tropical Ballroom, players can register online or by mobile device with their funds. They can then print seat cards at a kiosk and avoid the need to use the registration line.

“The tournament account is a no-brainer for anyone who plays more than a couple WSOP events annually,” poker pro Daniel Negreanu notes. “Literally I went to the registration cage once to set it up, then utilized the self-serve kiosks the rest of the summer to register for any event I wanted to play. I was in and out of the kiosk in less than a minute and on my way to my seat.”

Belize Ballroom offers registration assistance

A dedicated ballroom will be set up in 2020 to assist players with registration problems.  Players can’t register for an event in this room, but can receive assistance with any questions.

Big 50 special seating process

This opening $500 No-Limit Hold’em tournament features starting flights on May 28, 29, 30, and 31. The event will utilize a special process to expedite getting players to their seats as quickly as possible.

The plan will be detailed closer to the event, but will benefit those using the Bravo Poker Live online/mobile registration system. The goal is to avoid a lengthy wait on-site.

Get a Caesars Rewards card

Players competing in any event will also need a Caesars Rewards loyalty card. WSOP officials advise players who lose or forgot their card to request a reprint, and not a new one. 

Caesars Rewards reprint kiosks will be available in the Rotunda area. This should allow for a smoother process to get a card, register for an event, and cash out a payout.

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Complete WSOP 2020 schedule

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

Photo courtesy WSOP/Hayley Hochstettler

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