15-Hundo Heaven: WSOP Releases Slate of $1,500 Events and High Roller Series

February 7, 2020
15-Hundo Heaven: WSOP Releases Slate of $1,500 Events and High Roller Series

The drip, drip, drip release of World Series of Poker events continued this week with the announcement of the summer’s $1,500 tournaments. The poker mecca begins May 26 and runs through July 15 at the Rio in Las Vegas.

This buy-in level remains one of the most popular at the series, with 25 different live gold bracelet events scheduled this year.

Players will be guaranteed a minimum 25,000-chip starting  stack at the $1,500 buy-in level. Along with these lower buy-ins, the WSOP also recently released a slate of high roller events as well.

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WSOP offers wide range of the $1,500 events

The $1,500 buy-in has been a consistent price point since first appearing at the WSOP in 1977. That $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event attracted 38 players and created a $57,000 prize pool. Louis Hunsaker, of Austin, Texas took home the gold bracelet and $34,200.

Since then, $1,500 events have been on every schedule except 1985. The eight No-Limit Hold’em offerings in 2019 averaged 3,332 entrants, a $4.5 million prize pool, and a $642,173 first-place prize.

These events have become a mid-range price point between the WSOP championship and high rollers events and the bargain events announced recently.

This summer, 25 different live tournaments will be spread at the $1,500 level. That includes 18 different game types and a dozen in freezeout format. Several others only allow a single re-entry.

“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,” WSOP Vice President Jack Effel said in a news release.

“As we continue to cater our offerings to find something for everyone, the $1,500 buy-ins remain a core staple of the WSOP.”

Also new for 2020 is a dedicated leaderboard for several of the $1,500 buy-in events, similar to the Player of the Year race. Any player cashing in these will earn points throughout the summer with prizes up for grabs for the winner.

Along with the standard POY race, series organizers plan a subset of events under differing leaderboards category.

WSOP High Roller events also unveiled

Beyond this lower slate of buy-ins, the series also recently announced a grouping of high roller events for this summer. In all, the WSOP has nine nosebleed stakes events scheduled.

The selection of events is being dubbed the High Roller Series and will set a player back  $625,000 for playing them all.

“We have something for everyone on the 2020 World Series of Poker schedule and the high rollers are no exception,” Effel said.  “The High Roller Series are great spectacles for the fans and a challenging series of events is sure to bring out the game’s best and those looking to take them on.”

The high-stakes action gets underway quickly with the WSOP’s opening weekend featuring the first high roller. A $25,000 buy-in event is set for May 29.

More action follows including three high buy-in events in all for the week of May 29 to June 5. That lineup includes:

  • $25,000 No Limit Hold’em Eight-Handed – May 29
  • $25,000 Heads-Up Championship with capped field of 64 players – May 31
  • $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em – June 5

Omaha players are in luck with $25,000 and $50,000 events added to the schedule. A new $100,000 No Limit Hold’em Eight-Handed event closes out the High Roller Series on July 11.

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Online events not released yet

For online poker players in Nevada and New Jersey, only one event has been announced so far.

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

In the coming weeks, organizers will release more online events. Here’s a look at the complete WSOP schedule so far:

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 31WSOP.com 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 7WSOP.com 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 WSOP.com 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 14WSOP.com 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 WSOP.com 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 28WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em Championship $1,0001
June 29Mini Main Event $1,000Freezeout
June 296-Handed No-Limit Hold’em$10,000Freezeout
June 29WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em$5001
June 30FINAL 500 Salute to Warriors No-Limit Hold’em$5001
June 30Limit Hold’em$10,000Freezeout
June 30WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed $1,5001
July 1, 2, 3Main Event$10,000Freezeout
July 1 WSOP.com ONLINE High Roller NLH 8-Handed$3,2001
July 2WSOP.com Online NLHE Super High Roller$10,000Freezeout
July 3WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em$4001
July 4-6Little One for ONE DROP No-Limit Hold’em$1,000 + $111 Unlimited
July 4WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Deepstack$5001
July 5Limit Hold'em 6-Handed$3,000Freezeout
July 5WSOP.com 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 12WSOP.com 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

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