World Series of Poker (WSOP) Schedule 2019 | Key Dates, Events And More

World Series of Poker (WSOP) Schedule 2019 | Key Dates, Events And More

World Series of Poker (WSOP) tournament officials have decided to stoke interest in the upcoming 2019 series. They have released a limited schedule of events so that players can begin making their plans early.

The 2019 WSOP will mark the 50th anniversary of poker’s most prestigious tournament series. The collection of tournaments, which began humbly as a gathering of a few dozens, will likely award more than $200 million in prizes this year.

As has been the case since 2005, the WSOP will run in the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino‘s convention area. There have been rumors for months that a move to the Las Vegas Strip might be in the offing.

There have also been whispers that a sale of the Rio is imminent. However, WSOP personnel and Caesars have repeatedly denied the veracity of those rumors.

Irrespective of any plans, this year’s series will be back home in the Amazon Room.

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The Big 50 is the WSOP’s new baby

The past few years of the WSOP have seen the development of numerous new tournament formats. This year’s edition will be no different, as tournament officials will kick off the series with the Big 50.

The Big 50 will be a $500 buy-in, no-limit hold’em tournament. There will be four flights to begin the tournament, starting May 30. WSOP officials have given the event a $5 million guarantee for its prize pool.

The hook for this tournament is that WSOP is pledging to make everyone’s initial entry rake-free. In other words, all $500 of the first entry will go into the prize pool.

The net effect will be a natural enriching of the available pot of money. Of course, subsequent entries will be raked at the usual rate. In a press release, WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart said,

“We’re excited to commence our golden event. We expect our opening weekend Big 50 event to be one of the largest in our history, and certainly one of the best value tournaments ever offered.  This is part of our concerted plans to make the 2019 WSOP a better value all-around.”

The Big 50 does, indeed, appear set to become one of the best values at the WSOP. Players begin with 50,000 in tournament chips, and blind levels are 50 minutes long.

Along with the guarantee of $5 million comes a promise for first prize. The winner of the Big 50 will get at least $1 million. That kind of value (along with a WSOP bracelet) for just $500 is hard to find.

Events for everyone at the WSOP

The $1 million first prize in the Big 50 is hardly the only chance at a seven-digit payout during this year’s series. In fact, the Millionaire Maker (MM) is designed to provide exactly that.

The MM will also offer no-limit hold’em and a chance at a million-dollar payday. The tournament, which will commence June 7, is a $1,500 event with a $1 million guarantee for the winner.

Players will begin with 25,000 in chips and have 60 minutes per blind level. There are only two opening flights for the MM, which means that the tournament size will be limited. In other words, entrants will not have to fade as many competitors in their quest for a million dollars.

Other notable events will include:

  • Seniors (50+) No-limit hold’em (NLHE): $1,000 buy-in
  • Double Stack NLHE: $1,000 buy-in with 40,000 in starting chips
  • Monster Stack NLHE: $1,500 buy-in with 50,000 in starting chips
  • Crazy Eights NLHE: $888 buy-in with $888,888 guaranteed to the winner

The Main Event is still the main event of poker

Of course, the highlight for most players is the marquee Main Event. The $10,000 buy-in tournament remains the gold standard for poker tournaments, and its winners are still dubbed “world champions” and are destined for poker immortality.

Last year’s Main Event featured a significant turnout. Nearly 8,000 players competed for more than a week, which led to the crowning of John Cynn as the 2018 World Champion.

No champion has repeated as the winner since the poker boom. However, former champion Joe Cada placed sixth in last year’s event, and poker great Dan Harrington has hit the final table twice since.

Could this be the year that a player returns to the top of the mountain? Unlikely, but the great thing about poker is that it’s impossible to know what will happen.

2019 World Series of Poker schedule

*Please note: the online events will run on WSOP.com.

DateTimeEventBuy-in
Wed, May 29th11:00 AM$500 Casino Employees Event$500
Wed, May 29th12:00 PMSuper Turbo Bounty$10,000
Thu, May 30th11:00 AMBIG 50 - Flight A$500
Thu, May 30th3:00 PM$1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo Eight or Better$1,500
Fri, May 31st11:00 AMBIG 50 - Flight B$500
Fri, May 31st3:00 PM50th Annual High Roller NLH$50,000
Sat, Jun 1st10:00 AMBIG 50 - Flight C$500
Sat, Jun 1st3:00 PM$2,500 Limit Mixed Triple Draw$2,500
Sun, Jun 2nd10:00 AMBIG 50 - Flight D$500
Sun, Jun 2nd3:30 PMNo-Limit Hold’em (Online)$400
Sun, Jun 2nd6:00 PM Short Deck No-Limit Hold’em$10,000
Mon, Jun 3rd11:00 AM$600 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack$600
Mon, Jun 3rd3:00 PM$1,500 Dealer's Choice$1,500
Mon, Jun 3rd6:00 PM$5,000 No-Limit Hold'em$5,000
Tue, Jun 4th10:00 AM$1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty$1,000
Tue, Jun 4th3:00 PM$1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw$1,500
Wed, Jun 5th11:00 AM$1,500 HORSE$1,500
Wed, Jun 5th3:00 PMHeads Up No-Limit Hold’em$10,000
Wed, Jun 5th4:00 PM$1,500 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed$1,500
Thu, Jun 6th11:00 AM$1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout$1,500
Thu, Jun 6th3:00 PMOmaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better$10,000
Fri, Jun 7th10:00 AMMillionaire Maker - Flight A$1,500
Fri, Jun 7th3:00 PM$1,500 Seven-Card Stud$1,500
Sat, Jun 8th10:00 AMMillionaire Maker - Flight B$1,500
Sat, Jun 8th3:00 PMNo-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw$10,000
Sun, Jun 9th11:00 AM$1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Double Stack$1,000
Sun, Jun 9th3:00 PM$1,500 Eight Game Mix$1,500
Sun, Jun 9th3:30 PM6-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha (Online)$600
Mon, Jun 10th11:00 AM$600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack$600
Mon, Jun 10th12:00 PM$2,620 No-Limit Hold'em Marathon$2,620
Mon, Jun 10th3:00 PM$1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better$1,500
Tue, Jun 11th11:00 AMNo-Limit Hold'em$1,000
Tue, Jun 11th3:00 PMH.O.R.S.E.$10,000
Wed, Jun 12th11:00 AM$1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha$1,000
Wed, Jun 12th3:00 PM$3,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed$3,000
Thu, Jun 13th10:00 AMSeniors No-Limit Hold'em$1,000
Fri, Jun 14th10:00 AM$1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold'em - Flight A$1,000
Fri, Jun 14th3:00 PMDealers Choice 6-Handed$10,000
Sat, Jun 15th10:00 AM$1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold'em - Flight B$1,000
Sat, Jun 15th3:00 PM$3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout$3,000
Sun, Jun 16th11:00 AM$800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack$800
Sun, Jun 16th3:30 PMKnock-Out Bounty No-Limit Hold’em (Online)$600
Mon, Jun 17th10:00 AM$1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold'em$1,000
Mon, Jun 17th12:00 PM$1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha$1,500
Mon, Jun 17th3:00 PMSeven Card Stud$10,000
Tue, Jun 18th11:00 AM$600 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em / Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack 8-Handed$600
Tue, Jun 18th3:00 PM$2,500 Mixed Big Bet$2,500
Wed, Jun 19th11:00 AM$1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Bounty$1,500
Wed, Jun 19th3:00 PMHigh Roller Pot-Limit Omaha$25,000
Wed, Jun 19th3:30 PMTurbo No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack (Online)$500
Thu, Jun 20th11:00 AM$1,000/$10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em$10,000
Thu, Jun 20th12:00 PM$2,500 No-Limit Hold'em$2,500
Thu, Jun 20th3:00 PMLimit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw$10,000
Fri, Jun 21st10:00 AMMonster Stack - Flight A$1,500
Fri, Jun 21st3:00 PM$2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better, Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better$2,500
Sat, Jun 22nd10:00 AMMonster Stack - Flight B$1,500
Sat, Jun 22nd3:00 PMPot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed$10,000
Sun, Jun 23rd11:00 AM$800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack 8-Handed$800
Sun, Jun 23rd3:00 PM$1,500 Razz$1,500
Sun, Jun 23rd3:30 PMDouble Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Online)$1,000
Mon, Jun 24th10:00 AM$1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty$1,500
Mon, Jun 24th12:00 PMTag Team No-Limit Hold'em$1,000
Mon, Jun 24th3:00 PMPoker Players Championship$50,000
Tue, Jun 25th11:00 AM$600 No-Limit Hold'em DEEPSTACK CHAMPIONSHIP$600
Tue, Jun 25th3:00 PM$1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 or Better$1,500
Wed, Jun 26th10:00 AM$400 Colossus - Flight A$400
Wed, Jun 26th3:00 PMRazz Championship$10,000
Thu, Jun 27th10:00 AM$400 Colossus - Flight B$400
Thu, Jun 27th3:00 PM$1,500 Omaha Mix$1,500
Fri, Jun 28th10:00 AM$888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em - Flight A$888
Fri, Jun 28th3:00 PMPot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8$10,000
Fri, Jun 28th5:00 PM$888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em - Flight B$888
Sat, Jun 29th10:00 AM$888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em - Flight C$888
Sat, Jun 29th3:00 PM$1,500 Limit Hold'em$1,500
Sun, Jun 30th10:00 AM$888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em - Flight D$888
Sun, Jun 30th3:00 PMSeven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8$10,000
Sun, Jun 30th3:30 PMNo-Limit Hold’em Championship (Online)$1,000
Mon, Jul 1st11:00 AM$1,000 Mini Main Event$1,000
Mon, Jul 1st3:00 PM$5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed$5,000
Tue, Jul 2nd11:00 AMSALUTE TO WARRIORS - $500 No-Limit Hold'em$500
Tue, Jul 2nd3:00 PMLimit Hold’em Championship$10,000
Wed, Jul 3rd12:00 PM$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship - Flight A
$10,000
Wed, Jul 3rd3:30 PMHigh Roller No-Limit Hold’em (Online)$3,200
Thu, Jul 4th12:00 PM$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship - Flight B$10,000
Fri, Jul 5th12:00 PM$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship - Flight C$10,000
Sat, Jul 6th11:00 AM$1,000 + $111 Little One for One Drop - Flight A$1,111
Sun, Jul 7th11:00 AM$1,000 + $111 Little One for One Drop - Flight B$1,111
Sun, Jul 7th3:30 PM6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em (Online)$800
Mon, Jul 8th11:00 AM$1,000 + $111 Little One for One Drop - Flight C$1,111
Mon, Jul 8th3:00 PM$3,000 Limit Hold'em 6-Handed$3,000
Mon, Jul 8th6:00 PM$50,000 Final Fifty No-Limit Hold'em$50,000
Tue, Jul 9th11:00 AM$1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Bounty$1,500
Tue, Jul 9th3:00 PM$3,000 No-Limit Hold'em$3,000
Wed, Jul 10th11:00 AM$1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em Pot-Limit Omaha$1,500
Wed, Jul 10th3:00 PM$1,500 50th Annual Bracelet Winners Only No-Limit Hold'em$1,500
Thu, Jul 11th11:00 AM$1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Double Stack $1,500
Thu, Jul 11th3:00 PMHigh Roller No-Limit Hold’em$100,000
Fri, Jul 12th11:00 AMThe Closer - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em - Flight A $1,500
Fri, Jul 12th3:00 PM$3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed$3,000
Sat, Jul 13th11:00 AMThe Closer - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em - Flight B$1,500
Sat, Jul 13th3:00 PM6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em$10,000
Sun, Jul 14th11:00 AMThe Closer - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em - Flight C$1,500
Sun, Jul 14th3:00 PM$3,000 HORSE$3,000
Sun, Jul 14th3:30 PMSummer Saver No-Limit Hold’em (Online)$500
Mon, Jul 15th12:00 PM$5,000 No-Limit Hold'em$5,000
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