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

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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.

Date Time Event Buy-in
Wed, May 29th 11:00 AM $500 Casino Employees Event $500
Wed, May 29th 12:00 PM Super Turbo Bounty $10,000
Thu, May 30th 11:00 AM BIG 50 - Flight A $500
Thu, May 30th 3:00 PM $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo Eight or Better $1,500
Fri, May 31st 11:00 AM BIG 50 - Flight B $500
Fri, May 31st 3:00 PM 50th Annual High Roller NLH $50,000
Sat, Jun 1st 10:00 AM BIG 50 - Flight C $500
Sat, Jun 1st 3:00 PM $2,500 Limit Mixed Triple Draw $2,500
Sun, Jun 2nd 10:00 AM BIG 50 - Flight D $500
Sun, Jun 2nd 3:30 PM No-Limit Hold’em (Online) $400
Sun, Jun 2nd 6:00 PM Short Deck No-Limit Hold’em $10,000
Mon, Jun 3rd 11:00 AM $600 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack $600
Mon, Jun 3rd 3:00 PM $1,500 Dealer's Choice $1,500
Mon, Jun 3rd 6:00 PM $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em $5,000
Tue, Jun 4th 10:00 AM $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty $1,000
Tue, Jun 4th 3:00 PM $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw $1,500
Wed, Jun 5th 11:00 AM $1,500 HORSE $1,500
Wed, Jun 5th 3:00 PM Heads Up No-Limit Hold’em $10,000
Wed, Jun 5th 4:00 PM $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed $1,500
Thu, Jun 6th 11:00 AM $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout $1,500
Thu, Jun 6th 3:00 PM Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better $10,000
Fri, Jun 7th 10:00 AM Millionaire Maker - Flight A $1,500
Fri, Jun 7th 3:00 PM $1,500 Seven-Card Stud $1,500
Sat, Jun 8th 10:00 AM Millionaire Maker - Flight B $1,500
Sat, Jun 8th 3:00 PM No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw $10,000
Sun, Jun 9th 11:00 AM $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Double Stack $1,000
Sun, Jun 9th 3:00 PM $1,500 Eight Game Mix $1,500
Sun, Jun 9th 3:30 PM 6-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha (Online) $600
Mon, Jun 10th 11:00 AM $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack $600
Mon, Jun 10th 12:00 PM $2,620 No-Limit Hold'em Marathon $2,620
Mon, Jun 10th 3:00 PM $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better $1,500
Tue, Jun 11th 11:00 AM No-Limit Hold'em $1,000
Tue, Jun 11th 3:00 PM H.O.R.S.E. $10,000
Wed, Jun 12th 11:00 AM $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha $1,000
Wed, Jun 12th 3:00 PM $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed $3,000
Thu, Jun 13th 10:00 AM Seniors No-Limit Hold'em $1,000
Fri, Jun 14th 10:00 AM $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold'em - Flight A $1,000
Fri, Jun 14th 3:00 PM Dealers Choice 6-Handed $10,000
Sat, Jun 15th 10:00 AM $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold'em - Flight B $1,000
Sat, Jun 15th 3:00 PM $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout $3,000
Sun, Jun 16th 11:00 AM $800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack $800
Sun, Jun 16th 3:30 PM Knock-Out Bounty No-Limit Hold’em (Online) $600
Mon, Jun 17th 10:00 AM $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold'em $1,000
Mon, Jun 17th 12:00 PM $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha $1,500
Mon, Jun 17th 3:00 PM Seven Card Stud $10,000
Tue, Jun 18th 11:00 AM $600 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em / Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack 8-Handed $600
Tue, Jun 18th 3:00 PM $2,500 Mixed Big Bet $2,500
Wed, Jun 19th 11:00 AM $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Bounty $1,500
Wed, Jun 19th 3:00 PM High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha $25,000
Wed, Jun 19th 3:30 PM Turbo No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack (Online) $500
Thu, Jun 20th 11:00 AM $1,000/$10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em $10,000
Thu, Jun 20th 12:00 PM $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em $2,500
Thu, Jun 20th 3:00 PM Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw $10,000
Fri, Jun 21st 10:00 AM Monster Stack - Flight A $1,500
Fri, Jun 21st 3:00 PM $2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better, Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better $2,500
Sat, Jun 22nd 10:00 AM Monster Stack - Flight B $1,500
Sat, Jun 22nd 3:00 PM Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed $10,000
Sun, Jun 23rd 11:00 AM $800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack 8-Handed $800
Sun, Jun 23rd 3:00 PM $1,500 Razz $1,500
Sun, Jun 23rd 3:30 PM Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Online) $1,000
Mon, Jun 24th 10:00 AM $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty $1,500
Mon, Jun 24th 12:00 PM Tag Team No-Limit Hold'em $1,000
Mon, Jun 24th 3:00 PM Poker Players Championship $50,000
Tue, Jun 25th 11:00 AM $600 No-Limit Hold'em DEEPSTACK CHAMPIONSHIP $600
Tue, Jun 25th 3:00 PM $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 or Better $1,500
Wed, Jun 26th 10:00 AM $400 Colossus - Flight A $400
Wed, Jun 26th 3:00 PM Razz Championship $10,000
Thu, Jun 27th 10:00 AM $400 Colossus - Flight B $400
Thu, Jun 27th 3:00 PM $1,500 Omaha Mix $1,500
Fri, Jun 28th 10:00 AM $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em - Flight A $888
Fri, Jun 28th 3:00 PM Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 $10,000
Fri, Jun 28th 5:00 PM $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em - Flight B $888
Sat, Jun 29th 10:00 AM $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em - Flight C $888
Sat, Jun 29th 3:00 PM $1,500 Limit Hold'em $1,500
Sun, Jun 30th 10:00 AM $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em - Flight D $888
Sun, Jun 30th 3:00 PM Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 $10,000
Sun, Jun 30th 3:30 PM No-Limit Hold’em Championship (Online) $1,000
Mon, Jul 1st 11:00 AM $1,000 Mini Main Event $1,000
Mon, Jul 1st 3:00 PM $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed $5,000
Tue, Jul 2nd 11:00 AM SALUTE TO WARRIORS - $500 No-Limit Hold'em $500
Tue, Jul 2nd 3:00 PM Limit Hold’em Championship $10,000
Wed, Jul 3rd 12:00 PM $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship - Flight A $10,000
Wed, Jul 3rd 3:30 PM High Roller No-Limit Hold’em (Online) $3,200
Thu, Jul 4th 12:00 PM $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship - Flight B $10,000
Fri, Jul 5th 12:00 PM $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship - Flight C $10,000
Sat, Jul 6th 11:00 AM $1,000 + $111 Little One for One Drop - Flight A $1,111
Sun, Jul 7th 11:00 AM $1,000 + $111 Little One for One Drop - Flight B $1,111
Sun, Jul 7th 3:30 PM 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em (Online) $800
Mon, Jul 8th 11:00 AM $1,000 + $111 Little One for One Drop - Flight C $1,111
Mon, Jul 8th 3:00 PM $3,000 Limit Hold'em 6-Handed $3,000
Tue, Jul 9th 11:00 AM $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Bounty $1,500
Tue, Jul 9th 3:00 PM $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em $3,000
Wed, Jul 10th 11:00 AM $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em Pot-Limit Omaha $1,500
Wed, Jul 10th 3:00 PM $1,500 50th Annual Bracelet Winners Only No-Limit Hold'em $1,500
Thu, Jul 11th 11:00 AM $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Double Stack $1,500
Thu, Jul 11th 3:00 PM High Roller No-Limit Hold’em $100,000
Fri, Jul 12th 11:00 AM The Closer - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em - Flight A $1,500
Fri, Jul 12th 3:00 PM $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed $3,000
Sat, Jul 13th 11:00 AM The Closer - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em - Flight B $1,500
Sat, Jul 13th 3:00 PM 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em $10,000
Sun, Jul 14th 11:00 AM The Closer - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em - Flight C $1,500
Sun, Jul 14th 3:00 PM $3,000 HORSE $3,000
Sun, Jul 14th 3:30 PM Summer Saver No-Limit Hold’em (Online) $500
Mon, Jul 15th 12:00 PM $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em $5,000

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