88 WSOP bracelet events on offer, including Main Event starting Nov. 4

WSOP Fall Live Series Schedule Released, Featuring 88 Bracelet Events Starting September 30

It’s going to be an unusual year for the World Series of Poker, though not to the same extent as last year. From 2005 to 2019, live poker’s most anticipated event ran like clockwork each summer at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino.

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic threw everything for a loop. It forced the cancellation of the live series and sparked WSOP to create its first fully online bracelet series. The disruption has continued into 2021, even as case numbers in the US abate. Unlike last year, however, the series will run in something like its normal form, just later in the year.

Today, WSOP released the full schedule of events, which will run from Sep. 30 to Nov. 22. That’s pretty much exactly a four-month delay relative to when it would ordinarily take place, from the end of May through early August. The Main Event has starting flights from Nov. 4 to 7.

WSOP originally announced tentative plans at the beginning of April, after US COVID cases had stabilized following the third wave of the disease. A few weeks later, it released the schedule for an online bracelet series starting July 1, to tide US players over through the summer. A second online series will take place on GGPoker for international players, starting Aug. 1.

The live series comprises 88 events, with buy-ins running from $400 all the way up to $250,000. It’s not standard practice for WSOP to offer guarantees, but as a show of confidence it has done so for its opening weekend Reunion event, promising a minimum of $5 million, or 11,500 entries, at a $435+65 buy-in.

No online bracelet events during live series

One open question has been whether the live series would also include additional online bracelet events. These have been an important and growing part of the series since the first one appeared in 2015.

This year, however, it appears that WSOP feels the 33 online events taking place over the summer will be enough. There will surely be some form of online action available to series attendees on WSOP.com, but it doesn’t look like bracelets will be up for grabs.

When next year rolls around, the question will be whether WSOP continues having separate live and online series, or decides to combine them once more. If the latter, there’s the additional dilemma of whether to keep as many events as are on the online schedule this year, or scale it back down to what was originally planned for 2020, which was 14 events.

What else is new for WSOP 2021?

In its announcement, WSOP points out the following schedule highlights and changes from previous years:

  • Big field fan favorites: It almost goes without saying, but all the usual huge-field marquee events are back in 2021. The Millionaire Maker, Monster Stack, Double Stack, Colossus, Crazy Eights and Closer are evenly spaced each weekend throughout the series, each with two starting flights, one on Friday and the other on Saturday.
  • Freezeouts: Six true freezeouts with buy-ins between $500 and $5,000 are on the schedule for those who dislike events with re-entry.
  • NLHE Heads-Up Championship: The buy-in for this challenging event has been raised from $10,000 to $25,000.
  • Seniors Event: For the first time, this restricted-entry (50+) event will have two starting flights.
  • Nine Game Mix: The $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship will be played with a nine-game format. This rotation will be the same as standard Eight Game, but with the addition of NL 2-7 Single Draw Lowball. An additional $2,500 Nine Game Mix is on the schedule too, as well as the more standard Eight Game Mix with a $1,500 buy-in.
  • Flip & Go: Arguably the most gimmicky event on the schedule is the $1,000 Flip & Go sponsored by WSOP’s international partner GGPoker. Players are all-in each hand until a single winner emerges from each table. Play proceeds normally from there, with surviving players immediately in the money.
  • Hall of Fame Bounty: The other contender for that honor is event #79, whose $1,979 entry fee corresponds to the year of inception of the Poker Hall of Fame. PHOF inductees receive free entry to the event, but with a bounty on their head equal to the year of their induction.
  • PLO High Roller: At $50,000, Event #84 features the highest ever buy-in for an Omaha tournament.

Full WSOP 2021 series schedule

Below is the full schedule for the series, including some corrections to the version originally released by WSOP this morning.

EventDateFormatBuy-InDays
#109/30Casino Employees NLHE$5002
#209/30H.O.R.S.E.$25,000 3
#309/30COVID-19 Relief Charity NLHE$1,000 2
#4A10/01The Reunion$5005
#510/01Omaha Hi-Lo$1,500 3
#610/02High Roller NLHE 8-Handed$25,000 3
#710/03Dealers Choice 6-Handed$1,500 3
#810/04NLHE Deepstack$6002
#910/04Omaha Hi-Lo Championship$10,000 4
#1010/05Super Turbo Bounty NLHE Freezeout$1,000 1
#1110/05Heads Up NLHE Championship$25,000 3
#1210/05Limit Hold'em$1,500 3
#1310/06Freezeout NLHE$3,000 3
#1410/06Seven Card Stud$1,500 3
#1510/076-Handed NLHE$1,500 3
#1610/07Limit Hold'em Championship$10,000 3
#17A10/08Millionaire Maker NLHE$1,500 5
#1810/08Mixed Triple Draw Lowball (Limit)$2,500 3
#17B10/09Millionaire Maker NLHE$1,500 1
#1910/09Seven Card Stud Championship$10,000 3
#20A10/10Flip & Go NLHE$1,000 2
#2110/10Mixed Omaha (PLO8, Limit O8, Big O)$1,500 3
#20B10/10Flip & Go NLHE$1,000 1
#2210/11Ladies NLHE Championship$10,000 3
#2310/11Eight Game Mix 6-Handed$1,500 3
#2410/12Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack (8-Handed)$6002
#2510/126-Handed NLHE$5,000 3
#2610/13Freezeout NLHE$1,000 2
#2710/13H.O.R.S.E.$1,500 3
#2810/14Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed$1,000 3
#2910/14Short Deck NLHE$10,000 3
#30A10/15Monster Stack NLHE Freezeout$1,500 5
#3110/15No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw$1,500 3
#30B10/16Monster Stack NLHE Freezeout$1,500 1
#3210/16H.O.R.S.E.$3,000 3
#3310/178-Handed NLHE Deepstack$8002
#3410/17Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Freezeout$1,500 3
#3510/18Freezeout NLHE$5002
#3610/18Dealers Choice 6-Handed Championship$10,000 3
#3710/19Super Turbo Bounty NLHE Freezeout$1,500 1
#3810/19High Roller NLHE 8-Handed$50,000 3
#3910/20Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed$1,500 3
#4010/20H.O.R.S.E. Championship$10,000 4
#4110/21Freezeout NLHE$2,500 3
#4210/21Razz$1,500 3
#43A10/22Double Stack NLHE$1,000 5
#4410/226-Handed Limit Hold'em$3,0003
#43B10/23Double Stack NLHE$1,0005
#4510/23Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship$10,000 4
#4610/24NLHE Deepstack$8002
#4710/24Freezeout NLHE 8-Handed$5,000 3
#4810/25Shootout NLHE$1,500 3
#4910/25No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship$10,000 3
#5010/26Mixed NLHE/PLO Deepstack 8-Handed$6002
#5110/266-Handed NLHE$3,000 2
#52A10/27SENIORS NLHE Championship$1,000 1
#5310/27High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed)$25,000 4
#52B10/28Seniors NLHE Championship$1,000 1
#5410/28Nine Game Mix 6-Handed$2,500 1
#55A10/29Colossus NLHE$4003
#5610/296-Handed NLHE Championship$10,000 3
#55B10/30Colossus NLHE$4001
#5710/30Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship$10,000 3
#5810/31Super Seniors NLHE$1,000 3
#5910/31Tag Team NLHE$1,000 3
#6010/31Poker Players Championship 6-Handed$50,000 5
#6111/01Deepstack Championship NLHE$6003
#6211/01Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better 8-Handed$1,500 3
#6311/02Salute to Warriors NLHE$5003
#6411/02Mixed NLHE/Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed$5,000 2
#6511/03Mini Main Event NLHE Freezeout$1,000 2
#6611/03Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship 8-Handed$10,000 3
#67A11/04MAIN EVENT (NLHE World Championship)$10,000 10
#67B11/05MAIN EVENT (NLHE World Championship)$10,000 10
#67C11/06MAIN EVENT (NLHE World Championship)$10,000 10
#67D11/07MAIN EVENT (NLHE World Championship)$10,000 10
#68A11/08Little One For One Drop NLHE$1,111 5
#68B11/09Little One For One Drop NLHE$1,111 1
#68C11/10Little One For One Drop NLHE$1,111 1
#6911/10Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo$1,500 3
#70A11/11Crazy Eights NLHE 8-Handed$8886
#7111/11Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed$1,500 1
#70B11/12Crazy Eights NLHE 8-Handed$8881
#7211/12Mixed NLHE/Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed$1,500 3
#70C11/13Crazy Eights NLHE 8-Handed$8881
#7311/13Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 Championship$10,000 3
#70D11/14Crazy Eights NLHE 8-Handed$8881
#7411/14Mixed Big Bet$2,500 3
#7511/15Freezeout NLHE$1,500 3
#7611/15Super Turbo Bounty NLHE Freezeout$10,000 2
#7711/16Fifty Stack NLHE$1,500 2
#7811/16Razz Championship$10,000 3
#7911/17Poker Hall of Fame Bounty NLHE Freezeout$1,979 2
#8011/176-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha$3,000 4
#8111/18NLHE Deepstack$8002
#8211/18Super High Roller NLHE$250,000 3
#83A11/19The Closer NLHE$1,500 3
#8411/19High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha$50,000 2
#83B11/20The Closer NLHE$1,500 1
#8511/20High Roller NLHE$50,000 2
#8611/21Super Turbo NLHE$1,000 1
#8711/21High Roller NLHE$100,000 3
#8811/228-Handed NLHE$5,000 2
- Alex is a journalist from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. Now site runner for OnlinePokerReport, he has been writing about poker and the online gambling industry in various capacities since 2014.
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