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The World Series of Poker announced the complete schedule for its annual summer series. After being cancelled altogether in 2020 and pushed back to the fall last year, poker’s premier event returns to its traditional summer spot. The 2022 WSOP runs May 31 to July 20 with 88 live bracelet events and 21 online bracelet events.
The bracelet event count for the live series is the same as last year, but introduces new tournaments. Notable additions include the Million Dollar Bounty, the Tournament of Champions and a kickoff “Housewarming” event.
Meanwhile, the online series features just 21 bracelet events compared to 33 last year. The online events will run in three states (New Jersey, Nevada and Pennsylvania) every Sunday throughout the series, with only a few tournaments during the week.
Location is perhaps the biggest change for the live event this year. Ending its 17-run at the Rio, the 53rd annual WSOP moves to the Bally’s (soon to be Horseshoe) and Paris casinos. This marks the first time that the WSOP will take place directly on the Vegas Strip. With the prime location and the additional event space, the WSOP is expecting big crowds and tournament fields.
“This year is particularly historic for the WSOP with its move to the heart of the Las Vegas Strip and debut in the best facilities we’ve ever had,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart via press release. “The schedule is jam-packed with first-class events and we expect this to be the biggest and most anticipated WSOP yet.”
This year, the WSOP is not requiring vaccinations, which will also likely boost tournament fields. Regarding COVID, the WSOP said it will follow local, state and CDC guidelines. Currently in Nevada, that means masks are also not required for players.
Based on the release timing, the schedule itself and its new venue, the WSOP is exuding confidence in its ability to reclaim and perhaps surpass its player numbers pre-COVID. The recent easing of restrictions has certainly helped and is potentially fueling industry predictions that the 2022 Main Event could draw more than 8,000 entries.
Following two bumpier years, the WSOP is also likely sensing that players are itching to return to live games. Those who have missed playing in large tournament fields will certainly get plenty of cracks at major payouts this year. Those who prefer to play at their computers won’t be left out, however, as there will be plenty of online bracelet events at WSOP.com too.
Besides the $10,000 Main Event (July 3-16), the WSOP expects several other tournaments to draw massive player pools. Based on past numbers, a huge $5 million guarantee and an affordable entry fee, the WSOP thinks its kickoff $500 buy-in Housewarming tournament could eclipse the 12,973 players who showed up for its “Reunion” event last year. Meanwhile, flagship events with multi-million prize pools such as the Millionaire Maker, Monster Stack, and Colossus are also returning.
Another new tournament that could be a big hit is the Million Dollar Bounty event July 2-4. Beginning as a regular bounty tournament on day one, this $1,000 buy-in event switches to a bounty format with “mystery” bounties that are revealed when a player is eliminated. Adding to the fun, there will be a guaranteed top bounty of $1 million on one random player’s head.
With four starting flights planned, the WSOP is obviously expecting this event to draw a big field. Originally slated for the 2020 WSOP, the format’s debut was pushed back due to the pandemic. However, it has already proved to be popular. Earlier this month, at the WSOP Isle Casino circuit event in Florida, the first-ever mystery bounty event for WSOP drew more than 3,300 players and produced a prize pool in excess of $1 million on just a $600 buy-in.
While the WSOP is making major investments in this year’s live event, the online series won’t be as huge as it has been the past two years. That said, the brand still seems to be committed to providing a robust online schedule. This is a good sign that online bracelet events will remain a big part of the WSOP moving forward.
Nevada and New Jersey players will vie for 13 bracelets, while Pennsylvania players have eight bracelets to play for. The WSOP hasn’t announced any bracelet events for Michigan, as it doesn’t have a site operating there yet. However, WSOP Michigan could end up launching before the series kicks off, in which case we’ll likely see a few additional events added at that time.
Like last year, the online portion of the series will include “Double Up Bracelet Days” on Sundays. These are two-tournament days that pair a signature event with a High Roller. However, the double-bracelet days are only a feature of the NJ/NV scehdule. With just eight total tournaments throughout the series, WSOP PA is limiting itself to one per day.
Events such as the $500 Summer Saver, BIG $500 kickoff and the $777 Lucky Sevens are also returning. However, the state schedules are mostly devoid of non-Hold’Em games this year, with the exception of one Pot-Limit Omaha event. Buy-ins for the online series range from $400 to $7,777 for NV/NJ and $400 to $1,000 for PA, respectively.
There is a noticeable absence of High Roller events from the PA schedule. This is likely due to it being a smaller, underdeveloped market for WSOP. Meanwhile, the NV/NJ schedule features four High Rollers, including the $7,777 Lucky Sevens. We can certainly expect that event will attract high-profile pros looking to maximize value and their opportunities for bracelets.
Here’s the schedule for this summer’s online WSOP bracelet events in Nevada, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. There are 14 events, but half of these will run concurrently in NJ/NV, and in PA. Thus, there are 21 tournaments (and 21 bracelets) in total.
If you’re planning on attending the live series in Las Vegas, our colleagues over at US Poker have the full live event schedule as well.
|1||June 5||High Roller Freezeout||$5,300||NJ/NV|
|2||June 5||Big $500||$500||NJ/NV, PA|
|3||June 12||Ultra Deepstack||$400||NJ/NV, PA|
|4||June 19||Pot Limit Omaha||$1,000||NJ/NV|
|5||June 19||Pot Limit Omaha||$500||PA only|
|6||June 26||Online Deepstack Championship||$600||NJ/NV, PA|
|7||June 28||Turbo Deepstack||$500||NJ/NV|
|8||July 3||NLHE Deepstack||$500||NJ/NV, PA|
|9||July 10||Lucky 7s High Roller||$7,777||NJ/NV|
|10||July 10||Online Bracelet Championship||$1,000||NJ/NV, PA|
|11||July 12||High Roller||$3,200||NJ/NV|
|12||July 16||Lucky 7s Second Chance||$777||NJ/NV, PA|
|13||July 17||High Roller Freezeout Encore||$5,300||NJ/NV|
|14||July 17||Summer Saver||$500||NJ/NV, PA|