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2020 World Series Of Poker

The 2020 World Series of Poker schedule is set, and this year’s docket features more events than ever before.

The first WSOP, held in 1970, saw just a handful of players gather at Binion’s Horseshoe to play cash games before naming a world champion by vote. A half century later the series has grown into an international spectacle, with players from over 100 countries converging on Las Vegas annually to compete for the game’s ultimate prize — a gold bracelet.

The number of bracelets awarded will hit triple digits for the first time this year, with a record 101 events packed into the seven-week schedule. That tops last year’s 90 events, which drew 187,298 total entries and awarded payouts exceeding $293 million.

The 2020 series will take place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, home to the WSOP since 2005. Buy-ins will range from $400 for certain online events and the popular Colossus up to $250,000 for the Super High Roller.

No less than 14 events will be contested online, the most since the WSOP began holding bracelet events online in 2015. Thanks to a multi-state poker alliance, players in both Nevada and New Jersey are eligible to compete remotely.

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2020 WSOP Schedule

Here’s the full schedule of live events for the 2020 WSOP; see below for online bracelet events:

DateTime (PT)Buy-inEvent
May 2711:00 AM$1,000No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout
May 273:00 PM$500Casino Employees Event
May 2810:00 AM$500Big 50 - Flight A
May 283:00 PM$1,500Omaha Hi-Lo 8-or-Better
May 2910:00 AM$500Big 50 - Flight B
May 293:00 PM$25,000No-Limit Hold'em High Roller 8-Handed
May 3010:00 AM$500Big 50 - Flight C
May 303:00 PM$1,500Dealer's Choice 6-Handed
May 3110:00 AM$500Big 50 - Flight D
May 316:00 PM$25,000Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship
June 111:00 AM$600No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack
June 13:00 PM$2,500Mixed Limit Triple Draw Lowball
June 211:00 AM$1,000No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty
June 23:00 PM$1,500Seven-Card Stud
June 311:00 AM$1,500No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed
June 33:00 PM$10,000Omaha Hi-Lo 8-or-Better Championship
June 411:00 AM$1,500No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout
June 43:00 PM$1,500H.O.R.S.E.
June 510:00 AM$1,500Millionaire Maker - Flight A
June 51:00 PM$50,000High Roller No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed
June 53:00 PM$1,500Mixed Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8-or-Better / Omaha Hi-Lo 8-or-Better / Big O
June 610:00 AM$1,500Millionaire Maker - Flight B
June 63:00 PM$10,000Seven-Card Stud Championship
June 711:00 AM$1,000Forty Stack No-Limit Hold'em
June 73:00 PM$3,000H.O.R.S.E.
June 811:00 AM$600Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack 8-Handed
June 83:00 PM$10,000Short Deck No-Limit Hold'em
June 911:00 AM$1,500No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty
June 93:00 PM$10,000H.O.R.S.E. Championship
June 1011:00 AM$1,000Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed
June 103:00 PM$1,500No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw
June 1111:00 AM$2,500No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout
June 113:00 PM$1,500Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo 8-or-Better
June 1210:00 AM$1,500Monster Stack - Flight A
June 122:00 PM$10,000Super Turbo Bounty
June 123:00 PM$1,500Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw
June 1310:00 AM$1,500Monster Stack - Flight B
June 133:00 PM$10,000Dealer's Choice Championship
June 141:00 AM$800No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack
June 143:00 PM$1,500Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed
June 1511:00 AM$500No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout
June 153:00 PM$10,000No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship
June 1611:00 AM$600Mixed No-Limit Hold'em / Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed
June 163:00 PM$1,500Razz
June 1711:00 AM$10,000/$1,000Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship
June 1712:00 PM$1,500No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
June 173:00 PM$25,000High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed
June 1810:00 AM$1,000Seniors No-Limit Hold'em
June 181:00 PM$3,000No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout
June 183:00 PM$10,000Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship
June 1910:00 AM$1,000Double Stack No-Limit Hold'em - Flight A
June 193:00 PM$2,500Nine-Game Mix
June 2010:00 AM$1,000Double Stack No-Limit Hold'em - Flight B
June 203:00 AM$10,000Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship
June 2111:00 AM$800No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack 8-Handed
June 213:00 PM$5,000Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed
June 2210:00 AM$1,000Super Seniors No-Limit Hold'em
June 222:00 PM$1,000Tag Team Event
June 223:00 PM$50,000Poker Players Championship
June 2311:00 AM$600No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack Championship
June 233:00 PM$1,500Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8-or-Better 8-Handed
June 2410:00 AM$400Colossus - Flight A
June 243:00 PM$10,000Razz Championship
June 2510:00 AM$400Colossus - Flight B
June 253:00 PM$5,000No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed
June 2610:00 AM$888Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed - Flight A
June 263:00 PM$10,000Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8-or-Better Championship
June 265:00 PM$888Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed - Flight B
June 2710:00 AM$888Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed - Flight C
June 2712:00 PM$250,000Super High Roller No-Limit Hold'em
June 273:00 PM$1,500Limit Hold'em
June 275:00 PM$888Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed - Flight D
June 2811:00 AM$1,500Mystery Bounty No-Limit Hold'em
June 283:00 PM$10,000Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo 8-or-Better Championship
June 2911:00 AM$1,000Mini Main Event
June 293:00 PM$10,000No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed
June 3011:00 AM$500Final 500 Salute to Warriors No-Limit Hold'em
June 303:00 PM$10,000Limit Hold'em Championship
July 111:00 AM$10,000No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship - Flight A
July 211:00 AM$10,000No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship - Flight B
July 311:00 AM$10,000No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship - Flight C
July 412:00 PM$1,111$1,000 + $111 Little One for One Drop - Flight A
July 512:00 PM$1,111$1,000 + $111 Little One for One Drop - Flight B
July 53:00 PM$3,000Limit Hold'em 6-Handed
July 612:00 PM$1,111$1,000 + $111 Little One for One Drop - Flight C
July 66:00 PM$5,000Mixed No-Limit Hold'em / Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed
July 712:00 PM$1,500No-Limit Hold'em Bounty
July 73:00 PM$50,000High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha
July 812:00 PM$1,500Pot-Limit Omaha Bounty
July 83:00 PM$3,000No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed
July 912:00 PM$1,500Fifty Stack No-Limit Hold'em
July 93:00 PM$1,500Mixed No-Limit Hold'em / Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed
July 96:00 PM$50,000High Roller No-Limit Hold'em
July 1012:00 PM$1,500The Closer - No Limit Hold'em - Flight A
July 103:00 PM$3,000Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed
July 1112:00 PM$1,500The Closer - No Limit Hold'em - Flight B
July 113:00 PM$100,000High Roller No-Limit Hold'em
July 1211:00 AM$800No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack
July 123:00 PM$1,500Eight-Game Mix 6-Handed
July 1311:00 AM$1,000No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo
July 133:00 PM$2,500Mixed Big Bet
July 143:00 PM$5,000No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed

2020 WSOP online bracelet events

These 14 bracelet events will be available in Nevada and New Jersey via the WSOP online poker client.

DateTime (PT)Buy-inEventChipsRe-entry
May 313:30pm$400No-Limit Hold’em15,0001
June 73:30pm$777PLO 7-Handed20,0003
June 93:30pm$800Freezeout Knockout Deepstack NLH40,0000
June 143:30pm$5008-Handed NLH Turbo Deepstack40,0001
June 213:30pm$500Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em20,0000
June 283:30pm$1,000No-Limit Hold’em Championship20,0001
June 293:30pm$500No-Limit Hold’em15,0001
June 303:30pm$1,500No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed20,0001
July 13:30pm$3,200High Roller NLH 8-Handed25,0001
July 212 noon$10,000Super High Roller Championship30,0000
July 33:30pm$400No-Limit Hold’em15,0001
July 43:30pm$500No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Deepstack40,0001
July 53:30pm$6006-Handed No-Limit Hold’em15,0001
July 123:30pm$500Summer Saver No-Limit Hold’em20,0001

How to watch the 2020 WSOP

The WSOP is once again teaming with Poker Central and ESPN this year to broadcast from the Rio.

Below is the current schedule of at least 40 hours of Main Event coverage planned to be shown on ESPN and ESPN2. Outside of the TV broadcast windows, additional coverage of the Main Event will air on PokerGO throughout the tournament.

DateTime (ET)NetworkEvent
July 18:00 PM - 1:00 AMESPN2WSOP Main Event Day 1A
July 29:00 PM - 11:00 PMESPNWSOP Main Event Day 1B
July 211:00 PM - 1:00 AMESPN2WSOP Main Event Day 1B
July 38:00 PM - 1:30 AMESPN2WSOP Main Event Day 1C
July 47:30 PM - 10:00 PMESPNWSOP Main Event Day 2AB
July 510:00 PM - 1:00 AMESPN2WSOP Main Event Day 2C
July 610:00 PM - 2:00 AMESPN2WSOP Main Event Day 3
July 77:00 PM - 11:00 PMESPN2WSOP Main Event Day 4
July 810:00 PM - 2:00 AMESPN2WSOP Main Event Day 5
July 98:00 PM - 12:00 AMESPN2WSOP Main Event Day 6
July 1010:00 PM - 12:00 AMESPN2WSOP Main Event Day 7 (play to final table)
July 1210:00 PM - TBDESPN2WSOP Main Event Day 8 (9 to 6 players)
July 1310:00 PM - TBDESPN2WSOP Main Event Day 9 (6 to 3 players)
July 149:00 PM - TBDESPNWSOP Main Event Day 10 (3 players to winner)

Things to watch for at the 2020 WSOP

Here are some of the storylines we’ll be watching when the 51st Annual WSOP begins in May.

More events means more variety

The WSOP rolled out the 2020 schedule in pieces this year — first teasing its 15 “tentpole” events, then successively rolling out:

  • 14 online events
  • 25 “value menu” events that cost $1,000 or less to enter
  • 25 events with $1,500 buy-ins
  • 16 Championship events with buy-ins of $10,000+
  • 9 High Roller events costing $25,000+ to enter
  • $50,000 Poker Players Championship

Scattered throughout the 101 events is a wide variety of offerings at every price point, in other words, making it almost seem like five or six different tournament series all running concurrently with one another.

Also worth noting are the 40 events that feature games other than no-limit hold’em, continuing a WSOP tradition of offering players a wide assortment of poker variants.

Here are just some of the events that stand out, including some brand new ones:

  • $10,000 Short Deck tournament is back after 2019 debut
  • Tag Team, Colossus, Millionaire Maker, Monster Stack, Ladies, Seniors, and Super Seniors events all return
  • $250,000 Super High Roller (new)
  • $50,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha (new)
  • $1,500 Mystery Bounty featuring 100 bounties totaling $1 million (new)
  • $2,500 Nine-Game Mix featuring the standard eight plus NL 2-7 Draw (new)

More online events

The expanded schedule of online events actually presents an exception to the “more events means more variety” rule, as the added tournaments are generally more of the same. Even so, they will provide more opportunities for players to win bracelets on the virtual felt.

Only three of the 14 online events are freezeouts, with the rest all single re-entry save the $777 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha 7-Handed event (which allows triple re-entry). That’s a change from 2019 when all but one of the nine online events were either triple or unlimited re-entry.

Buy-ins for the online tournaments start at $400 with all but four being less than $1,000 to play. A new tournament this year is the highest buy-in online event, the Super High Roller Championship that will cost a cool $10,000 to play.

Online events will run every Sunday throughout the series, with others peppered here and there — including each day during the start of the live Main Event.

Re-entry is the new normal

Speaking of re-entries, many of the events will allow one re-entry per event or flight.

Last year, 41 of the 89 bracelet events were freezeouts. The other 48 were either single re-entry, single re-entry per flight, triple re-entry, or unlimited re-entry.

While the WSOP has generally shied away from including too many unlimited re-entry events (last year there were six total), it does appear the re-entry format — especially single re-entry — will be prominently used again in 2020.

Big blind antes, deep starting stacks return

While the structure sheets haven’t arrived yet, positive reception to the use of the big blind ante in all no-limit hold’em events last year means the “BBA” will surely return in 2020.

Starting stack sizes increased for many events last year, and it appears those same deep stacks will be back again in 2020.

For those 15 tentpole events, for example, the WSOP has already indicated what the starting stacks will be. And in all cases they are the same as a year ago, including in the Main Event where players will begin with 60,000 chips.

New record Main Event field?

The $10,000 buy-in Main Event drew 8,773 entries in 2006 to set an all-time record, creating a prizepool worth $82,512,162 and ultimately paying out $12 million to winner Jamie Gold.

Congress signed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act into law that fall, however, causing the WSOP to stop accepting online satellite qualifiers from offshore poker sites. Entries dropped markedly to 6,358 the following year, and over the next decade averaged around 6,750 annually.

In 2018, however, the total jumped to 7,874. Then last year 8,569 players took part to create prizepool of $80,548,600. While that turnout exceeded expectations, many left Las Vegas encouraged to think the 2020 Main Event field could eclipse the 2006 total and establish a new all-time record.

Whatever happens, this year’s Main Event turnout will be the focus of a lot of attention during the first week of July.

Coronavirus impact on 2020 WSOP

Starting in late February, some in the poker world began speculating over whether or not the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in dozens of countries around the world — including the US — might affect the 2020 WSOP schedule.

Such discussions were prompted in part by reports raising similar questions about other big events happening in July and August, such as the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and the major political parties’ national conventions.

Even if the summer WSOP calendar isn’t directly affected, COVID-19’s impact on international travel and global markets may still cause consequences that were unforeseen when the schedule was initially planned and finalized.

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