WSOP 2020 Dates Announced

The dates have been announced for the 2020 World Series of Poker, with the Main Event kicking off on July 1st and ending with a three-day televised final table running from July 12th to 14th.

By: Andrew Burnett

The 51st annual WSOP will open its doors on May 26th, and although the full event-by-event schedule won’t be released for a few months, the traditional Casino Employees tournament is likely to start proceedings yet again.

WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart stated: “We can’t wait to open our doors for the 2020 World Series of Poker".

He added: “Summer can’t come fast enough, and we look forward to welcoming poker players from all over the globe back to the Rio in Las Vegas to award gold bracelets and hundreds of millions of dollars.”

The venue is once again the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, recently sold to Dreamscape Companies for $516.3 million, although Caesars Entertainment retain the WSOP rights.

Main Event 2020

The Main Event is the flagship event of the summer, of course, and the $10k buy-in Championship will feature three starting flights, July 1st, July 2nd and July 3rd, with July 4th set aside for those surviving flights one and two.  July 5th will be the second day 2 for the July 3rd qualifiers.

Day 3 sees all the survivors reconvene on Monday July 6th, with the final table expected to be set by the end of play on Friday July 10th.

A free day has been set aside on July 11th – for rest or delays – and the Main Event final table will be televised on ESPN/ESPN2 over the July 12th -14th.

If you plan on playing the Main Event, you have until level 6, the end of the first level on July 5th, to get your entry in.

The 2019 Main Event was won by German pro Hossein Ensan, defeating Italy’s Dario Sammartino heads-up to scoop the $10million first prize and the most-coveted gold bracelet in poker.

Back with the BIG 50

Next summer will see the return of the BIG 50 as the opening weekend ‘signature’ event. This year it drew a record-breaking 28,371 entries and resulted in Florida software engineer Femi Fashakin walking off with a victory worth $1,147,499.

Overall the 2019 WSOP saw 187,298 entries across the board, with $293,183,345 in prizemoney, the highest numbers in WSOP history.

Golden Oldies

Dates for the Seniors Championship event have also been announced, those aged 50 and over looking at Thursday June 18th to kick-off their $1000 buy-in, single re-entry bracelet challenge.

The final table is expected to be held on Sunday June 21st.

Schedule announcements are ‘anticipated to come beginning in the New Year laying out those events and dates’, according to the WSOP organisers.

Individual event online pre-registration won’t open until March/April, after all events have been determined and approved by regulators.


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