World Series of Poker 2020 Events

2019 was full of surprises. There were some big winners and massive losers. There were ups and downs and the WSOP even made a huge mistake with the POTY award. But 2019 is behind us and were are now sitting at the beginning of not only a brand new year but a brand new decade.

There are tons of online tournaments coming up in 2020 at the best online sportsbooks, and of course, there are dozens of high stakes table events that will take place around the world. But what about the grand-daddy of them all, the most prestigious televised poker event in the world… the World Series of Poker?

The World Series of Poker will run thus 2020 from May 26th to July 15th. The entirety of the WSOP will take place at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada with several massive, No-Limit Hold’em nights to promote on the back-lit marquee.

So, what else do we know?

The WSOP Main Event

The main event will take place at the Rio from July first to July 14th. This is already a record-breaking event with over 185 thousand entries making for nearly 300 million dollars in total prize money.

However, the headliner, the big show that everyone wants to see is the $10,000 Buy-In Main Event Championship on Wednesday, July 1st through Friday, July third. Those elite players who make it through the first flights of the tournament will come back on Saturday and Sunday (July 4th and July 5th). Day One-C survivors will play on Saturday, while Day One-B survivors will play on Sunday. Starting on Monday the 6th, the two brackets will combine and the players will try to bluff their way towards the Championship table, which should have the best of the best sitting around it by Friday, July 10th.

Last year, the first player not from the United States in four years won the Main Event and took home a cool $10,000,000.00. Hossein Ensan beat Dario Sammartino. The Tehran born German was a painter, before making it big on the WSOP circuit. It’s a true rags to riches story. Given the stakes and the popularity of the event, this is surely going to be the one that 99% of the public – whether a casual poker fan or legit pro– marks on their calendars.

The Big 50 $500 No-Limit Hold’em

The 2019 iteration was the largest event ever, with 28,371 entrants. Femi Fashakin won the lion’s share of the prize money last year, taking home just under 1.15 million dollars and a shiny new WSOP bracelet. Although it’s a lot of cash, it is not easily earned. It took Femi Fashakin four days of play and a grueling seven-hour session to finally take down Paul Cullen and claim victory at the 50th Annual WSOP.

Last Year’s Top Nine:

1 Femi Fashakin United States $1,147,449
2 Paul Cullen United States $709,183
3 Rafi Elharar Israel $534,574
4 Nick Chow United States $405,132
5 Walter Atwood United States $308,701
6 Daniel Ghobrial Canada $236,508
7 Adrian Curry United States $182,192
8 Morten Christensen Singapore $141,126
9 David Rasmussen United States $109,922

Well, this grand event is back again and will be another that is at the top of every poker fan’s list to watch. The Big 50 event will get underway on May 28th with a $500 buy-in at 50 minutes a pop.

There haven’t been any major changes to this year’s scheduled events. All of the WSOP tournaments scheduled to take place at the Rio have been a part of the event before. The biggest change to format is the Tag Team event. Previously, the teams could contain between two and four players, but now are being limited to just two.

Here are all of the events in order:

  • May-27: Casino Employees
  • May 28 & 29 30 & 31: BIG 50
  • June 5 & 6: Millionaire Maker
  • June 12 & 13: Monster Stack
  • Jun-17: Ladies No-Limit Hold’em
  • Jun-18: Seniors – Age 50+
  • June 19 & 20:  Double Stack
  • Jun-22: Super Seniors – Age 60+
  • Jun-22: Tag Team – 2-person teams
  • June 24 & 25: Colossus
  • June 26 & 27: Crazy Eights 8-Handed
  • Jun-29: Mini Main Event
  • July 1, 2 & 3: Main Event
  • July 4, 5 & 6: Little One for One Drop
  • July 10 & 11: The Closer


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