Poker lovers from all around the globe are, as always, waiting for the biggest and most significant poker festival of the year — the World Series of Poker. As usual, WSOP officials like to make a schedule early on, so that everyone can have enough time to prepare for it.
Therefore, the 2020 schedule is officially out, and it has a couple of important updates compared to the one from 2019.
The official 51st WSOP is expected to be the biggest one ever, and it will take place in the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Las Vegas will, once again, be crowded with poker players and enthusiasts looking to play their favorite card game against each other.
The festival will start on May 26 and will last until July 15. For poker lovers, there’s no better way to spend the summer holiday than going to Rio in Vegas!
Right now, a total of 15 events are announced, among them some minor and major ones. Players who enjoy marquee no-limit hold ’em competitions will be able to take part in events such as Crazy Eights, Colossus or Millionaire Maker.
Of course, there are more prestigious events aimed only at certain groups of players, such as the Ladies, Super Seniors, and Seniors events.
According to Jack Effel, the Vice President of the World Series of Poker, only key events are announced right now. These are mainly no-limit hold ’em competitions. Therefore, other forms and varieties of poker will also be present at the 2020 WSOP, but we will have to wait for a bit to see the full schedule.
Effel added that they would continue to update on the progress actively.
Main Event Expected To Attract Hundreds Of Thousands
The 50th official Main Event of the World Series of Poker attracted a total of 187,298 entries.
Players managed to make a prize pool of $293,183,345. However, the more important thing is that the officials expect the 51st one to be even bigger than the last one and attract even more players.
To secure a seat for the main event, players will have to pay the buy-in fee of $10,000. The competition will have a total of three starting flights, which will take place on July 1-3. Players who manage to make it through Days 1a and 1b will have an opportunity to return to the tables on Day 2ab, which will take place on July 4. Moreover, players who survive Day 1c will go to Day 2c on July 5.
Once all of these fields are over, they will combine all together on July 6 and play all the way through July 10, when the final table is expected to be formed. ESPN and ESPN2 are expected to broadcast final table events live on July 12-14.
The Main Event is something that virtually every poker player is looking forward to watching or taking part in. Both professionals and recreational players simply love the unique atmosphere of WSOP Main Events. It’s the single most important poker event in the world.
Last year, it was Hossein Ensan who managed to defeat his heads-up opponent, Dario Sammartino, and win a total of $10,000,000, changing his life forever.
Apart from him, many other poker players had an opportunity to win lucrative prizes, especially the ones who made it to the final table, such as Alex Livingston, Garry Gates, Kevin Maahs, Zhen Cei, Nick Marchinton, Timothy Su, and Milos Skrbic. All of them went home with at least $1 million in their pockets.