The World Series of Poker is less than two months away and organizers recently released the complete schedule for this summer’s event. The series runs from May 31 to July 20 with 88 events, with buy-ins ranging from $400 to $250,000. Per CDC and state guidelines, masks and proof of vaccine won’t be required throughout the series as of now.
The $10,000 Main Event highlights the series and returns to its traditional dates around Independence Day. The championship event gets underway on July 3 and runs through July 16, all captured by PokerGO and CBS Sports. This is the first year the WSOP action will be played out on the Las Vegas Strip. Events are scheduled to play out at Bally’s (rebranding to Horseshoe Las Vegas) and Paris casinos. The move follows a 17-year run at the Rio.
“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,” WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart said in a news release. Stewart is heading up his 17th WSOP. “We’re ready to welcome players from all over the world to our housewarming party at Bally’s, soon-to-be Horseshoe, and Paris. The schedule is jam-packed with first-class events and we expect this to be the biggest and most anticipated WSOP yet.”
The WSOP will use all convention space at both Paris and Bally’s and will have the largest tournament capacity in the event’s history, with over 200,000 square feet and 600 poker tables. The two buildings are connected and share a parking garage. Players will find a wide variety of tournaments as in previous years, including some new events. That includes a $500 opening event dubbed as “The Housewarming,” which comes with a $5 million guarantee. Last year’s $500 “Reunion” proved to be a hit, with 12,973 entrants. WSOP organizers are hoping for similar results with the Housewarming. Here’s a look at some other highlights from the series.
$1,000 buy-in Million Dollar Mystery Bounty (July 2–4):
This new event was originally announced for 2020. The tournament features a mystery bounty for up to $1 million that players draw for. This action begins as a regular tournament, with those who advance to day two claiming the bounty of players they knock out. Each player knocking someone out also earns an additional prize bounty.
Tournament of Champions (July 18–20):
The WSOP culminates with its first-ever Tournament of Champions. This $1 million freeroll tournament is open to any of the 88 bracelet winners and WSOP Circuit ring winners from the 2022 season. This event brings together regional grinders and international superstars alike.
Mid-stakes events (June and July):
The series has expanded No Limit Hold ’em events with buy-ins ranging from $2,000 to $5,000.
These non-bracelet events remain popular with players who may have smaller bankrolls. Look for tournaments at 2 , 5 and 9 p.m. on most days in the Paris Ballroom. That will also be the location for satellite tournaments and live action daily.
For the complete WSOP schedule, visit www.wsop.com/tournaments.