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World Series of Poker: All No-Limit Hold'em Events To Use Big Blind Ante In 2019

WSOP Also Announces Increased Starting Stacks, 34 More Finalized Events

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The World Series of Poker has made another announcement regarding the 50th Anniversary running of the WSOP taking place in 2019, having previously released the dates for the series, the finalized schedules of the popular large-field no-limit hold’em events, and the $10,000-and-higher championship events.

On Wednesday, the WSOP addded a number of exciting details, including the fact that each and every no-limit hold’em event held at this year’s series will utilize the big-blind ante.

From the press release:

The WSOP introduced Big Blind Ante events into last year’s series on a limited basis, and after careful consideration and study, and broader use, including throughout the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe, the plan moving forward is to use this format in all events where antes exist. It has also been widely adopted elsewhere.

The BB-ante is a fundamental rethinking of what the ante is. The ante in this format is no longer a specified amount that each player pays each hand. It’s now a specified amount that each player pays each round. If a player in the tournament does not have the required amount for both the Big Blind and the Ante, the Big Blind will be paid first, followed by the ante.

The 2019 WSOP will also see widespread adjustments to starting stacks, with many events across the series giving players dramatically more chips when they take their seats.

Check out the chart below to learn more about starting stacks for no-limit hold’em and Omaha events:

BUY-IN AMOUNT 2019 STARTING CHIP STACK 2018 STARTING CHIP STACK NOTES
$400 40,000 N/A Colossus is only event at this price point
$500 25,000 5,000 Big 50 gets 50,000
$600 30,000 N/A New Price Point
$800 40,000 N/A New Price Point
$888 40,000 8,000 Crazy Eights is only event at this price point
$1,000 20,000 5,000 Double Stack: 40,000 chips; Mini Main 60,000 chips; Little One: 40,000 chips w/$111 add-on
$1,500 25,000 7,500 Monster Stack, Double Stack & Bracelet Winners Only: 50,000 chips
$2,500 15,000 12,500 June 20 event is only NLH event at this price point
$2,620 26,200 Same Marathon is only event at this price point
$3,000 20,000 15,000 All six events at this price point have same chips
$5,000 30,000 25,000 Three NLH events at this price point
$10,000 60,000 50,000 All events at this price point have same chips
$25,000 150,000 125,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha is only event at this price point
$50,000 300,000 250,000 50th Annual High Roller NLH is only NLH event at this price point
$100,000 600,000 500,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em is only event at this price point

And here is a look at the mixed, limit, and stud starting stacks:

BUY-IN AMOUNT 2019 STARTING CHIP STACK 2018 STARTING CHIP STACK NOTES
$150 10,000 10,000 Daily Deepstack
$200 15,000 15,000 Daily Deepstack
$250 20,000 20,000 Daily Deepstack
$400 25,000 25,000 Daily Deepstack
$1,500 10,000 7,500 Various
$2,500 15,000 12,500 Various
$3,000 20,000 15,000 H.O.R.S.E./Limit Hold’em
$10,000 60,000 50,000 All $10,000 buy-in events
$50,000 300,000 250,000 Poker Players Championship

“It is important the modern day World Series of Poker continues to evolve,” said WSOP Vice President Jack Effel. “People certainly like bigger starting stacks, and we’re happy to oblige while simultaneously adding more value.”

The WSOP also added 34 finalized events to their schedule, including a brand new “bracelet winners only” event as part of the 50th-anniversary celebration. Only the 1,078 players in the history of the WSOP to win a gold bracelet will be able to buy into the $1,500 event that will kick off at 3:00 p.m. on July 10.

Check out the WSOP’s up-to-date schedule to see all of the recently added events.

There are still more finalized events expected to be announced in the coming weeks.