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The 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event Kicks Off Wednesday

The 50th Running of Poker's World Championship Will Run From July 3-16 At The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino

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The 50th running of the World Series of Poker main event is set to kick off at noon at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Defending champion John Cynn is scheduled to give the ‘Shuffle Up and Deal’ announcement that will set in motion poker’s world championship. The event will run from July 3-16, with three starting days available: Wednesday (July 3), Thursday (July 4) and Friday (July 5), with each beginning at noon local time.

In 1972 the WSOP no-limit hold’em main event first adopted the current $10,000 buy-in price point, which it has maintained in the decades that have followed. Over the years it has grown to be the richest and most prestigious poker tournament in the world.

2018 WSOP main event champion John CynnWhile the buy-in remains the same, the 2019 main event will see a number of changes implemented. The starting stack has been increased to 60,000, up from 50,000 in 2018.

For the first time ever, the WSOP main event will utilize the big blind ante format. The big blind ante was also used in every other no-limit hold’em event this summer. Another new wrinkle for the 2019 main event is that late registration will remain open until the start of Day 2, which means that players will have up until 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 7 (Day 2C) to buy into the big dance.

While some things will be different this year, many things will remain the same as they were in years past. The main event will again feature 120-minute long levels, and arguably the best structure of any no-limit hold’em event. At the end of day 1, a 60,000 starting stack would still be good for 100 big blinds.

ESPN, ESPN2 and PokerGO will be providing daily coverage, kicking off on day 1A at 8:30 p.m. ET. A full listing of ESPN’s broadcast schedule can be found at the bottom of this article. Check out PokerGo’s streaming coverage schedule on their website. The final table will be set on Friday, July 12. There will be a single day off before the final nine return to battle their way to a champion over the course of three days (July 14 – 16).

Click here to check out the 2019 WSOP main event structure sheet.

The 2018 main event drew the second largest turnout in the history of this tournament, attracting 7,874 players. John Cynn earned $8,800,000 as the eventual champion. If the numbers so far in 2019 are any indication, this year’s main event could be even bigger. Through the first 66 events of this summer’s series, a record total of 147,334 entries have been made. That’s an increase in turnout of roughly 33 percent over the same sample of events in 2018.

Here is a look at the schedule for 2019 WSOP main event televised coverage on the ESPN networks:

Network Air Date (ET) Start Time (ET) Event
ESPN2 Wed 7/3/2019 8:30 PM 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event
ESPN2 Thu 7/4/2019 9:00 PM 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event
ESPN2 Fri 7/5/2019 8:00 PM 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event
ESPN2 Sat 7/6/2019 7:00 PM 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event
ESPN Sun 7/7/2019 2:30 PM 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event
ESPN2 Mon 7/8/2019 10:00 PM 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event
ESPN Tue 7/9/2019 7:00 PM 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event
ESPN Wed 7/10/2019 8:00 PM 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event
ESPN2 Wed 7/10/2019 11:30 PM 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event
ESPN Fri 7/12/2019 9:00 PM 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event
ESPN2 Fri 7/12/2019 11:00 PM 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event
ESPN2 Sun 7/14/2019 10:00 PM 2019 World Series of Poker Final Table
ESPN Mon 7/15/2019 10:00 PM 2019 World Series of Poker Final Table
ESPN Tue 7/16/2019 9:00 PM 2019 World Series of Poker Final Tabl

For more coverage from the summer series, check out the 2019 WSOP landing page, complete with a full schedule, results, news, player interviews, and event recaps.

Photos provided by WSOP / Joe Giron.