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Dates Announced For 51st Annual World Series Of Poker

Caesars Confirms Dates Of Three Events For The 2020 WSOP


Caesars announced Wednesday morning that the 2020 World Series of Poker will run from Tuesday, May 26 through Wednesday, July 15.

While the doors open on May 26, the first event, the buy-in and poker variant of which has yet to be confirmed, will start on May 27. For the 16th consecutive year, poker’s largest tournament series will be held at the Rio Convention Center.

The 2019 WSOP featured 187,298 entries over the course of the 90-event schedule. There was $293.18 million awarded in prize money. This year, the staff is expecting another big turnout.

“We can’t wait to open our doors for the 2020 World Series of Poker,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart in a statement. “Summer can’t come fast enough, and we look forward to welcoming poker players from all over the globe back to the Rio in Las Vegas to award gold bracelets and hundreds of millions of dollars.”

Most of the schedule is still TBA, but Caesars confirmed the dates of three specific events.

The $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event will run from July 1-14. Like last year, there will be three starting flights, but this year, registration will stay open until the end of level 6, meaning that for the first time in the history of the event, players will be allowed to register after the start of Day 2.

The survivors of Day 1A and Day 1B will merge together for their Day 2 on July 4, while the Day 1C survivors will play Day 2 on July 5. Players who want to register on Day 2 will be able to choose which Day 2 they play.

The WSOP also confirmed the return of the record-setting $500 “Big 50” no-limit hold’em. It will feature four starting flights scheduled for Thursday, May 28, Friday, May 29, Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May, 31.

Last year, the event featured a rake-free first entry, but that was a one-time promotion for the 50th anniversary of the series. The event broke the record for the largest live tournament in history with 28,371 entries. Florida native Femi Fashakin came out on top, turning $500 into nearly $1.15 million.

The third and final event confirmed in Wednesday’s announcement was the $1,000 seniors no-limit hold’em championship. The $1,000 buy-in with a single re-entry will run June 18-21. The rest of the schedule is expected to be released in the first quarter of 2020.