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2020 World Series of Poker 'Value Menu' Schedule Announced

This Year's Series Will Feature 25 Events With Buy-Ins of $1,000 Or Less

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The World Series of Poker has released another batch of information regarding the schedule for the 2020 WSOP tournament festival, which will once again take place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino from May 26 through July 15 this year. The latest announcement included details of 25 tournaments with buy-ins of $1,000 or lower scheduled for the this year’s series_ which have been dubbed the ‘value menu’ events.

“Everyone loves good value and the WSOP has continued to enhance its offering to meet the demand at these meaningful price points,” WSOP Vice President Jack Effel said in the press release. “Delivering large prize pools, new players and exciting formats are core objectives of the WSOP and these 25 events are key to meeting this mandate.”

The first offering from this newly minted ‘value menu’ is also the first open-field event of the year, a $1,000 buy-in freezeout no-limit hold’em event, which will kick off at 11:00 a.m. on May 27.

According to WSOP Vice President, Corporate Communications Seth Palansky, “The freezeout format — allowing only one entry — is part of a concerted effort by the WSOP in 2020. The opening event, plus at least one No-Limit Hold’em event a week in this format is planned for the rest of the series. The WSOP is committed to keeping a significant portion of the schedule utilizing the freezeout format.”

This move might be a response to online social media discussion about the issue of re-entries in events, which lead six-time WSOP bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu to publicly consider swearing off re-entry in 2020.

Here is a look at the complete list of ‘value menu’ events for 2020:

DATE EVENT BUY-IN STARTING STACK LEVEL LENGTH RE-ENTRY FORMAT START TIME
May 27 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em $1,000 20,000 30 minutes Freezeout 11:00 AM
May 27 Casino Employees Event No-Limit Hold’em $500 25,000 40 minutes 1 2:00 PM
May 28-31 BIG 50 No-Limit Hold’em $500 50,000 50 minutes 1/Flight 10:00 AM
June 1 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack $600 30,000 30 minutes 1 11:00 AM
June 2 Super Turbo Bounty NLH – $300 bounty/player $1,000 20,000 20 minutes Freezeout 11:00 AM
June 7 Forty Stack No-Limit Hold’em $1,000 40,000 30 minutes 1 11:00 AM
June 8 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack 8-Handed $600 30,000 30 minutes 1 11:00 AM
June 10 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed $1,000 20,000 40/60 minutes 1 11:00 AM
June 14 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack $800 40,000 30 minutes 1 11:00 AM
June 15 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em $500 25,000 30 minutes Freezeout 11:00 AM
June 16 8-Handed Mixed NLH/PLO Deepstack $600 30,000 30 minutes 1 11:00 AM
June 17 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship $1,000 20,000 60 minutes 1 11:00 AM
June 18 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship (50+) $1,000 20,000 60 minutes 1 10:00 AM
June 19-20 Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em $1,000 40,000 60 minutes 1/Flight 10:00 AM
June 21 8-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack $800 40,000 30 minutes 1 11:00 AM
June 22 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em (60+) $1,000 20,000 60 minutes 1 10:00 AM
June 22 TAG TEAM No-Limit Hold’em (2-person teams) $1,000/Team 20,000 60 minutes Freezeout 2:00 PM
June 23 Deepstack Championship No-Limit Hold’em $600 30,000 40/60 minutes 1 11:00 AM
June 24-25 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold’em $400 40,000 40 minutes 1/Flight 10:00 AM
June 26-27 CRAZY EIGHTS No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed $888 40,000 30/40 minutes 1/Flight 10am/5pm
June 29 Mini Main Event No-Limit Hold’em $1,000 60,000 30 minutes Freezeout 11:00 AM
June 30 FINAL 500 Salute to Warriors No-Limit Hold’em $500 25,000 40 minutes 1 11:00 AM
July 4-6 Little One for ONE DROP No-Limit Hold’em $1,000+$111 20/40,000 60 minutes Unlimited 12 noon
July 12 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack $800 40,000 30 minutes 1 11:00 AM
July 13 Super Turbo No-Limit Hold’em $1,000 20,000 20 minutes 1 11:00 AM

Of the 25 events listed above, 15 events had not previously been announced. All but one of these events will either feature a freezeout, single re-entry, or single re-entry per flight format. Only the $1,111 ‘Little One for One Drop’ will utilize an unlimited re-entry approach.

In addition to these 25 live events on the ‘value menu’, there will also be a number of affordable buy-in events online at WSOP.com. The online gold bracelet schedule is still set to be announced at a later date.

New events making their debut at the 2020 WSOP include the opening freezeout event, the $1,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em ‘Forty Stack’ with 40,000 in starting chips and a $500 buy-in no-limit hold’em freezeout with $25,000

Returning favorites this year include the ‘Deepstack’ series of $600 and $800 price points and the $400 ‘Colossus’, which will be the lowest buy-in live event of the series. While a lot of the events announced in this press release have been run at previous WSOP festivals, some have seen some tweaks in order to align with the move away from overabundant re-entries.

The complete schedule for this year’s WSOP might not be finalized for another few months, and while the information released so far will likely hold true by the summer, the information put out so far, including dates, times and events, is still subject to change.