Although smaller events are fun and give a wide range of people a chance to taste the atmosphere of the Series, one tournament always remains in the focus: the Main Event.
Featuring massive prize pools and gathering thousands of players, WSOP Main Events throughout the Series’ history have changed the lives of many.
The WSOP 2020 Main Event will be no different.
Cards will get in the air on July 1st, and the tournament will stretch over the next couple of weeks. The final table will take place on July 12th – 14th and all the final table action will be shown live on ESPN so fans from all over the world will have a chance to keep up with the action in real-time.
While WSOP officials have experimented with guaranteed prizes for the winner in the past, there is no mention of this on the WSOP schedule 2020. The buy-in for the tournament is, as always, $10,000, and there will be three starting flights. The registration will remain open through six levels on each of the starting days.
Remember, there are no reentries, so once you bust, your Main Event dream is over.
Luckily, there are many other tournaments to jump straight into if this happens to soften the blow. If you’re into cash games, the action is usually crazy in Las Vegas this time of year, so you won’t have any problem finding some juicy games at the Rio and many other locations in Sin City.
Day 2 of the WSOP 2020 Main Event will take place on July 4 and 5. Then, on July 6, all players still standing will combine for the first time and continue to fight their way to the final table and duke it out for the most prestigious bracelet of them all. Or the most coveted one, at the very least.
$1,000 Mini Main Event
If you don’t have the bankroll to dish out ten grand for the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event, there is the cheaper alternative in the form of the Mini Main Event. This tournament is scheduled for June 29 and features a buy-in of $1,000, so get ready if you are plannign to play it.
The starting stack is 60,000 chips, just like in the big one but levels are much shorter, i.e., 30 minutes as opposed to 120 minutes in the $10,000 Main Event.
Big 50 Tournament is Back in 2020 World Series Of Poker
Last year, to celebrate its 50th anniversary, the World Series of Poker introduced a brand new event called the Big $50 into their schedule. Featuring a buy-in of just $500 and a massive guaranteed prize pool of $5,000,000 (with a cool million for the winner), this tournament was a huge success.
So it is no big surprise that the Big 50 has found its place on the WSOP schedule for 2020.
The WSOP is still to announce the exact details of the event, but it will kick off on June 28th. The buy-in is once again $500 and you’ll get a 50,000 starting stack and 50-minute levels.
Last year, the event attracted 28,371 entries, making it the biggest-ever poker tournament in history. The eventual winner, Femi Fashakin, walked away with more than $1.1 million, so the first place guarantee was shattered quite substantially.
It’s not still 100% certain if the WSOP schedule will stick to the same format, i.e., $5 million guarantee and $1 million for the winner but given the last year’s success of the Big 50, there is probably no reason to change anything.
WSOP 2020 Big One for One Drop: Yes or No?
Featuring the massive $1,000,000 buy-in, the Big One for One Drop event has been one of the biggest hits on the WSOP 2012 schedule. However, this event hasn’t been the regular feature at the Series.
It came back to Las Vegas in 2018, but it was a one-off as it was once again missing from the 2019 schedule.
So, will the Big One for One Drop find its place on the WSOP schedule 2020? It’s hard to say. So far, there have been no information about it and no hype in the media. It indicates that the event will likely be skipped once again but nothing is certain as of yet.
So far, WSOP officials have announced dates for only 15 events, which is probably a quarter of the full WSOP 2020 schedule. However, with the Big One specifically, given the huge buy-in and the limited number of spots, the date is usually set early on.
So the fact there is no information whatsoever as of yet probably means that we won’t get to see the best of the best duke it out with rich businessmen for a huge first prize.
Other WSOP 2020 Schedule Events to Look Out For
If you want to plan your WSOP trip, you’ll probably need some more information about events, and this will come in due time (hopefully sooner rather than later). World Series officials are still to announce starting times for some important tournaments like the Players Championship, Heads Up Championship, etc.
That said, there are a few other tournaments that have already been confirmed that you should have on your radar.
- The Millionaire Maker – June 5 & 6 with a $1,500 buy-in and a shot at a huge money
- Monster Stack – June 12 & 13 featuring a $1,500 buy-in & no re-entries
- June 18 – Seniors Event (50+)
- June 22 – Super Seniors tournament (60+)
- June 24 & 25 – the Colossus, with the buy-in of just $400
Many of the tournaments that have already been confirmed feature affordable buy-ins and offer a chance to experience the WSOP without breaking the bank.
While some may be opposed to this practice, I think this approach by the WSOP makes a lot of sense. There are still plenty of prestigious and expensive events for the pros but the World Series of Poker should have something for all the fans of the game, not just those with huge bankrolls.
Useful Tips & Tricks for WSOP 2020
If you’re set on going to Vegas this summer to play some poker, you should start planning ahead of time. Some early preparations will help make your stay much more enjoyable and will likely save you quite a bit of money.