The World Series of Poker officials announced this week that they plan to resume a full, live-action tournament schedule in 2021.
They will announce later the entire slate of events. But the first tournaments will start on September 30, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
In a release, officials said they expected the opening weekend of events to include a charity event. The charity would be for frontline healthcare workers.
WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart issued a statement. He said that this year; we accept our role at the WSOP to deliver memorable experiences. This will bring this community of poker lovers back together.
Executive Director Ty Stewart also issued a release. He hoped that In 2021, all get vaccinated and get back to Vegas.
Officials said they will work with gaming regulators to determine what COVID-19 SOPs will be in place for the WSOP. The event is just
They expect the WSOP to finish on 23rd November.
Tournament organizers won’t accept registrations until the summer. The events still need approval by Nevada regulators. However, the Rio is already booking rooms for players.
WSOP Main Event to Start Nov. 4
The Main Event will be part of the live-action as well. Play in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em headliner will start on Nov. 4.
Those who start on Nov. 4 or 5 and win will continue to play on Nov. 8. Those who are still around after starting on either Nov. 6 or 7 will have their second day of rounds on Nov. 9. The teams will combine starting Nov. 10.
Last year, the WSOP held the Main Event in a mixed format. That was because of the pandemic. There were two legs. An International leg and another in the US. The first play in each took place online. Final tables in both happened physically.
The winners of the European and American legs faced off in a head-to-head match. The prize was the coveted bracelet.
Damian Salas of Argentina won the bracelet. He beat US winner Joseph Hebert. He qualified through a $300 satellite. And wound up winning more than $2.5 million.
Online Poker Tournaments Slated for Summer
Live events planned for the fall. Organizers are expecting the availability of online poker tournaments as well over the summer. Organizers will release more information about the online tournaments at WSOP.com.
Last year, WSOP.com held 31 online tournaments. Organizers gave $27 million in cash prizes. That’s an American record for online poker.
WSOP.com also partnered with GGPoker. The agreement is to hold an online Main Event. The event broke a world record for the largest online poker tournament ever. It paid out $27.5 million in cash prizes. The global series comprising 45 events awarded nearly $150 million in cash.