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The world’s biggest and most renowned tournament brand, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) had in December announced dates for seven marquee tournaments that would be part of the 50th annual outing for the series in Las Vegas. Now, along the sidelines of the currently underway PokerStars Players NLHE Championship (PSPC) in the Bahamas, WSOP has added fresh excitement for the much-awaited tournament series by revealing details of 13 more events at this year’s schedule!
The latest WSOP press release has revealed details and schedule for a further 13 more tournaments that will play out during the 50th annual series this year, while dates for some of the earlier announced events have also been tweaked.
“Things are starting to come together on the rest of the 2019 WSOP playing schedule,” WSOP Vice President Jack Effel said, talking about the annual poker mega-festival that will keep the global poker fraternity captivated through the better part of summer.
“Being this is our 50th running, we are doing everything we can to make this year’s iteration bigger, better and more valuable for players.”(sic)
The poker mega-festival will once again be returning to the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on May 30 and following an eventful run of 78 bracelet tournaments right, the series will finally come to a close on July 17.
This is also the 50th anniversary year of the WSOP and marking the occasion will be seven key events that were announced last month, including the new addition this year i.e. $50 buy-in Big 50 No- Limit Hold ‘em that is scheduled for May 30. The event was to earlier run till June 2 but the runtime has now been extended till June 6.
We will see the return of several popular events that have over the years become a mainstay at the annual series including the Double Stack, Marathon, Little One for One Drop and The Closer with these crowd pullers now confirmed to return for another run this year.
Also lined up are the standard NLHE events such as the Casino Employees, the Ladies event, and Super Seniors events.
Playing the $10,000 Main Event Championship has over the years become the ultimate poker dream for every serious poker player and to make the experience even more inclusive, the WSOP has announced a new ‘Mini Main Event’ starting this year.
With buy-in as less as $1,000, the Mini Main Event will kick off just two days before the Main Event begins, i.e. July 1. Like the Main Event that will see players starting with 60,000 in chips, the Mini Main Event will follow the same format with a freezeout format but at one-tenth the cost. Also, the levels in the mini version will be shorter, at 30 minutes each.
The Colossus is one of the signature events at the WSOP and this year, the event has been “reimagined” and is coming up as a two-flight event starting on June 26. The second flight will kick off the following day.
Importantly, with a buy-in of $400, Colossus is the lowest buy-in gold bracelet event on the schedule. Players will start with 40,000 in starting chips and will play 40-minute levels. Day 2 of the event will kick off on June 28. The event allows a single re-entry per flight and will crown a winner on June 29.
There are two Super Turbo Bounty events confirmed on the schedule with both events featuring a single-day structure. The $1,000 buy-in version will offer a $300 bounty for each elimination, while in the $1,500 version each elimination will be worth $500.
As part of the WSOP.com’s real money online poker offerings in New Jersey and Nevada, online players of these U.S. states will be able to win seats into WSOP events and like last year the list of qualifiers include the Main Event, apart from various exclusive WSOP online bracelet events.
Notably, the WSOP had in it`s previous press release on December 20, 2018 announced a $1,500 Millionaire Maker NLHE (June 7) guaranteeing $1 Million to the winner, a 50-plus Seniors NLHE (June 13), Double Stack NLHE (June 14) and $888 buy-in Crazy Eight’s NLHE (June 28-30). It also finalized dates for the Millionaire Maker NLHE (June 7-8) and the Monster Stack NLHE (June 21-22), while unveiling plans for the star attraction i.e. the $10,000 Main Event (July 3-5) that will feature three starting flights.
Last year the 2018 WSOP attracted a record 123,865 entries, which was the highest participation numbers in its 49-year old history and and gave away the largest ever prize money at the series till date with the final tally touching an astounding $266,889,193.
While a full schedule of events for the 50th anniversary run of the WSOP is yet to be released, looking at the lineup of 20 events that have now been announced, we can expect the series to run just as successfully and replete with the WSOP thrills that pulls in thousands of poker enthusiasts to Las Vegas each year.