World Series of Poker Announces 2020 Dates

The World Series of Poker has announced that the 2020 WSOP will again occupy its late-May-through-mid-July window as the central point of the Las Vegas poker-tournament schedule. The 2020 WSOP will run for 51 consecutive days, beginning on May 26, 2020 and ending on July 15, 2020.

As previously announced, the 2020 WSOP will again be held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, just west of the central Strip in Las Vegas. The WSOP itself will be held in the Rio Convention Center, which sits just north of the Rio’s hotel-and-casino operation. 2020, however, marks the first year that the WSOP will be held in a rented facility, under the terms of a sale-and-lease deal between WSOP parent Caesars Entertainment and New York-based Imperial Companies. Imperial purchased the Rio complex from Caesars in September.

The 2020 WSOP appears planned to allow for another year of incremental growth. While the full slate of events won’t be released until early 2020, the WSOP has begun the 2020 rollout with confirmation of some of the Series’ gems. Among them, and always the highest point of interest, is that the 2020 Main Event will begin on July 1, 2020, and run through July 14, 2020, the penultimate day of the series. As in recent years, the Main Event will feature three separate Day 1 flights, with surviving players pooled as the event progresses.

Also announced at the outset are a couple of early events. The first day of each WSOP in recent years has been reserved for cash-game and satellite action, and that’s the case again this year. Bracelet-event play begins on Day 2, and though not confirmed as yet, one of that day’s events is likely to be the traditional Casino Employees offering. The earliest confirmed event so far, however, begins on May 28, one day later, and that’s the $500 buy-in, 50,000 starting chip, 50-minute levels record-setting “BIG 50 No-Limit Hold’em”. This massive-field event will offer four separate starting days, May 28 through May 31, and will certainly offer one of the largest fields of the 2020 series.

WSOP brass has confirmed just one other event so far, and that’s the traditional, closed-field Seniors event. As the WSOP’s Seth Palansky wrote, “This $1,000 buy-in, single re-entry tournament will take place Thursday, June 18 at 10 am and is open to those age 50 and up. The final table of this event is expected to take place on Sunday, June 21.”

The next wave of event announcements for the 2020 WSOP will likely appear in early or mid-January. At that time, we may also learn whether the 2020 WSOP — the 51st edition of the poker festival — will be the first to offer over 100 winner’s bracelets when both live and online events are included.


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