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WSOP Announces 2019 Dates for 50th Edition of Celebrated Poker Series

The World Series of Poker, the world’s largest series of poker events, has announced the dates for the 2019 WSOP, the 50th and largest edition of the series to date. The 2019 WSOP will run from Tuesday, My 28, 2019 through Tuesday, July 16, 2019, or one day longer than seven weeks.

The WSOP always releases its complete schedule of events at a later date (usually in January or early February), while serving up a few details of the coming year’s festival as a pre-holidays treat. That’s the story for 2019 as well, with the details being released for just seven events of the series. (As to how many total bracelet events will be offered in 2019, only those inside CIE know for sure, though it’s likely to be around 80.)

Highlighting every WSOP, of course, is the $10,000 Main Event. In 2019, the ME will offer its three separate “Day 1” starting flights on July 3, 4, and 5, 2019, with that event concluding somewhere around July 13. There may a series-ending, charity-themed event that puts the official wraps on the 2019 WSOP, but it’s yet to be announced.

The big change occurs on the flip side of the series, where the WSOP continues its annual push to make the opening weekend of each World Series of Poker a house-busting arrival. This year brings the same approach, but with the “50” theme in play. It’s the “Big 50”, getting the 2019 WSOP underway in style.

According to the WSOP, “The Big 50 is a must-play event for poker players. To celebrate our 50th, the WSOP is making everyone’s initial entry into this event rake-free. All $500 of the entry will go entirely to the prizepool. (Anyone who re-enters pays the normal rake, including re-entries into another flight). The Big 50 features four starting flights (Thursday-Sunday am) where players begin play with a whopping 50,000 in chips and play 12, 50-minute levels on Day 1. The WSOP has a $5 million prize pool guarantee, as well as ensuring the winner claims $1 million for the Big 50.”

WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart said, “We’re excited to commence our golden event. We expect our opening weekend Big 50 event to be one of the largest in our history, and certainly one of the best value tournaments ever offered. This is part of our concerted plans to make the 2019 WSOP a better value all-around.”

Other events teased at this early juncture are the 201 edition of the popular Colossus tourney, the Seniors event — opened to age “50” and up, and the Millionaire Maker, Double Stack NLHE, Monster Stack, and Crazy Eights events, each of which have proven to be popular draws in previous years and which will return in 2019.

If you’re thinking about planning a trip to Las Vegas in 2019, the full details remain to be announced. Cash-game and satellite action will also be plentiful. Per the WSOP, “Buy-ins for tournaments at the Rio will start as low as $70. Single table satellites and all your favorite live poker games: low, medium and high limit will begin on May 28 and run 24 hours a day throughout the seven-week series taking place in the spacious Rio Convention Center for the 15th consecutive year.”

The entire Rio Convention Center space has been devoted to the WSOP for the past several years. As the WSOP notes, “Nearly 500 poker tables will be set up across more than 100,000 square-feet of ballroom space to accommodate the thousands of players from around the world who attend poker’s annual Woodstock.”

Courtesy of the WSOP, here’s a table showcasing the seven 2019 WSOP events for which details have been released:

DATE

EVENT

BUY-IN

CHIPS

LEVELS

Re-Entry

GUARANTEE

TIME

May 30

Big 50

No-Limit Hold’em

$500

50,000

50 minutes

1/flight

$5,000,000

$1m winner

11am

May 31

$500

50,000

50 minutes

1/flight

11am

June 1

$500

50,000

50 minutes

1/flight

10am

June 2

$500

50,000

50 minutes

1/flight

10am

June 7

Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold’em

$1,500

25,000

60 minutes

1/flight

$1 million to winner

10am

June 8

$1,500

25,000

60 minutes

1/flight

10am

June 13

Seniors No-Limit Hold’em (50+)

$1,000

20,000

60 minutes

1

10am

June 14

Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em

$1,000

40,000

60 minutes

1/flight

10am

June 15

$1,000

40,000

60 minutes

1/flight

10am

June 21

Monster Stack No-Limit Hold’em

$1,500

50,000

60 minutes

None

10am

June 22

$1,500

50,000

60 minutes

None

10am

June 28

Crazy Eight’s No-Limit Hold’em

$888

40,000

30 min Day 1

60 min Day 2

Unlimited

$888,888 to winner

10am & 5pm

June 29

$888

40,000

30 min Day 1

60 min Day 2

Unlimited

10am

June 30

$888

40,000

30 min Day 1

60 min Day 2

Unlimited

10am

July 3

Main Event World Championship

$10,000

60,000

2 hours

None

12 noon

July 4

$10,000

60,000

2 hours

None

12 noon

July 5

$10,000

60,000

2 hours

None

12 noon

Source: WSOP.com

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