2019 World Series of Poker Begins Next Week

On May 28th, the 2019 WSOP is set to get underway at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. The marathon poker series will then continue all the way until the WSOP Main Event’s conclusion on July 16th.

The World Series of Poker is the most recognised and popular live poker tournament series in the world. Always held in Las Vegas, the iconic poker series brings tens of thousands of poker players to the tables each year. While it has been in existence for 50 years, though it has grown in the greatest numbers during the latter half of its history.

The 50th Annual World Series of Poker is ready to celebrate and offer more tournaments than ever before. This year, there will be 89 gold bracelet events, including several events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the WSOP. The one that everyone will be eagerly anticipating, however, will be the celebrated WSOP World Championship Main Event.

It kicks off next week at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, and players will trek from around the world to participate.

2019 WSOP Series Dates and Details

The Rio Convention Center will open its hallways and ballrooms on Tuesday, May 28 for in-person tournament registrations, as well as cash games and satellites.

Tournament action will officially begin on Wednesday, May 29 at 11am with Event 1, which is the Casino Employees NLHE event with a $500 buy-in and a plan to run for three days. Event 2, which is open to everyone, also starts that day, too, with a $10K buy-in for the Super Turbo Bounty NLHE. That is a two-day tournament with a $3K bounty on every player.

Play will continue through the middle of July to award 89 gold bracelets in all.

Cash games will be available at all stakes around the clock. And satellites will run daily but with special mega satellites on tap for days before big events like the Big 50, high rollers, and the Main Event.

There will be daily deepstack NLHE tournaments every day from May 28 to July 14 as follows:

  • 1pm: $250 buy-in
  • 4pm: $200 buy-in
  • 7pm: $400 buy-in with accelerated format
  • 10pm: $150 buy-in with accelerated format

They also added a daily deepstack Pot Limit Omaha tournament at 5pm. The $250 buy-in dailies will begin on June 2 and run through the end of the 2019 WSOP.

And senior players 50 and older will also have the option of a daily deepstack $250 NLHE tournament running at 9pm from May 28 to July 10.

Anniversary Specials

To properly celebrate the WSOP’s 50th anniversary, there are several tournaments and events on the schedule to highlight that milestone.

The Big 50 is a No Limit Hold’em tournament beginning on May 30. It is Event 3 on the schedule and offers an uncharacteristically low $500 buy-in, as well as no rake collected on the first buy-in. It is a reentry tournament, with players allowed to buy-in once per flight. In addition, there are four starting flights, one per day from May 30 through June 2. The tournament starts players with 50K in chips and offers a prize pool guarantee of $5 million, with $1 million of that promised to the winner alone.

Event 81 is the 50th Annual Bracelet Winners Only NLHE tournament, open to every player to have previously won a WSOP bracelet. The four-day event will offer a $1,500 buy-in.

– First Fifty Honors

On June 29, the 2019 WSOP will be hosting the First Fifty Honors. This is a special gala to honour all of the previous WSOP bracelet winners, as well as present awards to those involved in some of the most memorable hands and moments of the WSOP’s history. All bracelet winners will then be invited to the dinner in the Brasilia Ballroom at the Rio, and awards will be presented in seven categories currently being voted on by the general poker public.

  • Most Memorable WSOP TV Hand
  • Best Overall WSOP Performance in a Single Year
  • Most Likely to Succeed (Player now under 35 to win most bracelets 2020-2070)
  • Fan Favourite Player
  • Favourite Bad Boy
  • Most Impressive WSOP Main Event Win
  • Four Most Important Players in WSOP History

Another part of the First Fifty Honors will be the unveiling of the “50 Greatest Poker Players,” a list that is being compiled by select members of the poker playing and reporting communities.

2019 WSOP Grand Finale

It all comes down to the Main Event every year. It is the $10K buy-in tournament officially called the WSOP NLHE World Championship, and it will subsequently help close out the 2019 WSOP.

The action begins on July 3 and plays out through July 16 as follows:

  • 3rd at noon: Day 1A (first of three starting days)
  • 4th at noon: Day 1B (second starting day)
  • 5th at noon: Day 1C (final starting day)
  • 6th at 11am: Day 2AB (surviving players from 1A and 1B combine)
  • 7th at 11am: Day 2C (surviving players from 1C continue)
  • 8th at noon: Day 3 (all remaining players compete)
  • 9th at noon: Day 4
  • 10th at noon: Day 5
  • 11th at noon: Day 6
  • 12th at noon: Day 7 (playdown to final table of nine)
  • 14th at 6:30pm: Day 8 (final table play begins)
  • 15th at 6:30pm: Day 9 (playdown to final two or three)
  • 16th at 5:30pm: Day 10 (play for the win)
Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell has been writing about poker and gambling since 2004. From her days in the WPT offices to covering summers of WSOP tournament action, she also followed gambling legislation to Washington D.C. and women-only poker to the Bahamas. Meanwhile, she lived in Los Angeles and Las Vegas for many years before moving back to her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Now, Jen travels less, writing about poker and online gambling from her home with her two dogs watching her every move. In her spare time, she follows politics, works on her never-finished novels, and learns Italian in the hopes of retiring to Italy someday.

If you want to know more, you can follow Jen on Twitter @WriterJen


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