Top 4 Weekends to Attend 2020 WSOP in Las Vegas

This week, the World Series of Poker announced that the schedule posted on its website is final. The 2020 WSOP is nearly ready, only missing event numbers and structure sheets.

WSOP executives plan to reveal some series “enhancements” for the 2020 summer series, but the schedule itself is “finalized.”

There are 101 gold-bracelet tournaments on the official schedule, with buy-ins ranging from $400 to $250,000. Of the full slate of events, there will be 87 hosted live at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and 14 offered online for players located in the states of Nevada and New Jersey.

With that entire schedule now available, it’s time for poker players to begin planning their weekend trips to Las Vegas. Let’s talk about the top weekends of the 2020 WSOP for value, bracelet opportunities, daily non-bracelet tournaments, and cash game action.

  1. Opening Weekend: May 29-31

The first few days of the 2020 WSOP will work out some kinks and get things going. There will be a $1K Freezeout, $500 Casino Employees, and $1,500 O-8. But on Thursday, May 28, the massive opening event will offer the first of four starting days.

That tournament is the Big 50 with a $500 buy-in that offers 50,000 chips and 50-minute levels. There are four starting flights, each day from May 28 through May 31, each morning at 10am. And players can enter once per flight.

Combine that with a Dealer’s Choice event and an online poker tournament, there are plenty of options. And for those unable to play the high-stakes events, it is a great opportunity to rail some of the best players in the game today.

The tournaments available for play will be:

  • $500 Big 50 NLHE (50K chips, 50-minute levels, 4 starting days, 5-day event, 1 entry per flight)
  • $25K NLHE High Roller (150K chips, 60-minute levels, 3-day event, 1 reentry)
  • $1,500 Dealers Choice 6-Handed (25K chips, 40/60-minute levels, 3-day event, 1 reentry)
  • $400 NLHE Online (15K chips, 15-minute levels, 1-day event, 1 reentry)
  • $25K NLHE Heads-Up Championship (150K chips, 20-minute levels, 64-player cap)
  1. Closing Weekend: July 10-12

This is another wildly popular weekend, as players compete in several season-ending events. The other draw of the weekend is great cash games and the chance to see how the WSOP Main Event is playing out.

That tournament will reach Day 7 on July 10, which is the day that the field is thinned down to a final table of nine players. After a day off on July 11, poker fans can watch the action on July 12 as the final table begins and plays down to six players.

These are the events open for entry on that last weekend:

  • $1,500 NLHE Closer (25K chips, 30-minute levels, 2 starting days, 2-day event, 1 entry per flight)
  • $3K PLO 6-Handed (40K chips, 60-minute levels, 4-day event, 1 reentry)
  • $100K NLHE High Roller (600K chips, 40-minute levels, 3-day event, 1 reentry)
  • $800 NLHE Deepstack (40K chips, 30-minute levels, 2-day event, 1 reentry)
  • $1,500 8-Game Mix 6-Handed (25K chips, 40/60-minute levels, 3-day event, 1 reentry)
  • $500 NLHE Online Summer Saver (20K chips, 15-minute levels, 1-day event, 1 reentry)
  1. Main Event Weekend: July 3-5

For players competing in the $10K buy-in Main Event, the three starting days are July 1-3. And Day 1C is usually the largest of all, which will be July 3. But there are also many other tournaments available for players that weekend.

  • $10K NLHE Main Event (60K chips, 2-hour levels, 3 starting days, 10-day event)
  • $400 NLHE Online (15K chips, 15-minute levels, 1-day event, 1 reentry)
  • $1,111 NLHE Little One for One Drop (40K chips, 60-minute levels, 5-day event, 3 starting days, unlimited reentries)
  • $500 NLHE Online Turbo Deepstack (40K chips, 8-minute levels, 1-day event, 1 reentry)
  • $3K LHE 6-Handed (40K chips, 60-minute levels, 3-day event)
  • $600 NLHE Online 6-Handed (15K chips, 15-minute levels, 1-day event, 1 reentry)
  1. Colossus/Crazy Eights Weekend: June 26-28

This is going to be one of those weekends when the tables are full, the hallways are packed, and there is poker action for every kind of player.

Specifically, there will be two very popular tournaments that weekend. The Crazy Eights is the one set for the weekend, though the Colossus starts just before the weekend. Both offer extremely good value, especially with a first-place guarantee of $888,888 in the Crazy Eights event.

Other events that weekend include the new Mystery Bounty event, which will require only a $1,500 buy-in but offer $1 million in guaranteed bounties. The largest bounty will be worth $250K, and the tournament should be interesting and entertaining.

  • $400 NLHE Colossus (40K chips, 40-minute levels, 2 starting days, 4-day event, 1 entry per flight)
  • $888 NLHE Crazy Eights (40K chips, 30/40-minute levels, 4 starting flights, 5-day event, 1 entry per flight)
  • $10K PLO-8 Championship (60K chips, 60-minute levels, 4-day event)
  • $250K NLHE Super High Roller (150K chips, 60-minute levels, 3-day event, 1 reentry)
  • $1,500 LHE (25K chips, 40/60-minute levels, 3-day event)
  • $1,500 NLHE Mystery Bounty (50K chips, 30-minute levels, 2-day event)
  • $10K 7-Card Stud-8 Championship (60K chips, 60/90-minute levels, 3-day event)
  • $1K NLHE Online Championship (20K chips, 15-minute levels, 1-day event, 1 reentry)

 

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell has been writing about poker and gambling since 2004. As the online gaming sectors have changed and grown, particularly in the United States and Canada, she has followed it all and written about it for websites like World Poker Tour and PokerScout. In her free time, she runs a small business, reads, cooks, and enjoys music.

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