WSOP Adds More Tournaments to 2020 Summer Schedule

World Series of Poker executives have been releasing information about the upcoming 2020 WSOP summer schedule in pieces. As the Nevada gaming regulators approve tournaments, the WSOP staff puts them together in groups and releases those details to the public.

The process started in December with the initial starting and ending dates, as well as the Main Event and the ladies’ and seniors’ championships. The next announcements added popular tournaments like the Millionaire Maker, Monster Stack, Colossus, and Little One for One Drop. Championship events with $10K buy-ins were added, as were “value menu” options with buy-ins of $1K or less.

The latest additions vary across the spectrum of buy-ins and poker variants.

Medium Buy-In Options

Most of the tournaments announced thus far are on the high end at $10K or higher or the low end at $1K or lower. The last two press releases in January offered some options in the middle.

Some of them are in the freezeout category with no reentries. Others are mixed games or a simple mix of No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha.

The most interesting of the new tournaments is the Mystery Bounty NLHE. There will be no reentries and only a $1,500 buy-in, and the WSOP is guaranteeing $1 million total bounties. Every player will have a bounty on his or her head, and the player who knocks out that player will receive the bounty. While most of the bounties will be worth $100 each, a random 100 bounties will be worth much more, ranging from $2,500 to $250,000.

The list of the new events in this category are as follows:

  • June 4 at 11am: $1,500 Freezeout NLHE (25K chips, 40/60-min levels)
  • June 11 at 11am: $2,500 Freezeout NLHE (35K chips, 40/60-min levels)
  • June 18 at 1pm: $3K Freezeout NLHE (40K chips, 40/60-min levels)
  • June 19 at 3pm: $2,500 9-Game Mix 6-Handed (1 reentry, 35K chips, 60-min levels)
  • June 21 at 3pm: $5K Freezeout NLHE (50K chips, 40-min levels)
  • June 28 at 11am: $1,500 Mystery Bounty NLHE (50K chips, 30-min levels)
  • July 6 at 6pm: $5K Mixed NLHE/PLO 8-Handed (1 reentry, 50K chips, 30-min levels)
  • July 9 at 12noon: $1,500 Fifty Stack NLHE (1 reentry, 50K chips, 30-min levels)

New High Buy-In Options

With the championship events and the $50K buy-in Poker Players Championship already announced, the new ones on the schedule offer other solid options. Most are in the category dubbed the “High Roller Series” for the 2020 WSOP.

This series includes numerous $25K buy-ins and tops out with a $250K Super High Roller. This is the series so far:

  • May 29 at 3pm: $25K NLHE High Roller 8-Handed (1 reentry, 150K chips, 60-min levels)
  • May 31 at 6pm: $25K NLHE Heads-Up (no reentries, 150K chips, 20-min levels)
  • June 5 at 1pm: $50K NLHE High Roller 8-Handed (1 reentry, 300K chips, 60-min levels)
  • June 17 at 3pm: $25K PLO High Roller 8-Handed (1 reentry, 150K chips, 60-min levels)
  • June 22 at 3pm: $50K Poker Player Championship 6-Handed (no reentries, 300K chips, 100-min levels)
  • June 27 at 12noon: $250K NLHE Super High Roller 8-Handed (1 reentry, 1.5M chips, 60-min levels)
  • July 7 at 3pm: $50K PLO High Roller 8-Handed (1 reentry, 300K chips, 40-min levels)
  • July 9 at 6pm: $50K NLHE High Roller 8-Handed (1 reentry, 300K chips, 40-min levels)
  • July 11 at 3pm: $100K NLHE High Roller 8-Handed (1 reentry, 600K chips, 40-min levels)

Bigger Picture

As of February 1, there were 61 tournaments on the 2020 WSOP schedule, more than two dozen shy of last year’s complete schedule. There has been no indication as to whether the number of events this year will surpass the 90 offered last year or not.

The schedule is varied in price and game selection.

A full list of all of the tournaments confirmed thus far is available on the WSOP website’s tournament page. It should be noted that the reason that list shows 75 events is that tournaments with multiple starting days or flights are listed more than once to reflect each flight.

That page shows all of the buy-ins, dates and times, and lengths of tournaments. And by clicking on the plus sign on any given tournament line, it reveals information about reentries, starting chips, and level durations. As the WSOP nears, this list will also provide structure sheets for each event.

Final Schedule Soon

The 2020 WSOP is less than four months away, but poker players can be impatient. Everyone wants to see the final schedule.

According to the last WSOP press release from the World Series of Poker, the last of the tournaments “are expected to be finalized in February.” This means the schedule should come together as one massive list of tournaments within the coming weeks.

 

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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