The 51st Annual WSOP will award a record-breaking 101 gold bracelets with 87 live events and 14 online events. Major improvements to registration and payout procedures will make it the biggest and best WSOP to date.
In just three months, the 51st Annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) will take place from May 26 to July 15 from the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Following several announcements regarding the 2020 WSOP schedule, the final set of events have been announced today to see a total of 101 gold bracelets awarded this year.
Over the last few years of the WSOP, there have been record turnouts, and in 2019 the schedule saw a then-record total of 90 events. For 2020, the WSOP have upped the ante once more by putting 101 events on the schedule with 87 gold bracelets to be awarded in live events played out in Las Vegas, while 14 will be awarded on WSOP.com for online players in Nevada and New Jersey.
The marquee event is the US$10,000 buy-in Main Event. There will be three starting flights from July 1-3 and registration remains open through to Day 2. The Main Event final table will be reached on July 10, and after a day off, play will continue over three days from July 12-14 and will be televised on a delay.
Many of the signature WSOP events will return such as the Millionaire Maker, Monster Stack, Colossus, Big 50, and Little One for One Drop, while a new ‘Value Menu’ was announced in mid-January that will feature 12 events priced US$1,000 or under. There is also a new US$1,500 buy-in ‘Mystery Bounty’ event where there will be 100 mystery bounties totalling US$1,000,000 with the top bounty of US$250,000. Following the increased popularity of high roller events, nine have been added to the schedule including the US$250,000 Super High Roller.
Along with finalising the 101-event schedule, the WSOP also released new plans for the registration and payout process that have caused issues in the bigger-field events such as the Big 50 and Colossus events due to player congestion.
“There is no doubt we need to do a better job of getting people in their seats and playing poker faster,” WSOP executive director Ty Stewart said. “We’ve looked closely at several areas in the off-season and are dedicating new resources – technology, equipment, and people – to aid in these efforts in 2020.”
The main registration area remains, but more stations will be added. The payout office however will be relocated to the Palma Ballroom (previously the Media Center) to keep separation between the registration and payout processes.
There will also be more WSOP kiosks located throughout the Rio where players can print seat cards directly from their WSOP Tournament Account once preloaded with funds.
“The WSOP Tournament Account is a no-brainer for anyone who plays more than a couple of WSOP events annually,” said Daniel Negreanu who set one up in 2019. “Literally I went to the registration cage once to set it up, then utilized the self-serve kiosks the rest of the summer to register for any event I wanted to play. I was in and out of the kiosk in less than a minute and on my way to my seat.”
Registration for the 2020 WSOP begins on Tuesday, May 26, at 9 a.m. (PT) and players will need to provide their Caesars Rewards card and a valid picture identification (a passport for non-Americans). Methods of payment include cash, credit/debit cards (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express), wire transfers or cashier’s checks, Rio gaming chips, or Rio tournament buy-in chips (lammers).