The world’s leading poker tournament series, World Series of Poker (WSOP) announced that it will resume live-action later this year. Officials from the WSOP acknowledged that the schedule comes at a later date in the year compared to other schedules before for obvious reasons. However, the officials went ahead to promise a full, in-person live-action tournament for 2021.
Players in Europe and the US will be the first to get back to in-person live poker action. This is according to officials from the WSOP. After a tumultuous 2020, organizers of the world’s largest poker tournament said the events are scheduled to start on September 30 and will run until November 23.
The Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino will play host to the poker tournament for a clean two months of poker action. According to a release by the officials, the event will kick off with a charity event dedicated to frontline healthcare workers. This is just part of what is expected to take place but WSOP is yet to provide more details about the scheduled tournament.
In addition to the charity event, the first week of play is set to take off on a solid start. There will be a $5 million Guaranteed No-Limit Hold’em termed as “The Reunion” and a $25,000 H.O.R.S.E tournament. For the Main Event, WSOP announced that the action will take off on November 4 and will run until November 17. Players will need to part with $10,000 as the buy-in.
According to Ty Steward, WSOP Executive Director, this year’s theme is “Get vaccinated, get back to Vegas.” WSOP has outlined its commitment to comply with COVID-19 regulations. This is in line with combating the global COVID-19 pandemic that has seen many people lose their lives.
Still, on the pandemic issue, WSOP expressed hope that the vaccination drive will be available by the time the tournament begins. Above all, WSOP hopes that the vaccines will be effective. Even so, the organization has committed to following the laid down health protocols to ensure a safe gaming environment.
The organization is expected to release more details about the tournament’s schedule over the summer. This will allow potential participants to have a deeper understanding of the qualifying events. This includes the opportunity to bag free entries to the main event. Having said that, it’s already known that the tournament will have four kick-off dates. This means players will join the series when they feel comfortable doing so.
WSOP organizers are set to build on last summer’s success that saw the tournament run in a hybrid format due to the pandemic. The record-setting format saw the tournament run online for both domestic and international markets. In its initial stages, the play was online while the final table was played face-to-face. The winners of the American and European legs went head-to-head for a chance to bag the gold bracelet.
The domestic series saw about $27 million awarded as prizes across 31 events. This made the tournament series set the record for the biggest online poker tournament in regulated poker history in the US.
Organizers are looking forward to a repeat of the same this year. To ensure that happens, WSOP has partnered with GGPoker to supplement its WSOP.com site through the All-American Poker Network. Players should have the full WSOP Online schedule in mid-April.
The King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic will host the WSOP Europe series. The European league is set to start on Friday 19 November and it will run until Tuesday 8 December. However, Mr. Stewart in a statement expressed hope of eased travel restrictions by fall to allow WSOP organizers to offer a solid tournament schedule for European players.