The 2019 WSOP Schedule: Your Ultimate Guide

If you can’t trust those eyes not to miss a detail on the 2019 WSOP schedule, then who can you trust?

For real poker fans, it’s never too early to start making plans for the World Series of Poker.

This page will cover everything related to the 2019 WSOP schedule.

We get to work every year on the WSOP way too early, which means schedule specifics are scarce.

However, this is our 14th annual WSOP schedule page and we have strong indications of what to expect based on analysis from last year.

You’ll be able to find all the important 2019 WSOP event times and dates right here the moment they’re leaked, but we’ll provide you with much more, including:

  • What to expect from the 2019 WSOP in terms of events and player numbers
  • Any notable changes to the schedule from last year
  • Spotlight events on the schedule
  • FAQs to answer what players always want to know

The goal behind our 2019 WSOP schedule page, which has been a player favorite for more than a decade, is to provide you with a truly extensive, detailed, and, most of all, helpful guide.

The Full 2019 WSOP Schedule

EventDateTimeTournamentBuy-InDays
Late May, 2019Cash games and satellites begin at the Rio in Las Vegas
1TBDCasino Employees No-Limit Hold'em$5652
TBDEarly July, 2019No-Limit Hold'em World Championship (Main Event)$10,000TBD
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What events will be part of WSOP 2019

Last year’s World Series of Poker has, once again, seen an increase in the number of events on offer. In all likelihood, this trend will continue, so we’ll see even more bracelet events on the WSOP 2019 schedule.

Last year, we saw a total of 78 bracelet events, with some of the tournaments featuring really low buy-ins as well as four online tournaments played on WSOP.com.

Although some pros aren’t too happy about it, as they believe it waters down the value of a WSOP bracelet, the trend is likely to continue.

The WSOP 2019 schedule will likely feature more than 80 events and we’ll likely see at least the same number of online tournaments, if not even more.

At last year’s WSOP, the Online No Limit Hold’em Championship saw a turnout of almost 3,000 entries, so it seems the idea is well-received by many players.

When the 2019 WSOP schedule will be released

Every year, WSOP officials tend to release the preliminary schedule for the Series either late in December of during January. Last year, they wanted to get the ball rolling early, so the WSOP schedule became available in mid-December.

2019 WSOP schedule
We’re likely to see the preliminary 2019 WSOP schedule released in December of this year or in January 2019, giving us a good idea about what to expect in June and July

There is no reason to believe much will change in this regard for the WSOP 2019 schedule. We fully expect to see the preliminary version in December with smaller tweaks and changes for the final schedule released later in the year.

Of course, the moment the 2019 WSOP schedule becomes available, we’ll make sure to post it here for everyone to see.

The number of events on the WSOP 2019 schedule

Over the last 15 years, the World Series of Poker has seen a big surge in the number of offered bracelet events. As clearly visible from the chart below, the biggest increases happened in the period 2004-2007, and then again after 2014.

Over the last few years, WSOP officials have been constantly adding a few new tournaments every year, so it’s reasonable to believe there will be more than 80 bracelet events inked on the WSOP 2019 schedule.

WSOP 2019 schedule - number of bracelet events by year
The trend is clear: for years, there’s been an increase in the total number of bracelet events and this is likely to continue on the WSOP 2019 schedule

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How many players will play in the 2019 WSOP Main Event?

Last year’s WSOP Main Event was the second-largest in the Series history, drawing in 7,874 players. It was also the biggest field in the last 12 years, trumped only by the record turnout in 2006. That year’s Main Event, won by Jamie Gold, attracted the record number of players – 8,773.

The Main Event field has grown steadily over the past three years, with some 500 players more showing up every year. There is no reason to believe this trend won’t continue, so we might be looking at a field of over 8,000 players for the 2019 WSOP.

WSOP 2019 schedule - number of players in Main Events
There’s been a steady progression in the number of players in the WSOP Main Event over the past four years and there is every reason to believe this will continue in 2019

While it’s hard to pinpoint exactly why the players’ interest has been on the rise, it probably has something to do with the improved TV and online coverage, once again spreading the word about the World Series and drawing in new players.

Fun Numbers from Last Year’s World Series of Poker

123,865

Total WSOP players

$267,608,193

Total WSOP prize money

7,874

WSOP Main Event players

$8,800,000

WSOP Main Event 1st prize

$74,015,600

Main Event prize pool

10

Grand prizes of at least $1m

Key Events at the 2019 WSOP

The Main Event

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Event Name: No-Limit Hold’em Championship (Main Event)
Buy-in: $10,000
Event #: TBD
Date: TBD
Starting Days: TBD
Last year’s # of entrants: 7,874
Last year’s grand prize: $8,800,000

The WSOP Main Event seems to be on the rise, with the steady increase in player numbers year after year. There’s no reason to expect anything else for the WSOP 2019 Main Event.

We expect to see a turnout in excess of 8,000 players, which would mean the winner would take home more than $9,000,000.

WSOP 2019 schedule - 2018 Main Event heads up
WSOP organizers have finally done away with the idea of November Nine so, hopefully, 2019 WSOP Main Event will be concluded during summer

The organizes have also done away with the whole November Nine idea, so we no longer have to wait months to see the champion crowned. In all likelihood, this is going to stay for the 2019 World Series, so we’ll have the new winner sometime in July.

The only thing we can’t be certain about is whether the 2019 WSOP schedule will conclude with the Main Event or if we’ll have a few more tournaments after it, which was the case last year. Either way, this won’t make too much of a difference.

$1,000,000 Big One for One Drop

Event Name: The Big One for One Drop
Buy-in: $1,000,000
Event #: TBD
Date: TBD
Starting Days: TBD
Last year’s # of entrants: 27
Last year’s grand prize: $10,000,000

Last year, the $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop returned to the World Series after a hiatus of several years. It seems the organizers didn’t plan it out very well, as just 27 players turned out to play.

This probably didn’t bother Justin Bonomo too much, though, as he walked away with the first prize worth $10,000,000.

It’s likely Big One for One Drop will be a part of the 2019 WSOP schedule, but this one could go either way. There’s been some controversy about it over the years, so it’s not impossible for it to be removed from this year’s schedule again.

WSOP 2019 schedule - 2018 Big One for One Drop
Although final table players were greeted in style, last year’s WSOP Big One for One Drop didn’t quite meet its high expectations

If the tournament happens, it will likely draw in a bigger field than last year. With players expecting it this time around, some are probably already getting the massive buy-in secured in order to ensure their seat in this enormous poker tournament.

Poker Players Championship

Event Name: Poker Players Championship
Buy-in: $50,000
Event #: TBD
Date: TBD
Starting Days: TBD
Last year’s # of entrants: 87
Last year’s grand prize: $1,239,136

The Poker Players Championship never draws in too many players, but it’s still considered one of the toughest and most prestigious events of the World Series of Poker.

Living up to its name, the field in the tournament usually consists of some of the best all-around poker players alive.

Last year, Michael Mizrachi ran away with the title, making this his third victory in this particular tournament and making poker history. The Players Championship will certainly be back on the WSOP 2019 schedule and there should be around 100 players paying $50,000 each for the privilege to compete.

Colossus

Event Name: Colossus
Buy-in: $565
Event #: TBD
Date: TBD
Starting Days: TBD
Last year’s # of entrants: 13,070
Last year’s grand prize: $1,000,000

Colossus has become one of the regular events of the Series so we’re likely to see it back on the 2019 WSOP schedule. Last year, this low-buy-in tournament attracted more than 13,000 players and the winner took home a cool $1 million.

While some pros haven’t been exactly thrilled about the addition of all the lower buy-in events in recent years, casual players are clearly in love with them, which can be seen from the impressive field numbers. The 2019 Colossus will likely attract even more players.

WSOP 2019 Side Events

Apart from the big events mentioned above, there will be numerous side events running during the Series.

Although these aren’t officially part of the 2019 WSOP and you can’t win a bracelet in them, they’re a great way for those with smaller bankrolls to remain in constant action and experience the sights and sounds of poker’s Mecca.

2019 WSOP schedule side events
Playing side events during the 2019 WSOP can be a fun and affordable way to boost your bankroll and give yourself more shots at a few more bracelet events

We’ve been known to recommend the Rio daily events, and for good reason.

These tournaments feature buy-ins of $235 and $185, kicking off later in the evening (usually around 5 P.M. and 7 P.M.). There’s a deep stack and turbo variety, so something for all players’ tastes.

These side events offer a great value, especially during the World Series, as fields can grow really big and there is a lot of “soft” money up for grabs. If you need to supplement your 2019 WSOP schedule bankroll, playing some side events can be a great way to go about it.

2019 WSOP FAQs

When will the registration open for the WSOP 2019?

Usually, WSOP officials open up the online and in-person registration process a couple of months prior to the start of the first event. So, in all likelihood, those wanting to secure their seats early should be able to do so at some point in April 2019.

How old do I have to be to play in a WSOP event?

According to the Nevada gaming law, you have to be at least 21 to enter the casino and play poker or any other games. It doesn’t matter if you come from a jurisdiction where gambling is legal at the age of 18. No player under the age of 21 can play in a 2019 WSOP event.

There are also a few special events during every Series, where players have to be over a particular age limit to join. This includes the Seniors and Super Seniors tournaments, for which you have to be at least 50 and 60 years old, respectively.

Where does the WSOP Main Event take place?

The World Series of Poker takes place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Rio is located off the famous Las Vegas Strip, but not too far away. In fact, the Strip is within walking distance from Rio and there are also numerous shuttle buses to take you there if you want to check out other casinos.

What kind of documents are required to register for a WSOP event?

If you’re from the USA, you’ll be able to register for a WSOP 2019 tournament with a:

  • Driver’s license
  • State-issued photo ID
  • US passport
  • Military ID
  • Permanent Resident Alien Card

With some of these, you’ll also need to present a document proving your address.

Non-US players can register with a valid (non-expired) passport and a second document proving their address or a foreign driver’s license featuring a photo, date of birth, and expiration date.

Where should I stay during the 2019 WSOP?

This is really a broad question and the answer depends on your plans. Staying at the Rio is very convenient if you’re planning on playing in several WSOP events and you can get some great deals if you start looking early on.

Other hotels and casinos in Las Vegas also offer good deals for visitors during summer, as long as you make sure to grab them ahead of time. Also, there are usually some nice last-minute deals, but you can’t really rely on these if you want to be sure.

Finally, there are many great private deals, especially if you’re traveling as a group. Players visiting Las Vegas in 2019 in groups should probably look into some rental properties because you can find some really spacious mansions at reasonable prices if all expenses are split between more people.

World Series of Poker 2019 Predictions

Although trying to predict future is always challenging and bit risky, it’s also a lot of fun. So, what do we expect from the 2019 WSOP schedule based on what we’ve seen the last year and over the past few years?

2019 Main Event will draw more players

As already mentioned, it’s highly likely the positive trend in terms of player numbers will continue. Poker has been picking up some steam again and there is every reason to believe this trend will continue in 2019.

It isn’t out of the realm of possibilities that World Series of Poker organizers will try to make the 2019 Main Event even more attractive by offering some sort of guarantee for the winner. Although they’ve tried this idea before and public opinion was split, it could be a good way to market the tournament.

Big One for One Drop will be better organized

Last year, the $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop didn’t impress in terms of participants. It’s clear that there was some sort of organizational glitch, which is something a few pros also mentioned on their social media pages.

If the tournament returns on the 2019 schedule, we’re hoping to see many more players than 27 who got involved last year. Being the largest poker tournament around in terms of buy-in, it’s always more entertaining for the fans to see a larger field of name pros and a bloated prize pool.

More online bracelet events will be on the schedule

Last year, there were four online WSOP events. We expect the 2019 WSOP schedule to introduce at least a couple of more. Although these don’t fit in the traditional definition of the World Series, times are changing, so there’s nothing wrong with having some events take place in the virtual setting.

2019 WSOP schedule online events
It’s likely there will be even more online events added to the 2019 WSOP schedule, considering players have shown a lot of interest for these and Caesars gets to promote its own WSOP.com poker site.

Small buy-in events will continue to rise

Just like with online tournaments, Caesars and WSOP decision-makers have been introducing a number of lower buy-in events, making the Series more appealing to all the casual players out there and giving them their shot at a bracelet.

In 2019, we expect to see all the small buy-in tournaments make a comeback (Colossus, Giant, Pot-Limit Omaha Giant), and perhaps a few more sub-$1,000 buy-in events added to the mix.

We want to hear from you about the 2019 WSOP schedule

We want this to be the ultimate guide to the 2019 World Series of Poker and we want poker players and fans to participate in making this happen. If you have any questions, comments, or interesting WSOP stories to share, don’t be shy to post them in the comments’ section.

We’ll always do our best to find answers for you or at least give you an educated guess about things to expect from the 2019 WSOP schedule. Likewise, if you have any useful information to share that we aren’t aware of, please share them in the comments.

Ivan Potocki( Assistant Editor and Columnist )

Ivan first started playing poker in 2006 and played professionally from 2010-2013. He holds a BA in English language and literature. Since joining the Beat The Fish team in 2016, Ivan has made a significant impact, leading the news section and contributing numerous feature articles.

6 comments on “The Ultimate Guide to the 2019 WSOP Schedule”

  1. If you really want more players at the main event then be sure it does NOT involve travel, start or play on the 4th of JULY.
    It would also be nice if the seniors and super seniors did not fall on Father’s Day.

    • Thanks for the thoughts, Kenneth.

      I’ve always thought it was a bit unusual that they don’t take any days off for holidays, but I guess to casinos they want the real world to end at the threshold of the casino doors.

      Why not just take those days off and extend the WSOP a couple of days, though? Seems reasonable to me. Unless, of course, any fathers are getting WSOP buy-ins as gifts. Who says no then?

  2. I’m looking forward to my first wsop. I’m excited. The wife gave the ok. I’m there from June 27 to July 15. Told my boss if I call on the 12 of July I’m in the 6 Fig range of money…

    • That’s awesome, Jason. Thanks for letting us know.

      I’d love a follow-up to hear how it ended up going. Don’t forget to grant us an exclusive interview when you’ve got that gaudy WSOP championship bracelet weighing you down.

    • Hi Gary, thanks for the comment and I’m glad you found it useful.

      Unfortunately, we won’t know the date for certain until Caesars publishes or “leaks” the final 2019 WSOP schedule. Judging from the past couple of years, that will likely be in early 2019.

      Last year, the $1,000 Seniors (50+) event was on June 15 and the $1,000 Super Seniors (60+) was a couple days later on June 17.

      My best estimate is they’ll stick close to those dates for 2019, so I would say mid-June.

      As soon as I have more information on the final WSOP schedule, I’ll be posting it up on this page and emailing subscribers.

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