The 2020 WSOP Schedule: Your Ultimate Guide

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We’re locked and loaded with coffee, ready to bring you our 15th annual analysis of the 2020 WSOP schedule.

The 2020 World Series of Poker is slowly approaching, and the events will start taking place before you know it. It’s a good idea to start preparing for the biggest poker tournament in the world on time.

Beat the Fish has been your main source of WSOP schedule updates and predictions for the past 15 years, and we’re back at it again for 2020.

On this page, you’ll learn everything related to the 2020 WSOP schedule as soon as the information becomes available.

Thanks to our considerable experience, we can also make some educated guesses based on the previous years and let you know what to expect.

Apart from sharing the times and dates of all the most important scheduled events at WSOP 2020, this guide will also provide you with:

  • Early expectations from the 2020 WSOP schedule regarding the number of players, events, and prizes
  • A guide on how to qualify for the main events
  • The latest 2020 WSOP news
  • A breakdown of the key events at the 2020 World Series of Poker
  • An FAQ section on common questions related to the WSOP

Without further ado, let’s start working on our promises and build a guide that will teach you everything you need to know about the 2020 WSOP schedule.

The Full 2020 WSOP Schedule

The full 2020 schedule has been confirmed and is listed below.

DateTimeTournamentBuy-InDaysRe-Entries
Tue, May 2624/7Cash games and satellites begin at the Rio in Las Vegas
Wed, May 2711 A.M.No-Limit Hold'em$1,0002None
Wed, May 273 P.M.Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em$50021
Thu, May 2810 A.M.BIG 50 (Flight A)$50051
Fri, May 29BIG 50 (Flight B)1
Sat, May 30BIG 50 (Flight C)1
Sun, May 31BIG 50 (Flight D)1
Thu, May 283 P.M.Omaha Hi/Lo 8/b$1,5003None
Fri, May 293 P.M.No-Limit Hold'em (8-handed)$25,00031
Sat, May 303 P.M.Dealers Choice (6-handed)$1,50031
Sun, May 313:30 P.M.No-Limit Hold'em (Online)$40011
Sun, May 316 P.M.No-Limit Hold'em (Heads-Up)$25,0003None
Mon, June 111 A.M.No-Limit Hold'em (Deep Stack)$60021
Mon, June 13 P.M.Triple Draw Lowball$2,50031
Tue, June 211 A.M.No-Limit Hold'em (Turbo Bounty)$1,0001None
Tue, June 23 P.M.7 Card Stud$1,5003None
Wed, June 311 A.M.No-Limit Hold'em (6-handed)$1,50031
Wed, June 33 P.M.Omaha Hi/Lo 8/b$10,0004None
Thu, June 411 A.M.No-Limit Hold'em$1,5003None
Thu, June 43 P.M.H.O.R.S.E.$1,5003None
Fri, June 510 A.M.Millionaire Maker (Flight A)$1,50051
Sat, June 6Millionaire Maker (Flight B)1
Sat, June 63 P.M.7 Card Stud$10,0003None
Sun, June 711 A.M.No-Limit Hold'em (40 Stack)$1,00021
Sun, June 73 P.M.H.O.R.S.E.$3,0003None
Sun, June 73:30 P.M.Pot-Limit Omaha (Online, 7-handed)$77713
Mon, June 811 A.M.Pot-Limit Omaha (Deep Stack, 8-handed)$60021
Mon, June 83 P.M.No-Limit Hold'em (Short Deck)$10,00031
Tue, June 911 A.M.No-Limit Hold'em (Turbo Bounty)$1,5001None
Tue, June 93 P.M.H.O.R.S.E.$10,0004None
Tue, June 93:30 P.M.No-Limit Hold'em (Online, Deep Stack)$8001None
Wed, June 1011 A.M.Pot-Limit Omaha (8-handed)$1,00031
Wed, June 103 P.M.No-Limit 2-7 Lowball$1,50031
Thu, June 1111 A.M.No-Limit Hold'em$2,5003None
Thu, June 113 P.M.7 Card Stud Hi/Lo 8/b$1,5003None
Fri, June 1210 A.M.Monster Stack (Flight A)$1,5005None
Sat, June 13Monster Stack (Flight B)
Fri, June 122 P.M.No-Limit Hold'em (Turbo Bounty)$10,0002None
Fri, June 123 P.M.Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball$1,50031
Sat, June 133 P.M.Dealers Choice (6-Handed)$10,0003None
Sun, June 1411 A.M.No-Limit Hold'em (Deep Stack)$80021
Sun, June 143 P.M.Pot-Limit Omaha (8-handed)$1,50031
Sun, June 143:30 P.M.No-Limit Hold'em (Online, Turbo, Deep Stack, 8-handed)$50011
Mon, June 1511 A.M.No-Limit Hold'em$5002None
Mon, June 153 P.M.No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball$10,00031
Tue, June 1611 A.M.No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha (8-handed)$60021
Tue, June 163 P.M.Razz$1,5003None
Wed, June 1711 A.M.Ladies No-Limit Hold'em$1,00031
Wed, June 17NoonNo-Limit Hold'em (Shootout)$1,5003None
Wed, June 173 P.M.Pot-Limit Omaha (8-handed)$25,00041
Thu, June 1810 A.M.Seniors No-Limit Hold'em (50+)$1,00041
Thu, June 181 P.M.No-Limit Hold'em$3,0003None
Thu, June 183 P.M.Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball$10,0003None
Fri, June 1910 A.M.Double Stack (Flight A)$1,00051
Sat, June 20Double Stack (Flight B)1
Fri, June 193 P.M.9-Game Mix$2,50031
Sat, June 203 P.M.Pot-Limit Omaha$10,0004None
Sun, June 2111 A.M.No-Limit Hold'em (Deep Stack, 8-handed)$80021
Sun, June 213 P.M.No-Limit Hold'em (8-handed)$5,0003None
Sun, June 213:30 P.M.No-Limit Hold'em (Online)$5001None
Mon, June 2210 A.M.Super Seniors No-Limit Hold'em (60+)$1,00031
Mon, June 222 P.M.Tag Team No-Limit Hold'em$1,0003None
Mon, June 223 P.M.Poker Players Championship$50,0005None
Tue, June 2311 A.M.No-Limit Hold'em (Deep Stack)$60021
Tue, June 233 P.M.Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo 8/b (8-handed)$1,50031
Wed, June 2410 A.M.Colossus (Flight A)$40041
Thu, June 25Colossus (Flight B)1
Wed, June 243 P.M.Razz$10,0003None
Thu, June 253 P.M.No-Limit Hold'em (6-handed)$5,00041
Fri, June 2610 A.M.Crazy Eights (8-handed) Flight A$88851
Sat, June 275 P.M.Crazy Eights (8-handed) Flight B1
Fri, June 263 P.M.Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo 8/b$10,0004None
Sat, June 27NoonNo-Limit Hold'em$250,00031
Sat, June 273 P.M.Limit Hold'em$1,5003None
Sun, June 2811 A.M.No-Limit Hold'em (Mystery Bounty)$1,5002None
Sun, June 283 P.M.7 Card Stud Hi/Lo 8/b$10,0003None
Sun, June 283:30 P.M.No-Limit Hold'em (Online)$1,00011
Mon, June 2911 A.M.Mini Main Event$1,0003None
Mon, June 293 P.M.No-Limit Hold'em (6-handed)$10,0003None
Mon, June 293:30 P.M.No-Limit Hold'em (Online)$50011
Tue, June 3011 A.M.No-Limit Hold'em (Salute to Warriors)$50031
Tue, June 303 P.M.Limit Hold'em$10,0003None
Tue, June 303:30 P.M.No-Limit Hold'em (Online, 8-handed)$1,50011
Wed, July 111 A.M.No-Limit Hold'em Main Event (Flight A)$10,00010None
Thu, July 2No-Limit Hold'em Main Event (Flight B)None
Fri, July 3No-Limit Hold'em Main Event (Flight C)None
Wed, July 13:30 P.M.No-Limit Hold'em (Online, 8-handed)$3,2001TBD
Thu, July 2NoonNo-Limit Hold'em (Online)$10,0001None
Fri, July 33:30 P.M.No-Limit Hold'em (Online)$40011
Sat, July 4NoonLittle One for One Drop (Flight A)$1,1115Unlimited
Sun, July 5Little One for One Drop (Flight B)Unlimited
Mon, July 6Little One for One Drop (Flight C)Unlimited
Sat, July 43:30 P.M.No-Limit Hold'em (Online, Turbo, Deep Stack)$50011
Sun, July 53 P.M.Limit Hold'em (6-handed)$3,0003None
Sun, July 53:30 P.M.No-Limit Hold'em (Online, 6-handed)$60011
Mon, July 66 P.M.No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha (8-handed)$5,00021
Tue, July 7NoonNo-Limit Hold'em (Bounty)$1,5003None
Tue, July 73 P.M.Pot-Limit Omaha$50,00031
Wed, July 8NoonPot-Limit Omaha (Bounty)$1,50031
Wed, July 83 P.M.No-Limit Hold'em (6-handed)$3,00021
Thu, July 9NoonNo-Limit Hold'em (50 Stack)$1,50021
Thu, July 93 P.M.No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha (8-handed)$1,50031
Thu, July 96 P.M.No-Limit Hold'em$50,00031
Fri, July 1012 P.M.The Closer (Flight A)$1,50021
Sat, July 11The Closer (Flight B)1
Fri, July 103 P.M.Pot-Limit Omaha (6-handed)$3,00041
Sat, July 113 P.M.No-Limit Hold'em$100,00031
Sun, July 1211 A.M.No-Limit Hold'em (Deep Stack)$80021
Sun, July 123 P.M.8-Game Mix (6-handed)$1,50031
Sun, July 123:30 P.M.No-Limit Hold'em (Online)$50011
Mon, July 1311 A.M.No-Limit Hold'em (Turbo)$1,00011
Mon, July 133 P.M.Mixed Big Bet$2,50031
Tue, July 143 P.M.No-Limit Hold'em (8-handed)$5,00021
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Early expectations for the 2020 WSOP schedule

Even though we’ve started talking about the 2020 WSOP schedule quite early, we can still expect this year’s tournament to be bigger and more spectacular than ever. Based on WSOP statistics we have from previous years, we can be confident that the number of events will increase.

The WSOP has been steadily increasing the number of bracelet events each year — in the last 20 years that number has grown more than 5 times.

The number of World Series of Poker players is also expected to break all records thanks to skyrocketing interest in the tournament, as well as better online and TV coverage of the main events.

2020 World Series of Poker Predictions
The 2020 World Series of Poker schedule is approaching. A record-high attendance in excess of 9,000 entrants is expected at this year’s Main Event.

Players can expect more online events this year to accommodate players who are not able to make the trip to Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

More bracelet events with really low buy-ins are also to be expected on the 2020 WSOP schedule, which means we are likely to see myriad players from different backgrounds at this year’s poker spectacle.

Frequently Asked Questions
✅ What is the buy-in for the World Series of Poker

There are official World Series of Poker bracelet events with a wide range of buy-ins, from as low as $400 for Colossus, and up to $50,000 for the Poker Players Championship. The Main Event has a $10,000 buy-in.

✅ Where will the 2020 WSOP be held?

The Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The WSOP has been held there every year since 2005. Prior to that, it was held at Binion's Horseshoe in Las Vegas.

✅ How does the World Series of Poker work?

The World Series of Poker is a series of poker tournaments with varying entry fees and poker variations. It takes place annually, with the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event being the most famous event.

✅ Does the World Series of Poker use real money?

Every World Series of Poker tournaments costs real money to enter, but the chips you see at the table don't have actual value or correlate to the entry fee. For example, an event may have a $10,000 buy-in, but each player is given 60,000 tournament chips. WSOP prizes are also determined based on a pay scale, rather than just who's holding all the chips at the end. There aren't any winner-take-all WSOP events.

When the 2020 WSOP Schedule will come out

Update: The complete WSOP schedule was released in February 2020.

WSOP organizers have said that the official and complete 2020 schedule release will be made “some time in the first quarter of 2020”. There have already been some early leaks as to events that will be on the schedule for certain.

However, looking back at the previous years, it is more likely that we will know the dates for the 2020 WSOP schedule by the end of the year:

  • 2019 WSOP schedule was released on December 20, 2018
  • 2018 WSOP schedule was released on December 12, 2017
  • 2017 WSOP schedule was released on December 19, 2016

As you can see from the previous releases above, the dates are not too far apart.

We don’t expect any major changes in how the schedule rolls out this year. The preliminary version will probably be released around the middle of December, whereas additional updates will follow during the initial months of 2020.

Of course, the complete 2020 WSOP schedule will be added to this page the moment it becomes available, so make sure you stay tuned.

Release Date for the 2020 WSOP Schedule
The complete 2020 WSOP schedule will likely be released in December or early January.

The number of bracelet events for WSOP 2020

The number of WSOP bracelet events has been steadily increasing ever since 2005, as you can see from the chart we’ve created below.

The biggest surge happened last year when the total number of events was 90. Compared to 2018 when there were 78 tournaments in total — that’s a 15% increase.

Taking these trends into account, we will probably see more than 90 tournaments on the schedule for the 2020 WSOP. However, it is unlikely that the number will surpass 100, but one can never know until the official 2020 schedule is released.

The final 2020 WSOP schedule has now been released and there will be over 100 events between live and online tournaments.

2020 WSOP Number of Events
There’s no doubt that the number of WSOP bracelet events is on a steady rise. This trend is expected to continue on the 2020 schedule as well.

WSOP News

How many players will be in the 2020 WSOP Main Event?

If you take a look at another chart we’ve created below, you’ll notice that the interest in the WSOP Main Event has been growing every consecutive year.

Last year, 8,569 players entered the main event, which was the highest number in the past 13 years. The 2006 record of 8,773 participants still remains undefeated.

Will 2020 be the year when the fabled goal of 9,000 WSOP Main Event participants is reached? We are optimistic enough to believe so.

The total number of participants contesting for the WSOP main prize increases by 500 on average each year. If that trend continues in 2020, we can expect to see some record-breaking numbers.

Numbers of Players for the 2020 WSOP Schedule
The number of players participating in WSOP Main Event has been on a continual rise since 2015. In 2020, the number is expected to reach 9,000.

Fun Stats from Last Year’s World Series of Poker

186,715

Total WSOP players

$48,025,342

Total prizes for bracelet winners

8,569

WSOP Main Event players

10,000,000

WSOP Main Event 1st prize

$80,548,600

Main Event prize pool

30

WSOP millionaires

Key Events at 2020 WSOP

The Main Event

Trophy

Event Name: No-Limit Hold’em Championship (Main Event)
Buy-in: $10,000
Date: Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Starting Days: 3
Last year’s # of entrants: 8,569
Last year’s grand prize: $10,000,000

The 2020 WSOP Main Event is expected to be a record-breaker in terms of the number of participants. Last year, a total of 8,569 players competed for the main prize, which was the closest we ever got to the 2006 all-time-high of 8,773.

Last year’s Main Event was also special because it featured one of the largest first-place prizes so far. Hossein Ensan ended up being the last player at the No-Limit Hold’em table, taking home $10,000,000 in total.

To everyone’s delight, all flights of the WSOP Main Event will likely be finished in July, so we’ll know who the winner is sooner than before. Luckily, the WSOP officials discontinued the November Nine practice that kept us all in suspense.

If the 2020 WSOP Main Event ends up being bigger than ever before, there’s a good chance that the record-high 2006 first-place prize of $12 million will be surpassed as well.

Colossus

Poker Cards

Event Name: Colossus (Main Event)
Buy-in: $400
Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Starting Days: 2
Last year’s # of entrants: 13,109
Last year’s grand prize: $451,272

Colossus is poker players’ favorite low buy-in tournament every year. The number of entrants consistently goes above 10,000, which makes it the most visited event of the entire WSOP.

Last year, we had the opportunity to watch 13,109 players compete for the $451,272 prize and a total prize pool of $4,382,515. The lucky winner of the 2019 Colossus tournament was Sejin Park, which was the second WSOP Gold Bracelet of the summer for South Korea.

2019 WSOP Colossus Final Moments
Sejin Park won last year’s Colossus bracelet event, winning $451,272 and leaving Georgios Kapalas and Ryan Depaulo in the second and third place. It will be another massive event on the 2020 WSOP schedule.

In 2019, the $400 buy-in for Colossus was lower than ever before. This was met with a widespread outcry from many pros who were dissatisfied with the changes. Their main argument was that such low buy-ins put the reputation of the entire WSOP at risk.

Nonetheless, ordinary players are simply in love with these tournaments, which we can see from the number of entrants. The 2020 Colossus will probably have even higher numbers if it does not get overshadowed by another new low buy-in event.

High Roller No-Limit Hold’em

Money Safe

Event Name: High Roller No-Limit Hold’em (Main Event)
Buy-in: $100,000
Date: Saturday, July 11, 2020
Starting Days: 1
Last year’s # of entrants: 99
Last year’s grand prize: $2,792,406

On the completely opposite side of the WSOP spectrum, we have the High Roller No-Limit Hold’em. This prestigious tournament with a crazy-high buy-in of $100,000 regularly attracts the crème de la crème of the poker society.

Even though it is not the most popular event in terms of participants (which makes sense considering the buy-in), it is still one of the most attractive tournaments to follow.

Last year, we had 99 participants who competed for the $2,792,406 grand prize. This head-spinning amount of money ended up in Keith Tilston’s hands. He managed to beat Daniel Negreanu and win his career-high cash.

We don’t expect big changes in the structure and the numbers associated with the High Roller No-Limit Hold’em event at the 2020 WSOP. However, we do expect it to have better media coverage than before.

Poker Players Championship

Poker Suits

Event Name: Poker Players Championship (Main Event)
Buy-in: $50,000
Date: Monday, June 22, 2020
Starting Days: 1
Last year’s # of entrants: 74
Last year’s grand prize: $1,099,311

Just like the High Roller No-Limit Hold’em, the Poker Players Championship never breaks any records in terms of the number of participants. And how could it with a buy-in of $50,000?

Many believe that’s a good thing as only the best of the best players compete for the high prizes. The Poker Players Championship is considered to be a VIP event where we can regularly see poker celebrities such as Philip Hui, Shaun Deeb, Daniel Cates, Josh Arieh, and many others.

2019 WSOP Poker Players Championship
The moment Phil Ivey folds a winning hand, losing his chance to snatch the Poker Players Championship bracelet at the at last year’s WSOP. Expect this event to be another big draw in 2020.

The 2019 WSOP Poker Players Championship carried a grand prize of $1,099,311 that now belongs to Philip Hui, which came as a big surprise. In August of 2018, he was grinding his way up in $150 tournaments, and several months later he conquered one of the biggest tournaments at the 2019 WSOP.

Will this year’s Poker Players Championships also bring some big surprises and record-breaking hands and prizes? We’ll wait and see, but we have no doubt that it will be worth it.

Side Event Tournaments on the WSOP 2020 schedule

One of the reasons why the World Series of Poker is such a big event in the poker world lies in the fact that both high rollers and ordinary players can have a piece of it.

Side Events are generally quite popular during every WSOP, which is why we like to touch upon them shortly and let you know what you can expect.

If you don’t already know, WSOP Side Events are smaller tournaments that usually take place later in the evening after the major events. They mostly require buy-ins of around $150-$250, so anyone who wants can join them and say they were part of the biggest poker spectacle in the world. WSOP organizers have confirmed that there will be side events with buy-ins as low as $75 for 2020.

Some notable Side Event tournaments you can expect at the 2020 WSOP include:

  • Pot Limit Omaha Deep Stack
  • Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em
  • Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Warm-Up Tournament
  • Turbo No-Limit Hold’em

These are just our guesses based on what we had last year. However, Caesars and the staff of WSOP organizers frequently experiment with the buy-ins and types of tournaments, so we might be in for a surprise.

2020 WSOP Side Tournaments
Side tournaments will likely prove popular again at WSOP 2020, catering to players with smaller bankrolls and those who recently busted out of an official event.

2020 WSOP FAQs

Will 2020 WSOP Remain at Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino?

Questions have been raised about whether or not the 2020 WSOP would move to a different casino. The reason for this is that Caesars Entertainment finally sold the Rio to a New York-based real estate company.

However, the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas will remain the home of the World Series of Poker at least until 2021, as it appears from the agreement.

The WSOP has been continually taking place at this Las Vegas casino since 2005.

The Rio Hosting the 2020 WSOP Schedule
The Rio in Las Vegas will once again be hosting the 2020 WSOP Schedule in its massive conference rooms.

How Can I Register for 2020 WSOP?

The World Series of Poker officials have done a great job in improving their registration process in recent years.

If you live in Las Vegas and you don’t mind potentially waiting in quite long lines, you can register in person at the Rio Casino Main Cage. There, you can sign in to any tournament and immediately receive your receipt and starting seat assignment.

However, you can also register online, which is a quicker and easier process. The WSOP has done a lot to simplify it, so you can now do it in a matter of minutes.

Online registrations are completed through Bravo Poker Live, the vendor that has been supplying WSOP’s payout and registration software since 2016. Online pre-registration for WSOP events will open in March and April 2020.

If you choose to register online, you can use these payment methods to pay for your buy-in:

  • Credit Card — For buy-ins up to $10,000.
  • Wire Transfer — Requires registration at least two weeks before the event’s start date.
  • Cashier’s Check — Requires registration at least two weeks before the event’s start date.

How to Book Cheap Accommodation During 2020 WSOP?

The WSOP is the most popular poker tournament in the world, so it isn’t surprising that the price of accommodations in Las Vegas skyrockets during these two months.

If you still do not know where to stay, you can try using WSOP’s promo codes to stay at one of the hotels they partner up with. This way, you can get lower prices than usual and stay in popular casino resorts.

If you want to be in the center of the 2020 WSOP action at all times, the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino is the only logical option. Caesars Rewards members can get rates as low as $33 at the Rio with booking code WSOP20.

If the Rio fills up, you should look for other options as well, further away from the Strip, which will allow you to save some money and won’t prolong your commute too much.

2020 World Series of Poker Hotel Rates
Caesars will give discounted hotel rates to 2020 World Series of Poker players, whether it be at the Rio or other partnering hotels.

Can Anyone Play in 2020 WSOP Championship?

The answer to this very popular question is yes. Anyone can participate in the 2020 World Series of Poker, as long as they have enough money to pay for the buy-in and they are of legal age.

The legal age for WSOP is 21, regardless of whether you live in the US or abroad. However, there are some Senior Tournaments where only persons older than 50, 60, or 65 can participate.

Note that, as of recently, the WSOP also features women-specific tournaments, which you will not be able to enter unless you are a lady.

Age requirement for the 2020 WSOP schedule events
Anyone age 21 or older can participate in almost any event on the 2020 WSOP schedule, with the exception of some senior events.

What Is the Buy-In for 2020 World Series of Poker?

The buy-in for the 2020 WSOP depends on your desires and financial capabilities. The buy-in for the Main Event is $10,000, but that’s not the only event you can participate in.

WSOP Side Events feature buy-ins of as little as $150, which means that is the lowest you can pay to become part of the world’s biggest poker extravaganza.

On the other hand, there are also High Roller Tournaments that require buy-ins of $50,000 or $100,000. If you have that much money to spare, feel free to join.

2020 World Series of Poker Buy-In
A wide range of buy-ins will once again be a focus of the 2020 WSOP schedule, with some bracelet events having buy-ins as low as $500.

World Series of Poker 2020 Predictions

Predicting the future of the World Series of Poker is never easy due to the complexity of the championship. Still, using the statistics from the previous years, we can try to guess what some of the things we can expect during the 2020 WSOP.

Main Event Will Be Bigger Than Ever

Even though we’ve said that making predictions about the WSOP is difficult, this is actually an easy one. The number of participants at the Main Event has been on a steady rise for years. On average, additional 500 players join the Main Event each year, which means we can expect around 9,000 players to participate this year.

The improved online registration process is one of the reasons why we see more and more entrants, but more media coverage is helping as well.

WSOP 2020 Will Be Bigger Than Ever
The World Series of Poker has been trending upwards in terms of event count and players for several years. That will likely continue for 2020.

Number of Online Bracelet Events Will Increase

Online bracelet events have proved to be a big success at the WSOP in 2018 and 2019. In 2018, there were four events with pretty high attendance. In 2019, the number was more than doubled, so we had a chance to participate in nine online bracelet events.

Since the popularity of online poker is continuously growing, we expect to see at least 10 online events for the 2020 World Series of Poker, if not more. All online tournaments last year had pretty low buy-ins of between $500 and $1,000. Only the High Roller Online Bracelet required $3,200 to play.

This year, it would be a good improvement to see more online events with higher buy-ins.

If you’re going to be in Nevada or New Jersey, you can legally play on the WSOP.com online poker site, which is also where the bracelet events are held.

We’ll See Growth in Small Buy-In Events

There’s also been a steady increase in the number of small buy-in events in recent years. In 2019, we witnessed 24 tournaments with buy-ins of less than $1,000. Colossus had a record-low buy-in of only $400.

With the addition of more online bracelet events, we are bound to see more low buy-in tournaments for WSOP 2020. Even though some oppose this trend, it goes without saying that it only makes the WSOP more popular among the general public.

2020 WSOP Online Bracelet Events
It’s extremely likely we’ll see growth in online bracelet events and small buy-in events on the 2020 WSOP schedule.

We Want to Hear From You About 2020 WSOP Schedule

For the past 15 years, we’ve been trying to make our World Series of Poker Guide better, more precise, more informative, and more interesting than before. That would not have been possible without your questions, suggestions, and comments.

Feel free to engage with us yet again in the comments section below. We’d love to hear your predictions and expectations regarding the 2020 WSOP schedule. If you have any interesting stories and experiences to share, please go for it.

4 thoughts on “Ultimate Guide to 2020 WSOP Schedule”

  1. Looking over this year’s tentative 2020 schedule, I’m wondering if they’ll keep any of the diversity of events that made the WSoP great over the years. . .
    Or is it simply going to be NLHE and Pot-Limit Omaha? So far, that’s sadly the majority of what’s offered.

    Reply
    • Thanks for the question, Joe. The final 2020 WSOP schedule, including the days that each event will take, has yet to be released. I’ll update the schedule as soon as I have it.

      That being said, last year’s Colossus lasted for 4 days. I think you’re pretty safe to assume that it will be 4 days again this year.

      Hope that helped a bit!

      Reply

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