The 2020 WSOP Schedule: Your Ultimate Guide
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.
|Tue, May 26||24/7||Cash games and satellites begin at the Rio in Las Vegas|
|Wed, May 27||11 A.M.||No-Limit Hold'em||$1,000||2||None|
|Wed, May 27||3 P.M.||Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em||$500||2||1|
|Thu, May 28||10 A.M.||BIG 50 (Flight A)||$500||5||1|
|Fri, May 29||BIG 50 (Flight B)||1|
|Sat, May 30||BIG 50 (Flight C)||1|
|Sun, May 31||BIG 50 (Flight D)||1|
|Thu, May 28||3 P.M.||Omaha Hi/Lo 8/b||$1,500||3||None|
|Fri, May 29||3 P.M.||No-Limit Hold'em (8-handed)||$25,000||3||1|
|Sat, May 30||3 P.M.||Dealers Choice (6-handed)||$1,500||3||1|
|Sun, May 31||3:30 P.M.||No-Limit Hold'em (Online)||$400||1||1|
|Sun, May 31||6 P.M.||No-Limit Hold'em (Heads-Up)||$25,000||3||None|
|Mon, June 1||11 A.M.||No-Limit Hold'em (Deep Stack)||$600||2||1|
|Mon, June 1||3 P.M.||Triple Draw Lowball||$2,500||3||1|
|Tue, June 2||11 A.M.||No-Limit Hold'em (Turbo Bounty)||$1,000||1||None|
|Tue, June 2||3 P.M.||7 Card Stud||$1,500||3||None|
|Wed, June 3||11 A.M.||No-Limit Hold'em (6-handed)||$1,500||3||1|
|Wed, June 3||3 P.M.||Omaha Hi/Lo 8/b||$10,000||4||None|
|Thu, June 4||11 A.M.||No-Limit Hold'em||$1,500||3||None|
|Thu, June 4||3 P.M.||H.O.R.S.E.||$1,500||3||None|
|Fri, June 5||10 A.M.||Millionaire Maker (Flight A)||$1,500||5||1|
|Sat, June 6||Millionaire Maker (Flight B)||1|
|Sat, June 6||3 P.M.||7 Card Stud||$10,000||3||None|
|Sun, June 7||11 A.M.||No-Limit Hold'em (40 Stack)||$1,000||2||1|
|Sun, June 7||3 P.M.||H.O.R.S.E.||$3,000||3||None|
|Sun, June 7||3:30 P.M.||Pot-Limit Omaha (Online, 7-handed)||$777||1||3|
|Mon, June 8||11 A.M.||Pot-Limit Omaha (Deep Stack, 8-handed)||$600||2||1|
|Mon, June 8||3 P.M.||No-Limit Hold'em (Short Deck)||$10,000||3||1|
|Tue, June 9||11 A.M.||No-Limit Hold'em (Turbo Bounty)||$1,500||1||None|
|Tue, June 9||3 P.M.||H.O.R.S.E.||$10,000||4||None|
|Tue, June 9||3:30 P.M.||No-Limit Hold'em (Online, Deep Stack)||$800||1||None|
|Wed, June 10||11 A.M.||Pot-Limit Omaha (8-handed)||$1,000||3||1|
|Wed, June 10||3 P.M.||No-Limit 2-7 Lowball||$1,500||3||1|
|Thu, June 11||11 A.M.||No-Limit Hold'em||$2,500||3||None|
|Thu, June 11||3 P.M.||7 Card Stud Hi/Lo 8/b||$1,500||3||None|
|Fri, June 12||10 A.M.||Monster Stack (Flight A)||$1,500||5||None|
|Sat, June 13||Monster Stack (Flight B)|
|Fri, June 12||2 P.M.||No-Limit Hold'em (Turbo Bounty)||$10,000||2||None|
|Fri, June 12||3 P.M.||Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball||$1,500||3||1|
|Sat, June 13||3 P.M.||Dealers Choice (6-Handed)||$10,000||3||None|
|Sun, June 14||11 A.M.||No-Limit Hold'em (Deep Stack)||$800||2||1|
|Sun, June 14||3 P.M.||Pot-Limit Omaha (8-handed)||$1,500||3||1|
|Sun, June 14||3:30 P.M.||No-Limit Hold'em (Online, Turbo, Deep Stack, 8-handed)||$500||1||1|
|Mon, June 15||11 A.M.||No-Limit Hold'em||$500||2||None|
|Mon, June 15||3 P.M.||No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball||$10,000||3||1|
|Tue, June 16||11 A.M.||No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha (8-handed)||$600||2||1|
|Tue, June 16||3 P.M.||Razz||$1,500||3||None|
|Wed, June 17||11 A.M.||Ladies No-Limit Hold'em||$1,000||3||1|
|Wed, June 17||Noon||No-Limit Hold'em (Shootout)||$1,500||3||None|
|Wed, June 17||3 P.M.||Pot-Limit Omaha (8-handed)||$25,000||4||1|
|Thu, June 18||10 A.M.||Seniors No-Limit Hold'em (50+)||$1,000||4||1|
|Thu, June 18||1 P.M.||No-Limit Hold'em||$3,000||3||None|
|Thu, June 18||3 P.M.||Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball||$10,000||3||None|
|Fri, June 19||10 A.M.||Double Stack (Flight A)||$1,000||5||1|
|Sat, June 20||Double Stack (Flight B)||1|
|Fri, June 19||3 P.M.||9-Game Mix||$2,500||3||1|
|Sat, June 20||3 P.M.||Pot-Limit Omaha||$10,000||4||None|
|Sun, June 21||11 A.M.||No-Limit Hold'em (Deep Stack, 8-handed)||$800||2||1|
|Sun, June 21||3 P.M.||No-Limit Hold'em (8-handed)||$5,000||3||None|
|Sun, June 21||3:30 P.M.||No-Limit Hold'em (Online)||$500||1||None|
|Mon, June 22||10 A.M.||Super Seniors No-Limit Hold'em (60+)||$1,000||3||1|
|Mon, June 22||2 P.M.||Tag Team No-Limit Hold'em||$1,000||3||None|
|Mon, June 22||3 P.M.||Poker Players Championship||$50,000||5||None|
|Tue, June 23||11 A.M.||No-Limit Hold'em (Deep Stack)||$600||2||1|
|Tue, June 23||3 P.M.||Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo 8/b (8-handed)||$1,500||3||1|
|Wed, June 24||10 A.M.||Colossus (Flight A)||$400||4||1|
|Thu, June 25||Colossus (Flight B)||1|
|Wed, June 24||3 P.M.||Razz||$10,000||3||None|
|Thu, June 25||3 P.M.||No-Limit Hold'em (6-handed)||$5,000||4||1|
|Fri, June 26||10 A.M.||Crazy Eights (8-handed) Flight A||$888||5||1|
|Sat, June 27||5 P.M.||Crazy Eights (8-handed) Flight B||1|
|Fri, June 26||3 P.M.||Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo 8/b||$10,000||4||None|
|Sat, June 27||Noon||No-Limit Hold'em||$250,000||3||1|
|Sat, June 27||3 P.M.||Limit Hold'em||$1,500||3||None|
|Sun, June 28||11 A.M.||No-Limit Hold'em (Mystery Bounty)||$1,500||2||None|
|Sun, June 28||3 P.M.||7 Card Stud Hi/Lo 8/b||$10,000||3||None|
|Sun, June 28||3:30 P.M.||No-Limit Hold'em (Online)||$1,000||1||1|
|Mon, June 29||11 A.M.||Mini Main Event||$1,000||3||None|
|Mon, June 29||3 P.M.||No-Limit Hold'em (6-handed)||$10,000||3||None|
|Mon, June 29||3:30 P.M.||No-Limit Hold'em (Online)||$500||1||1|
|Tue, June 30||11 A.M.||No-Limit Hold'em (Salute to Warriors)||$500||3||1|
|Tue, June 30||3 P.M.||Limit Hold'em||$10,000||3||None|
|Tue, June 30||3:30 P.M.||No-Limit Hold'em (Online, 8-handed)||$1,500||1||1|
|Wed, July 1||11 A.M.||No-Limit Hold'em Main Event (Flight A)||$10,000||10||None|
|Thu, July 2||No-Limit Hold'em Main Event (Flight B)||None|
|Fri, July 3||No-Limit Hold'em Main Event (Flight C)||None|
|Wed, July 1||3:30 P.M.||No-Limit Hold'em (Online, 8-handed)||$3,200||1||TBD|
|Thu, July 2||Noon||No-Limit Hold'em (Online)||$10,000||1||None|
|Fri, July 3||3:30 P.M.||No-Limit Hold'em (Online)||$400||1||1|
|Sat, July 4||Noon||Little One for One Drop (Flight A)||$1,111||5||Unlimited|
|Sun, July 5||Little One for One Drop (Flight B)||Unlimited|
|Mon, July 6||Little One for One Drop (Flight C)||Unlimited|
|Sat, July 4||3:30 P.M.||No-Limit Hold'em (Online, Turbo, Deep Stack)||$500||1||1|
|Sun, July 5||3 P.M.||Limit Hold'em (6-handed)||$3,000||3||None|
|Sun, July 5||3:30 P.M.||No-Limit Hold'em (Online, 6-handed)||$600||1||1|
|Mon, July 6||6 P.M.||No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha (8-handed)||$5,000||2||1|
|Tue, July 7||Noon||No-Limit Hold'em (Bounty)||$1,500||3||None|
|Tue, July 7||3 P.M.||Pot-Limit Omaha||$50,000||3||1|
|Wed, July 8||Noon||Pot-Limit Omaha (Bounty)||$1,500||3||1|
|Wed, July 8||3 P.M.||No-Limit Hold'em (6-handed)||$3,000||2||1|
|Thu, July 9||Noon||No-Limit Hold'em (50 Stack)||$1,500||2||1|
|Thu, July 9||3 P.M.||No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha (8-handed)||$1,500||3||1|
|Thu, July 9||6 P.M.||No-Limit Hold'em||$50,000||3||1|
|Fri, July 10||12 P.M.||The Closer (Flight A)||$1,500||2||1|
|Sat, July 11||The Closer (Flight B)||1|
|Fri, July 10||3 P.M.||Pot-Limit Omaha (6-handed)||$3,000||4||1|
|Sat, July 11||3 P.M.||No-Limit Hold'em||$100,000||3||1|
|Sun, July 12||11 A.M.||No-Limit Hold'em (Deep Stack)||$800||2||1|
|Sun, July 12||3 P.M.||8-Game Mix (6-handed)||$1,500||3||1|
|Sun, July 12||3:30 P.M.||No-Limit Hold'em (Online)||$500||1||1|
|Mon, July 13||11 A.M.||No-Limit Hold'em (Turbo)||$1,000||1||1|
|Mon, July 13||3 P.M.||Mixed Big Bet||$2,500||3||1|
|Tue, July 14||3 P.M.||No-Limit Hold'em (8-handed)||$5,000||2||1|
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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.
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.
✅ 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.
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.
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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.
Fun Stats from Last Year’s World Series of Poker
Total WSOP players
Total prizes for bracelet winners
WSOP Main Event players
WSOP Main Event 1st prize
Main Event prize pool
Key Events at 2020 WSOP
The Main Event
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.
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.
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
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.
Event 83: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller is underway with 9 entries.
Registration and one re-entry available until the start of Day 2 – 1pm on Friday.
— WSOP (@WSOP) July 11, 2019
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
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.
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 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.
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.
— WSOP (@WSOP) April 17, 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We Want to Hear From You About 2020 WSOP Schedule
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Dusan is a writing and online gaming enthusiast with wide-ranging experience in both. Dusan joined the Beat The Fish team in 2019, contributing numerous gaming reviews and breaking news stories. In his free time, Dusan enjoys playing a round of Texas Hold’em or researching the nuances of the casino market.