What to expect from this year’s World Series of Poker

This year's World Series of Poker (WSOP) looks set to be one of the most exciting yet with more bracelets, variance and prize pools

The 51st annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) will take place in Las Vegas between May 26 and July 15 this year, with more than 8,500 entrants expected to enter the main event alone.

Last year marked the second largest main event in history, with 8,569 entrants paying $10,000 each for the chance to scoop the $10 million first prize and the illustrious bracelet.

Germany’s Hossein Ensan came away as the winner in 2019 with Italy’s Dario Sammartino coming in at second with a whopping $6 million prize.

Aside from the main event, more than 187,000 entrants from 118 different countries flocked to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to take part in the variety of tournaments.

High roller events

This year, the WSOP will host five no-limit hold’em high roller events – two of which with a $25,000 buy-in – with another two on a $50,000 buy-in and one for $100,000 on July 11.

There will also be a number of pot limit Omaha high roller events with buy-ins ranging from $25,000 to $50,000.

For ultra high net-worth individuals there will also be the prestigious super high roller event on on June 17, which will cost punters $250,000 to play.

WSOP online bracelets up for grabs

As well as the plethora of events going on in Las Vegas, online poker players will also get the chance to win a bracelet with the announcement that 14 online events will be added to the schedule.

The majority of the events have buy-ins ranging between $400 and $1,500, although there have been a few high rollers added with buy-ins at $3,200 and $10,000.

“We believe the 2020 offering of online gold bracelet events features our best schedule yet,” said WSOP.com’s Director of Online Poker, Danielle Barille.

More game types and variance

The game of poker has transformed dramatically over the past decade with more and more game types flooding the online and live market.

Aside from popular favourites, no-limit hold’em and pot-limit Omaha, the WSOP will host the seven card stud championship, the $1,500 HORSE tournament, no-limit 2-7 lowball draw and Razz as well as specific tournaments for seniors and women.

WSOP main event

This year’s main event will take place on Wednesday July 1 and will last for a total of 10 days in what is one of the most popular events in the global poker calendar.

The main event-buy in stands at $10,000 although there is a series of both online and live satellites from as low as $1, which typically see more of a casual field enter the tournament.

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