It’s time to get ready for the summer! The 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP) will take place from Tuesday, May 26 through Wednesday, July 15. The world’s largest poker tournament will once again take place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The most well-known event at WSOP, the Main Event, will take place from July 1-14.
The WSOP is still a big deal for poker players. This continues to be the largest, richest and most prestigious gaming event in the world. The tournament has awarded more than $3.29 billion in prize money over the years. WSOP has a comprehensive slate of tournaments in every major poker variation. The WSOP is poker’s longest-running tournament in the world, dating back to 1970.
“We can’t wait to open our doors for the 2020 World Series of Poker,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “Summer can’t come fast enough, and we look forward to welcoming poker players from all over the globe back to the Rio in Las Vegas to award gold bracelets and hundreds of millions of dollars.”
The first bracelet events will start on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The opening weekend signature event will be the $500 buy-in, 50-minute levels record-setting BIG 50 No-Limit Hold’em.
The $10,000 buy-in Main Event Championship will have three starting flights, on Wednesday, July 1, Thursday, July 2 and Friday, July 3. Players who compete on July 1 or 2, will return on July 4 to play their Day 2 if they survive their opening flight with chips. Those that begin on July 3, have July 4 off and return for their Day 2 on Sunday, July 5.
The different groups participating in the Main Event will combine for the first time on Monday, July 6 for Day 3 play. The Main Event will continue through Friday, July 10, which is when the final table is expected to be reached. An off day is planned for July 11, with the Main Event final table televised on ESPN/ESPN2 July 12-14.
The third event the WSOP is currently confirming for 2020 is the popular Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship. This $1,000 buy-in, single re-entry tournament will take place Thursday, June 18 at 10 am and is open to those age 50 and up. The final table of this event is expected to take place on Sunday, June 21.
Buy-ins for WSOP tournaments at the Rio in 2020 will start as low as $75.
Single table satellites and all your favorite live poker games: low, medium and high limit will begin on May 26 and run 24 hours a day throughout the seven-week series taking place in the spacious Rio Convention Center for the 16th consecutive year.
Visit wsop.com for more information on the 2020 WSOP.
WSOP And The Rio
The 51st WSOP will take place on 51 consecutive days. The 2020 WSOP will be the 16th year the poker tournament will take place at the Rio. This could be the last time the WSOP takes place at the Rio.
Caesars Entertainment is currently in the process of merging with Eldorado Resorts and the company hasn’t said if the WSOP will return to Rio in the future. Additionally, Caesars sold the Rio and has a lease to operate the casino for two or three years (The lease is two years but could be extended another year if the landlord chooses).
Caesars will retain WSOP after the merger but there could be a new location for the most prestigious poker tournament in the world.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.