The World Series Of Poker (WSOP) is returning to Las Vegas with a full schedule of live poker action taking place at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino. This year the event will begin on Thursday, Sept. 30. There will be non-stop poker through the event’s conclusion before the Thanksgiving holiday on Tuesday, Nov. 23. Online and in-person registration will open in August.
Last year, the WSOP was a hybrid event taking place mostly online. Players in the US had to participate online in New Jersey or Nevada. Most of the country was shut out from participating. That won’t be the case this year.
The world’s most famous poker tournament will take place mostly in person this fall instead of the summer. The change of schedule over the past couple of years is due to the coronavirus pandemic. It’s great to see the event returning to something that resembles the poker event so many people love.
“Make no mistake, the 2021 WSOP will be the real deal and we’re preparing for a full house. Throughout the storied history of the WSOP, this year will be particularly memorable and we’re preparing for a poker reunion all players can celebrate,” said Ty Stewart, the WSOP’s Executive Director residing over his 16th WSOP. “We’re beyond thrilled to offer a complete schedule of can’t-miss events including all our flagships and the variety players deserve.”
The $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em World Championship (AKA Main Event) eclipsed 8,000 entrants for only the second time in history in 2019. The most popular tournament at the WSOP – The Main Event – will have four starting flights to choose from:
 Day 1A on Thursday, Nov. 4
 Day 1B on Friday, Nov. 5
 Day 1C on Saturday, Nov. 6
 Day 1D on Sunday, Nov. 7.
There’s so much pent-up demand for gambling that this year could reach that 8,000 entry mark once again. The Main Event will continue to play through the Main Event Final Table on Tuesday, Nov. 16 and Wednesday, Nov. 17.

WSOP 2021 Highlights

The WSOP is bringing back some of its most popular poker tournaments. There are also some new events. Once again, WSOP will be anchored by low buy-in events on the weekends when most recreational and semi-pro poker players can participate.
One of the WSOP’s flagship No-Limit Hold’em events will take place each Friday and Saturday of the 2021 WSOP from Oct. 8 – Nov. 19. These events include The Millionaire Maker, Monster Stack, Double Stack, Colossus, and The Closer. All events will return with multi-million dollar prize pools and significant value.
Here are some more highlights:
Oct. 1: $500 “The Reunion” w/ $5,000,000 guaranteed prize pool. Players can choose from three starting flights on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Oct. 5: $25,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship: The WSOP’s annual heads-up championship buy-in is increasing to $25,000 and a cap of 64 players.
Oct. 10: $1,000 Flip and Go Presented by GG Poker: This popular online format will become a live event at WSOP 2021. Each player will be all in preflop on the first hand, dealt three cards, and selecting two. One player will win the table and immediately fast forward into the money. The tournament will then play out under a traditional structure.
Oct. 6, 13, 18, 21, and 24: “Old School Freezeouts Return”: The Main Event is no longer the only pure freezeout at the WSOP. Beginning Oct. 6, every popular buy-in level from $500 to $5,000 will offer a true freezeout.
Nov. 17: Poker Hall of Fame Bounty: In homage to the Poker Hall of Fame (PHOF) that started 1979, living Hall of Fame members will be invited to freeroll into the $1,979 No-Limit Hold’em tournament open to all players. Each participating player will have a bounty corresponding to the year they were inducted into the PHOF.
Nov. 19: Nosebleed PLO (Pot Limit Omaha): This is the WSOP’s highest-ever buy-in for a PLO tournament ($50,000 event 84) punctuates a prestigious High Roller series scheduled after the Main Event. There will also be $50,000, $100,000 and $250,000 No-Limit Hold’em events.
You can find the full list of WSOP 201 events here.


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