Good news for poker players across the globe — the World Series of Poker is finally returning to a live setting. On Tuesday, the WSOP revealed dates for the first live version of the annual festival in two years. It all gets underway on September 30th and runs through November 23rd, ending just before Thanksgiving.
All in all, 88 live events will be played this fall, hosted by the Rio All-Suit Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. With last year’s WSOP upended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is undoubtedly some pent-up demand to participate in poker’s most popular festival.
Ty Stewart, the WSOP Executive Director, is optimistic that the 2021 WSOP will be a big one.
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.
Highlights of the 2021 World Series of Poker schedule
As in years past, the WSOP will once again cater to a wide selection of players with all popular variations of poker represented. Buy-ins to this year’s events will range from $400 to $250,000.
Of course, the 2021 WSOP schedule would not be complete without the 2021 WSOP Main Event. That will kick off on November 4th with four Day 1 flights spanning from the 4th until November 7th. The WSOP Main Event final table will be held on November 16th and 17th.
There are a handful of special and events announced as part of the schedule released on Tuesday.
Friday and Saturdays will be the highlight the schedule throughout the WSOP with flagship events set for this day. The Millionaire Maker, Monster Stack, Double Stack, Colossus and the Closer will all be back for 2021 with huge multi-million prizes.
On October 5th, the $25,000 Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em Championship will be held with 64 of poker’s most elite players set to battle it out for the crown.
Other notable events throughout the series, include a $1,000 Flip and Go presented by GG Poker, with players going all-in preflop on each hand. The 2021 WSOP will also see the return of the Deuces to Seven Single Draw event. This year will also mark the largest-ever PLO tournament ($50,000 buy-in). Those who like the freezeout format of the WSOP Main Event will also be able to enter five other freezeouts on October 6th, 13th, 18th, 21st and 24th.
Poker Hall of Famers will be honored with entry into a freeroll on November 17 called the Poker Hall of Fame Bounty. Every player that plays the tournament will have a bounty on their head equal to the year they were inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame.
A full schedule of events can be found on the official 2021 WSOP page.
Don’t forget about the WSOP Online events
Although there are not any WSOP events scheduled in Las Vegas this summer there are still ways that you can win a bracelet through the WSOP Online schedule, which will run from July 1st to August 1st and will award 33 gold bracelets.
The online events will be held on WSOP.com in states where the online poker room is available, which is currently limited to primarily to Nevada and New Jersey. If you are outside of either of these states, you can visit either state to compete in any number of events.
Interested in going?
If you plan on being one of the thousands of poker players to descend upon Las Vegas this fall, you might want to start booking your trip. Players can now get reduced hotel room rates at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino by using the special booking code “WSOPM” to take advantage of rates as low as $47 per night.
Special rates are also available at other Las Vegas hotels and casinos including Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, Paris, Flamingos, Harrah’s, Bally’s and The Linq Hotel.