2020 WSOP Main Event to go ahead using unique online/offline format

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The World Series of Poker has announced that the WSOP Main Event will proceed in 2020, with a combined online/offline tournament that will culminate in a heads-up duel between a domestic US and an international champion.

The US$10,000 buy-in 2020 WSOP Main Event will be split into two online brackets, with US-based players in Nevada or New Jersey able to enter via WSOP.com and international players via GGPoker. Players based in Australia will be unable to access the event.

Each bracket will play down to nine players in the online format before two final tables are held in a live setting – the international table at King’s Casino in the Czech Republic on 15 December 2020 and the US table at the home of the WSOP, the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, on Monday 28 December 2020. As previously reported by PokerMedia Australia, the Rio will reopen after a nine-month closure on 22 December.

Subject to regulatory approval and potential travel restrictions, it is planned for the winner of each final table to then meet in a heads-up battle at the Rio on 30 December where a 2020 WSOP Main Event champion will be crowned, taking home an additional US$1 million in the process. 

According to an overnight announcement by the WSOP, the Main Event will remain as a “freeze-out” format with a single entry but also deep stacks and long levels consistent with the traditional WSOP Main Event.

“All in-person tournaments, domestic and international, will be subject to special COVID rules and procedures, the details of which will be published at a later date and will require players to undergo a required health screening prior to live participation,” it added.

Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the World Series of Poker, said, “There must be a World Champion in 2020.

“Poker’s history is too important.  It’s a unique format for the Main Event, but this is a unique year. We want to keep players’ health and safety top of mind and still deliver a great televised showcase for the game we love.”

US Domestic Tournament:

1Sunday 13 December 2020WSOP.com
2Monday 14 December 2020WSOP.com
Final tableMonday 28 December 2020Rio, Las Vegas

International Tournament:

1aSunday 29 November 2020GGPoker
1bSaturday 5 December 2020GGPoker
1cSunday 6 December 2020GGPoker
2Monday 7 December 2020GGPoker
Final tableTuesday 15 December 2020King’s Casino

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