WSOP confirms 2021 schedule with 88 bracelet events on offer

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The World Series of Poker has released the full event schedule for its long-awaited return to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, with 88 gold bracelet events to take place between 30 September and 23 November 2021.

More than two years since the poker world last converged on Las Vegas for the WSOP – which held an online series plus a hybrid live/online main event in its place last year due to COVID-19 – this year’s series will feature buy-ins ranging from US$400 to US$250,000. 

The main event itself will run from Thursday 4 November to Wednesday 17 November and feature four Day 1 flights.

Although there will likely be fewer international players present this year than in series past, WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart said, “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.” 

Among the array of standout new and returning events are:

US$500 “The Reunion” w/ US$5,000,000 GTD prize pool: Requiring more than 10,000 entries to hit its guarantee, “The Reunion” will feature three starting flights in a re-entry format.   

Return of the Record Breakers: Each Friday and Saturday of the 2021 WSOP will see one of the WSOP’s flagship No-Limit Hold’em events held, among them the Millionaire Maker, Monster Stack, Double Stack, Colossus and The Closer.

US$25,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship: The WSOP’s annual heads up championship will feature an increased US$25,000 buy-in and a cap of 64 players.

US$1,000 Flip and Go Presented by GG Poker: 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, where the tournament will then play out under a traditional structure. 

Old School Freezeouts: Beginning 6 October, every popular buy-in level from US$500 to US$5,000 will offer a true freezeout format

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.

Nosebleed PLO: The WSOP’s highest-ever buy-in for a PLO tournament at US$50,000 punctuates a prestigious High Roller series scheduled after the Main Event, which also includes US$50,000, US$100,000 and US$250,000 No-Limit Hold’em events. 

The 2019 WSOP set new records for most series tournament entries with 187,298 and combined prize pools at US$293,183,345, while the main event was the second largest in history with 8,569 players starters.

Click here for the full 2021 schedule.

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