The 2022 World Series of Poker will feature 88 bracelet events and a Tournament of Champions for all event winners when it returns to its original mid-year time slot this year.
WSOP owner Caesars Entertainment released the full schedule for the 2022 WSOP overnight, which will also see the world’s most prestigious annual poker series move from the Rio to a brand-new home at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas on the Las Vegas Strip.
The 2022 WSOP will kick off on Tuesday 31 May and conclude on Wednesday 20 July.
“This year is particularly historic for the WSOP with its move to the heart of the Las Vegas Strip and debut in the best facilities we’ve ever had,” said WSOP Executive Director, Ty Stewart.
“We’re ready to welcome players from all over the world to our housewarming party at Bally’s, soon-to-be Horseshoe, and Paris. The schedule is jam-packed with first-class events and we expect this to be the biggest and most anticipated WSOP yet.”
The Main Event, which attracted an impressive field of 6,650 entrants last year despite being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, will begin on Sunday 3 July 2022 and conclude with a final table running over two days on Friday 16 and Saturday 16 July.
The opening weekend of the series will also feature a US$500 buy-in event with a US$5 million guarantee, while other standout additions include:
- A new US$1,000 Buy-In Million Dollar Bounty: Running from 2 to 4 July, this event will include a mystery bounty of up to US$1 million that players draw for. Each player who knocks someone out receives both the player’s bounty plus an additional prize bounty.
- A new Tournament of Champions: The WSOP will culminate on 18 to 20 July with its first-ever Tournament of Champions, a US$1 million free roll tournament open to any of the 88 bracelet winners and gold ring winners from the 2022 WSOP Circuit season.
- US$100,000 High Roller Bounty No-Limit Hold’em : On 31 May this new high stakes offering will see players awarded a US$25,000 bounty for each player they eliminate.
- US$1,000 Buy-In Flip and Go: Presented by GG Poker on 12 June, 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.
According to the WSOP, the new Las Vegas Strip home for this year’s series will fit 600 poker tables with buy-ins ranging from a low of US$400 right up to US$250,000.
There will also be a major change to COVID-19 protocols with the WSOP no longer implementing a vaccination requirement. Based on current guidelines for the state of Nevada, masks will not be required either.