We are not even at the end of 2019 yet, but the 2020 World Series of Poker schedule is continuing to round into shape. Late last week, the WSOP announced another dozen events for next summer’s schedule, building upon the three that had been previously released.
I don’t qualify for any of these
Every one of the tournaments that have been confirmed have already been part of the World Series of Poker, so organizers were confident in setting their dates early. As expected, the $500 Casino Employees Event has been slotted at the top of the 2020 WSOP schedule, set for May 27th. It has been the leadoff event for every WSOP for years.
Three more “closed” events have also been finalized: Ladies No-Limit Hold’em, Seniors, and Super Seniors. They, along with the Casino Employees tournament, are called closed events because there are restrictions on who can enter, as opposed to the rest of the tourneys, which are open to anyone who is at least 21-years old and can pay the buy-in.
The Seniors event, open to players ages 50 and up, had already been announced. Newly confirmed are the Super Seniors, open to those at least 60-years old, and the Ladies event. Both the Seniors and Super Seniors have $1,000 buy-ins. The Ladies event is technically a $10,000 buy-in tournament, but women get a $9,000 discount. It is structured this way because Nevada regulations do not allow entry restrictions based on gender, but the WSOP wants to discourage men from entering the tournament.
I might be able to afford these
Two massive low buy-in events have been entered onto the schedule in ink: BIG 50 and the Colossus. The BIG 50 was one of the three already announced; it debuted this year. The $500 buy-in event will have four starting days, May 28th through May 31st. One re-entry is permitted per flight and the first buy-in is rake-free.
The Colossus has been held for a few years now. It costs just $400 to enter and has six starting flights, two each on three consecutive days from June 2nd through June 4th. Like the BIG 50, there is one re-entry per flight.
In my dreams
The 2020 WSOP Main event is scheduled to kickoff on July 1st. As usual, there three starting days. The survivors from Days 1A and 1B will return for their separate Day 2s on July 4th. Day 2C, always the largest of the second day flights, will be July 5th. All players remaining will be in a single field starting the next day. July 10th will conclude with the nine-handed final table determined. There will then be one day off before commencing with the final table, a three-day affair.
Other confirmed events include:
$1,500 Millionaire Maker
$1,500 Monster Stack
$1,000 Double Stack
$1,000 Tag Team
$888 Crazy Eights 8-Handed
$1000 Mini Main Event
$1,000 + $111 Little One for One Drop
$1,500 The Closer
The complete list of confirmed events for the 2020 World Series of Poker, including dates and starting times, can be found on the WSOP’s website.