A live and in-person World Series of Poker is officially set to return in 2021!
WSOP organizers officially announced the dates for this year’s live series, which will be held from Sept. 30 – Nov. 23. The Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino will once again play host to the biggest tournament series the poker world has to offer, despite recent news that the venue will soon be rebranding.
The exact schedule of events has not yet been announced for the 2021 WSOP, but organizers said that the first weekend of the series, “…is expected to feature a special charity event to benefit frontline health workers, a $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. and a $5 million [guaranteed] No-Limit Hold’em event billed as ‘The Reunion.’”
The $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event that players know and love is currently planned with a kickoff date of Thursday, Nov. 4, with the event running through Wednesday, Nov. 17. There will be four starting flights this year, spanning from Nov. 4-7. The announcement describes the starting day breakdown, and how players from those flights will be broken up for day 2, in the following way: “Players participating on Thursday or Friday will have their Day 2 on Monday, Nov. 8 if they survive the first day with chips. Those selecting Saturday or Sunday for an opening flight will play their Day 2 on Tuesday, Nov. 9, with the fields combining on Wednesday, Nov. 10.”
“This year, more than ever, we embrace our role at the WSOP to deliver memorable experiences and bring this community of poker lovers back together. In 2021, the theme is, get vaccinated and get back to Vegas,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart.
According to the release, “specific COVID-19 safety protocols and other related 2021 tournament policies will be reviewed with gaming regulators in the lead-up to the event. The World Series of Poker will be compliant with all directives from the state of Nevada regarding social distancing and capacity limits on the tournament dates.”
More details about the full schedule are expected to be released by this summer.
While a live series is back in the cards this year, the success of the 2020 WSOP Online has led organizers to continue that new tradition in 2021. As with last year’s offering, the 2021 WSOP Online will offer a full slate of gold bracelet events throughout the summer. The events will be split between the International-facing GGPoker and the US-facing WSOP.com, which will hold the domestic tournaments on its All-American Poker Network beginning Thursday, July 1. That series will conclude with a $1,000 buy-in championship event. The full schedule for the WSOP Online domestic series is expected to be released on Apr. 15. The International schedule is expected soon after that.
In addition to the live WSOP in LAs Vegas and the online series in the summer, the WSOP Europe is also expected to return in 2021. The King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic is set to once again play host, with a 15-bracelet-event schedule that will run Friday, Nov. 19 through Tuesday, Dec. 8, subject to regulatory approval.
“We hope and anticipate travel restrictions will ease by the fall,” said Stewart. “It’s important to us that we have an excellent tournament schedule available to our European players.”
Expected highlights include the €10,000 buy-in WSOP Europe no-limit hold’em main event and a €50,000 buy-in high roller tournament.
Stay tuned to CardPlayer for up-to-date information on the full schedules for all of these WSOP series when that information is made public.