Get ready for the annual running of the donks at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. The hallways at the convention center sees its most carnage on the weekends when the WSOP caters to weekend warriors who fly into Sin City for a mini-holiday with the sole intent on winning bling so they have something to show off to their friends in their home game or to brag to your father-in-law who once final tabled a WPT event in Atlantic City back at the turn of the century but he won't shut up about it.
Hey, there was a time when the $1,500 buy-in at the WSOP was the lowest price point to secure a bracelet. Those $1,500 events were insanely popular with noobs, beginners, amateurs, and some pros who loved playing in big fields for a running of the donks.
That was back in the day when it seemed like there was a basic NL donkament every Friday. At least the folks at WSOP HQ added a little variety to the lineup this year. Sure, there's those branded events which are clever money grabs like the Milly Maker and the Closer.
Of course, I advise everyone to avoid the Razz tournament unless... 1) they are a sadist, 2) they play Razz frequently and have scars on their hands and knuckles from when they punched walls after brick-brick-brick-brick bad beats.
Seriously, though... with 25 events on the $1,500 menu, it's hard to miss the fact there's a lot of variety with 18 different events. We've come a long way in ten years. Hee-haw!
The first $1,500 event kicks off on May 28 with $1,500 Omaha 8. If you're under 40, you might be one of the younger players in the event not named Scott Clements. Get ready to peddle those nuts and tilt the old guys with A-3 scoops! And get ready for those "OK BOOMER!" retorts when they bitch and moan about you playing like a maniac.
Good to see mixed-games get some $1,500 love.
Low-level entry points are one of the best ways to get new players into other games. Sometimes you have to take your lumps in order to get better. That's why these lo-fi mixed-game events have lots of value because you clearly see plenty of players at the table that are seriously out of their element in some games.
The 8-Game Mix closes out the $1,500 price point. That will go down late into the series on July 12.
There will be a pair of $1,500 Bounty events with $500 bounties. There's a NL one on July 7 and a PLO one on July 8. These all start after the Main Event commences, so if you bust on Day 1 or Day 2 from the Main, then you'll have a chance to play in the $1,500 Bounty Donkament.
The WSOP is trying to be mysterious this year... hence the Mystery Bounty event.
And of course, plenty of lowball action. If you're a mid-stakes pro who is desperately seeking a bracelet, then there's your shot. Then again, it's filled with lowball sharks and bracelet hunters. The sharks hunt the hunters, while the noobs gets swallowed whole. So, start woodshedding lowball ASAP! There's a $1,500 buy-in NL 2-7 Single Draw on June 10, followed up by a $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw on June 12.
As always, more information can be found at the WSOP Ministry of Propaganda.
2020 WSOP - $1,500 EVENTS
- May 28Omaha Hi-Lo $1,500
- May 30Dealers Choice 6-Handed $1,500
- June 2 Seven Card Stud $1,500
- June 3 NL 6-Handed $1,500
- June 4 NL $1,500
- June 4 HORSE $1,500
- June 5-6 Millionaire Maker NL $1,500
- June 10NL 2-7 Single Draw $1,500
- June 11 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo $1,500
- June 12Limit 2-7 Triple Draw $1,500
- June 14PLO $1,500
- June 16 Razz $1,500
- June 17Shootout NL $1,500
- June 23 PLO Hi-Lo $1,500
- June 27Limit Hold'em $1,500
- June 28 Mystery Bounty NL $1,500
- July 7 Bounty NL ($500 Bounties) $1,500
- July 8 Bounty PLO ($500 Bounties) $1,500
- July 9 Fifty Stack NL $1,500
- July 9 Mixed NL/PLO $1,500
- July 10-11 Closer NL $1,500
- July 12 Eight-Game Mix $1,500