Boom! 101 bracelet events. 101 chances to slap a piece of bling and history around your wrist. Only the best of the best and luckiest of luckiest souls were able to secure one of the rarest prizes in poker... a World Series of Poker bracelet. It all comes down to the seven weeks at the Rio Casino every summer when players from all over the country and all over the world flock to Las Vegas for the specific goal of winning a mountain of cash and a shiny piece of jewelry to commemorate the occasion.
Bracelets are weird... unless you're a poker tournament player. Then it becomes one of the noble pursuits in the gambling world. It's Mt. Everest of gambling. It's like a gold medal in the Olympics for table jockeys and card slingers.
It's like the Running of the Bulls, expect your running with donks and a few sharks while trying not to step on a land mine and getting sniped by GTO-entrenched silent assassins in hoodies. You can play poker almost anytime, anywhere... but the WSOP is only hosted once a year in Las Vegas. The OG, real, old-school WSOP.
101 events. That's no joke. This year there will be 101 events loaded onto the schedule with 101 bracelets at stake.
Are you ready for the 51st installation of the greatest poker tournament series of the planet with the World Series of Poker returning to the Rio Casino despite rampant speculation it would be imploded to build a new baseball stadium. Yes, the Rio was sold but the casino will still stand for a while (with future plans still murky and up in the air). For now, the show must go on! And the 2020 World Series of Poker will play out at the Rio this summer with 101 pieces of bling up for grabs.
A couple of years ago, the WSOP schedule had been leaked on the app by accident and everyone got to see what the suits at the WSOP had in store for them. This year, they had the schedule under tight wrap. They also slowly teased the schedule a little bit at a time with events clustered together in groups.
First it was the return of the "branded" events, or something I call poker tournaments by committee with a catchy name or buzzword attached to the event. You know what I'm tossing shade at the corporatized, square-n-corny, money-printing, marketing-cheese'd-out events like the Milly Maker, Crazy Eights, Double Stack, Colossus, the Closer, the Marathon, et al.
The $10K Championship events are those special events that are pro's pro events. The best of the best in a particular format will be on display whether it's nearly extinct games like "Limit Hold'em" or some Lowball games. Those $10K Stud and Stud 8 tables are usually stacked.
For those low-rollers and beginners, the WSOP added a Value Menu list of affordable events under $1,000. Wow, back in my day the lowest buy-in point was $1,500. And now you have 25 chances to get a bling at bargain basement prices including the $400 Colossus Running of the Donks.
Then there's the High Rollers. The rich get richer as those juicy midstakes events disappeared and were replaced by lo-fi donkaments. There's also nine higher buy-in events for the High Roller crowd including a $100,000 High Roller and a $250,000 Super High Roller. The Heads-Up Championship also bumped up their buy-in to $25K this year.
A total of 14 online bracelet events are on the schedule this year with players in Nevada or New Jersey eligible. There's a special Online Super High Roller Championship for $10,000 and cheapo events with a $400 price tag.
And let's not forget about the 2020 WSOP Main Event. That's why we're all here, right? It's the jewel of the WSOP every summer... the $10,000 NL Championship. Last year, Germany's Hossien Ensan shipped an impressive sized-event (8,569 entries) for $10 million. Who will win it this year?
So, about those final eight events... they're a mixed bag of mid-tiered events that quite didn't fit into a specific category. Call it the mixed nuts, or trail mix, or solo sock drawer. Whatever you want to call it, the final eight events finalize the 2020 WSOP schedule. The final eight included $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw, $2,500 Big Bet, $3K HORSE, $3K 6-Max NL, $3K 6-Max Limit, $3K PLO 6-Max, $5K NL 6-Max, and $5K NL (8-Handed).
You can find a complete list here over at the WSOP Ministry of Propaganda.