The 2022 World Series of Poker moves to the Las Vegas Strip this summer with 88 live bracelet events taking place at the Paris and the new Horseshoe (aka old Bally's). The 2022 WSOP begins May 31 and runs to July 20. The marquee Main Event begins July 3. There will not be a COVID-19 vaccination requirement this summer, so everyone is welcome.
Save the dates! The suits at WSOP HQ released the schedule for the 2022 installment of the World Series of Poker. For the first time in its history, the WSOP will be on the Las Vegas Strip after spending its first 35 years in downtown Vegas at the old Binion's Horseshoe and then moving to the Rio Casino for the next 17 years.
The Rio is no longer the location of the biggest poker tournament series in the world after the suits moved the WSOP to the convention space behind Paris and Bally's -- which is being rebranded as the Horseshoe. The 2022 WSOP enters a new era and will consist of 600 tables spread out in an area with 150,000 square feet.
"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 Ty Stewart, the head honcho at the WSOP. "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 2022 WSOP will have tournaments with buy-ins ranging from as low as $400 and as high as $250,000.
The 2022 WSOP Main Event still has its iconic $10,000 buy-in. The Main Event will begin during the Fourth of July holiday with Flight 1A beginning on July 3. The final table is scheduled on July 15 through 16.
The 2022 WSOP kicks off with The Housewarming, which is a modest $500 buy-in with $5 million in guaranteed prize pools. The 2021 WSOP returned to live action with the $500 Reunion, which attracted an eye-popping 12,973 runners. The suits hope they can attract similar numbers at their new destination on the Strip.
For the weekend warriors, the WSOP continues its branded events on Friday and Saturday. That means the triumphant return of the Millionaire Maker, Monster Stack, Colossus, and The Closer.
The 2022 WSOP features a new $100,000 High Roller Bounty with $25K set aside to the bounty pool. This high balla affair is one of the first events on the docket which takes place May 31.
Don't forget about the $25,000 Heads Up Championship, which is capped at 64 players.
The $1,000 Flip and Go by GGPoker returns as well on June 12, along with the $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame on July 10.
There's also new event this year called the Tournament of Champions. Everyone who wins a bracelet at the 2022 WSOP gets a freeroll into the WSOP TOC where $1 million is up for grabs. If you won a circuit event on the current season, you also lock up a seat in the WSOP TOC.
There will not be a vaccination requirement for the 2022 WSOP, so everyone can participate.
The WSOP also has a new broadcast partner with CBS Sports stepping in after a long-standing relationship with ESPN. Of course, there will be daily streams on PokerGO, but CBS Sports will air 18 bracelet events including the Main Event. CBS Sports will air 15 hours of 2022 Main Event coverage.
In case you were wondering, the suits also released dates for the 2022 WSOP Europe. The action returns to the King's Casino in Rozvadov in the Czech Republic starting October 12 through November 3.
Head over to the WSOP.com to check out the full schedule of 88 live events at the 2022 WSOP.