Friday December 20, 2019 at 4:06 pm

The 2020 World Series of Poker returns to the Rio Casino in Las Vegas for the 51st version of the historic annual poker tournament. The suits at the WSOP dropped a "save the date(s)" announcement last week. And his week, they released the dates about a key weekend and a total of a dozen event names and dates.

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The 2020 WSOP begins on May 26, 2020 and concludes on July 15, 2020. WSOP HQ released the official dates for the Main Event, Seniors, and the Big 50 last week. Now they also have specific dates for the Super Seniors, Ladies, and Casino Employees.

The suits at the WSOP also officially recognized the return of their branded events, which let's face it, are the bread and butter of the WSOP money-minting scheme. Those branded events include the triumphant and lucrative return of the Milly Maker, Monster Stack, Tag Team, Colossus, Double Stack, Mini Main Event, Crazy Eights, Little One for One Drop, and The Closer.

The Casino Employees event is a "closed" bracelet event that is only open to casino employees. Over the years that definition has grown murkier, which is sort of a shame because it was originally intended to reward dealers and floor staff and other type of execs a chance to play for cash and bling. The 2020 Casino Employees Event has a modest price tag worth $500 and is typically Event #1 on the schedule and it takes place on May 27, 2020.

If I had one Christmas wish, it would be for the WSOP to add cash to that prize pool to recognize the hard work of so many industry types. It would be a nice gesture too to let the masses know that the super rich folks at the top of the pyramid are spreading the wealth with the masses instead of the usual exploitation of the proletariat.

The Big 50 will have four opening flights starting on May 28 and running through May 31. But you already know this! The Big 50, which debut last year for the anniversary of the WSOP, will also have a $500 buy-in.

The Milly Maker, aka the Millionaire Maker, is a re-entry event with a $1,500 buy-in and it starts on June 5 with an additional flight on June 6.

The Monster Stack has a $1,500 price tag with 50K starting stacks. The Monster Stack is a freezeout, which kicks off on June 12 and June 13.

The Ladies No-Limit Championship is $1,000 to women and $10,000 to dudes who think they're being funny by entering an event that is supposed to promote and celebrate women in poker. The Ladies Championship will take place on June 17.

The Seniors will take place on June 18, which is open to players 50 and older. The buy-in is $1,000. The Super Seniors takes place on June 22, which is open to players 60+ and older. That also has a $1,000 buy-in.

The Tag Team begins on June 22, which has a $1,000 price tag per team and it's a freezeout.

The annual Colossus Running of the Donks has a $400 buy-in for this re-entry event that will take place with opening flights on June 24 and June 25.

Crazy Eights is a 8-handed event with a $888 buy-in and that takes place on June 26 and June 27.

The Mini Main Event has a $1,000 buy-in. It's a freezeout that takes place June 29. The Main Event has four opening flights beginning on July 1. It's also a freezeout with a $10K buy-in.

This year there will be a Little One for One Drop, which has a $1111 buy-in and kicks off on July 4.

The Closer closes out the 2020 WSOP on July 10, which has a $1,500 buy-in and will be a re-entry event for players seeking one last chance at a bracelet.

Stay tuned for more details and a complete 2020 WSOP schedule.

According to the WSOP Ministry of Propaganda and Statistics, "The 2019 WSOP featured huge field sizes once again in signature events, with the Main Event (8,569), Big 50 (28,371), Deepstack No-Limit Hold'em (6,150), Millionaire Maker (8,809), Double Stack (6,214), Monster Stack (6,035), Crazy Eights (10,185), Seniors Championship (5,916), Colossus (13,109), Deepstack Championship (6,140), Mini Main Event (5,521) and Little One for One Drop (6,248) all exceeding 5,000 entrants each and combining to attract a staggering 111,267 entries. All these signature events are expected to return in 2020."

By the way, you can register for events online starting in late March/early April. Stay tuned for those details, which will be released sometime in the first months of the new calendar year.

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