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WSOP 2020

WSOP 2020: Everything You Need to Know

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WSOP 2020: Everything You Need to Know.

You likely fall into one of the following categories when it comes to the WSOP (World Series of Poker).

  • One, you’ve heard of it, you dream of playing in it, but you can’t afford it.
  • Two, you have played in a few events and found it to be exhilarating but highly competitive.
  • Three, you play in it all the time and ask yourself what you’re doing with your life. At the same time, you love it.
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And there is one more category, which is a relatively new one. It’s the former WSOP and WSOPC (World Series of Poker Circuit) players that now despise the WSOPC because of high rake. These players now prefer other tournament series that offer better structures.

Whatever the case may be, I’m here to inform you of many things related to the WSOP and WSOPC. For the WSOP, the information provided will relate to the Series at the Rio in Las Vegas in summer 2020. For the WSOPC, it’s already halfway through the season, but that’s okay. You can still jump in (if you want) and grab a spot in the Top 50 to make the Global Championship, which has a $1 Million Guarantee. Writing those words is difficult for me, and I will explain why.

WSOP 2020 Value Menu Event Schedule Solidified

I haven’t written one of these articles in a while, so if you’re new to them, I include a lot of my own experiences. I don’t just list facts. That would be boring. I don’t like boring. So, please allow me this opportunity to vent for a moment.

Free Main Event

I have been offered a free Main Event seat at an undisclosed location with a $1 Million Guarantee and I can’t go due to a prior commitment. I would also have a free room in a Five-Star hotel. Most people would say, “Screw the prior commitment, I’m in!” I get it, but I don’t operate that way. Rescheduling the dates for Vegas Daily was bad enough, and that was due to a family member suffering a heart attack (they’re fine now).

If I went to the $1 Million Guarantee, I’d be letting people down, and there is no guarantee I would win anyway. I would essentially be choosing money over reliability. I would rather offer the latter to those who are close to me (very few people). Here’s where I’m going.

Please let me know if you think I’m making the correct decision. It’s not going to change my mind. I just want to know how you view it. On one hand, people battle all year and spend thousands of dollars to get a seat to the Global Championship in August, which has a $1 Million Guarantee. I have been handed a free seat to a $1 Million Guarantee at another location and I’m declining.

Am I nuts? Yes. That said, you have to make difficult decisions in life, and I think I’m taking the correct path. I’m definitely interested in opinions on this matter. And, no, there is no way I can do both. It’s logistically impossible.

Now let’s get to everything you need to know about WSOP 2020, including the WSOP Main Event. When I write WSOP, it refers to the summer series in Las Vegas. When I write WSOPC, it refers to the Circuit. We’ll begin with the summer.

WSOP Summer 2020

WSOP 2020 Events will take place May 26-July 15. You can only win a WSOP Bracelet at one of these events (you win a WSOPC ring at Circuit events). Once again, in 2020 the WSOP will be held at Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino. More on that property below. For now, I’m going to be blunt. It’s a large space for poker, and the WSOP side is great, but players hate the property otherwise.

This primarily relates to the employees. It’s very clear that the employees here hate poker players and view us as the scum of the earth. The pool staff is an exception. They seem to be friendly. I have stayed at the Rio for one week for many consecutive summers now, and this is based on what I have experienced. Many others would agree. Fortunately, when you’re in the WSOP section, it’s all good!

Before we get to this year’s big WSOP tournaments and WSOP Buy In information, let’s take a look at momentum. Last summer, the WSOP had a record number of entries across all events: 187,298. This also led to a record number for payouts: $293,183,345. The average prize pool last summer: $3,257,592.

Barring any unforeseen events, this year should break records once again. Therefore, you might want to consider playing. I have no association with the WSOP. I just believe that even if you lose, you’re paying for the experience. Even off the felt, the summer in Las Vegas is known as Summer Camp for poker players. Who the hell wouldn’t want to go to an adult summer camp? Do what you want with it. I just play poker and walk around The Strip, but many take it further. Feel free to use your imagination.

Popular WSOP Events

I promise that we’ll get to this year’s events, but I’m going to keep you in suspense a bit longer. Let’s first take a look at last year’s attendance numbers for the more popular events…

  • Big 50: 28,371
  • Deepstack NLHE: 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: 5,521
  • Main Event: 8,569
  • Little One For The Drop: 6,248

Biggest Poker Tournaments at the 2020 WSOP

How nostalgic. But, honestly, you probably don’t give a shit. You want to know what’s around the corner. Why? Because you can’t make money in the future off last year’s events. Therefore, let’s take a look at this year’s biggest poker tournaments at the WSOP.

Event: Casino Employees
Date: 5/27
Starting Time: 3 p.m.
Buy-In: $500
Starting Stack: 25k
Blind Levels: 40 min.
Re-Entry: 1

Event: Big 50
Date: 5/28-5/31
Starting Time: 10 a.m.
Buy-In: $500
Starting Stack: 50k
Blind Levels: 50 min.
Re-Entry: 1/flight

Event: Millionaire Maker
Date: 6/5-6/6
Starting Time: 10 a.m.
Buy-In: $1,500
Starting Stack: 25k
Blind Levels: 60 min.
Re-Entry: 1/flight

Event: Monster Stack
Date: 6/12-6/13
Starting Time: 10 a.m.
Buy-In: $1,500
Starting Stack: 50k
Blind Levels: 60 min.
Re-Entry: Freezeout

Event: Ladies NLHE
Date: 6/17
Starting Time: 11 a.m.
Buy-In: $10k/$1k
Starting Stack: 20k
Blind Levels: 60 min.
Re-Entry: 1

Event: Seniors 50+
Date: 6/18
Starting Time: 10 a.m.
Buy-In: $1k
Starting Stack: 20k
Blind Levels: 60 min.
Re-Entry: 1

Event: Double Stack
Date: 6/19-6/20
Starting Time: 10 a.m.
Buy-In: $1k
Starting Stack: 40k
Blind Levels: 10 a.m.
Re-Entry: 1/flights

Event: Super Seniors 60+
Date: 6/22
Starting Time: 10 a.m.
Buy-In: $1k
Starting Stack: 20k
Blind Levels: 60 min.
Re-Entry: 1/flight

Event: Tag Team
Date: 6/22
Starting Time: 2 p.m.
Buy-In: $1k/team
Starting Stack: 20k
Blind Levels: 60 min.
Re-Entry: Freezeout

Event: Colossus
Date: 6/24-6/25
Starting Time: 10 a.m.
Buy-In: $400
Starting Stack: 40k
Blind Levels: 40 min.
Re-Entry: 1/flight

Event: Crazy Eights
Date: 6/26-6/27
Starting Time: 10 a.m./5 p.m.
Buy-In: $888
Starting Stack: 40k
Blind Levels: 30 min./40 min.
Re-Entry: 1/flight

Event: Mini-Main
Date: 6/29
Starting Time: 11 a.m.
Buy-In: $1k
Starting Stack: 60k
Blind Levels: 30 min.
Re-Entry: Freezeout

Event: WSOP Main Event
Date: 7/1-7/3
Starting Time: 11 a.m.
Buy-In: $10k
Starting Stack: 60k
Blind Levels: 120 min.
Re-Entry: Freezeout

Event: Little One For The Drop
Date: 7/4-7/6
Starting Time: 12 p.m.
Buy-In: $1k + $111
Starting Stack: 40k
Blind Levels: 60 min.
Re-Entry: Unlimited

Event: The Closer
Date: 7/10-7/11
Starting Time: 12 p.m.
Buy-In: $1,500
Starting Stack: 25k
Blind Levels: 30 min.
Re-Entry: 12 p.m.

Cool stuff! Only one problem. You can’t do anything about it until the summer. That being the case, let’s take a look at the WSOPC.

WSOP Circuit

The WSOPC launched their season immediately following the end of the WSOP last summer. The first Circuit stop was Choctaw, which began on 7/17/19. I have played at many WSOPC venues and Choctaw is one of the nicer ones. It’s a massive property and you will likely enjoy it.

The only negative is that it’s in the middle of nowhere. You won’t have the option of fishing or hiking, like you would at a stop like Cherokee. But there is little reason to leave the casino property anyway. I only went to the local Anytime Fitness and a gas station. Otherwise, I stayed on the property the entire week, and that was in January without the pool.

The WSOPC has 35 stops. The level of competition depends on the stop. For example, you’re going to find better competition at the Hard Rock in Tampa than you will find at the IP in Biloxi. No matter where you go, you will find Circuit grinders, who are looking to accumulate points to qualify for the Global Poker Championship. The Top 50 in points qualify for the event, as does anyone who wins a WSOPC Main Event.

The WSOPC Point Model is below…

Main Event
1st: Automatic Entry to Global Poker Championship
2nd: 50 points
3rd: 45 points
4th: 40 points
5th: 37.5 points
6th: 35 points
7th: 30 points
8th: 27.5 points
9th: 25 points
Remaining: 20% In The Money: 20 points
30% In The Money: 10 points
50% In The Money: 5 points

All Other Ring Events
1st: 50 points
2nd: 37.5 points
3rd: 30 points
4th: 27.5 points
5th: 25 points
6th: 22.5 points
7th: 20 points
8th: 17.5 points
9th: 15 points
Remaining: 20% In Money: 10 points
30% In Money: 5 points
50% In Money: 2.5 points

Rio Sold, But No Change For You

For those of you who don’t know, the Rio has been sold to Imperial Companies. This is a Real Estate, Investment, and Development Management Company. The sale price was $516 million, but Caesars (which also has been sold) will continue to operate the Rio for at least two years while paying rent. Caesars will also have the option of paying rent for a third year. The Caesars Rewards program will remain in place. In short, this has no impact on anything for at least two years, including poker games. Expect everything to be the same during that time period.

Future of the WSOP

Many people are asking about the future of the WSOP. They are asking this because of increased competition, but it really comes down to WSOP vs. WSOPC. For the WSOP in Vegas in the summer, there is no real competition. A few other tourney series are stealing some market share, and they offer better structures, but most people aren’t aware of those events.

Even if they were aware of those events, they want the limelight. In other words, the WSOP in Las Vegas in the summer should continue to grow. Also remember that the WSOP has value menu events daily, such as Deepstacks and Sit & Gos.

Ironically, if The Dark Side of the Felt (movie) is a hit, it could increase poker traffic, which would primarily go the WSOP. This is ironic because I would driving traffic to my competition. Then again, maybe some newbies will want to come play poker with me at APAT (this is a hint that we’re working on a venue in Vegas). I honestly have no clue.

Maybe it won’t matter because we have decided not to compete with WSOP’s bigger events. We plan/hope to have our events during the WSOP, but between the bigger events. This way, people can play both. Since I’m writing about it, with the APAT tour, we will have all freezeouts: NLHE & PLO.

Future of the WSOPC

Enough of that for now. As far as WSOPC goes, I have seen a pattern. At a place like Cherokee, where the WSOPC has been operating for years, traffic is slowly going down. Part of this might be because Cherokee is expensive. Players are cutting costs. When you have to pay a high rake, for Red Bull and alcohol, and $19 for one order of Chicken Lo-Mein at the Noodle Bar, it all adds up.

On the other hand, the WSOPC is wise to add a stop like the Hard Rock in Tampa, where excitement from locals is very high. So, to say whether the WSOPC is going up or down isn’t fair. It really depends on the location.

My advice. If you choose to play in WSOPC events, it goes beyond traditional poker strategy. You need to pick your spots with what poker tournaments fit your style of play best, and you need to determine when you want to buy-in, which should be based on how many bullets you’re willing to fire.

I’m sure many people will disagree with the following, but in my defense, I’m out there in the trenches. I can tell you I have learned many valuable lessons. One, don’t play every event. Two, don’t play every day. Three, play the Nightly tournaments!

This is where you can defeat weaker competition and lock up your bankroll for the entire trip. People wonder why I play Nightly tournaments. It’s because it’s where I make my money for buy-ins to bigger events. I know the rake is higher, but it’s still worth it because there is such an enormous difference in the level of competition.

Final Thoughts

Nothing about poker is black and white. A lot of people want to say that the WSOP and WSOPC is great or terrible, but like everything else in poker, it depends. You just need to know how to adapt to the situation.

♠ pokerjournal.org / Tyler Nals

Q: How does the WSOP work?

A: WSOP is a series of poker tournaments that anyone that has the money can play in. There are many different poker tournaments you can choose to play. In 2020, it will take place in Las Vegas at the Rio Hotel and Casino from late May to mid July.

Q: What is the entry fee for the WSOP (World Series of Poker)?

A: The Main Event has a $10k buy-in, but there are a lot of events, most events range from $500 – $2500 buy-in.

Q: What is the WSOP Circuit?

A: The WSOPC is a poker series of 35 stops that travels around the country and ends in Las Vegas for the WSOP.

Q: Can anyone play in the WSOP?

A: Yes. Anyone over 21 can play in the WSOP. You can play one event or all the events or just the Main Event, as long as you have the money for a buy-in, you’re good to go.