After a two-year hiatus, the WSOP is finally returning to Las Vegas. On the evening of June 15, the organizers published the full schedule of the series, so in today’s article on Pokeroff we’ll see what’s new and how the community reacted to it.
WSOP 2021 Las Vegas Schedule – What’s New?
This year’s World Series will take place from September 30 to November 23 at the familiar location of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. There will be tournaments for almost all possible games like NLHE / LHE, PLO / PLO8, Short Deck, as well as various variants of limit and mixed games like HORSE and 9-Game Mix.
Globally speaking, there will be a lot of new products. Let’s list what we managed to notice in the schedule.
• 88 tournaments are a lot… For comparison, in 2019, the series held a record 74 tournaments. This time, almost any “special” tournament of the past years will certainly be here: Tag team (command), Ladies Event (entrance for girls is $ 1000, for men it is 10 times more expensive), Seniors и Super Seniors Event (for players 50+ and 60+, respectively), Casino Employees (only for employees), COLOSSUS (the most accessible tournament for $ 400), MILLIONAIRE MAKER (tournament for $ 1500 with a guarantee of $ 1M to the winner), as well as a whole layer of expensive events in the category Championship (for almost every game like NLHE / LHE / PLO / Stud and so on).
The organizers commented on a large number of announced events as follows:
Rest assured the WSOP 2021 is going to be awesome and we are gearing up for a full house. In the rich history of the WSOP, this stage will be especially remembered for you.
• Tournament The Reunion with a $ 5M guarantee… An unheard-of generosity from the organizers – to put up a tournament with a $ 500 buy-in and a high guarantee, and at the very beginning of the series. In essence, this will be the second COLOSSUS, and it hasn’t gone anywhere either, it’s just been moved to the middle of the schedule.
• $250K Super High Roller… The WSOP will be the most expensive at the end non-charitable tournament in the history of the series. Any event with buy-ins above $ 100K at the World Series has always been charitable. Consider the One Drop events as an example.
• $ 50K PLO… The WSOP does not offend Omaha players and will host a separate $ 50K tournament for them, which will also be the largest buy-in in an Omaha tournament in the history of the series.
• FLIP & GO offline… This format is very popular among the players of the GG network, and this year it will be tested on a live streak. Recall that in tournaments Flip&Go the players are given three cards, one of which they fold, and then all go all-in until the winner is determined at the table. When only one participant remains at the table, he immediately goes to the ITM zone, and then the tournament continues according to the standard rules. Whether it will be possible to buy 1-9 stacks in the $ 1000 Flip and Go event at the WSOP remains to be seen.
• Hall Of Fame Bounty… Poker Hall of Fame Hommage is a special $ 1979 buy-in tournament (the year the Poker Hall of Fame was founded) to which all live participants will be invited free of charge. For knocking them out, players will receive a bounty – its amount will depend on the year the player was added to the Hall of Fame. For knocking out Negreanu, for example, you can get $ 2014.
• Mini Main Event… The most vague “novelty” is just a two-day $ 1000 buy-in tournament with no special prize or details.
The special focus at the WSOP is, of course, the Main Event of the series. This year it will be held with a traditional buy-in of $ 10,000 (this number is considered “the only official buy-in”) in a freeze-out format. The so-called “November Nine” will not exist.
The schedule is:
- November 4 – Day 1A
- November 5 – Day 1B
- November 6 – Day 1C
- November 7 – Day 1D
- November 8 – Day 2AB (for participants who crossed over from Day 1A and 1B)
- November 9 – Day 2CD (for participants who switched from Day 1C and 1D)
- November 10 – Day 3
- November 11 – Day 4
- November 12 – Day 5
- November 13 – Day 6
- November 14 – Game to the top-9
- November 16 – Final Table
Community Response to WSOP 2021
Many users noticed that the schedule was very quick. The organizers made a lot of mistakes – somewhere they indicated the wrong start date for the tournament, somewhere they forgot to write when all the starting flights from the announced ones begin. For example, the Seniors Event, judging by the schedule, will be five days. But the schedule lists only two starting flights 1A / 1B and nothing else. No date for Day 2, no other flights. Also, in the originally published schedule, there was no event # 44 at all, and # 48 was listed twice.
Despite the scheduling inaccuracies, most of the commentators on Twitter were incredibly happy that the episode would finally take place.
Dan Smith (Dan Smith) gave the organizers a good idea:
The $ 50K Championship will take place on Halloween. It is necessary to make a contest for the best suit – the winner does not pay rake.
87 year old Doyle Branson (Doyle Brunson) is set to play several events at the 2021 WSOP. In 2018, he said he would no longer be able to attend the series for health reasons. Then this photo was taken:
Joe Ingram (Joe Ingram) asked Doyle to play a team event in cowboy hats together.
Alan Kessler (Allen Kesslen) noted that the WSOP did not add the $ 2,500 Omaha8 / Stud8 “beloved” mix tournament to the schedule. The player calls on his comrades to unite and persuade the organizers.
Patrick Leonard (Patrick Leonard) being an expert in tournament structures, questions WSOP Main Event. This year, the starting stack will be 60K, the levels are 120 minutes, 4 days of entry are 5 levels, and the late registration is stretched to the end of the second level on Day 2. In his opinion, the leitrega is too long (for example, in 2019 it was closed before start Day 2).
The second half of 2021 will be entirely devoted to the WSOP, not only offline, but also online. Read the separate material with WSOP Online Date Navigation.