At long last, the 2021 WSOP schedule is ready for consumption. Poker’s most prestigious annual extravaganza, which is being moved to the fall temporarily (maybe?), will be bigger than ever before (and better?), with 88 gold bracelets planned for the Rio in Las Vegas.
Last year’s series was canceled and replaced with an 85-event online bracelet series on GGPoker and WSOP.com. While some argued that something was better than nothing, it simply wasn’t the same, especially for the live tournament grinders and the poker fans who love coming out to Las Vegas to experience the unique atmosphere of the World Series of Poker.
Due to continued COVID-19 restrictions and concerns in Nevada, the WSOP was forced to move this year’s series from its usual summer slot. They chose the fall, a season in which the weather is far more pleasant than summertime in Las Vegas, unless you’re some sort of masochist who enjoys heat exhaustion.
If you thought the series being moved to the fall would eliminate many of the cheaper buy-in tournaments, you thought wrong. The 2021 WSOP schedule includes buy-ins ranging from $400 all the way up to $250,000, and numerous events in between. Except for those who are dead broke or too wealthy for a $250k, there’s something for everyone at the upcoming World Series of Poker.
Like every other year, the main attraction in 2021 is the Main Event, schedule to run Nov. 4-17. For the first time in history, the show is being moved from ESPN to CBS Sports Network, a cable channel that shouldn’t be confused with the main CBS Sports brand.
2021 WSOP Schedule Loaded With Old and New Events
When we said there’s something for just about everyone, we meant it, and not only based on bankroll. The 2021 WSOP schedule features a wide mix of games, buy-ins, and formats. If you like gimmicky, you’re in luck. If you prefer traditional no-limit hold’em freezeout events, ditto. And if you’re all about the mixed games and, as Joey Ingram likes to say, the great game of pot-limit Omaha, there are plenty of opportunities in store.
The series kicks off Sept. 30 with the traditional opener, $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em, the $25,000 H.OR.S.E. event, and then a $1,000 Covid-19 Relief No-Limit Hold’em Charity tournament.
On the following day, the WSOP will welcome players back to the Rio for the first time since 2019 with the $500 The Reunion No-Limit Hold’em, a $5 million guaranteed bracelet event.
Many popular events return, including some gimmicky ones such as the $1,500 Millionaire Maker (Oct. 8), $1,500 Monster Stack (Oct. 15), and $888 Crazy 8’s No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed (Nov. 11). And the traditional favorites — $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8-or-Better (Oct. 4), $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship (Oct. 7), $1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship (Oct. 11), $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship (Oct. 20), and the $50,000 Poker Players Championship (Oct. 31).
The $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship is now a $25,000 buy-in and kicks off Oct. 5. Seating is limited to 64 players.
More in Store
The 2021 WSOP schedule includes a total of 88 bracelet events at the Rio, most in history. Beyond the gimmicky events and traditional favorites, this year’s series is packed with numerous other tournaments.
That includes the most expensive buy-in of them all, Event #82, $250,000 Super High Roller No-Limit Hold’em, which begins Nov. 18, one day after the Main Event final table concludes. On Nov. 21, the WSOP will host another six-figure buy-in tournament, Event #87, $100,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em. In between those events (Nov. 19), the largest buy-in WSOP pot-limit Omaha event will take place ($50,000).
For the majority of poker players who don’t have hundreds of thousands of dollars lying around, you may enjoy the $1,500 Dealers Choice 6-Handed (Oct. 3), $1,500 Seven Card Stud (Oct. 6), $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em (Oct. 12), $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha (Oct. 20), or the $800 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack (Oct. 24).
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The old-school freezeouts are also coming back this year, perfect for the rebuy haters. On Oct. 6, 13, 18, 21, and 24, tournaments with buy-ins from $500 to $5,000 will feature a freezeout format. But, of course, there will be a plethora of rebuy bracelet events this fall for those who don’t like being limited to one buy-in per tournament.