After the World Series of Poker played out mostly online in 2020, the annual poker-palooza is back live in Las Vegas this year. Series officials announced the festival would be held in the fall and released a complete series schedule in June.
Players will find 88 gold bracelet events running Sept. 30 to Nov. 23 at the Rio, becoming the largest WSOP in history. Poker players and fans not fond of 100-degree Vegas summers will find much more pleasant fall weather. Some may be even hoping for a permanent change of date.
“Make no mistake, the 2021 WSOP will be the real deal and we’re preparing for a full house,” WSOP’s Executive Director Ty Stewart said. “Throughout the storied history of the WSOP, this year will be particularly memorable and we’re preparing for a poker reunion all players can celebrate. We’re beyond thrilled to offer a complete schedule of can’t-miss events including all our flagships and the variety players deserve.”
The $10,000 Main Event will run Nov. 4–17 with four starting flights on Nov. 4, 5, 6 and 7. This year’s festivities also bring a new broadcast partner in CBS Sports and more coverage is planned throughout the series. Viewers can check out 18 different bracelet events with a minimum of 15 hours of Main Event coverage.
This year’s WSOP features buy-ins ranging from $400 to $250,000 with a wide variety of tournaments. Some of the new events include:
- $500 Reunion (Oct. 1) – This is a “welcome back to live poker” tournament and comes with a $5 million guarantee. Players can choose from three starting flights on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
- $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty (Nov. 17) – This event honors the Poker Hall of Fame, which was founded in 1979. Living Hall of Fame members freeroll into the tournament and have a bounty on their heads corresponding to the year they were inducted.
- $1,000 Flip and Go (Oct. 10) – The popular online format becomes a bracelet event. Players are all in preflop on the first hand after getting dealt three cards and selecting two. One player wins the table and the tournament then plays out under a traditional structure.
Lower bankroll players will once again have numerous opportunities to win a bracelet as well. The lower buy-in, massive field favorites return Oct. 8 to Nov. 19 with popular staples like the Millionaire Maker, Monster Stack, Double Stack, Colossus and The Closer. WSOP officials have made sure one of these events kick off each Friday and Saturday. Here’s a look at the complete series.
2021 World Series of Poker