WSOP 2021: Key Highlights to the live schedule announced early April

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While the 2020 pandemic was an absolute boon for the online poker industry, it was quite a challenge for live poker. A key indicator to a return of that normalcy came on April 1, when the WSOP (World Series of Poker) announced two live WSOP events scheduled for the end of 2021 and the return of the coveted Main Event. 

The schedule starts in Las Vegas on September 30 and runs through November 23. That leads to the WSOP Europe 2021, which starts on November 19 through December 8. 

The main series returns to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino for seven weeks of Gold Bracelet Grinds, and King’s Casino in Rozadov will play host to the European series for another two weeks. 

What’s more, is that there is also an online series planned! The domestic schedule has been released with 33 bracelet events on for players in New Jersey or Nevada. 

While WSOp has plans to expand into other US markets in the first half of 2021, it is not clear whether those new markets will have access to the Bracelet events

WSOP 2021 at a Glance

SeriesLocationStart DateEnd DateBracelet Events Planned
WSOP 2021Rio All-Suite Hotel and CasinoSeptember 30November 23TBA
2021 Main EventRio All-Suite Hotel and CasinoNovember 4November 171
WSOPE 2021King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech RepublicNovember 19December 815
WSOP Online DomesticWSOP.comJuly 1August 133
WSOP Online InternationalGGPokerTBATBATBA

The Show in Vegas

The WSOP plans to come back in a way to live poker in 2021 with almost eight weeks of live-action planned at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. 

Opening weekend events are expected to also include a charity event for frontline workers with a $25,000 H.O.R.S.E tournament and ‘The Reunion’ with a $5 million GTD similar to pre-pandemic years. 

The Main Event will run for four days, starting on November 1 to November 4. The final day of the Main Event is scheduled to play on November 17, which will also mark the return of the ‘November 9’ for the first time since 2016! 

WSOP 2021 Preliminary Main Event Schedule

Day 1AThursdayNovember 4
Day 1BFridayNovember 5
Day 1CSaturdayNovember 6
Day 1DSundayNovember 7
Day 2A (for flights 1A and 1B)MondayNovember 8
Day 2B (for flights 1C and 1D)TuesdayNovember 9
Day 3WednesdayNovember 10
Final TableWednesdayNovember 17

WSOP to Broadcast on CBS

There is big news with the beginning of a new broadcast deal with CBS Sports. Fans can expect some solid coverage. The announcement detailed plans for more than 50 hours of live poker action from the WSOP, including 15 hours of Main Event coverage. 

Other details of the new deals are yet to be finalized, though there is hope that the new broadcast may have a familiar feel to it. No firm plans have been announced, but veteran WSOp commentator Lon McEachern seems confident the team will remain intact. 

WSOP Online 2021

There are 33 events planned for across the month-long online poker extravaganza, including a huge Grand Finale on August 1 with $1,000,000 guaranteed for just $500. 

The series is mostly no-limit hold ‘em, but there are a few pot-limit Omaha games, including the PLO Championship on July 26 with a buy-in of $1000. There are no details on the international component of the online WSOP for this year yet.

WSOP Online 2021 Domestic Schedule

Premiere Week1The Big 500 Kick-OffNLHJuly 1$500
2Monster StackNLHJuly 2$600
3DeepStack TurboNLHJuly 3$500
4Super TurboNLHJuly 4$500
58-MaxNLHJuly 5$1,000
6DeepstackNLHJuly 6$2,000
7Lucky 7’sNLHJuly 7$777
8Crazy EightsNLHJuly 8$888
Micro Madness96-MaxNLHJuly 9$400
10Event #10NLHJuly 10$333
11Ultra DeepstackNLHJuly 11$400
PLO Week12Turbo DeepstackNLHJuly 12$500
13FreezeoutNLHJuly 13$1,000
14Event #14NLHJuly 14$500
15High Roller FreezeooutNLHJuly 15$5,300
166-HandedPLO8July 16$600
178-MaxNLHJuly 17$400
18North American OpenNLHJuly 18$1,000
19Crazy EightsPLOJuly 19$888
20High RollerNLHJuly 20$3,200
216-HandedPLOJuly 21$600
22KnockoutNLHJuly 22$600
23TurboNLHJuly 23$500
24MonsterStackNLHJuly 24$400
Double Bracelet Day25Lucky 7’s High RollerNLHJuly 25$7,777
26The Big 500 EncoreNLHJuly 25$500
Championship Week27ChampionshipPLOJuly 26$1,000
28High Roller ChampionshipNLHJuly 27$3,200
298-Max Turbo Deepstack ChampionshipNLHJuly 28$800
306-Max ChampionshipNLHJuly 29$600
31Summer SaverNLHJuly 30$500
32ChampionshipNLHJuly 31$1,000
$1 Million Guaranteed33Grand FinaleNLHAugust 1$500

The Road Ahead

Given the past 13 months, it is important to realize that all plans could be subject to change. WSOP cautions that all live events are subject to applicable state and/or regulatory approvals, including all relevant health and public safety guidelines and restrictions. 

Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming plans!

Also Read:

Blast from the Past: WSOP and CBS Ink new Deal

WSOP Online 2021 Domestic Bracelet Series Full Schedule Revealed

Live World Series of Poker announced for September 2021

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