WSOP Releases $10,000 Championship Event Lineup

  • 16 events with $10,000 buy-ins have been finalized
  • $10,000 online bracelet event offered for first time
  • $50,000 Poker Players Championship game rotation up to nine
  • Main Event will run July 1 through July 14
Low-angle view of table at World Series of Poker
The World Series of Poker has announced the schedule for the $10,000 Championship Events for the 2020 WSOP. [Image:]

Championship Events test the best

The World Series of Poker has announced the finalized schedule for the Championship Events for this summer’s 2020 WSOP. The Championship Events are the tournaments with $10,000 buy-ins.

There are 16 such events in all, the last of which is the Main Event, slated to begin on July 1 with the first of three starting days. A total of 24 different game types will be represented in the Championship Events.

16 such events in all, the last of which is the Main Event

“This poker smorgasbord establishes the annual champion of each discipline, recognizing their skills and mastery in the same manner martial arts does in the athletic realm,” said the WSOP in its Thursday morning announcement.

The Championship Events will also have their own leaderboard, separate from the WSOP Player of the Year race.

$10,000 online bracelet event added

All the $10,000 events were on the schedule last year except for one: Online No-Limit Hold’em. It is the first time an internet gold bracelet event has been offered at that price point. It will take place at noon on July 2, an earlier starting time than every Championship Event except for the Main Event.

The online bracelet events continue to be more of a factor at the World Series of Poker every year. The first bracelet event played on was in 2015. There was just one in 2016, as well. Both saw their final tables contested live at the Rio. The live final table was done away with in 2017, when there were three online bracelet events. There were four in 2018 and nine last year.

Also of note is the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, the one Championship Event that is not a $10,000 buy-in. It is a five-day event beginning June 22. No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw has been added to the event, bringing the total games in rotation to nine.

The other eight games, the same ones from last year, are No Limit Hold’em, Seven Card Stud, Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, Razz, Pot-Limit Omaha, Fixed-Limit Hold’em, Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better, and 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw 6-Handed.

2020 WSOP Main Event

The one Championship Event that had already had its dates announced was the $10,000 Main Event.

As mentioned, it will have three starting days, beginning July 1. The players who still have chips after Days 1A and 1B will return on July 4 for Days 2A and 2B. Though they will all play at the same time, the flights will remain separate. Day 2C will be on July 5. All Day 2 survivors will unite for Day 3 on July 6 and continue from there.

July 10 – or the morning of July 11, depending on how long it takes – will be the day that the final table will be determined. It is not the “November Nine” anymore, as the final table will begin following a one-day break.

ESPN and ESPN2 will broadcast the final table in its entirety “semi-live” with a 30-minute delay

As has been the standard for a few years, the final table will run for three days. ESPN and ESPN2 will broadcast the final table in its entirety “semi-live” with a 30-minute delay.

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