WSOP Announces Unique Concept for 2020 Main Event


Despite staying closed for the greater part of 2020, Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas will, after all, host a WSOP Main Event this year, or at least some part of it, the World Series of Poker announced Friday.

After the successful WSOP Online which was held entirely online over the summer and included the record-breaking WSOP Online $5,000 buy-in Main Event, the world’s most popular tournament poker series announced that it would celebrate the end of an awkward year for live tournament poker with the 51st annual edition of the WSOP $10,000 World Championship, known better in the poker community as the Main Event.

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The tournament will feature a unique format where play will kick off online on WSOP.com and GGPoker.com before it shifts to a live setting for final table action at two brick-and-mortar casinos on two continents. One of these casinos will be the Rio in Las Vegas, while the other will be King’s Casino in the Czech Republic.

The WSOP said that each “bracket” within the WSOP Main Event will pay out prize money to tournament entries independently. The final table will to have a pretty unique concept as it will be a heads-up duel that would be played at the Rio, with $1 million in prize money up for grabs courtesy of Caesars and GGPoker.

Tournament Schedule

The first stages of the WSOP Main Event up to the final table will be played online in the US and internationally. The domestic tournament will kick off on December 13. Players from Nevada and New Jersey will be able to enter the tournament on the WSOP.com platform. Day 2 of the Main Event will take place on December 14 and will be played down to the final nine players.

The nine-handed final table will be played December 28 at the Rio in Las Vegas. Players will play down to a champion.

Players from outside the US will be able to participate in the Main Event on GGPoker.com. The international tournament will feature three starting flights. Day 1A is scheduled for November 29, Day 1B for December 5 and Day 1C is set to take place December 6. Day 2 of the tournament will then take place on December 7 and players will play down to the final table.

And the final table will be played live at King’s Casino Rozvadov in the Czech Republic on December 15.

The winner of the domestic tournament and the winner of the international tournament will eventually meet at the Rio on December 30. In addition to the cash prizes for winning the domestic or the international tournament, the overall winner will receive $1 million for emerging victorious in the final heads-up match. This overall winner will also be awarded the 2020 Main Event gold bracelet.

Bulgaria’s Stoyan Madanzhiev bested the record-breaking WSOP Online Main Event to trouser the $3.9 million top prize. The tournament drew 5,802 entrants, more than any other online tournament has ever attracted, for a record $27.5 million prize pool.

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