Breaking Down the Action:
  • What are the Highlights?
  • Where Can You Watch the WSOP Main Event?
  • Other Events Returning to the Schedule

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The 2021 WSOP returns to action in Las Vegas this September

The WSOP Online Series may be starting soon, but every poker player in the world looks forward to the day that poker returns to Las Vegas and that day arrives in just over three months.

With the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino welcoming players during an Autumn World Series of Poker for the first time, today saw the full schedule released.

What are the Highlights?

With 88 WSOP bracelet events, the entry fees go from the tiny $400 right up to a mammoth $250,000, with no online events in the series from September to November. This counters some people’s expectations of a more ‘blended’ live World Series.

There’s no compromise and no lack of WSOP events, with the 88 featuring:

  • The return of the $25,000 Heads-Up Championship
  • The WSOP Main Event, which takes place over nine days
  • The $500-entry The Reunion, a $5 million Guaranteed welcome back for players
  • A $50,000-entry Pot Limit Omaha Event
  • The $250,000-entry Super High Roller, the highest-ticket event in WSOP history
WSOP Bracelet plinth

The most precious prize in poker – a World Series of Poker bracelet

WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart was proud to declare the series open and said: “Make no mistake, the 2021 WSOP will be the real deal and we’re preparing for a full house. 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.”

Infamous Tournament Director and WSOP Vice President Jack Effel said: “We could not be more excited to welcome everyone back to Las Vegas and the Rio. The entire WSOP team is hard at work to ensure players have the absolute best experience possible.”

Where Can You Watch the WSOP Main Event?

The 2021 WSOP Main Event will take place between November 4th and November 17th, with a mammoth schedule that the World Series clearly hope will fill up as in previous years. It’s hard to see records broken, but we’d anticipate a very busy fortnight of action as the action will see thousands of hopefuls putting down $10,000 in the legendary freezeout event.

Playing down to a winner on Poker Central and PokerGO, the World Series will also be broadcast on CBS Sports after this year saw the lengthy partnership between the WSOP and ESPN come to an end.

With 18 WSOP bracelet events being screened by CBS Sports and at least 15 hours of World Series coverage reaching the small screen, this year’s festival will put many new players’ names up in lights.

Here’s what happened the last time a live WSOP Main Event played out:

Other Events Returning to the Schedule

Plenty of well-known events from previous World Series of Poker are back, with events such as Monster Stack, The Millionaire Maker, the Colossus, Double Stack, and The Closer all being scheduled for weekend start days of Friday or Saturday to allow as many players as possible who have regular jobs to take part.

There are also a few novel events, such as the $1,000-entry Flip and Go (in association with GGPoker, the WSOP’s online partner for the summer series) and others of a similar ilk such as the $1,000-entry Seniors and Super Seniors, the Ladies Event and five ‘old school’ freezeout events where re-entries aren’t possible.

Mixed games are back too, with 2-7 Single Drawback on the menu, while the $50,000-entry Poker Players Championship (otherwise known as the PPC and won by Phil Hui just a few years ago) will feature that variant too.

A special event takes place on the final day of the WSOP Main Event as the Poker Hall of Fame Bounty event takes place, where the $1,979 entry is supplemented by a bounty on the head of every Hall of Famer to the value of the year they were inducted

The 2021 WSOP Schedule in Full

With 51 hold’em bracelets, 26 mixed game or Omaha bracelets, six Stud bracelets and five Draw bracelets, the 2021 World Series of Poker has something for everyone. Take a look at the full schedule below.

Date Time± # Event Details Buy-In Starting Stack Level (Mins) Re-Entry Registration
30-Sep 11am 1 Casino Employees NLHE $500 25,000 40 No 9 levels
30-Sep 3pm 2 H.O.R.S.E. $25,000 150,000 60 No Day 2
30-Sep 6pm 3 Covid-19 Relief NLH Charity Event $1,000 20,000 20 Unlimited 12 levels
01-Oct 10am 4a The Reunion NLH – $5,000,000 Guaranteed $500 50,000 30/40 1 per flight 10 levels
01-Oct 3pm 5 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better $1,500 25,000 40/60 No 9 levels
02-Oct 10am 4b The Reunion NLH – $5,000,000 Guaranteed $500 50,000 30/40 1/flight 10 levels
02-Oct 3pm 6 High Roller NLHE 8-Handed $25,000 150,000 60 1 Day 2
03-Oct 10am 4c The Reunion NLH – $5,000,000 Guaranteed $500 50,000 30/40 1/flight 10 levels
03-Oct 3pm 7 Dealers Choice 6-Handed $1,500 25,000 40/60 1 9 levels
04-Oct 11am 8 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack $600 30,000 30 1 12 levels
04-Oct 3pm 9 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship $10,000 60,000 60/90 No Day 2
05-Oct 11am 10 Super Turbo Bounty NLHE $1,000 20,000 20 No 12 levels
05-Oct 2pm 11 Heads Up NLHE Championship $25,000 150,000 20 No First Draw
05-Oct 3pm 12 Limit Hold’em $1,500 25,000 40/60 No 9 levels
06-Oct 11am 13 Freezeout NLHE $3,000 40,000 40/60 No 12 levels
06-Oct 3pm 14 Seven Card Stud $1,500 25,000 40/60 No 9 levels
07-Oct 11am 15 6-Handed NLHE $1,500 25,000 40/60 1 9 levels
07-Oct 3pm 16 Limit Hold’em Championship $10,000 60,000 60/90 No Day 2
08-Oct 11am 17a Millionaire Maker $1,500 25,000 60 1/flight 8 levels
08-Oct 3pm 18 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) $2,500 35,000 60 1 8 levels
09-Oct 11am 17b Millionaire Maker $1,500 25,000 60 1/flight 8 levels
09-Oct 3pm 19 Seven Card Stud Championship $10,000 60,000 60/90 No Day 2
10-Oct 10am 20 Flip & Go NLHE $1,000 20,000 30 1 12 levels
10-Oct 3pm 21 Mixed: ‘Big O’, PLO & Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better $1,500 25,000 40/60 1 9 levels
10-Oct 4pm 20 Flip & Go NLHE $1,000 20,000 30 1 12 levels
11-Oct 11am 22 Ladies NLHE Championship $1,000 20,000 60 1 8 levels
11-Oct 3pm 23 Eight Game Mix 6-Handed $1,500 25,000 40/60 1 9 levels
12-Oct 11am 24 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack $600 30,000 30 1 12 levels
12-Oct 3pm 25 6-Handed NLHE $5,000 50,000 60 1 Day 2
13-Oct 11am 26 Freezeout NLHE $1,000 20,000 30 No 8 levels
13-Oct 3pm 27 H.O.R.S.E. $1,500 25,000 40/60 No 9 levels
14-Oct 11am 28 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed $1,000 20,000 40/60 1 9 levels
14-Oct 3pm 29 Short Deck NLHE $10,000 60,000 60 1 Day 2
15-Oct 11am 30a Monster Stack $1,500 50,000 60 No 10 levels
15-Oct 3pm 31 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw $1,500 25,000 60 1 8 levels
16-Oct 11am 30b Monster Stack $1,500 50,000 60 No 10 levels
16-Oct 3pm 32 H.O.R.S.E. $3,000 40,000 60 No 8 levels
17-Oct 11am 33 8-Handed NLHE Deepstack $800 40,000 30 1 12 levels
17-Oct 3pm 34 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw $1,500 25,000 40/60 1 9 levels
18-Oct 11am 35 Freezeout NLHE $500 25,000 30 No 12 levels
18-Oct 3pm 36 Dealers Choice 6-Handed Championship $10,000 60,000 60/90 No Day 2
19-Oct 11am 37 Super Turbo Bounty $1,500 25,000 20 No 12 levels
19-Oct 3pm 38 High Roller NLH 8-Handed $50,000 300,000 60 1 8 levels
20-Oct 11am 39 Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed) $1,500 25,000 40/60 1 9 levels
20-Oct 3pm 40 H.O.R.S.E. Championship $10,000 60,000 60/90 No Day 2
21-Oct 11am 41 Freezeout NLHE $2,500 35,000 40/60 No 12 levels
21-Oct 3pm 42 Razz $1,500 25,000 40/60 No 9 levels
22-Oct 11am 43a Double Stack NLHE Flight A $1,000 40,000 60 1 / flight 8 levels
22-Oct 3pm 44 6-Handed Limit Hold’em $3,000 40,000 60 No 8 levels
23-Oct 11am 43b Double Stack NLHE Flight B $1,000 40,000 60 1 / flight 8 levels
23-Oct 3pm 45 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship $10,000 60,000 60 No Day 2
24-Oct 11am 46 NLHE Deepstack $800 40,000 30 1 12 levels
24-Oct 3pm 47 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed $5,000 50,000 40 No 12 levels
25-Oct 11am 48 Shootout NLHE $1,500 25,000 40 No 3 levels
25-Oct 3pm 49 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship $10,000 60,000 60/90 1 Day 2
26-Oct 11am 50 8-Max Mixed NLHE/PLO Deepstack $600 30,000 30 1 12 levels
26-Oct 3pm 51 6-Handed NLHE $3,000 40,000 30 1 12 levels
27-Oct 11am 52a Seniors (50+) Championship $1,000 20,000 60 1 8 levels
27-Oct 3pm 53 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed) $25,000 150,000 60 1 12 levels
28-Oct 10am 52b Seniors (50+) Championship $1,000 20,000 60 1 8 levels
28-Oct 3pm 54 Nine Game Mix 6-Handed (3 day event) $2,500 35,000 60 1 8 levels
29-Oct 10am 55a Colossus NLH Flight A $400 40,000 40 1 / flight 12 levels
29-Oct 3pm 56 6-Handed NLHE Championship $10,000 60,000 60 No Day 2
30-Oct 10am 55b COLOSSUS NLH Flight B $400 40,000 40 1 / flight 12 levels
30-Oct 3pm 57 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship $10,000 60,000 60 No Day 2
31-Oct 10am 58 Super Seniors (60+) Championship $1,000 20,000 60 1 8 levels
31-Oct 2pm 59 Tag Team NLHE $1,000/Team 20,000 60 No 8 levels
31-Oct 3pm 60 Poker Players Championship 6-Handed $50,000 300,000 100 No 8 levels
01-Nov 11am 61 Deepstack Championship NLHE $600 30,000 40/60 1 9 levels
01-Nov 3pm 62 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better (8-Handed) $1,500 25,000 40/60 1 9 levels
02-Nov 11am 63 Salute to Warriors NLHE $500 25,000 40 1 9 levels
02-Nov 3pm 64 Mixed NLHE & PLO (8-Handed) $5,000 50,000 30 1 12 levels
03-Nov 11am 65 Mini Main Event NLHE $1,000 60,000 30 No 12 levels
03-Nov 3pm 66 PLO Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship (8-Handed) $10,000 60,000 60 No Day 2
04-Nov 11am 67a WSOP Main Event World Championship – Day 1a $10,000 60,000 120 No 7 levels
05-Nov 11am 67b WSOP Main Event World Championship – Day 1b $10,000 60,000 120 No 7 levels
06-Nov 11am 67c WSOP Main Event World Championship – Day 1c $10,000 60,000 120 No 7 levels
07-Nov 11am 67d WSOP Main Event World Championship – Day 1d $10,000 60,000 120 No 8 levels
08-Nov 11am 67 WSOP Main Event Day 2ab (Days 1a & 1b) 120 n/a
08-Nov 12pm 68a Little One for One Drop Flight A $1,000 + $111 40,000 60 Unlimited 12 levels
09-Nov 11am 67 WSOP Main Event Day 2cd (Days 1c & 1d) 120 n/a
09-Nov 3pm 68b Little One for One Drop Flight B $1,000 + $111 40,000 60 Unlimited 12 levels
10-Nov 11am 67 WSOP Main Event Day 3 120 n/a
10-Nov 12pm 68c Little One for One Drop Flight C $1,000 + $111 40,000 60 Unlimited 12 levels
10-Nov 3pm 69 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better $1,500 25,000 40/60 No 9 levels
11-Nov 11am 67 WSOP Main Event Day 4 120 n/a
11-Nov 12pm 70a Crazy Eights 8-Handed Flight A $888 40,000 30/40 1 / flight 12 levels
11-Nov 3pm 71 BOUNTY Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed $1,500 25,000 40/60 1 9 levels
12-Nov 11am 67 WSOP Main Event Day 5 120 n/a
12-Nov 12pm 70b Crazy Eights 8-Handed Flight B $888 40,000 30/40 1 / flight 12 levels
12-Nov 3pm 72 Mixed NLHE & PLO (8-Handed) $1,500 25,000 40/60 1 9 levels
13-Nov 11am 67 WSOP Main Event Day 6 120 n/a
13-Nov 12pm 70c Crazy Eights 8-Handed Flight C $888 40,000 30/40 1 / flight 12 levels
13-Nov 3pm 73 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship $10,000 60,000 60/90 No Day 2
14-Nov 11am 67 WSOP Main Event Day 7 120 n/a
14-Nov 12pm 70d Crazy Eights 8-Handed Flight D $888 40,000 30/40 1 / flight 12 levels
14-Nov 3pm 74 Mixed Big Bet Event $2,500 35,000 60 1 8 levels
15-Nov 11am 75 Freezeout NLHE $1,500 25,000 40/60 No 12 levels
15-Nov 3pm 76 Super Turbo Bounty NLHE $10,000 60,000 20 No 12 levels
16-Nov 11am 77 Fifty Stack NLHE $1,500 50,000 30 1 12 levels
16-Nov 3pm 78 Razz Championship $10,000 60,000 60/90 No Day 2
16-Nov TBD 67 WSOP Main Event Final Table 120 n/a
17-Nov 11am 79 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty NLH $1,979 30,000 40 No 9 levels
17-Nov 3pm 80 6-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha $3,000 40,000 60 1 8 levels
17-Nov TBC 67 WSOP Main Event – Final Day 120
18-Nov 11am 81 NLHE Deepstack $800 40,000 30 1 12 levels
18-Nov 3pm 82 Super High Roller NLHE $250,000 500,000 60 1 Day 2
19-Nov 11am 83a The Closer – NLHE Flight A $1,500 25,000 30 1 / flight 12 levels
19-Nov 3pm 84 High Roller Pot Limit Omaha $50,000 300,000 40 1 12 levels
20-Nov 11am 83b The Closer – NLHE Flight B $1,500 25,000 30 1 / flight 12 levels
20-Nov 3pm 85 High Roller NLHE $50,000 300,000 40 1 Day 2
21-Nov 12pm 86 Super Turbo NLHE $1,000 20,000 20 1 12 levels
21-Nov 3pm 87 High Roller NLHE $100,000 600,000 40 1 12 levels
22-Nov 12pm 88 8-Handed NLHE $5,000 50,000 30 1 12 levels

± All times in Pacific Time

*Event entry is $10,000 but Ladies entry is $1,000

As well as the live WSOP festival between late September and late November, there will be 66 gold WSOP bracelets up for grabs across the events on WSOP.com and GGPoker.com, split evenly across the two sites. Players need to reside in New Jersey or Nevada for the World Series, with GGPoker open to worldwide online players.

As it stands, there are no online events that come between WSOP events in Las Vegas, but in poker, nothing is certain until the first card is peeled from the pack.

Cliff Spiller

Cliff Spiller is a veteran casino writer with decades of experience writing online casino reviews and game guides. His betting strategy articles, and gambling news updates have been a fixture in the industry since 2004.

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