The news may have been announced on April Fool’s Day, but it was no joke when the World Series of Poker (WSOP) revealed their plans for 2021.
The largest poker festival in the world was tentatively announced to take place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas this fall. WSOP also revealed their plans for both WSOP Europe and WSOP Online (in cooperation with the GGPoker Network).
Included in the anticipated plan is the in-person World Series of Poker $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em World Championship Main Event, which switched to an online-live hybrid format last year. The flagship tournament is expected to take place from November 4th until November 17th, and will include four starting days in total.
The festival in “Sin City” is currently scheduled to take place from September 30th until November 23rd.
A full schedule has not yet been released, but the WSOP press release indicates that players can look forward to a special charity event for frontline health workers, a $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. event as well as a $5 million guaranteed No-Limit Hold’em event billed as “The Reunion”.
Live poker has already returned to the US with festivals taking place in Florida, Texas and Nevada. More events are expected to take place in the months to come and hotel room reservations are now being accepted across Caesars Entertainment’s Las Vegas resorts. That includes the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, in which the WSOP has taken place in the last few years (except for 2020).
All safety protocols and tournament policies will be in place according to the restrictions and guidelines in the state of Nevada.
“This year, more than ever, we embrace our role at the WSOP to deliver memorable experiences and bring this community of poker lovers back together. In 2021, the theme is to get vaccinated and to get back to Vegas,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart.
Last year saw the WSOP moving online, with the domestic series hosted on the All-American Poker Network while the international series was hosted on the GGPoker Network. It was confirmed by WSOP that this will also be the case for summer of 2021, with both festivals slated to return.
WSOP.com will once again hold the domestic tournaments in the US as of July 1. Further information about the schedule is expected to be released on April 15th.
Shortly thereafter, the international portion on the GGPoker Network will be announced as well. Poker players from all over the world can once again look forward to winning a WSOP Online bracelet from the comforts of their home.
The press release also confirmed the return of WSOP Europe at the King’s Resort (Rozvadov, Czech Republic), subject to regulatory approval. If all goes well, this festival in the heart of Europe is scheduled to run from November 19th until December 8th.
WSOP officials anticipate that travel restrictions will ease by fall, allowing players from all over the world to take part in the bracelet events, wherever they might be. WSOP Europe is expected to offer players a chance to win 15 gold bracelet events, including a €10,000 WSOP Europe Main Event and a €50,000 High Roller Event.
The feasibility of an in-person festival of this scale will obviously depend on the status of the pandemic, as well as any corresponding travel and entry restrictions. As such, all dates are not yet set in stone and may change.
That being said, poker players from all over the world will certainly be thrilled by the chance to return to the live felt if everything goes as planned. Players who won a LiveX Sponsorship on Natural8 will also finally be able to put their live event packages to use!
Stay tuned for more news about both the online and live poker WSOP schedules two weeks from now.