It was in December of last year that Caesars Interactive Entertainment made the announcement regarding dates for select events of the 50th Annual World Series of Poker (WSOP). An additional thirteen events have now been added to the line-up for this year’s tournament.
This means that popular events like the Double Stack, The Closer and the Marathon have all been given finalised dates. Signature events including the Casino Employees and Ladies offerings are also set in place. Yet, there’s also been a new inclusion to the schedule for 2019.
This Mini Main Event addition to the WSOP tournament schedule will be a $1,000 buy-in option, and this will take place a couple of days prior to the actual Main Event, which has a buy-in of $10,000. The mini version will occur on July 1, concluding the day after. This will feature a similar setup to the Main Event, with players getting to start with a total of 60,000 tournament chips, plus it will contain the exact same blind structure. Yet, instead of having levels of 120 minutes, the Mini Main Event will have 30-minute offerings.
Changes to the Colossus
With the introduction of the Mini Main Event, the Colossus event has also undergone some changes. Don’t worry though, because it will still be in action, starting on Wednesday June 26 and proceeding on to the following day. This will now be the gold bracelet event with the lowest entry price for this year’s schedule, having a $400 buy-in, which is a decrease of $165 when compared with last year. Participants in this event will have 40,000 chips to begin with and will go through levels lasting 40 minutes. June 28 will combine the field, with the very last table scheduled to occur on Saturday, June 29.
Super Turbo Bounty events are also taking place in one-day schedules, providing the sole live method of earning a bracelet from a one-day round of play. Entering the $1,000 version of the event will see each player with a bounty of $300, while the $1,500 event sees each player have a bounty of $500.
Speaking of the tournament, WSOP Vice President, Jack Effel said that things are coming together on the remainder of the 2019 schedule. He said that because this is the 50th year of the tournament taking place, the company is doing everything that it can to ensure it is “bigger, better and more valuable” for entrants.
Online pre-registrations for individual events won’t begin until around March/April time once all events have been determined and received approval from regulators. While WSOP.com’s platforms in Nevada and New Jersey will provide the exclusive online home for players from these locations, 888Poker remains as the international site for other jurisdictions. Various satellite qualifications are also planned to be able to award seats to the WSOP event in Las Vegas.
As far as the remaining schedule of the 50th annual is concerned, this is expected to be released sometime during the first quarter of the year.