The World Series of Poker (WSOP) has announced 17 more events for the festival’s 51st edition.
The newest addition to the schedule includes a number of freezeout events dubbed the “Freezeout Series“, “Mystery Bounty“, and a historic Super High Roller.
The 2020 WSOP returns to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on May 26 to July 15.
This coincides with WSOP’s goal of moving away from re-entries, which has been one of the highly discussed topics in the world of poker over recent months. This means players can look forward to more freezeout tournaments this summer, giving them just a single shot at victory, especially in bracelet events.
The freezeout series features price points ranging from $500 to $5,000, and will take place on May 27, through to June 21.
A $1,500 Mystery Bounty No Limit Hold’em event will also make a debut in the 2020 WSOP. It will be played like a typical bounty tournament, but with a twist! A total of 100 mystery bounties will be up for grabs, equivalent to at least $1,000,000.
BIG 50 Is Back!
WSOP’s latest announcement also includes the return of the BIG 50 no-limit hold’em event, which will take place during the festival’s opening weekend. BIG 50 features four starting flights which will kick off on May 28. It has a buy-in of $500, and players will begin with 50,000 in chips, played in 50-minute levels.
The event is expected to draw another massive turnout this year, with players being given the chance to re-enter once during each flight.
The inaugural BIG 50 event held in 2019 attracted a massive field of 28,371 entrants, creating a total prize pool of $13.50g million, making it the biggest live poker tournament of all time. It was taken down by Nigeria native Femi Fashakin for $1,147,499.
WSOP Vice President Jack Effel said the changes are introduced based on player feedback. This in turn will improve the whole experience and will make the festival even better. Apart from bringing back the traditional freezeout format, organisers have also introduced new buy-in ranges that can accommodate players of all levels.
$250K Super High Roller
This year’s WSOP is also set to create history by launching a $250,000 Super High Roller, the largest buy-in event to ever take place at the festival, and in Las Vegas! It is scheduled to run on June 27, and will feature a single re-entry.