The poker community was treated to some great news over the weekend. The World Series of Poker (WSOP) announced that a $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event will be held this year, catering to both US and international players.
It will take place as an online-live hybrid and will kick off on November 29.
WSOP.com will play host to a single Day 1 flight on Sunday, December 13, exclusive for players based in New Jersey and Nevada. Survivors will meet again on Day 2 the following Monday until the final table is reached.
The international leg of the Main Event will take place on GGPoker. It features three starting flights, running on November 29, December 5, and December 6. Players are allowed to enter via one flight only. Day 2 takes place on December 7, during which the remaining players will play down to the final table.
The Main Event is a freezeout tournament, meaning players will only have one shot at becoming a champion. Both GGPoker and WSOP.com will adopt a similar structure, and players will be prohibited from taking part in both the domestic and international editions. This means that they can only choose to play either on GGPoker or WSOP.com.
To enforce this policy, both operators will share player information between each other. Those busting any of the three flights at GGPoker will be blocked from participating in the Main Event on WSOP.com.
The finalists on WSOP.com will play down to a winner live at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Monday, December 28. Meanwhile, the players who made the final table on GGPoker will gather at King’s Casino in Czech Republic on Tuesday, December 15 to determine a winner.
The final battle will take place as a special Heads-Up match between the winners from GGPoker and WSOP.com. The Rio will play host to the action on Wednesday, December 30. The ultimate winner will be crowned as the 51st WSOP Main Event champion, and will take home the highly-coveted gold bracelet, alongside an extra $1,000,000 cash. The final tables and the heads-up match will be covered by ESPN, with Norman Chad and Lou McEachern serving as commentators.
Organizers reserve the right to make major changes to the tournament schedule in the event of casino closure or travel constraints. Players taking part in the live finale will be subject to health screening, and will be required to comply with COVID health protocols.
The full details of the upcoming event are available at WSOP.com.