World Series of Poker Main Event to Play Out in December
Just when you thought the 2020 WSOP wasn’t going to happen, the WSOP drops a bombshell. On Friday, WSOP officials surprised the world by announcing that the 2020 WSOP Main Event will happen. This year, the WSOP Main Event will be played as a live-online hybrid, allowing players both in the United States and internationally the ability to play for the bracelet.
WSOP Main Event to Play at Both WSOP.com and GGPoker
Similar to the WSOP Online that happened this Summer, the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event will start out as an online event. The tournament will be at GGPoker for international players and at WSOP.com in the United States.
The GGPoker version of the Main Event kicks off on November 29th with the first of three starting flights. Flights will be on November 29th, December 5th, and December 6th. Those that advance from those flights will play Day 2 on December 7th and play to the final table.
For those in the United States, you can play the Main Event at WSOP.com in New Jersey and Nevada. There will be a single starting flight on December 13th with advancing players coming back on December 14th to play to a final table.
For anyone in the United States wishing to play at WSOP..com, you must be physically in the legal online poker states of New Jersey and Nevada. Delaware players will not be able to participate despite being on the interstate poker network.
Casinos in both Nevada and New Jersey will be offering discount hotel rates to Main Event players. You don’t have to stay in a hotel though. As long as your location is verifiable via Wi-Fi, you can play at legal online casinos and at WSOP.com.
Final Tables to Play at King’s Casino and the Rio
Once players reach the final table, they will travel to a live venue for play. The final table for GGPoker will be at King’s Casino on December 15th. The event will play to a winner with players being paid out that day.
For the WSOP.com final table, players will go to the Rio in Las Vegas to play the final table, likely at the Mothership. The final table plays out on December 28th. However, it is unknown at this time whether the event will be broadcast on ESPN live. This final table also plays to a winner with players being paid.
The winner of both final tables will then meet for the heads-up finale.
Heads-Up Battle to Determine World Champion
The winners of both final tables will battle for the title on December 30th at the Rio in Las Vegas. Players will be competing for the Championship bracelet along with a $1 million prize on top. The prize money will be put up jointly by WSOP.com and GGPoker.
ESPN will tape the final table and the heads-up match, but it is unknown if they will broadcast the heads-up battle. Of course, there are a few things that could put a monkey wrench into the WSOP’s plans.
The first is the pandemic. With cases spiking globally, there is a good chance that there will be restrictions in place by December. As such, the live final tables and the heads-up finale will be moved online.
Next, if the winner of the GGPoker version of the Main Event is under 21, the live portion of the heads-up match will be moved to another location. You must be 21 to play in casinos in Las Vegas but the age limit at GGPoker and King’s Casino is 18.
For now, we can assume that the online versions of both events will go off without a problem. It is the live portions that remain questionable. We will bring coverage of both legs and let you know who advances to the final tables of both legs of the 2020 WSOP Main Event.