The WSOP Returns to Las Vegas in September
There has been ongoing speculation for weeks about the 2021 World Series of Poker. Kevmath fueled a lot of the speculation with tweets claiming that the series will run in the fall. Daniel Negreanu came out claiming that he knew for a fact it was running.
Then comes April Fools Day. The World Series of Poker announced that a live 2021 WSOP will kick off in September. However, this was no April Fool’s joke. Instead, it was a legit announcement. Including the return of a live WSOP, the WSOP Online will return this summer and the WSOP Europe may return this fall.
Game On! 2021 WSOP Kicks Off September 30th
The World Series of Poker announced on Thursday that the 2021 World Series of Poker will be played this fall at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The event will kick off on September 30th and run through November 23rd. Due to the length of the series, one can assume that a full slate of events will be on the schedule.
The WSOP gave a preview of what to expect on the opening weekend. A $5 Million Guaranteed NL Hold’em event called “The Reunion” will likely be the featured event for the weekend. Also, there will be a charity tournament to benefit frontline health care workers. Lastly, a $25,000 HORSE event will be part of the opening weekend.
A full slate of tournaments will be released this Summer. However, we do know the details for the 2021 WSOP Main Event. It will be completely live with the event kicking off on November 4th. This year, the event returns to four Day 1 flights, with Day 1s being held from November 4th through 7th.
WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart spoke on the event, stating, “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, get vaccinated and get back to Vegas.”
The live WSOP is not the only big announcement on Thursday.
The World Series of Poker Online to Return
An announcement that was a bit of a surprise is the return of the World Series of Poker Online. Like last year, the series will have both a domestic and international version. The domestic version kicks off on July 1st. Last year, there were 31 events held for the domestic version. A schedule of events will not be released until April 15th.
The international version of WSOP Online awarded over $150 million in prize money to players. It will return this year, but further details were not announced on Thursday. Further details will be released once the domestic schedule is finalized.
World Series of Poker May Return
The last announcement made by WSOP officials is the return of the World Series of Poker Europe. The event will return to King’s Casino Rozvadov and is scheduled to run from November 19th through December 8th. However, this is assuming that restrictions are eased on international travel. Stewart stated in the release that they expect that restrictions will be eased by then, but that cannot be guaranteed.
If the event goes off as planned, there will be 15 bracelet events to include the WSOP Europe Main Event and a 50,000 Euro High Roller Event. However, the WSOP made it abundantly clear that this series is subject to local regulations and restrictions. The event may be rescheduled, moved online, or canceled entirely depending on how things progress with the pandemic.
We think that there is a solid chance that this event is canceled outright. It is hard to see this moved online, particularly since WSOP Online will have an international component. Hopefully, we are wrong about this and all WSOP bracelet events will go off without a hitch in 2021.