Live Poker Returns to Las Vegas with WSOP on 30 September

By Matilda Karen

Fans of hot, action-packed live poker around the world will be pleased to learn that live poker is making a comeback this year. The much-anticipated return of the World Series of Poker (WSOP), the most popular live international poker show of all time, will be back where it belongs, live in Las Vegas.

However, the comeback is marked with a slightly different schedule to what fans may have been used to in the past. Given the current situation with regards to the pandemic, this is totally understandable, especially considering the WSOP was completely cancelled last year in light of these events unfolding. The cancellation of both the WSOP Las Vegas leg and the WSOP Europe event came as a blow to WSOP poker fans all over the world last year, with virtually the entire globe going into lockdown, completely shutting down all travel as well as hosting of all live events worldwide.

Moving Forward

2021 marks the year when things may once again move forward, and we’ll be seeing our favourite WSOP stars in action at the Rio in Las Vegas for a full 88 event live WSOP series scheduled to take place between the 30th of September all the way through to the 23rd of November.

Traditionally, the WSOP has always been held in Las Vegas either running from late spring or the early summer months. World Series of Poker fans have always geared up and travelled to Las Vegas to enjoy some of the most intense live poker, a staple of the Las Vegas Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino since at least 2005. This prestigious resort hotel has hosted hundreds of guests from around the world, each and every year, as both fans and players congregate for this prestigious poker series.

Playing it Safe

With hotel resorts and casinos like the Rio opening up again this year throughout Las Vegas, operators are still playing it safe. In cooperation with the Nevada Gaming Commission, operators as well as WSOP event organizers, will be looking at new ways in which this massive event can be held in a safe and responsible way.

What these exact precautionary measures might entail is still to be announced. However, we can more or less safely assume that they will include a variety of sanitary protocols and social distancing, which may even extend to the distance between poker tables. As things currently stand, all stakeholders have agreed to the opening of the annual WSOP event to be the 30th of September, running all the way through to the 23rd of November. Dedicated fans among you may have also noticed that this year's WSOP will run slightly longer than past events.
2021 WSOP No Limit Hold’em Championship Event Details

With the main WSOP event (Event 67) being returned to its original heart-stopping magnificence, with a $10k buy in and “freeze-out” format, the full Event 67 schedule has now officially been announced.

  1. Thursday, 4 November: Day 1A
  2. Friday, 5 November: Day 1B
  3. Saturday, 6 November: Day 1C
  4. Sunday, 7 November: Day 1D
  5. Monday, 8 November: Day 2AB (Days 1A and 1B combined)
  6. Tuesday, 9 November, Day 2CD (Days 1C and 1D combined)
  7. Wednesday, 10 November: Day 3 (all remaining players combined)
  8. Thursday, 11 November: Day 4
  9. Friday, 12 November: Day 5
  10. Saturday, 13 November: Day 6
  11. Sunday, 14 November: Day 7 (to play to final nine)
  12. Monday, 15 November: off day
  13. Tuesday, 16 November: Day 8 (final table play)
  14. Wednesday, 17 November: Day 9 (play to winner)

Every player starts with 60K chips and plays 120-minute levels. They also start playing each day at 11am local time.
The full schedule listings can be found online, and include a wide range of satellite events that will be worth your while as a fan of live poker. This includes the Covid 19 Relief NLHE Charity Event scheduled for the 30th of September, and aimed at benefiting all frontline healthcare workers, and with a $1k buy-in. Other highlight events include the Ladies NHLE Championship starting on the 11th of October, the Seniors NHLE Championship (for 50 and over), starting on the 27th of October, and the Tag Team NLHE event kicking off on the 32st of October.

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