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The World Series of Poker (WSOP) has long captured the attention of poker players of all kinds of experience levels. It is the biggest poker tournament that takes place in the world each and every year. It often breaks records for having the biggest prize pool and the most players in one tournament. It has also been around since 1970, making it the longest-running major poker tournament.

Andrew Omalley
Sep 22 2021

A lot of people will straight away think about the Main Event of the WSOP which will be taking place in Las Vegas. There had to be a hybrid online format put in place for the 2020 renewal as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the in-person play has returned in time for the 2021 renewal.

Up until 2020, the player and attendance numbers at the WSOP have grown consistently year on year as more people got involved in the game. With restrictions easing across Nevada, there is hope that these record numbers can be reached once more in the coming years.

WSOP 2021 Renewal

The 2021 renewal of the WSOP will be the 52nd time that this event has been played. Taking place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, the event will kick off on September 300th with a Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em event and it will conclude on November 23 with the 8-Handed No-Limit Hold’em event. In all, there are more than 85 distinct events that will make up the 2021 renewal. Each of these events will have its own rule sets, buy-in amount, and last for a certain number of days.

The highlight of the WSOP is the Main Event and the first of four starting flights will begin on November 4, with the final table taking place on November 16 and November 17. In the 2019 Main Event, there were more than 8,000 entrants. This was only the second time ever that the player count had bypassed this mark.

WSOP Current Schedule

Tournament Date Buy-in Comments
Casino Employees NLH  September 30        $500 Employees only
H.O.R.S.E September 30 $25,000        3-Days event
Covid 19 NLH Charity Event           September 30 $1,000 2-Days event
The Reunion NLH October 1 $500 5-Days event
Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better October 1 $1,500 3-Days event
High-Roller NLH 8-Handed October 2 $25,000 3-Days event
NLH Deepstack October 4 $600 2-Days event
Omaha Hi-Lo or Better October 4 $10,000 4-Days event
Super Turbo Bounty NLH October 5 $1,000 1 Day (Freezout)
Heads-Up NLH Championship October 5 $25,000 3-Days event
Limit Holde’m October 5 $1,500 3-Days event
Freezout NLH October 6 $3,000 3-Days event
Seven Card Stud October 6 $1,500 3-Days event
6-Handed NLH October 7 $1,500 3-Days event
Limit Holde’m Championship October 7 $10,000 3-Days event
Millionaire Maker NLH October 8 $1,500 5-Days event
Mixed Triple Draw Lowball October 8 $2,500 3-Days event
Seven Stud Card Championship October 9 $10,000 3-Days event
Flip & Go NLH by GGpoker October 10 $1,000 2-Days event
Mixed PLO October 10 $1,500 3-Days event
Ladies NLH Championship October 11 $10,000 4-Days event
Eight Game Mix 6-Handed October 10 $1,500 3-Days event
PLO Deepstack, 8-Handed October 12 $600 2-Days event
6-Handed NLH October 12 $5,000 4-Days event
Freezout NLH October 13 $1,000 2-Days event
H.O.R.S.E October 13 $1,500 3-Days event
PLO 8-Handed October 14 $1,000 3-Days event
Short Deck NLH October 14 $10,000 3-Days event
Monster Stack NLH October 15 $1,500 5-Days event (FO)
No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw October 15 $1,500 3-Days event
Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw October 17 $1,500 3-Days event
Freezout NLH October 18 $500 2-Days event
Dealers Choice 6-Handed October 18 $10,000 3-Days event
Super Turbo Bounty NLH (FO) October 19 $1,500 1-Day
High-Roller NLH 8-Handed October 19 $50,000 3-Days event
PLO 8-Handed October 20 $1,500 3-Days event
H.O.R.S.E Championship October 20 $10,000 4-Days event
Freezout NLH October 21 $2,500 3-Days event
Razz October 21 $1,500 4-Days event
Double Stack NLH October 22 $1,000 5-Days event
6-Handed Limit Holde’m October 22 $3,000 3-Days event
NLH Deepstack October 24 $800 2-Days event
Freezout NLH 8-Handed October 24 $5,000 3-Days event
Shootout NLH October 25 $1,500 3-Days event
No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw October 25 $10,000 3-Days event
Mixed NLH & PLO, 8-Handed October 26 $600 2-Days event
6-Handed NLH October 26 $3,000 2-Days event
Seniors NLH Championship October 27 $1,000 5-Days event
High-Roller PLO, 8-Handed October 27 $25,000 4-Days event
Nine Game Mix, 6-Handed October 27 $2,500 1-Day
Colossus NLH October 29 $400 4-Days event
6-Handed NLH Championship October 29 $10,000 3-Days event
Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw October 30 $10.000 3-Days event
Super Seniors NLH October 31 $1,000 4-Days event
Tag Team NLH October 31 $1,000 3-Days event
Poker Players Championship October 31 $50,000 5-Days event
Deepstack Championship NLH November 1 $600 4-Days event
PLO Hi-LO 8 or Better November 1 $1,500 3-Days event
Salute to Warriors NLH November 2 $500 3-Days event
Mixed NLH & PLO November 2 $5,000 2-Days event
Mini Main Event NLH November 3 $1,000 3-Days event
Main Event NLH November 4 $10,000 9-Days event
Little One for One Drop, NLH November 8 $1,111 5-Days event
Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo November 10 $1,500 3-Days event
Crazy Eights NLH, 8-Handed November 11 $888 6-Days event
Bounty PLO, 8-Handed November 11 $1,500 3-Days event
Mixed Big Event November 14 $2,500 3-Days event
Freezout NLH November 15 $1,500 3-Days event
Super Turbo Bounty NLH November 15 $10,000 2-Days event
Fifty Stack NLH November 16 $1,500 2-Days event
Razz Championship November 16 $10,000 3-Days event
Poker Hall of Fame NLH Bounty November 17 $1,979 3-Days event
6-Handed PLO November 17 $3,000 4-Days event
MLH Deepstack November 18 $800 2-Days event
Super High-Roller NLH November 18 $250,000 3-Days event
The Closer – NLH November 19 $1,500 3-Days event
High-Roller PLO November 19 $50,000 2-Days event
High-Roller NLH November 20 $50,000 3-Days event
Super Turbo NLH November 21 $1,000 1-Day event
High-Roller NLH November 21 $100,000 3-Days event
8-Handed NLH November 22 $5,000 2-Days event

COVID-19 Requirements for the 2021 WSOP

In order to take part in the 2021 WSOP, you will need to be at least 21 years old. One of the main new requirements is that you have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before registration in order to take part. This includes each of the WSOP bracelet events, satellites, live-action, side events, and cash games.

This means that you need to have gotten your final vaccination dose at least two weeks before the entry date. Players will be able to remove their masks when they are seated and playing. However, when indoors the players will otherwise have to wear a mask. Only a limited number of spectators will be allowed and they will need to show proof of being fully vaccinated.

How to Enter World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event

The most straightforward way to enter is to pay the $10,000 entry fee. There is also going to be an array of online qualifiers across leading poker sites that will put you in with a chance of earning your way to the main event in this manner. You should take a look to see what opportunities you will have to earn a seat at the main event through one of these qualifiers if you prefer to not have to pay the entry fee. Some of the leading poker sites that offer WSOP Main Event qualifiers include PokerStars, 888poker, and PartyPoker.


The WSOP is one of the most exciting aspects of the poker calendar each year. If you are playing, you will often get the chance to rub shoulders with the biggest names in professional poker, as well as celebrities from other walks of life.

The viewing experience as a spectator is also top-tier, with many fairy tale stories being a part of this event each hand every year. Therefore, it is a must-watch for even casual poker fans. Everyone at PlayRight is hoping to see as many readers as possible reaching this tournament and continuing to play and love the game of poker.

Written by: Andrew Omalley
Sep 22 2021