2021 World Series of Poker begins in Las Vegas

After getting sidelined in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic the World Series of Poker finally returned to Las Vegas earlier this week.

The 2021 World Series of Poker kicked off at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino on September 30. The 2021 WSOP will run until November 22 with 88 live events on the schedule. There are also 11 online events interspersed throughout the schedule.

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On the opening day of the WSOP there were three events on the schedule, starting with Event No. 1 the Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em tournament. After the dust settled on Day 1 of the Casino Employees tournament 50 players from the 419 entrants were left standing. The eventual winner of this tournament will receive a WSOP bracelet and $39,013.

The other two events that started up on opening day of the WSOP were Event 2: H.O.R.S.E. tournament and Event 3: COVID-19 Relief No-Limit Hold’em Charity tournament.

Looking ahead to the first weekend of the WSOP some of the highlights include Day 1A, B and C of Event 4 The Reunion, with a $500 buy-in and a $5 million guaranteed prize pool, Event 6: $25,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em 8-handed tournament, and Event 7: $1,500 Dealers Choice 6-handed tournament.

Also on the schedule this weekend are the first two online events of the 2021 WSOP. Both online events are scheduled to begin on Sunday, October 3. They include the $5,300 No-Limit Hold’em Freezeout and the $500 No-Limit Hold’em Big 500. Both events are only open to players in New Jersey and Nevada playing on the WSOP.com network.

Looking ahead on the WSOP schedule, this year’s $10,000 Main Event begins on Thursday, November 4 and a winner will be crowned on Wednesday, November 17. The last time a full WSOP Main Event was held in-person in 2019 Damian Salas outlasted an 8,569-player field to cash $10 million.