World Series of Poker 2022 begins in Las Vegas

The 2022 World Series of Poker begins on Tuesday, setting up shop for the first time in its new home at Bally’s Las Vegas (soon to be renamed the Horseshoe) and Paris Hotel.

As usual Event 1 on the WSOP scheduled is the $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em tournament. This isn’t the only tournament on the Day 1 schedule though, as the WSOP organizers have also crammed in the $100,000 High Roller Bounty No-Limit Hold’em tournament on Day 1. The casino employees’ tournament is scheduled to go two days, while the Bounty tournaemnt is a three-day event.

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During the first week of the WSOP there are 13 live events, and two online events on the schedule. That includes several different varieties of poker and poker tournaments, including No-Limit Hold’em, Dealer’s Choice, Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, Seven Card Stud, Heads Up, Freezeouts, 6-handed, and 8-handed events.

Here is a closer look at a few standout events from the first week of the WSOP.

First up is Event 5: The Housewarming. This cheap $500 buy-in has four Day 1 starting flights and a hefty $5 million guaranteed prize pool. The first Day 1 flight, appropriately tagged Flight A, is on Thursday, June 2. The entire tournament is scheduled to run six days with the final table on Tuesday, June 7.

Our second noteworthy tournament is the Head-up No-Limit Hold’em Championship. This tournament has a $25,000 buy-in and is limited to 64 entries. Day 1 begins on Thursday, June 2 with two matches that should reduce the field down to 16 players. The final heads-up match will be played on June 4 when winner will be crowned and the WSOP bracelet awarded.

Aside from the opening day high roller bounty tournament, the largest buy-in during the first week is in Event 12, the $50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed tournament. Last year this tournament drew 81 entries and Michael Addamo outlasted them all to cash $1.1 million.

The two online bracelet events on tap for the opening week include the $5,300 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller Freezeout on Sunday, June 5, and the $500 No-Limit Hold’em BIG 500 being held on the same day. Both tournaments are only open to players on residing in Nevada and New Jersey.