Complete Guide To The 2019 World Series Of Poker

The 2019 World Series of Poker (WSOP) will run from May 28 to July 16. This year will feature a record 89 bracelet events, with buy-ins ranging from $400 to $100,000.

Benny Binion founded the series at his Horseshoe Casino in 1970 as a meeting of the seven best poker players in the world. Since then, the series has grown into the biggest event in poker, especially after moving to the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in 2005.

Last year’s series brought in 123,865 entries, and tournament officials paid out $267 million to winners. The $10,000 main event featured 7,874 entries with Indiana’s John Cynn taking home $8.8 million in 2018.

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The 2019 WSOP tournament schedule

Wed, May 29th11:00 AM$500 Casino Employees Event$500
Wed, May 29th12:00 PMSuper Turbo Bounty$10,000
Thu, May 30th11:00 AMBIG 50 - Flight A$500
Thu, May 30th3:00 PM$1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo Eight or Better$1,500
Fri, May 31st11:00 AMBIG 50 - Flight B$500
Fri, May 31st3:00 PM50th Annual High Roller NLH$50,000
Sat, Jun 1st10:00 AMBIG 50 - Flight C$500
Sat, Jun 1st3:00 PM$2,500 Limit Mixed Triple Draw$2,500
Sun, Jun 2nd10:00 AMBIG 50 - Flight D$500
Sun, Jun 2nd3:30 PMNo-Limit Hold’em (Online)$400
Sun, Jun 2nd6:00 PM Short Deck No-Limit Hold’em$10,000
Mon, Jun 3rd11:00 AM$600 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack$600
Mon, Jun 3rd3:00 PM$1,500 Dealer's Choice$1,500
Mon, Jun 3rd6:00 PM$5,000 No-Limit Hold'em$5,000
Tue, Jun 4th10:00 AM$1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty$1,000
Tue, Jun 4th3:00 PM$1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw$1,500
Wed, Jun 5th11:00 AM$1,500 HORSE$1,500
Wed, Jun 5th3:00 PMHeads Up No-Limit Hold’em$10,000
Wed, Jun 5th4:00 PM$1,500 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed$1,500
Thu, Jun 6th11:00 AM$1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout$1,500
Thu, Jun 6th3:00 PMOmaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better$10,000
Fri, Jun 7th10:00 AMMillionaire Maker - Flight A$1,500
Fri, Jun 7th3:00 PM$1,500 Seven-Card Stud$1,500
Sat, Jun 8th10:00 AMMillionaire Maker - Flight B$1,500
Sat, Jun 8th3:00 PMNo-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw$10,000
Sun, Jun 9th11:00 AM$1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Double Stack$1,000
Sun, Jun 9th3:00 PM$1,500 Eight Game Mix$1,500
Sun, Jun 9th3:30 PM6-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha (Online)$600
Mon, Jun 10th11:00 AM$600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack$600
Mon, Jun 10th12:00 PM$2,620 No-Limit Hold'em Marathon$2,620
Mon, Jun 10th3:00 PM$1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better$1,500
Tue, Jun 11th11:00 AMNo-Limit Hold'em$1,000
Tue, Jun 11th3:00 PMH.O.R.S.E.$10,000
Wed, Jun 12th11:00 AM$1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha$1,000
Wed, Jun 12th3:00 PM$3,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed$3,000
Thu, Jun 13th10:00 AMSeniors No-Limit Hold'em$1,000
Fri, Jun 14th10:00 AM$1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold'em - Flight A$1,000
Fri, Jun 14th3:00 PMDealers Choice 6-Handed$10,000
Sat, Jun 15th10:00 AM$1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold'em - Flight B$1,000
Sat, Jun 15th3:00 PM$3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout$3,000
Sun, Jun 16th11:00 AM$800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack$800
Sun, Jun 16th3:30 PMKnock-Out Bounty No-Limit Hold’em (Online)$600
Mon, Jun 17th10:00 AM$1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold'em$1,000
Mon, Jun 17th12:00 PM$1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha$1,500
Mon, Jun 17th3:00 PMSeven Card Stud$10,000
Tue, Jun 18th11:00 AM$600 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em / Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack 8-Handed$600
Tue, Jun 18th3:00 PM$2,500 Mixed Big Bet$2,500
Wed, Jun 19th11:00 AM$1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Bounty$1,500
Wed, Jun 19th3:00 PMHigh Roller Pot-Limit Omaha$25,000
Wed, Jun 19th3:30 PMTurbo No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack (Online)$500
Thu, Jun 20th11:00 AM$1,000/$10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em$10,000
Thu, Jun 20th12:00 PM$2,500 No-Limit Hold'em$2,500
Thu, Jun 20th3:00 PMLimit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw$10,000
Fri, Jun 21st10:00 AMMonster Stack - Flight A$1,500
Fri, Jun 21st3:00 PM$2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better, Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better$2,500
Sat, Jun 22nd10:00 AMMonster Stack - Flight B$1,500
Sat, Jun 22nd3:00 PMPot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed$10,000
Sun, Jun 23rd11:00 AM$800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack 8-Handed$800
Sun, Jun 23rd3:00 PM$1,500 Razz$1,500
Sun, Jun 23rd3:30 PMDouble Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Online)$1,000
Mon, Jun 24th10:00 AM$1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty$1,500
Mon, Jun 24th12:00 PMTag Team No-Limit Hold'em$1,000
Mon, Jun 24th3:00 PMPoker Players Championship$50,000
Tue, Jun 25th11:00 AM$600 No-Limit Hold'em DEEPSTACK CHAMPIONSHIP$600
Tue, Jun 25th3:00 PM$1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 or Better$1,500
Wed, Jun 26th10:00 AM$400 Colossus - Flight A$400
Wed, Jun 26th3:00 PMRazz Championship$10,000
Thu, Jun 27th10:00 AM$400 Colossus - Flight B$400
Thu, Jun 27th3:00 PM$1,500 Omaha Mix$1,500
Fri, Jun 28th10:00 AM$888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em - Flight A$888
Fri, Jun 28th3:00 PMPot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8$10,000
Fri, Jun 28th5:00 PM$888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em - Flight B$888
Sat, Jun 29th10:00 AM$888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em - Flight C$888
Sat, Jun 29th3:00 PM$1,500 Limit Hold'em$1,500
Sun, Jun 30th10:00 AM$888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em - Flight D$888
Sun, Jun 30th3:00 PMSeven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8$10,000
Sun, Jun 30th3:30 PMNo-Limit Hold’em Championship (Online)$1,000
Mon, Jul 1st11:00 AM$1,000 Mini Main Event$1,000
Mon, Jul 1st3:00 PM$5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed$5,000
Tue, Jul 2nd11:00 AMSALUTE TO WARRIORS - $500 No-Limit Hold'em$500
Tue, Jul 2nd3:00 PMLimit Hold’em Championship$10,000
Wed, Jul 3rd12:00 PM$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship - Flight A
Wed, Jul 3rd3:30 PMHigh Roller No-Limit Hold’em (Online)$3,200
Thu, Jul 4th12:00 PM$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship - Flight B$10,000
Fri, Jul 5th12:00 PM$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship - Flight C$10,000
Sat, Jul 6th11:00 AM$1,000 + $111 Little One for One Drop - Flight A$1,111
Sun, Jul 7th11:00 AM$1,000 + $111 Little One for One Drop - Flight B$1,111
Sun, Jul 7th3:30 PM6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em (Online)$800
Mon, Jul 8th11:00 AM$1,000 + $111 Little One for One Drop - Flight C$1,111
Mon, Jul 8th3:00 PM$3,000 Limit Hold'em 6-Handed$3,000
Tue, Jul 9th11:00 AM$1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Bounty$1,500
Tue, Jul 9th3:00 PM$3,000 No-Limit Hold'em$3,000
Wed, Jul 10th11:00 AM$1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em Pot-Limit Omaha$1,500
Wed, Jul 10th3:00 PM$1,500 50th Annual Bracelet Winners Only No-Limit Hold'em$1,500
Thu, Jul 11th11:00 AM$1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Double Stack $1,500
Thu, Jul 11th3:00 PMHigh Roller No-Limit Hold’em$100,000
Fri, Jul 12th11:00 AMThe Closer - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em - Flight A $1,500
Fri, Jul 12th3:00 PM$3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed$3,000
Sat, Jul 13th11:00 AMThe Closer - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em - Flight B$1,500
Sat, Jul 13th3:00 PM6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em$10,000
Sun, Jul 14th11:00 AMThe Closer - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em - Flight C$1,500
Sun, Jul 14th3:00 PM$3,000 HORSE$3,000
Sun, Jul 14th3:30 PMSummer Saver No-Limit Hold’em (Online)$500
Mon, Jul 15th12:00 PM$5,000 No-Limit Hold'em$5,000

Notable events

This year, the WSOP has even more events geared toward players with smaller bankrolls. In essence, there is now three-tiered pricing with low, medium and high buy-ins. Here are some of the highlights from each tier:

Low tier

  • Big 50 (May 30) – In honor of its 50th anniversary, the WSOP kicks off with this $500 no-limit hold ’em event. With a guaranteed prizepool of $5 million and $1 million going to the winner, the field should be huge.
  • Deepstack Championship (June 25) – This $600 re-entry features a nice $500,000 guarantee. The winner gets a seat at the $10,000 main event.
  • Salute to Warriors (July 2) – This new charity event honors military service members. The $500 buy-in gold bracelet event benefits the USO and other veteran organizations. Active military and veterans are encouraged to participate. A winner will be crowned fittingly on Independence Day.

Medium tier

  • $888 Crazy Eights 8-Handed (June 28) – This event has become a popular tournament. It attracts a nice field (8,598 entries in 2018) with a significant guarantee of $888,888 to the winner.
  • $1,000 Tag Team (June 24) – Get some buddies together and make it a team effort. Having a run of bad luck? Tag in a partner to mix it up, but no metal chairs.
  • $1,500 “The Closer” (July 11)  – This event was added in 2018 with a few tournaments to run concurrently with the main event. There are three flights with payouts starting in each of those.

High tier

  • $50,000 50th Annual High Roller (May 31) – This special event should attract plenty of top players. It features a big buy-in and will bring a big payday.
  • $10,000 Heads-Up Championship (June 5) – This one is always popular and attracts some of the game’s best in a bracket-style format.
  • $50,000 Poker Players Championship (June 24) – This is a major bullet point for the game’s elite and should attract a nice field of pros. Players must be sharp as the tournament features seven different games.
  • $100,000 High Roller (July 11) – Those with deep pockets will be heading to the Rio for this six-figure showdown. It even features one re-entry.

Seniors and ladies events

  • $1,000 Seniors Championship (June 13) – Another fun day at the Rio, this popular event is open to players age 50 and older. There is also on re-entry allowed.
  • $1,000 Ladies Championship (June 20) – This is always a popular event with a room full of female players. The actual price is $10,000, but women receive a discount to $1,000 to deter men from entering.
  • $1,000 Super Seniors Championship (June 17) – Another seniors event, but this time for those age 60 and older. This tournament always attracts a diverse crowd and allows one re-entry.

Online events

Beyond the action in the Rio, online players in both Nevada and New Jersey can battle for bracelets. will be offering nine online bracelet events during the Series.

The online events have become popular in recent years. Last year’s $365 event featured roughly 3,000 entries and a first-place payout of $155,000.

All online events will begin at 3:30 p.m. Vegas time. Here’s a look at all online events this summer:

Tournament NameDateTime (ET)Buy-in
No-Limit Hold’emJune 2, 20196:30 PM$400
6-Handed Pot-Limit OmahaJune 9, 20196:30 PM$600
Knock-Out Bounty No-Limit Hold'emJune 16, 20196:30 PM$600
Turbo No-Limit Hold’em DeepstackJune 19, 20196:30 PM$500
Double Stack No-Limit Hold’emJune 23, 20196:30 PM$1,000
No-Limit Hold’em ChampionshipJune 30, 20196:30 PM$1,000
High Roller No-Limit Hold’emJuly 3, 20196:30 PM$3,200
6-Handed No-Limit Hold’emJuly 7, 20196:30 PM$800
Summer Saver No-Limit Hold’emJuly 14, 20196:30 PM$500

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Non-bracelet tournaments

Along with bracelet action, the WSOP offers several other tournaments with lower buy-ins featuring large fields and decent payouts. Here’s a look at some of those.

Daily deepstacks

These one-a-day, non-bracelet tournaments offer plenty of bang for the buck. Most feature decent-sized fields and regularly pay out five figures.

This year, the deepstack events return with some additional weekly offerings. Here’s a schedule of those events:

  • $250 Buy-In No-Limit Hold’em tournaments at 1 p.m.
  • $200 Buy-In No-Limit Hold’em tournaments at 4 p.m.
  • $400 Buy-In No-Limit Hold’em tournaments at 7 p.m.*
  • $150 Buy-In No-Limit Hold’em tournaments at 10 p.m.*

*These events will run using an accelerated format.

Ladies Warm Up

A new $150 NLHE tournament will be on the eve of the $1,000 Ladies Championship. This tourney is set for 6 p.m. June 19.

Gavin Smith Memorial Tournament

This $200 tournament is set for opening day on May 28 at 6 p.m. The event helps raise funds for the family of popular poker player Gavin Smith, who passed away in January. The event is rake-free with $100 of each entry going to the Gavin Smith Trust.

Ways to watch the 2019 WSOP

ESPN will be offering 13 straight days of live main event coverage from July 3-16. PokerGO will stream other events throughout the series as well as main event coverage not broadcasted on ESPN. The service is available online or through its mobile app.

ESPN will telecast at least 40 hours of live coverage plus an additional 90 hours of edited episodes. The full PokerGO streaming schedule has not been announced yet, but here’s a look at what to expect on ESPN.

July 3, 20198:30 PM - 2:00 AM ETESPN2WSOP Main Event Day 1A
July 4, 20199:00 PM - 11:00 PM ETESPN2WSOP Main Event Day 1B
July 5, 20198:00 PM - 12:30 AM ETESPN2WSOP Main Event Day 1C
July 6, 20196:00 PM - 10:30 PM ETESPN2WSOP Main Event Day 2AB
July 7, 20192:30 PM - 6:00 PM ETESPNWSOP Main Event Day 2C
July 8, 201910:00 PM - 2:00 AM ETESPN2WSOP Main Event Day 3
July 9, 20197:00 PM - 11:00 PM ETESPNWSOP Main Event Day 4
July 10, 20198:00 PM - 11:00 PM ETESPNWSOP Main Event Day 5
July 11, 201912:30 AM - 2:00 AM ETESPN2WSOP Main Event Day 6
July 12, 20199:00 PM - 11:00 PM ETESPNWSOP Main Event Day 7
July 12, 201911:00 PM - 2:00 AM ETESPN2WSOP Main Event Day 7 (Play to Final Table)
July 14, 201910:00 PM – TBD ETESPN2WSOP Main Event Day 8 (Nine to Six Players)
July 15, 201910:00 PM – TBD ETESPNWSOP Main Event Day 9 (Six to Three Players)
July 16, 20199:00 PM – TBD ETESPNWSOP Main Event Day 10 (Three Players to Winner)

Changes and additions coming to the 2019 WSOP

Deeper stacks

Many players favor deeper stacks and longer play. Consequently, tournaments that feature greater starting stack amounts tend to attract more players.

So, as it has done in years past, the WSOP is increasing starting stack sizes once again. As a result, many three-day events will also feature one added day.

Here’s a look at this year’s changes to stack sizes:

Buy-in2018 Starting Stack Size2019 Starting Stack Size

Tournament accounts

Players can now wire funds for tournament play or deposit money on their accounts after arrival at the Rio. After a setting up an account at the WSOP main page, players can then register online or on their mobile phone.

With notoriously long lines for some events, this should be a welcome addition.  Players can now also use credit and debit cards for registration.

However, those who prefer traditional methods can still use cash, casino chips and cashier’s checks.

Very low buy-ins

Throughout much of its history, the series has offered two tiers of buy-in ranges. The $10,000 and higher championship events generally attracted big-name pros, while events with buy-ins in the $1,000-$2,500 range drew regular Joes.

This year’s event represents an attempt to offer a few events even below the “regular Joe” level. There are numerous events with buy-ins in the $400-$800 that provide an inexpensive chance at a gold bracelet.


Can I still qualify for a WSOP tournament online?

Players in regulated markets like New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware (and soon Pennsylvania) can qualify for WSOP events by playing online.

The series’ site,, offers a chance to pony up to a table in the Rio for as little as $1. Satellites and super-satellites are running throughout May. Players can get direct satellite for an event for as low as $10.

Are New Jersey players able to play online for bracelets?

Yes, New Jersey players are eligible to play in at least two of the online events this year.

The two eligible events are the $400 NLHE event on June 2 and the six-handed PLO event on June 9. Both of these tournaments occur prior to the Department of Justice‘s June 14 deadline for enforcement of the Wire Act.

Given the legal battle over the DOJ’s Wire Act opinion, it is possible that more of the online events will be possible for New Jersey players. However, these two are the only ones guaranteed to be open.

Is the WSOP still at the Rio?

Yes, it is. Despite rumors to the contrary, the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino remains the home of the WSOP for at least another year.