WSOP Details 2023 Series Including Main Event, $1M Mystery Bounty, Weekend Warrior Events

The World Series of Poker has announced that the 54th annual event will take place from May 30 – July 18 at the Paris casino and the soon-to-be rebranded Horseshoe (formerly Bally’s) in Las Vegas.

On Monday, the company released some of the major events early so players can start planning trips now to Sin City. 

“Poker players and fans can now officially mark their calendars and maybe even book their loved ones or themselves a trip to the WSOP as a holiday gift,” WSOP Senior Vice President and executive director Ty Stewart said in a news release.

“We’re glad to be back at Paris Las Vegas and the future Horseshoe Las Vegas for another exciting chapter in the tournament’s history as these two resorts raised the bar in hosting last year’s event.”

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Details on the 2023 Main Event

The $10,000 Main Event features four starting days to pick from and will take place during the July 3-17. Players can pick among four starting days from July 3-6.

Day 2 flights will be played on July 7-8. Players will also be able to buy in directly on Day 2. 

The popular Mini Main also starts on July 2 and includes a $1,000 price point. This event has generally been popular as a warm-up to the Main Event.

Small buy-in, big-field bracelet events

Besides the Main Event, the WSOP has also announced dates for some of the smaller buy-in events. These generally attract large fields of recreational players and include some of the classics such as:

  • $1,000 Seniors Championship – June 21
  • $1,500 Millionaire Maker – June 23
  • $400 Colossus – June 30

For just a small investment, players will be able to jump in a new small buy-in tournament this summer. These events are usually wrapped around a weekend to cater to recreational players.

The series adds one new event in this category, the $300 Gladiators of Poker. The tournament features a guaranteed prize pool of $3 million and begins June 7. 

“I like the way the schedule is being put together so far,” says Joe Shinn, of Cherry Hill, New Jersey. “There seems to be a good event available regardless of what week you are out there.”

Mystery Bounty delivering $1 million paydays

A full WSOP schedule hasn’t dropped yet, but some highlights are available such as the $1,000 Mystery Bounty. After last year’s success for the tournament, the WSOP is bringing it back.

This year the event features a $ 1 million bounty again along with $1 million guaranteed to first place. Last year Matt Glantz took down the top bounty during and scooped a cool million. 

Planning ahead

In years past, some players complained the WSOP schedule took too long to be released. This caused issues with recreational players trying to schedule time off and coordinate booking rooms and flights. 

“The historic debut of the WSOP on the Las Vegas Strip delivered in a big way, and we’re excited to announce our summer 2023 dates in time for the holidays,” Stewart said.

Reduced room rates are now available at all Caesars Entertainment properties for those planning to attend. Guests who book early can secure special rates by using the advanced booking code “WSOP23.”

There has already been positive feedback in regard to the early series announcements.

Here’s a look at WSOP events released so far.

World Series of Poker 2023 highlights

DateEventGuarantee
May 31$1,000 Mystery Bounty$1 million to winner, bounties from $10,000 to $1 million
June 7$300 Gladiators of Poker$3 million
June 16$1,500 Monster Stack
June 21$1,000 Serniors Championship
June 23$1,500 Miloi09onaire Maker$1 million
June 29$1,000 Ladies Championship
June 30$400 Colossus
July 2$1,000 Mini Main Event
July 3$10,000 Main Event
July 7$777 Lucky 7s$777,777
July 11$600 Ultra Stack
July 14$,500 The Closer

Online bracelets

In 2022, more online bracelets were given out than ever before. Even though WSOP.com hasn’t announced the online schedule yet, players can expect a considerable number of bracelet events again.

The current legal states with WSOP.com platforms include Nevada/New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. Players have to be physically present in the state to play online, but do not have to be a resident.

Stay tuned with PokerScout to find out more about all the future online events. 

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Recapping the 2022 WSOP

The 2022 WSOP saw players from over 100 countries participate with a record-breaking 197,626 entries. The post-pandemic tournament created some of the biggest player fields in WSOP history. 

Norway’s Espen Jorstad won the Main Event, taking home $10 million in prize money. The success of last year’s event has set the stage for an even bigger WSOP in 2023.

Poker players and fans around the world are already looking forward to another  summer of gold bracelet hunting.

“It looks like they took some of the suggestions made by the poker community and tweaked things to make improvements for everyone so far,” Nerdthusiast Poker Podcast host Brian Keane says. 

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