The World Series of Poker has released the full schedule for the 54th annual WSOP. The live and online schedules promise to draw records crowds with a dizzying spread of tournaments, promotions, guarantees, and special prizes.
As already announced, the official WSOP 2023 dates span May 30 to July 18. Squeezed into these seven weeks is an all-time high 95 live bracelet events, accompanied by a mammoth 20-event bracelet series online at WSOP US. Players in Michigan and Pennsylvania will also get to participate in their own seven-event schedule.
In the ramp-up to the tournament, organizers are also laying on an unprecedented spread of satellites into the Main Event. WSOP wants to set a new attendance record, and to do so, it is enlisting its international partner GGPoker to send at least 600 players to the Main Event through online routes — more than double the operator’s commitment last year.
They are also organizing a never-before-seen weekend of live satellites synchronized across over a dozen live poker rooms spanning five continents. Dubbed Main Event Mania, this global qualification weekend allows players to participate in a multi-stage satellite system. Casinos in the US, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Uruguay, and Morocco have already agreed to participate, with more to follow.
WSOP 2023 Venue and Dates
For the second year running, WSOP 2023 will take place in Bally’s and Paris on the strip of Las Vegas, Nevada — but the former property will be renamed Horseshoe by the time the series kicks off.
“Horseshoe Las Vegas is hosting the WSOP for the first time since its rebrand from Bally’s Las Vegas,” the company announced in a press release on Thursday, “symbolizing the series’ return to its roots” — the first-ever tournament was hosted at Las Vegas’ original Horseshoe in 1970.
“As an ode to this legacy, the resort recently opened a first-of-its-kind WSOP Hall of Fame Poker room, which will host select WSOP tournaments during this summer’s series and soon feature a WSOP Hall of Fame exhibit as an homage to the legendary players and the iconic trophies of the sport.”
WSOP 2023 starts on May 30 and runs for seven weeks. The Main Event runs from July 3 to July 17, with four starting flights. Across this period, there are 95 bracelet events, plus the usual daily deepstack tournaments plus live mega-satellites.
Despite the expanded schedule, organizers are confident it can meet player interest, promising its largest capacity with 608 tables spread across more than 200,000 square feet of convention space over the two properties.
24/7 live cash games will be in the brand new, permanent World Series of Poker Hall of Fame Poker Room.
For the third year running, CBS will publish coverage, and there will be daily live-streaming from the dedicated online subscription channel PokerGo.
WSOP Key Dates and Events
The schedule, as always, runs the gamut of game types and buy-ins, promising something for everyone visiting the city.
At the low end is the previously announced $300 Gladiators of Poker, the most affordable live bracelet event ever hosted. It guarantees $3 million, so organizers expect at least 10,000 players to participate — likely more than the Main Event itself.
The mystery bounty event has been reworked as Mystery Millions, with only those who get through to Day 2 getting the hidden bounties of those they knocked out. This time, the WSOP’s Tournament of Champions is positioned at the start of the schedule.
WSOP 2023: Notable Dates
- early May – GGPoker starts online qualifiers
- May 20-21 – “global qualification” across five continents
- May 30 – WSOP 2023 officially gets underway
- May 31 – live Daily Mega Satellites will start off
- June 4 – Double Up Bracelet Day online
- June 4 – Double Up Bracelet Day online
- June 25 – the start of 112 Seat Sprint and All In satellites
- July 2 to 8 – 25 Seat Scramble – last opportunity to qualify in 25 seat scramble
- July 3 to 6 – WSOP Main Event Day 1A-1D
- July 9 – Double Up Bracelet Day online
- July 18 – WSOP 2023 officially ends
Other new events include $1500 Badugi, Big O and Short Deck events, a $25K HORSE high-roller, and a $600 ultra-stack.
There are four events with some guarantee — The Mystery Millions guarantees $1 million in one bounty and to first place; Gladiators has the $3 million prize pool guarantee; and there’s also the returning Millionaire Maker ($1500 buy-in, $1 million for first) and Lucky 7s, guaranteeing $777,777 to first place.
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The most significant expansion, however, comes online — events across the entire WSOP US Network have soared to a staggering 34 this year, up from 29 a year ago.
There are 20 events across the shared network of WSOP New Jersey and WSOP Nevada, up from 13 a year ago. In Michigan and Pennsylvania, there will be separate seven-bracelet schedules.
Unfortunately, this schedule strongly suggests organizers do not expect Michigan to connect with Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware by the time the series starts. This will be a big blow to players in the state, who have enjoyed PokerStars US connecting its Michigan and New Jersey platforms in January and eagerly anticipate competitors WSOP and BetMGM to follow suit.
Whatever the reason for WSOP not expanding its multi-state network, it looks like it will drag on for many months to come.