Just 49 days before the new year, the World Series of Poker has announced that there will indeed be a $10,000 WSOP main event world champion decided in 2020.
Despite the doubt created by a global pandemic, the WSOP sent out a press release on Friday, Nov. 13 revealing that the biggest and richest poker tournament in the world would take place for the 51st consecutive year.
The 2020 WSOP main event will once again feature a $10,000 buy-in, with no-limit hold’em as the game. While those basic facts remain the same, quite a lot will be different for this main event.
“There must be a World Champion in 2020,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “Poker’s history is too important. It’s a unique format for the main event, but this is a unique year. We want to keep players’ health and safety top of mind and still deliver a great televised showcase for the game we love.”
“Due to travel restrictions, and out of an abundance of caution for player safety, this year’s format will be unique, where early round play will begin online with one entry on WSOP.com or GGPoker.com, before shifting to a live setting for final table action on two continents,” said the press release from the WSOP. “Each ‘bracket’ will pay out prize money to tournament entrants independently. The final table will be a world’s first, as an ultimate heads-up duel