2022 is looking great for poker players and especially those that had been on a mandatory break owing to the recent pandemic. It is now official that the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) will be taking place. On the line up of events are 88 live games and 14 bracelet events which will be run entirely online. The action will be streamed live from the Horseshoe (the current Bally’s) and Paris casinos starting between May 31 and July 20. Unlike the previous two versions of the events, having a Covid-19 vaccination certificate will not be an entry requirement.
In 2021, the WSOP poker extravaganza was pushed back into the year to allow for the heat of the pandemic to die down. The risk of infection is no more and the organizers have decided to revert to the traditional summer slot this year. As per media announcements on the WSOP, this will be the 53rd annual WSOP and the only time when the tournament will be held in a venue that is not the original home of the series. All roads have always led to the Binion’s but not this time when the preferred venue is the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.
Full Schedule of 2022 WSOP
The doors of the new venue will open to players as from may 31 to pave way for the first step of the tournament which is registration. There will be a host of various starter events that players will be allowed to choose from including cash games, satellites and tournaments perhaps to set the mood for the entire series. One of the first two bracelet events will be a $100,000 high roller bounty right out of the gates and the other will be the usual $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em event.
On the third day of the 2022 WSOP series, there will be a $500 buy-in Housewarming No-Limit Hold’em tournament whose main purpose will be to welcome players to the venue which has never again been host of the WSOP. The guaranteed award for winning this event will be $5 million.
For someone who is keen on controlling their expenditure on the WSOP, it is important to note that the buy-ins for the tournament range from $400 to $250,000. This range is obviously designed to accommodate players from all bankrolls. With the solid mix of events, players are going to feel catered for at an individual level. One player who is definitely eager for the WSOP to kick off is Koray Aldemir who will get the opportunity of defending his world title as from July 3.
The Main Event of WSOP will be taking place between July 3 and 16 after which it will return to the original structure that featured a 3-day opening day session. On the first day of this section of the tournament, six starting flights will be held.
A Come-Back for the Tournament of Champions
While some of the games that have been lined up in the 2022 WSOP championship are new entries to the series, there are some old favorites that some of the newer players might never have played before. The Tournament of Champions is one of them – it is a freeroll event for the 2022 Circuit ring winners and 88 live bracelet winners in 2022. It has been slotted for between July 18 and 20 and will be the final event of this annual summer time poker festival.
If you enroll for the Tournament of Champions, your bankroll reads a negative $1 million as this is the guaranteed pool prize for this event. The last time that the TOC was held was in 2010 and before then had been run from 2004 to 2006. Some of the great stars of poker have in the course of the professional poker play captured part of the TOC prize pool. By then, players only took place in the event on an invite-only basis. This year is going to be different because all the bracelet winners of the 2022 WSOP Championship will have automatic admission to the TOC.
Annie Duke was the first winner of the TOC when it was initially held in 2004. She ousted Phil Hellmuth heads-up to clinch the coveted prize of $2 million. Her performance was so impressive to the extent that no other player out of the 10 that had made it to the freeroll won any money. The 2005 event was won by Mike Matusow who pocketed $1 million for his effort and so did Mike Sexton, who outshone his opponents in 2006.
In 2010, the prize was reduced to $500,000 but the winner, Huck Seed, was all smiles when he took it home. Damien Salas took the win in WSOP 2020.
The highlights of WSOP 2022
With the vaccine certificates and masks no longer a requirement for participants of the tournament, the poker championship will have a normal feel compared to the last one. The games are gracing the summer once again thanks to the fact that the threat of the pandemic has significantly diminished. This does not mean that the express entry is not going to change if need be – the whole situation is dependent on the status of Nevada’s pandemic guidelines.
Actor Vince Vaughn will be Master of Ceremonies for the summer championships and it has been reported that he will be taking part in some of the events. The Hollywood star whose star shines in the Wedding Crashers and Old School will offer WSOP players an experience that drifts from the mainstream they are used to.
With the strip being the new home of the WSOP, car owners will have a relatively hard time finding parking spots compared to the situation in Rio. The main cage of the WSOP will be hosted at the Paris’ convention center so any spot close to or near this building will be quite suitable. It will not be necessary for players to be moved between tables in different casinos as there is a hallway between the venues not to mention a common parking.