It is an event that fans and players from around the world look forward to every year, and this year’s World Series of Poker promises to be one of the most engaging and anticipated in recent years. The main reason for that is due to the fact that it will be the first time in nearly two years that the event has been staged in-person with players at physical tables.
Last year’s event was forced to improvise due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and travel restrictions imposed by the United States. However, there will be a sense of normality once again this year, as players will be back at the tables in the Rio in Las Vegas.
When & Where Is The WSOP 2021?
The 2021 edition of the WSOP gets underway on Thursday, 30th September, and will take place until the 23rd November. It is the 52nd annual WSOP event in history, and this year it will be taking place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. It promises to be a huge event with 82 different competitions taking place over the course of the near two-month long competition. However, it could be the final time that the event is staged at the Rio, with reports claiming that the WSOP will be moving to Bally’s from next year, which will end the Rio’s 16-year association with the event.
As well as standard events, there is also a Poker Hall of Famers Bounty Tournament to look forward to, while the champion of the WSOP event will be crowned in the Main Event tournament, which is set to take place on November 4th, and will be concluded on November 17th. Fans of the event would have already noticed a huge difference in the scheduling of the event this year, as it will be taking place later in the year for the first time. Typically, the event is recognized for being one of the biggest of the summer.
New Events At The WSOP 2021
Of course, all the main stars in attendance will have their sights set on the Main Event, where the world champion will be crowned in Las Vegas. However, for many, the inclusion of new events will be a very welcome sight. The first look at a new tournament comes on October 1st, as The Reunion takes place at the Rio. Further new events that will be staged in the competition in October include the Heads Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship, Flip and Go and the Old School Freezeout Return.
Huge stars from yesteryear will be involved in the first new tournament in November, with the Poker Hall of Fame Bounty taking place on November 17th. The final new event that will be staged during the event this year is the Nosebleed PLO, which will be taking place on November 19th.
Another huge change that will be evident this year for players involved is that they will need to show proof of their vaccination at the Rio. However, this is hardly surprising given that this is something that is being used by many of the biggest stadiums around the world.