WSOP To Host $10,000 Live Main Event In 2020

By Ben Hamill - November 16 2020
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WSOP To Host $10,000 Live Main Event In 2020

Since unprecedented times call for unique solutions, there will this year be a 2020 World Series of Poker live Main Event, after all. The World Series of Poker on Friday announced that the official Main Event for the year will begin online at WSOP.com and GGPoker – but that the Live Final tables as well as a heads-up match will be competed in person at regional casinos and in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This obviously means that though the 2020 WSOP Online was held in digital format in the summer, a new hybrid-style version of the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em World Championship will be considered the actual Main Event of the year.

According to Friday’s announcement by WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart, the history of Poker is important – and too important for there to not in 2020 be a televised showcase of a game and competition loved by so many people all over the world, and an official 2020 World Champion named.

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Best Of Online And Live

Though culminating in a grand in-person live attendance affair, the majority of the action will still be happening online. International players will get to compete on GGPoker during the initial stages of the competition, while players located in New Jersey and Nevada will get to grab their share of the action directly from WSOP.com.

The action hosted by GGPoker will kick off on Sunday, November 29, with Day 1A, and with Day 1B scheduled to be played on Saturday, December 5. Day 1C, being the last of the three starting flight scheduled for GGPoker, will be played on Sunday, December 6. Then, on Monday December 7, those who survived the three flights will be given the opportunity to play it out until such time as only nine players remain.

Being international players, the remaining nine to have made it through the elimination rounds will be invited to compete at a final live table at King’s Casino in Rozvadov in the Czech Republic – which casino is located on the German border. The final live table will be competed on December 15.

The Final Showdown

Players located in the United States will compete in a single Day 1 only – scheduled to be played on Sunday, December 13 at WSOP.com.

Since state residency isn’t a pre-requisite for taking part, those players interested in competing will be free to travel to either New Jersey or Las Vegas in order to take part.

Next up will be Day 2 of the tournament at WSOP.com, which will be battled out on December 14. Play will continue until such time as only 9 players remain seated at the virtual table of the tournament. Those remaining 9 players will then move on to compete at the Rio in Las Vegas at the final table scheduled for Monday, December 28.

The ultimately highlight of the 2020 World Champion show will however take place on December 30 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Winners of the International Tournament and of the Domestic Tournament (U.S.) will both be flown to Las Vegas for the ultimate and final heads-up battle to determine the 2020 World Series of Poker World Champion. The ultimate winner and champion will in additional to all prize money won as a result of their qualifying tournaments, receive an additional $1 million in championship prize money.

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