Poker players across the globe can start planning their summer. Calendars are already blocked off from May 30-July 18, but now the full World Series of Poker (WSOP) schedule is here. And, for the first time since 2004, the host casino is Horseshoe Casino, thanks to the recent rebranding of the Bally’s Las Vegas casino property.
Caesars keen on a record 2023 WSOP Main Event
Caesars Entertainment and the WSOP seem keen on a record-setting Main Event, so they are offering a range of promotions and satellites to encourage attendance.
GGPoker, WSOP’s exclusive online satellite partner, will be awarding a guaranteed 600 seats on both its real-money and subscription poker site, Club.GG. A full 100 of those seats will be up for grabs on Club.GG with the rest on GGPoker.com. That number doubles the total number of seats won through GGPoker last year.
In the states with regulated US poker, WSOP.com will be offering what it terms the “112 Seat Sprint”, which begins on June 25 and continues through the start of the Main Event on July 8.
There will also be a global live poker push to dole out seats called “Main Event Mania“. Running across the weekend of May 20-21, poker rooms on four different continents will offer simultaneous satellite events. A range of Caesars properties around the US will be participating as well.
WSOP is also sweetening the pot for participants if the field exceeds the 8,773 entrants in the record-setting 2006 WSOP Main Event field. Should there be a record, all participants will be entered a drawing with the winner receiving a complimentary WSOP Main Event buy-in for the next 30 years.
$1 million bounty back with $1 million first place guarantee
The Main Event is the focal point of the series, but there are plenty of other tournaments on the schedule drawing the attention
The opening weekend will feature the Tournament of Champions $1 million freeroll featuring participants from the past season of the WSOP Circuit.
The Million Dollar Bounty is back with a second seven-figure prize attached. This year’s version, the $1,000 buy-in Mystery Millions, will feature both a $1 million bounty and a $1 million guaranteed first-place prize. This event will run from May 31 through June 5.
Finally, there will be a new price point at the live bracelet event level with a $300 buy-in Gladiators of Poker event with a guaranteed $3 million prize pool. This event features four starting flights running from June 7-10.
There will be a grand total of 95 live events and an additional 20 online bracelet events, in which players in New Jersey and Nevada can participate in. That is three bracelets fewer than awarded in 2022.
The full schedule of live events is available on WSOP.com.