After the successful return of the World Series of Poker in October, the WSOP announced that they would be returning to a summer schedule in 2022. This week, the WSOP published their 2022 schedule. As you might imagine, we have been studying it assiduously. Many favorite tournaments are returning, with a couple of new twists thrown in.
The 2022 WSOP will start on May 31st with the Casino Employees event, and run through the inaugural Tournament of Champions (more on that below) starting July 18th.
Schedule Similarities to Previous Years
Most of the old standards feature on the 2022 WSOP schedule. You will find the $10,000 Main Event (starting July 3rd). There is a Ladies tournament. The Seniors, and Super-Seniors events return, as well as a range of PLO and mixed games. There is also the crowd-pleasing Tag Team event. Last year’s Flip N Go turned out to be a crowd favorite, and is again on the 2022 schedule, as will the Hall of Fame Bounty Tournament.
The biggest change this year is one that we have seen coming for a long time. The event has finally moved from the Rio All-Suites hotel to the on-strip properties of Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas. It has also been announced that Bally’s will soon change its name to the Horseshoe. The 150,000 square feet of convention center space will be the largest in tournament history, with 600 tables in play.
As always, there are a number of new events. This year’s WSOP features the first ever Tournament of Champions. The TOC is a $1,000,000 free roll tournament open to any of the 88 bracelet winners and gold ring winners from the 2021/2022 WSOP Circuit season. The big welcome back event this year will be called The Housewarming, and as with the Reunion in 2021, it will feature a $5M prize pool.
Also new this year is the $100,000 High Roller Bounty No-Limit Hold’em event. High stakes players will vie for others’ $25,000 bounty prizes while competing for one of this year’s largest event prize pools on the schedule.
Craziest New WSOP Event
This year, the distinction goes to the $1,000 Buy-In Million Dollar Bounty. This event is similar to those we saw around Las Vegas last fall at the Orleans and Wynn. Starting on day 2 of the event, players earn a random mystery bounty for each player they knock out. There will be one guaranteed bounty of $1 million dollars along with a wide variety of lower value bounties.
I don’t know about you, but I’m already thinking about the ideal time to visit the WSOP. Seniors tournament? Tag Team? As always, I am also waiting to see what other offerings will be in town to round out my WSOP experience with a few tournaments elsewhere in Vegas. The Orleans, Aria, Wynn, Venetian and Golden Nugget are all but guaranteed to offer summer series in coordination with the WSOP.
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