This summer, once it was clear that COVID would prevent any sort of live World Series of Poker, the folks at the WSOP worked with GG Poker to put together a slate of online World Series offerings in the US and Europe. Notably missing from that collection was any sort of $10,000 Freeze Out Main Event.
Last week, the WSOP Announced that the Main event was finally set. The folks at the WSOP have created the sort of event that would perhaps be a disappointment in another year, yet is a holiday gift fit for 2020.
The international portion of the Main Event will again be hosted online by GG Poker in Europe and begin on November 29th. Meanwhile, the US Version, open to players in Nevada and New Jersey will be hosted on the WSOP’s own online poker site beginning December 13th.
The European Main Event will play down to a final table which will then be hosted live at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic on December 15th. The US final table will similarly be hosted live at the Rio All-Suites Casino in Las Vegas on December 28th. Each final table will be broadcast live and will pay out the respective prize pools collected through buy-ins.
In order to make this a true “World” series, this year’s main event offers one final twist. The winners of the US and International branches will ultimately come together for a Heads Up match in Las Vegas boasting an additional $1 Million for the winner.
While this is a different sort of Main Event, it will share some key features of other Main Events. There will be a variety of ways to satellite in to the Main Event via WSOP.com and GGPoker.com (and we suspect other venues as well). The WSOP will also host several weekly freerolls offering a $10k entry ticket. And Lon McEachern and Norm Chad will host final table coverage on ESPN.
In order to play the Main Event in the US, players will need to be located in either New Jersey or Nevada. Hotels have already started ramping up for the occasion, offering special WSOP room rates in both states.
You can find more information about the WSOP Main Event, including rules for entry at WSOP.com/mainevent .
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