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Caesars Releases Dates for 2019 WSOP, First Event Goes Rake Free

The World Series of Poker

The 50th edition of the world-famous World Series of Poker will run from May 28-July 16, 2019, at the Rio All-Suites Hotel in Las Vegas.

For the first-time ever the series will begin with a special rake-free event called the Big 50, which will offer a 50,000-chip starting stack and a $5 million-guaranteed prize pool for a buy-in of $500.

Generally Caesars Entertainment makes money from hosting tournaments at the WSOP by charging a tournament fee (known as the rake) but decided to run the Big 50 sans-rake. The tournament will allow re-entries, however, and those re-entries will have a rake attached to them. There’s a good chance the Big 50 will end up being one of the biggest tournaments ever run by the WSOP.

The timeframe of the tournament (May 28-July 16) is almost identical to previous years. The upcoming competition actually starts one day earlier and ends one day earlier compared to the 2018 edition.

The complete schedule has to be finalized but WSOP organizers gave players a hint of poker cornucopia that will be occurring in Vegas this year.

Huge Opening Weekend, Awards Gala

The WSOP has always tried to open with a bang and this year’s event is no exceptional.

The Big 50 commemorates the 50th anniversary of the WSOP with its rake-free structure. The event will feature four different starting days. Every player is allowed one re-entry on each day, which will help boost the overall prize pool to astronomical levels. The winner is guaranteed to take home $1 million.

“We expect our opening weekend Big 50 event to be one of the largest in our history, and certainly one of the best value tournaments ever offered,” said WSOP executive director Ty Stewart.

“This is part of our concerted plans to make the 2019 WSOP a better value all-around.”

Nearly 500 poker tables will be set with more than 100,000 square feet of ballroom space dedicated to the biggest poker series of the year.

While the complete schedule is still being finalized, WSOP organizers did release dates for seven of its most important events from the WSOP Main Event to the Millionaire Maker. Here’s a look at the highlight events:

May 30Big 50 No-Limit Hold'em$50041/flight$5,000,000.00
June 7Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold'em$1,50021/flight$1 million to winner
June 13Seniors No-Limit Hold'em (50+)$1,00011None
June 14Double Stack No-Limit Hold'em$1,00021/flightNone
June 21Monster Stack No-Limit Hold'em$1,5002NoneNone
June 28Crazy Eight's No-Limit Hold'em$8883Unlimited$888,888 to winner
July 3Main Event World Championship$10,0003NoneNone

This year’s series will also feature an awards gala for the first time ever. There’s a good chance the gala will be centered around Poker Hall of Fame inductions.

2019 WSOP Estimated to Award $200+ Million

Organizers are expecting huge numbers for the upcoming WSOP after setting a records in prize pools and entries over the course of the 49th edition of the series.

In 2018 the WSOP attracted 123,865 entries and awarded $266,889,193 in prize money. Both were 49-year highs for the venerable series.

WSOP staff are hoping the 50th edition of the series, augmented by the Big 50, will be able to outperform those lofty numbers.

The 2018 WSOP Main Event also attracted 7,874 players, which made it the second biggest world championship in history. Eventually winner John Cynn took down a staggering $8.8 million. It was also the biggest Main Event that’s been held since the US passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) in 2006, which significantly cooled attendance in the tournament.

The 2019 WSOP Main Event will follow a very similar format to the last tournament, although the starting chip stack has been increased to 60,000 chips. The two hour levels remain the same.

The event will once again offer three starting days with the last day expected to be enormous.

Players can already reserve rooms at Caesars properties for the 2019 WSOP for as little as $33 for existing Caesars Rewards members. Players looking to avoid paying direct buy-in will also have the ability to play a variety of satellites that take place during the 2019 WSOP. As usual there will also be plenty of side game action at the Rio for cash game players.

For a complete look at the history of the vaunted WSOP be sure to check out our World Series of Poker guide.