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World Series of Poker and PokerStars Announce 2020 Dates

WSOP and PokerStars Events

It’s almost time to ring in the new year. Snow is falling, Christmas is in the air and players around the world are tallying up their wins and losses to see if they were profitable throughout the year. While a lot of people are wrapping up their year, tournament organizers already have their eyes locked on to the new decade.

The World Series of Poker announced its preliminary 2020 dates last week and PokerStars recently released a list of its live events for next year. The WSOP is still ironing out details when it comes to every specific event it’ll hold over the summer, but the general outline is there.

The 2020 WSOP Schedule

The 2020 World Series of Poker will take place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas from May 26 to July 15. This is now the 51st iteration of the WSOP, making it eligible to play the seniors event if it was somehow able to manifest itself in human form. The Seniors No-Limit Championship is one of the confirmed events and it’s scheduled to take place on Thursday, June 18, starting at 10 a.m.

The first announced event is the Big 50, which is also the opening bracelet event. The tournament will feature a $500 buy-in, 50,000 starting chips and 50-minute levels. Last year the Big 50 was the largest event of the series with 28,371 players. There will be four starting flights and the first day kicks off on Thursday, May 28, with the last taking place on Sunday, May 31.

The third tournament with set dates is none other than the $10,000 Main Event championship. This year the Main Event will have three starting flights. The tournament will begin on Wednesday, July 1, and is scheduled to play down to a final table on July 10. The following day will be a day of rest for weary players and media, and then the Main Event final table will be shown almost live on ESPN/ESPN 2 from July 12-14.

2020 PokerStars Events

PokerStars announced a preliminary calendar of 21 events across the globe on Monday. Next year’s live events will span Europe, Asia and South America. Things are kicking off early and the first tournament of the year is Red Dragon in Manila, which will span from January 4-11.

Other events aren’t far behind, though. The Brazilian Series of Poker starts in Brasília on January 30. The European Poker Tour is also back on the schedule for next year with three major confirmed stops. EPT Sochi will start off the tour on March 20 and conclude on March 29. Then comes EPT Monte Carlo from April 23 to May 2 and EPT Barcelona from August 12 to August 30.

EPT Barcelona will also host the second PokerStars Players Championship. While the PSPC is back on the schedule this year, there is one notable absence. The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure had almost become a New Year’s tradition. The series kicked off the year with one of the largest poker series in the beautiful Bahamas since 2004, but 2020 will start off as a PCA-less decade.

The 2020 PSPC

While there won’t be any PCA in 2020, there will be a PSPC. The PSPC, a giant $25,000 buy-in tournament with hundreds of Platinum Pass qualifiers, was one of the most hyped tournaments in years. Aside from the Platinum Pass qualifiers, the 2019 tournament drew every big name in poker. In total, the PSPC saw a total of 1,039 entries and a prize pool of $26.5 million. Ramon Colillas ended up taking down the PSPC for a whopping $5.1 million.

This year’s PSPC will take place from August 20 to August 24 at EPT Barcelona and will have a €22,500 buy-in. PokerStars has already given out a ton of Platinum Passes this year and will be giving out more in 2020.

There are currently Road to PSPC Events in France and Spain scheduled starting in January. For more details about those events, check out the PokerStars PSPC site. If you want to see more details on the WSOP schedule, click here