WSOP 2019: Big Blind Ante for all NLH tournaments, new events unveiled

 The World Series of Poker has made additional announcements regarding the 50th Anniversary of the Series. A total of 73 events has now been confirmed for WSOP 2019 Schedule. 

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Big Blind Ante event announced for NLH events

All No-Limit Hold’em events at the 2019 WSOP will be adopting a big blind ante only format, according to a press release from WSOP on Wednesday. This announcement puts an end to disputes about who has placed their ante and who has forgotten to and speeds up the process of playing each hand. The WSOP experimented with this format in 2018 and it has proved popular and successful.

The press release from the WSOP stated: “The BB-ante is a fundamental rethinking of what the ante is. The ante in this format is no longer a specified amount that each player pays each hand. It’s now a specified amount that each player pays per round”.

In addition to this change, many events will now see players starting with larger chip stacks too.

50th anniversary marked with unique bracelet winner’s invitational event

The announcement made by the WSOP on Wednesday not only confirmed the inclusion of established events which everyone expected but also detailed the addition of a surprise new event. The invitational tournament will be open to all players who have ever won a WSOP bracelet, including those that are won during the 2019 series. Buy-In is set at $1,500 and format is No-Limit Hold’em. The new event was introduced as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the WSOP, bringing the total number of events now officially scheduled up to 73. There will of course be more announced in the coming weeks.

$10k buy-ins announced

In addition to the bracelet winner’s event, all the $10k events for the series have now also been announced. Following the current popularity trend of short-deck Hold’em, the WSOP has added a short-deck $10k event to their schedule. The game involves cards with a value of 2-5 being removed from the deck, meaning the players make stronger hands more frequently. As a result of the changes in the deck and the probabilities of making certain hands, flushes now beat full houses. An ace can also be used as a 5 to complete a straight. Players will start with 300,000 chips and blind levels lasting an hour.

Another schedule highlight in celebration of the WSOP’s 50th anniversary is a $50,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament. The event is scheduled across 4 days. Players will play one-hour levels and start with 300,000 chips.

All of the usual $10k events have also been confirmed to appear this summer.

Confirmed Events

Date Time Event Buy-in
29-May 11am Casino Employees $500
12am Super Turbo Bounty $10,000
30-May 11am Big 50 No-Limit Hold’em 1a $500
3:00 PM Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better $1,500
31-May 11am Big 50 No-Limit Hold’em 1b $500
3pm 50th Annual High Roller NLH $50,000
1-Jun 10am Big 50 No-Limit Hold’em 1c $500
3:00 PM Limit Mixed Triple Draw $2,500
2-Jun 10am Big 50 No-Limit Hold’em 1d $500
6pm Short Deck No-Limit Hold’em $10,000
3-Jun 3pm Dealer’s Choice $1,500
6:00 PM No-Limit Hold’em $5,000
4-Jun 10am Super Turbo Bounty $1,000
3pm No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw $1,500
5-Jun 11am H.O.R.S.E. $1,500
3pm Heads Up No-Limit Hold’em $10,000
4pm Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em $1,500
6-Jun 11am No-Limit Hold’em Shootout $1,500
3pm Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better $10,000
7-Jun 10am Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold’em 1a $1,500
3pm Seven-Card Stud $1,500
8-Jun 10am Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold’em 1b $1,500
3pm No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw $10,000
9-Jun 11am Double Stack $1,000
12:00 PM Eight-Game Mix $1,500
10-Jun 12pm Marathon $2,620
3pm Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo $1,500
11-Jun 11am No-Limit Hold’em $1,000
3pm H.O.R.S.E. $10,000
12-Jun 11am Pot-Limit Omaha $1,000
3pm Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em $3,000
13-Jun 10am Seniors No-Limit Hold’em (50+) $1,000
3pm Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw $1,500
14-Jun 10am Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em 1a $1,000
3pm Dealers Choice 6-Handed $10,000
15-Jun 10am Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em 1b $1,000
3pm No-Limit Hold’em Shootout $3,000
17-Jun 10am Super Seniors 60+ $1,000
12pm Pot-Limit Omaha $1,500
3pm Seven-Card Stud $10,000
18-Jun 3pm Big-Bet Mix $2,500
19-Jun 11am No-Limit Hold’em Bounty $1,500
3pm High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha $25,000
20-Jun 11am Ladies $10,000/$1,000
12pm No-Limit Hold’em $2,500
3pm Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw $10,000
21-Jun 10am Monster Stack No-Limit Hold’em 1a $1,500
3pm Omaha/Stud Hi-Lo Mix $2,500
22-Jun 10am Monster Stack No-Limit Hold’em 1b $1,500
3pm Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed $10,000
23-Jun 3pm Razz $1,500
24-Jun 11am Super Turbo Bounty $1,500
2pm Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em (2-4 person teams) $1,000/Team
3pm Poker Players Championship $50,000
25-Jun 3pm Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo $1,500
26-Jun 10am Colossus – Flight A $400
3pm Razz Championship $10,000
27-Jun 10am Colossus – Flight B $400
3pm Omaha Mix $1,500
28-Jun 10am Crazy Eight’s No-Limit Hold’em 1a $888
3pm Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 $10,000
5pm Crazy Eight’s No-Limit Hold’em 1b $888
29-Jun 10am Crazy Eight’s No-Limit Hold’em 1c $888
3pm No-Limit Hold’em $1,500
30-Jun 10am Crazy Eight’s No-Limit Hold’em 1d $888
3pm Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 $10,000
1-Jul 11am Mini Main Event $1,000
3pm Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em $5,000
2-Jul 3pm Limit Hold’em Championship $10,000
3-Jul 12am Main Event World Championship 1a $10,000
4-Jul 12am Main Event World Championship 1b $10,000
5-Jul 12am Main Event World Championship 1c $10,000
6-Jul 12pm Little One for One Drop – Flight A $1,000+$111
7-Jul 12pm Little One for One Drop – Flight B $1,000+$111
8-Jul 11am Little One for One Drop – Flight C $1,000+$111
3pm Six-Handed Limit Hold’em $3,000
9-Jul 11am Pot-Limit Omaha Bounty $1,500
3pm No-Limit Hold’em $3,000
10-Jul 11am No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha $1,500
3pm Bracelet Winners No-Limit Hold’em $1,500
11-Jul 11am Double Stack $1,500
3pm High Roller No-Limit Hold’em $100,000
12-Jul 11am The Closer – Flight A $1,500
3pm Six-Max Pot-Limit Omaha $3,000
13-Jul 11am The Closer – Flight B $1,500
3pm Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em $10,000
14-Jul 11am The Closer – Flight C $1,500
3pm H.O.R.S.E. $3,000
15-Jul 12pm No-Limit Hold’em $5,000
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