WSOP 2020: Freezeout Series, Mystery Bounty and $250k HighRoller announced

The ‘Value Menu’ was announced just a short while ago and now the WSOP sent out a new press release about further confirmed events, such as the Freezeout Series, a Mystery Bounty event and a Super High Roller.

“New events are always a result of player input and we’re thankful to have received many great suggestions this year,” said WSOP Vice President Jack Effel in the press release. “The 2020 WSOP is chock-full of new events, new price points and a little mystery sure to resonate with poker players everywhere. We can’t wait to open our doors in four short months to get things started.”

Freezeout Series

The “Freezeout Series” are six No-Limit Hold’em events with buy-ins between $500 and $5,000 that will allow no re-entries (freezeout). Not added to this list, but mentioned to remain freezeout are the Monster Stack, the Main Event and the Mini-Main Event. In total more than 40 events this year will give players just one shot to turn their buy-in into a bracelet. The Freezeout Series tourneys are priced at $500, $1,000, $1,500, $2,500, $3,000 and $5,000.

Players are hoping that not just the tournaments will be more enjoyable this way, but also the cash games, as players might rather put down their re-entry buy-in there.

Mystery Bounty

A playful addition has been made to the WSOP schedule with a $1,500 Mystery Bounty tournament on Sunday, 28th June. It will probably run over three days and feature a $1 million guarantee in ‘mystery bounties’.

Each player will have the standard $100 bounty on their head, but in addition to that there will be 100 additional bounties randomly assigned, ranging from $2,500 to a mindblowing $250,000.

Bounty Amount Number of Prizes
$250,000 1
$100,000 3
$25,000 6
$10,000 10
$2,500 80
Totals: $1,000,000 100

From the recent announcement, the Mystery Bounty tournament definitely got the most responses from players and it seems like they are mainly positive on Twitter. There are questions around the way the prizes are going to be revealed, but the WSOP replied that more details will follow about this.

A new $250,000 Super High Roller

For the first time in Las Vegas, the WSOP is offering a $250,000 buy-in Super High Roller event on 27th June, this makes it the biggest WSOP event as of yet.

In addition to this the high rollers also received an update on the $10,000 Heads-up event, which has now been made a $25,000 and capped at 64 players.

Here is the list of all the new official live gold bracelet events scheduled for the 2020 World Series of Poker:

May 27 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em $1,000 20,000 30 minutes Freezeout 11:00 AM
May 29 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed $25,000 150,000 60 minutes 1 3:00 PM
May 31 Heads Up No-Limit Hold’em $25,000 150,000 20 minutes Freezeout 6:00 PM
June 4 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em $1,500 25,000 40/60 minutes Freezeout 11:00 AM
June 7 Forty Stack No-Limit Hold’em $1,000 40,000 30 minutes 1 11:00 AM
June 11 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em $2,500 35,000 40/60 minutes Freezeout 11:00 AM
June 15 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em $500 25,000 30 minutes Freezeout 11:00 AM
June 18 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em $3,000 40,000 40/60 minutes Freezeout 1:00 PM
June 19 Nine-Game Mix (6-Handed) $2,500 35,000 60 minutes 1 3:00 PM
June 21 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em $5,000 50,000 40 minutes Freezeout 3:00 PM
June 27 Super High Roller No-Limit Hold’em $250,000 1,500,000 60 minutes 1 12noon
June 28 Mystery Bounty No-Limit Hold’em
($1 million in bounty guarantees; $250,000 max bounty
$1,500 50,000 30 minutes Freezeout 11:00 AM
July 6 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em; Pot-Limit Omaha (8-hand) $5,000 50,000 30 minutes 1 6:00 PM
July 7 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha $50,000 300,000 40 minutes 1 3:00 PM
July 9 Fifty Stack No-Limit Hold’em $1,500 50,000 30 minutes 1 12noon
July 12 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack $800 40,000 30 minutes 1 11:00 AM
July 13 Super Turbo No-Limit Hold’em $1,000 20,000 20 minutes 1 11:00 AM

All above announced dates, times and events are subject to change. A full schedule of all confirmed events will be posted soon by the WSOP.

People are waiting anxiously for the full confirmed schedule so that they can make travel plans and take days off work. With all the focus on the recreation player this needs to be taken into consideration.

But not just the recreationals are happy about the implementations the WSOP is doing. Also former WSOP champions are voicing their delight on Twitter: