It seems that, after all, we’ll have a regular WSOP — at least its Main Event. It will be played as an online-live hybrid tournament and will take place both in the US and on the international level.
The event will require a $10,000 buy-in, and it will be a freezeout competition, meaning no re-buys will be allowed. For players who are located in New Jersey and Nevada, the event will take place on WSOP.com with one starting flight on December 13. Day 2 will take place right after that and will last until the final table of nine players is reached.
As for international players, they will be able to register over GGPoker, pretty much like they did when they took part in WSOP Online. For them, Day 1a will take place on Sunday, November 29, and Day 1b on Saturday, December 5. Other Day 1 days will continue each day after December 5. Players who survive their respective flights will then get together for the final table on Monday, December 7.
Therefore, it seems that GGPoker and WSOP.com will actually offer two separate tournaments that will follow an identical structure. Most importantly, players will only be able to play at either domestic (WSOP.com) or international (GGPoker) part of the tournaments. In other words, they will not have shots on both of them. Therefore, if a player registers on WSOP.com and busts, they will not be able to apply for the WSOP Main Event on GG Poker.
Live Final Tables
Since this is a hybrid event, part of it will be played live and in person, while other parts will be handled virtually. When both domestic and international events are narrowed down to their respective final tables, players will then meet in person to complete the tournament.
For WSOP.com, players will return to the good old place they feared they would not see this year, at least not in person — the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Three days after Christmas, on December 28, the finalists will head to Las Vegas to test each other’s skills and luck.
For GGPoker, the place is King’s Casino, which is located in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, which has become one of the major poker centers of Europe. The final table will take place on Tuesday, December 15.
Finally, the winner of each tournament will have an opportunity to play for an additional $1 million in the Heads-Up Finale, which will take place in Rio on Wednesday, December 30. Most importantly, the winner will receive a bracelet, as well as the title of the 2020 WSOP Main Event Champion.
ESPN will cover both final tables and the heads-up finale, and the commentary will be done by Lon McEachern and Norman Chad.
Ty Stewart, the WSOP Executive, stated that Poker history was important and that there should be a 2020 World Champion as well. He agreed that the format was unique, but that it was only unique in 2020, which has been a special year. He also added that they wanted to “keep players’ health and safety top of mind,” but concluded that they still wanted to deliver an exciting TV showcase for poker.
During that time, the WSOP organizers need to figure out where to put Stoyan Madanzhiev, the current WSOP Online World Champion.