5 Poker Tournaments You Don’t Want to Miss at the 2022 WSOP
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The World Series of Poker (WSOP) schedule is officially out, giving players a glance at the 88 bracelet events that will take place this summer at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
Whether you’re looking to play a $500 No-limit Hold’em tournament or a $10,000 Dealer’s Choice Championship, the 2022 World Series of Poker will have you covered.
With the schedule released and the 2022 WSOP just months away, here is a look at five events you do not want to miss this summer.
One of the first events of the series, and one you certainly don’t want to miss, is The Housewarming No-limit Hold’em, which costs $500 to enter and has a massive guaranteed prize pool of five million.
The opening weekend event, which kicks off on June 3, is scheduled to run for six days and is expected to attract an enormous field of players looking to take their shot at earning some of the guaranteed seven figures of prize money.
“This popular price point for the opening weekend has generated some of the largest field sizes in the history of poker,” the WSOP said in a recent announcement.
Last year’s opening weekend event, Event #4: $500 The Reunion No-Limit Hold’em, attracted nearly 13,000 runners and generated a prize pool just shy of $5.5 million. Long Ma of Dallas, Texas took down the Reunion after three days of play for $513,604, a 1,000x return from his buy-in amount.
The Housewarming will likely attract a massive player pool and generate millions in prize money, so don’t miss out on the opening weekend action.
Another reasonably-priced tournament that should draw thousands of entrants is $1,500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold’em, which begins on June 17 and is scheduled to run for five days.
The flagship WSOP event is expected to generate a prize pool in the millions and guarantees a seven-figure score to the victor.
Last year’s Event #17: $1,500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold'em had 5,330 total entrants to generate a prize pool of $3.4 million. Daniel Lazrus won that event to earn his second career bracelet and a cool million in cash.
If you’re looking to try spinning $1,500 up to a million dollars, the Millionaire Maker could be your best shot.
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Later, the $400 Colossus No-Limit Hold’em is anticipated to attract thousands of players and generate a multi-million-dollar prize pool.
The four-day event gets underway on June 24 and will give players the option of choosing between two starting flights.
The 2021 Colossus generated $3.1 million in prize pool money and attracted 9,399 total entrants to make it one of the biggest fields at the WSOP. Russia’s Anatolii Zyrin got through the field of nearly 10,000 to win his second bracelet and $314,705.
As the lowest buy-in option available at the WSOP, the Colossus is a great tournament choice for up-and-coming tournament pros and recreational players alike.
One of the most unique events offered at the World Series is $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em, where players compete in teams of two for a chance at winning not one, but two WSOP bracelets.
This year’s tag team event, which costs $1,000 to enter per team, kicks off on June 26 and is scheduled to run as a three-day event.
In previous years, the tournament allowed for up to four players per team, though that number was reduced to two at the 2021 WSOP.
Last year’s Tag Team event attracted a total of 641 teams to generate a prize pool just shy of $600,000. Mike Ruter and Samy Dighlawi of Team Ruter took down the tag team tournament to earn $113,366 and two bracelets.
The Tag Team tournament’s novel structure makes it a fun and unique event and it will likely be one of the highlights of the 2022 series.
This list would be far from complete without mention of the WSOP Main Event, the world championship tournament that has birthed poker heroes like Johnny Chan, Dan Harrington, Chris Moneymaker, Joe Hachem, Martin Jacobson, and Joe McKeehen.
The latest addition to the list of Main Event champions is Germany’s Koray Aldemir, who took down the 2021 Main Event for $8 million and his first career bracelet.
The 2021 Main Event attracted a field of 6,550 players to generate a prize pool of just over $62 million, and this year’s tournament could easily surpass that with vaccine and mask requirements being lifted.
While a $10,000 buy-in tournament may not be within every poker player’s budget, the Main Event is something you certainly don’t want to miss if you’re able to put up the stake.