How to Decide Which WSOP Tournament(s) to Play

How to Decide Which WSOP Tournament(s) to Play

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The 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) is less than two months away and poker players, in their tens of thousands, will flock to Bally’s and Paris, Las Vegas to pursue their dreams of WSOP glory.

The world of live poker looks to be near enough back to pre-covid times with the upcoming series returning to its natural summer time-slot for the first time since 2019. It has also been confirmed that there will not be any vaccination or mask requirements at this year’s WSOP.

And with the schedule out, you’ve probably already thought which events you’d like to hop into. This can be a tough choice if you have to consider a bunch of variables like bankroll considerations and how long you can go for etc. Luckily for you, PokerNews has tried to aid that decision process with this guide on how to best choose what WSOP tournament(s) to play.

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Decide What You Are There For

Before you head to Vegas, you need to decide what you are there for. Some people play poker as a fun pastime and are not too bothered whether or not they cash. For others, it’s a window of opportunity to make the bulk of the annual poker income.

Simply put, you need to decide if you are going as a recreational player or a professional.

If you are there for a good time, then you should play events which you find the most enjoyable. If you are going with the sole aim as making as much money as possible then you need to choose tournaments that you believe you’ll have an edge in.

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When Are You Going?

It goes without saying you should only play the events that begin and end when you are in Vegas. On average, a usual bracelet event lasts for at least three days, so you don’t want to be playing an event that culminates on the same date as your departure.

Of course, making a WSOP final table means you’ll be able to absorb the costs of any rearranged flights, but if you are flying back home for work or any family commitments, then that is more tricky to work around.

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How Big is Your Bankroll?

Unless you have unlimited funds to fire into every tournament, then you probably need to consider the affects each entry will have on your bankroll.

To keep things simple, let’s say you have $15,000 that is purely for poker and all your other expenses are already covered. Unless it is your sole dream to play the $10,000 WSOP Main Event, you should probably give it a miss because all it could take is one cooler in the early goings to wipe out two-thirds of your bankroll.

Below is a table of the number of events within a specific buy-in range for you too see what options are at your disposal.

Buy-inNo. of Events $400-$1,00023 $1,001-$3,00036 $5,0004 $10,00015 $25,0003 $50,0004 $100,000-$250,0003

Another aspect you need to consider is whether the event you are playing permits re-entries. A $1,000 buy-in event could soon turn into a $3,000 expense, so just be sure you’re familiar with the structure and format of whichever tournament you decide to play.

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PokerNews’ Pick: Event #68: $1,000 Million Dollar Bounty

One event that is bound to cause a commotion and have a load of eyes on it will be the WSOP’s version of the extremely popular Mystery Bounty tournament, a format which has taken the live poker sphere by storm.

For the uninitiated, a mystery bounty tournament has a special bounty prize pool where players randomly choose an envelope that contains a varying cash prize. Donald Nimneh, a truck driver based in Omaha, Nebraska, changed his life after he picked up the $250,000 bounty envelope at the Wynn Fall Classic.

Not to be outshone, the WSOP’s mystery bounty edition, Event #68: $1,000 Million Dollar Bounty, features a whopping $1 million top bounty prize and that’s why it seals our top pick. One lucky player will walk home with a seven-figure payday regardless if they win the entire event. And for the $1,000 buy-in, the potential value that could be earned is too tempting to miss out on.

The Million Dollar Bounty has four starting flights, the first of which kicks off on Saturday, July 2 at 12 p.m. EST. Day’s 1a-c have 30-minute blinds while levels increase every 15-minutes on Day 1d. One re-entry is available per starting flight and closes after Level 22. The surviving players all return for Day 2 on Tuesday, July 5.

The event will then play for a further 17 levels or until five players remain, whichever comes first. The Million Dollar Bounty will then play out its conclusion the following day.

Event #68: $1,000 Million Dollar Bounty Schedule

DateTime (EST)DayLevel DurationLate RegistrationEnds July 212 p.m.Day 1a30 mins12 LevelsLevel 22 July 312 p.m.Day 1b30 mins12 LevelsLevel 22 July 412 p.,m.Day 1c30 mins12 LevelsLevel 22 July 47 p.m.Day 1d15 mins12 LevelsLevel 22 July 51 p.m.Day 240 mins-17 levels or final 5 July 6TBDDay 340 mins-Winner

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2022 WSOP Live Schedule

Event #DatesBuy-InTournament 1May 31-June 1$500Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em 2May 31-June 2$100,000High Roller Bounty NLH ($25k Bounties) 3June 1-4$2,500Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em 4June 1-4$1,500Dealers Choice 6-Handed 5June 2-7$500The Housewarming NLH ($5m Gtd) 6June 2-4$25,000Heads-Up NLH Championship (64-Player Max) 7June 3-5$1,500Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better 8June 4-6$25,000High Roller No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed 9June 4-6$1,500Seven Card Stud 10June 5-7$10,000Dealers Choice 6-Handed Championship 11June 6-7$600No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack 12June 6-8$50,000High Roller No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed 13June 6-8$1,500Limit Hold’em 14June 7-9$1,5006-Handed No-Limit Hold’em 15June 7-10$10,000Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship 16June 8-11$3,000No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed 17June 8-10$2,500Limit Mixed Triple Draw Lowball (A-5,2-7,Badugi) 18June 9-10$1,000Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em 19June 9-12$25,000High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha 20June 9-11$1,500Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw 21June 10-14$1,500Monster Stack No-Limit Hold’em 22June 10-12$10,000Seven Card Stud Championship 23June 11-13$3,0006-Handed Limit Hold’em 24June 12-13$1,000GGPoker Flip & Go No-Limit Hold’em 25June 12-13$800No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack 26June 12-14$10,000Limit Hold’em Championship 27June 13-15$1,500Shootout No-Limit Hold’em 28June 13-15$50,000High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha 29June 13-14$1,500No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw 30June 14-16$1,000Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed 31June 14-16$10,000Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship 32June 15-17$1,500H.O.R.S.E. 33June 15-16$3,0006-Handed No-Limit Hold’em 34June 16-18$1,500Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em 35June 16-18$2,500Mixed Big Bet Event 36June 16-18$1,500Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 37June 17-21$1,500Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold’em 38June 17-19$10,000No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship 39June 18-21$3,0006-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha 40June 18-20$10,000Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship 41June 19$1,000Super Turbo Bounty NLH ($300 Bounties) 42June 19-21$100,000High Roller No-Limit Hold’em 43June 20-21$500Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em 44June 20-23$10,000H.O.R.S.E. Championship 45June 21-23$1,500Pot-Limit Omaha 46June 21-24$5,0006-Handed No-Limit Hold’em 47June 22-26$1,000Seniors No-Limit Hold’em (50+) 48June 22-24$1,500Eight-Game Mix 6-Handed 49June 23-25$2,000No-Limit Hold’em 50June 23-25$250,000Super High Roller No-Limit Hold’em 51June 24-27$400Colossus No-Limit Hold’em* 52June 24-26$2,500Nine-Game Mix 6-Handed 53June 25-26$5,000Mixed NLH/PLO 54June 26-28$500Salute to Warriors USO Charity NLH 55June 26-27$1,000/TeamTag Team No-Limit Hold’em 56June 26-30$50,000Poker Players Championship 57June 27-30$600Deepstack Championship No-Limit Hold’em 58June 27-29$1,500Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better 59June 28-July 1$1,000Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em (60+) 60June 28-30$10,000Short Deck No-Limit Hold’em 61June 29-July 2$1,000Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship 62June 29$1,500Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold’em ($500 Bounties) 63June 29-July 2$10,000Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship 64June 30-July 1$600Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack 65June 30-July 2$3,000Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em 66July 1-3$1,000Mini Main Event 67July 1-2$10,000Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold’em ($3k Bounties) 68July 2-5$1,000Million Dollar Bounty NLH (Top Bounty is $1 Million) 69July 2-5$10,000Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship 70July 3-16$10,000Main Event 71July 7-11$1,111One More for One Drop No-Limit Hold’em 72July 7-9$1,500Mixed PLO Hi-Lo/”Big O”/Omaha Hi-Lo 73July 8-10$1,500Razz 74July 9-11$1,500Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed ($500 Bounties) 75July 10-14$777Lucky 7’s NLH 7-Handed ($777,777 Gtd 1st Place) 76July 10-11$1,979Poker Hall of Fame Bounty NLH (HOF’ers are Bounties) 77July 11-13$1,500Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha 78July 11-13$2,500No-Limit Hold’em 79July 12-14$10,000Razz Championship 80July 13-14$600Mixed Pot-Limit Omaha/No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack 81July 13-15$5,000Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed 82July 14-15$8008-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack 83July 14-16$50,000High Roller No-Limit Hold’em 84July 14-16$3,000H.O.R.S.E. 85July 15-17$1,500The Closer No-Limit Hold’em* 86July 15-17$10,0006-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Championship 87July 16-17$5,0008-Handed No-Limit Hold’em 88July 17$1,000Super Turbo No-Limit Hold’em  July 18-20FreerollTournament of Champions (Invite-Only)

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Calum has been a part of the PokerNews team since September 2021 after working in the UK energy sector. He played his first hand of poker in 2017 and immediately fell in love with the game. Calum’s proudest poker achievement is winning the only tournament he has ever played in Las Vegas, the prestigious $60 Flamingo evening event.

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