WSOP announce changes ahead of 50th anniversary

This year is the 50th anniversary of the WSOP, and they have celebrated by announcing a few changes.

The WSOP remains the ‘biggie’ for all serious tournament players and it seems (according to its Vice President) the best players wand larger starting stacks.

“We are confident players will find the structures the best value they have ever seen at the WSOP,” VP of Corporate Communications Seth Palansky said.

“Jack Effel and his team wanted to make sure that these weren’t smoke and mirror changes like a lot of places do. Jack made sure that all the changes resulted in deeper play at all stages of the tournament. This gives everyone more comfort in Day 1 of the tournament as well as room to play as the tournament progresses at key later stages.”

The below table shows exactly how many more chips players can expect to start with.

Starting Stack Changes from 2018 to 2019

Price Point 2018 Stack 2019 Stack
$400 N/A 40,000
$500 5,000 50,000
$600 N/A 30,000
$800 N/A 40,000
$888 8,000 40,000
$1,000 5,000 20,000
$1,500 NL/PLO 7,500 25,000
$1,500 Limit 7,500 10,000
$2,500 12,500 15,000
$2,620 26,200 26,200
$3,000 15,000 20,000
$5,000 25,000 30,000
$10,000 50,000 60,000
$25,000 125,000 150,000
$50,000 250,000 300,000
$100,000 500,000 600,000

There are also considerably more low-buy in tournaments meaning there is more for the recreational player too. The structure on these tournaments has also changed meaning there will be plenty of play at the lower end of the spectrum as well as with the big buy-ins.

On the flip side of this, for those that don’t have 4 days to devote to poker, more turbo tournaments have been added to the schedule as well.

“The Super Turbo Bounty events were real popular and we do have a segment of players who have shorter time to play poker, thus those folks will find several offerings that allow them to compete for a bracelet,” explained Palansky. “The whole Deepstack bracelet series is another example of this too. These still offer tremendous value — better than anything else in the marketplace — but with the pace to complete in 2/3 days.”

With six live deepstack events with  $600 OR $800 buy-in, we understand his point regarding deepstack tournaments.

Palansky continued: “Like everything at the WSOP, we offer something for everyone and we are sure there are several events that everyone can find and enjoy and get a great experience competing in. There is no doubt that anyone who comes to Las Vegas this summer will find the best value for their buck and the biggest prize pools up for grabs at the 50th Annual World Series of Poker at the Rio.”

LateReg will bring you details over the next few weeks of poker sites that give you the chance to win your seat to this years main event!