$5,000,000 GUARANTEED PRIZE POOL & $1,000,000 to the WINNER
$500 Buy-In, 50,000 chips, 50-minute levels; First Entry Rake-Free
A new event is coming to the Rio in 2019 to celebrate the 50th Annual World
Series of Poker. This year's opening weekend event will be the brand new Big 50. The Big 50 gives players more value in a WSOP
event at this price point than ever before. Players will start with a
massive 50,000 chip stack and levels are 50 minutes long. The buy-in is
$500 and 100% of everyone's initial entry will go directly into the
prizepool. Re-entries will be raked as normal.
In addition, the event has been tagged with a $5,000,000 prize pool
guarantee and a guaranteed 1st place payout of $1,000,000.
The Big 50 will have one starting flight each day from Thursday, May 30 through Sunday, June 2. The Thursday and
Friday starting flights will begin at 11 a.m. and the weekend's starting
flights will get underway at 10 a.m. This event allows a maximum of one
re-entry per starting flight.
Due to our table capacity and expected field sizes for this event,
several measures have been enacted to try and accommodate as many
players as we can, while also minimizing registration and payout
transaction times. Please review the structure sheet and the key
details below prior to registering for this event.
- By paying out 15% of field, players will reach the money at
some point during their Day 2 play
- Players will remain separated by flight during Day 2 play. Meaning, if
you play Day 1A (Thursday) you will play Day 2A with any survivors from
that Day 1A flight.
Carefully review your Day 2 start day and time and use the color
codes below and on structure sheet to help quickly find your flight
- All players will play 8 levels on their Day 2, thus completing 20
levels of play over two days of actual play.
- Those surviving after 12 levels of Day 1 play, will return for their
Day 2 flights as follows:
- Thursday Flight 1A players: Return on Friday, May 31 at 2pm
to play 2A. Finish at 9:40pm.
- Friday Flight 1B players: Return on Saturday, June 1 at 5pm
to play 2B. Finish at 12:40am.
- Saturday Flight 1C players: Return on Monday, June 3 at 10am
to play 2C. Finish at 5:40pm.
- Sunday Flight 1D players: Return on Tuesday, June 4 at 10am
to play 2D. Finish at 5:40pm.
- Day 3 of the tournament will begin on Wednesday, June 5 at 11:00am and combine fields for all
remaining players and play 12 levels.
- Day 4 of the tournament will begin on Thursday, June 6 at 11:00am and is expected to play 12 levels.
- Depending on number of entries, a Day 5 may be necessary on Friday, June 7 to reach a winner.
- Players may forfeit their current chip stack at the end of their Day 1
flight prior to bagging if they so choose, for the opportunity to
re-enter another flight. But once that decision has been made, there is
- If you are eliminated in the Big 50 and there is another starting flight still in the open registration period, you are eligible to enter that new starting flight.
- Players may pay with cash, Rio casino chips, Rio tournament buy-in
credits or via Credit Card using the online registration system through
our Bravo Software partner.
- It is encouraged that everyone chooses their preferred flight and make
plans to register in advance.
- Play will begin on time as scheduled. Plan for lines and delays if
registering the day of the event.
- Start times will not be pushed back to accommodate line delays.
- Beginning May 28 at 9 am, the WSOP Cage in the Rio Convention
Center will open and remain open 24 hours a day, where players can
register and receive seat assignments for this event.
- Best time to register for this event is between 8 pm and 8 am. Busiest
times are between 9 am and 6 pm.
Players can only register for one flight in advance. If a player is
eliminated during a flight, they may return to registration and sign up
for that same flight if available, or another available flight.
- Seats are non-transferable. Only the player with name on the seat card
may enter the event.
The Big 50 will use the unique payout system which will see each starting
flight play into the money. For each flight, a separate payout table will
be produced based on the number of entries in that flight. (Example: 1,000
players enter Flight B, thus 150 players will reach the money). After the
bubble bursts, players who are eliminated will be paid based on that payout
table. When the flight is complete, all remaining money in the prizepool
will be added to the Day 3 prize pool. On Day 3, a new payout table will be
calculated using the money not yet paid out from all flights, and based on
the total number of entries remaining in the event. Note that all players
reaching Day 3 are guaranteed a minimum payout of at least $1 more than the
largest payout made on any Day 2. WSOP.com will be posting all of the Day 2
payouts as they become available. This adjustment will help reduce
congestion at the payout desk and make the money bubble process easier for
Seating/Capacity Flow & Plans
- Players are encouraged to take their seats at the posted starting time.
- Players will start with a full chip stack when they are seated to begin
- Chips will not be put in play until player checks in to assigned table.
- Players in 11am flights must be in their seat by 1:00 pm (start of
Level 3). After 1:00pm, players will have their seat voided and
refunded if they haven't shown. Seat is subject to sale to other
players, with original player only eligible for other flights.
- Players in 10am flights must be seated by 12:00 noon (start of Level
3). After 12:00, players will have their seat voided and refunded if
they haven't shown. Seat is subject to sale to other players, with
original player only eligible for other flights.
- All flights are able to seat approximately 4,800 entries at the start
- Players will be assigned seats on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once
the flight's capacity has been reached, subsequent registrations will
be considered alternates. Players enter with a full chip stack, but
must enter at the Level/time the event is at when seating becomes
- It is important to note that this structure is very slow, thus opening
up fewer seats throughout the registration period compared to a typical
WSOP event. Thus it is advised that those who want to ensure their
participation in this event do so by pre-registering and showing up at
the Flight's start time.
- It is expected this event will potentially sellout (weekend flights
most likely). Seats are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis and we
cannot be responsible for any travel costs or expenses for those who
aren't able to enter. We will announce publicly if/when a flight is
- Be sure to follow @WSOP on Twitter to get the latest news and
information on this and all WSOP events.