LAS VEGAS (Mar. 4, 2020) – For those looking for a poker game that starts and ends in a day or less, the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas has plenty to offer during the World Series of Poker (WSOP) that fit the bill. 

The 51st Annual WSOP is set to run from May 26 to July 15, 2020 and in addition to multi-day tournaments that award gold bracelets, (schedule here) several side events are scheduled in the Rio Convention Center and main casino area to meet time and other constraints players face. They include: 

  • Daily Deepstack One-Day Tournaments
  • Live Action Poker
  • Single-Table Satellites
  • Mega Satellites 

Daily Deepstack Tournaments: Daily Deepstacks have become a regular staple of the offerings at the Rio during the WSOP.  These series of low buy-in one-day tournaments allow guests tournament action at scheduled intervals throughout the day, with each individual event playing to a winner within an 8-12-hour timeframe in most cases. 

Some notable changes have been made to the Daily Deepstacks this year, including an increase of starting chips across the board.  Also noteworthy is the move to the Masquerade Village in the casino area as the location for most of these events in 2020.  With an exclusive registration cage just for Daily Deepstack players, the Masquerade Village location allows a dedicated area for these tournaments, instead of them being mixed in with live action, satellites and gold bracelet events.  This will ease the registration burden of the main WSOP cage, smooth out tournament operations and the player break schedule to allow singular focus for Daily Deepstack players.  Methods of payment are: cash, casino chips or credit/debit cards. 

Also new in 2020 is the addition of a $250 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. Daily Deepstack on Mondays at 5:00pm from June 1 to July 13.  H.O.R.S.E. features five games mixed into one tournament, including Limit Hold’em, Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, Razz, Seven Card Stud and Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better.  This is a great way for players to learn and/or polish their skills.  The entire list of Daily Deepstacks on offer at the Rio in 2020 are as follows: 

  • 1:00 pm - $250 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em – 25,000 starting chips; 30-minute levels. Late reg 8 levels until 5:35pm
  • 4:00 pm - $200 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em – 20,000 starting chips; 30-minute levels. Late reg 8 levels until 8:35pm
  • 7:00 pm - $400 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em – 30,000 starting chips; 20-minute levels. Late reg 8 levels until 10:00pm
  • 10:00 pm - $150 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em – 15,000 starting chips; 20-minute levels. Late reg 8 levels until 1:00am
  • Wednesdays at 9:00 am - $250 buy-in Seniors No-Limit Hold’em (age 50+) – 25,000 chips; 30-minute levels
  • Sundays at 5:00 pm - $250 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha – 25,000 chips; 30-minute levels; late reg 8 levels until 9:35pm
  • Mondays at 5:00pm - $250 H.O.R.S.E. – 25,000 chips; 30-minute levels; late reg 8 levels until 9:35pm

The 1pm, 4pm, 7pm and 10pm Daily Deepstacks will run daily from May 26 to July 13, and with the new dedicated space in the Masquerade Village area, there are expected to be no interruptions to this schedule.  Guests can proceed directly to the Masquerade Village area of the casino upon arrival and register at the dedication registration windows with a valid picture I.D. and Caesars Rewards card.  A kiosk will also be stationed in this area as well, as Daily Deepstacks are available for online registration. The night before scheduled events, guests can use the online system (www.BravoPokerLive.com) to register for the next day’s event and pay for it, and then show up at Rio in Masquerade Village and print out their seat assignment. Cash, casino chips, cashier’s check and credit/debit cards are accepted forms of payment for Daily Deepstacks.  The Wednesday Seniors Daily Deepstacks run at 9am from May 27 to July 8.  The Sunday Pot-Limit Omaha Daily Deepstack run on Sundays at 5pm from May 31 to July 12. 

Live Action Poker: Sometimes referred to as “cash games” the Rio Convention Center’s largest ballroom, the Pavilion Ballroom, will remain home to most of the live action play during the WSOP this summer (the Rio Poker Room up in the top of the casino area will also have live action).  95 live action poker tables will be in play in the Pavilion, spreading all game types starting from $1/$3 with a $100 buy-in minimum.  

A dedicated cage will service live action players, directly from inside the Pavilion Ballroom.  

Returning in 2020, the King’s Lounge, a specially-sectioned area inside the Pavilion Ballroom sponsored by King’s Resort in Czech Republic, the home to WSOP Europe and annual WSOP International Circuit Events.  King’s Lounge spreads all the High Limit action across 15 upgraded tables offering the latest comforts players expect, including 24-hour food service for those in action in this area.  Games go up to $1,000-$2,000. 

Thanks to our friends at Gorilla Gaming, 56 live action tables inside the Pavilion Ballroom will include upgraded tables and chairs, automatic shufflers, USB port and drink holders at each seat and an enhanced floor to better the playing experience for live action players. 

Live Action opens on Tuesday, May 26 at 9:00am and will remain open 24 hours a day through July 11.  Staff will spread other games upon request to a Live Action Supervisor or Manager.  A valid picture ID and a Caesars Rewards card are required to play.  Players may buy-in using cash or casino chips. 

Here are the most common games found with buy-in minimums and maximums in parenthesis:

  • $1-$3 No Limit Texas Hold’em ($100-$300)
  • $2-$5 No Limit Texas Hold’em ($200-$1000)
  • $5-$10 No Limit Texas Hold’em ($400 No Max)
  • $10-$25 No Limit Texas Hold’em ($1,000 No Max)
  • $1-$2-$5 Pot Limit Omaha ($100-$500)
  • $5-$5 Pot Limit Omaha ($200 No Max)
  • $5-$10-$25 Pot Limit Omaha ($1,000 No Max)
  • $25-$25-$50 Pot Limit Omaha ($2,500 No Max)
  • $20-$40 Mix ($400 No Max)
  • $50-$100 Mix ($1,000 No Max)
  • $10-$20 Limit Omaha 8 or Better ($200 No Max)
  • $20-$40 Limit Omaha 8 or Better ($400 No Max)
  • $75-$150 Limit Omaha 8 or Better ($1,500 No Max)
  • $1-$2-$5 Big O ($100-$500)
  • $5-$5-$10 Big O ($200 No Max)
  • $5-$10 Big O ($400 No Max)
  • $50-$100 Seven Card Stud 8 or Better ($1,000 No Max)
  • Pineapple Open Face Chinese Poker (POFC) - Starting at $5 a point all the way up to a $100 a point (Min. buy-in 100 Points)

Single-Table Satellites: One of the best ways to enter WSOP gold bracelet events is to win your way in via smaller, satellite tournaments – smaller buy-in events that award tournament buy-in chips to the winner.  In the case of single-table satellites, players compete with nine other players in a one-table game, with the victor being awarded the tournament buy-in chips that can be utilized for any higher buy-in WSOP event.  Single-table satellites, or STS’s as they are sometimes referred to as, run around the clock in the Pavilion Ballroom, as soon as there are 10 players interested in the same game.  Single-table satellites start as low as $75.  All satellites take place in the Pavilion Ballroom in the Rio Convention Center.  Must use cash or casino chips to enter STS’s. 

Single-Table Satellites will open on Tuesday, May 26 and run 24 hours a day through July 11. 

Mega Satellites: Mega Satellites are one-day or less multi-table tournaments awarding multiple prizes, based on the number of entries.  Prizes award tournament buy-in chips.  For example, in the $1,100 buy-in satellite, for every $10,000 into the prize pool, one person is awarded $10,000 in tournament buy-in chips.  So, for example, if this mega satellite attracted 100 entrants, it would award 10 prize packages, each valued at $10,000, paid in tournament buy-in chips.  Any monies that don’t equal a $500 tournament buy-in chip, will be paid out to the next highest finisher in cash. Mega satellites, like single-table satellites offer players a lower buy-in opportunity to receive a prize of greater value.  Methods of payment are: cash, casino chips or credit/debit cards for Mega Satellites. 

Mega satellites begin on Tuesday, May 26 and run daily through July 13. The schedule is as follows: 

  • 9:00 am - $180 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em (10 entries = $1,500 tournament buy-in chips)
  • 2:00 pm - $580 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em (10 entries = $5,000 tournament buy-in chips)
  • 8:00 pm - $1,100 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em (10 entries = $10,000 tournament buy-in chips)
  • Specialty Megas: The 2pm Mega Satellite plays as a $580 buy-in when there is a $5,000 gold bracelet event running the next day or no $10,000 event. If a $10,000 gold bracelet event is running the next day, the 2pm Mega Satellite plays as a $1,100 buy-in.
  • 12 noon & 6:00 pm – Specialty mega-satellites for $25,000 and above gold bracelet events are also scheduled on days before these events are scheduled to run.Buy-ins range from $320 to $625, to $2,700 and $5,300 and run as step-satellites, with the $320 running at 12 noon awarding must-play seats into the 6pm $2,700 satellite. The $625 mega satellite at 12 noon awards must-play seats into the 6pm $5,300 buy-in mega satellite. 

Main Event Satellite Days: June 30 to July 4 are designated Main Event satellite days, allowing a plethora of options at the Rio for players to qualify for poker’s richest event on the calendar.  Among the options:

  • 8:00 am - $140 buy-in, turbo format ($1,100 in buy-in chips to 1pm Mega; must play)
  • 8:00 am - $1,100 buy-in, turbo format (every $10,000 in prize pool pays $10,000 in tournament buy-in chips) July 1-5 only
  • 10:00 am & 4:00 pm - $580 buy-in (every $10,000 in prize pool pays $10,000 in tournament buy-in chips)
  • 1:00 pm - $1,100 buy-in (every $10,000 in prize pool pays $10,000 in tournament buy-in chips)
  • 2:00 pm - $250 buy-in ($2,175 in buy-in chips to 8pm Mega; must play)
  • 8:00 pm - $2,175 buy-in (every $10,000 in prize pool pays $10,000 in tournament buy-in chips) 

Online Satellites: For those in Nevada or New Jersey, WSOP.com, the real-money online/mobile poker platform of the WSOP, has been and will continue to run satellites for the 2020 WSOP.  Outside the U.S., players are encouraged to visit 888Poker.com for a chance to win their way to the WSOP for as little as one cent! 

About the World Series of Poker

The World Series of Poker® is the largest, richest and most prestigious gaming event in the world, having awarded more than $3.29 billion in prize money and the prestigious gold bracelet, globally recognized as the sport’s top prize. Featuring a comprehensive slate of tournaments in every major poker variation, the WSOP is poker’s longest-running tournament in the world, dating back to 1970.  In 2019, the event attracted 187,298 entrants from 118 different countries to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and awarded more than $293 million in prize money. In addition, the WSOP has formed groundbreaking alliances in broadcasting, digital media and corporate sponsorships, while successfully expanding the brand internationally with the advent of the World Series of Poker Europe in 2007 and the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific in 2013 and the WSOP International Circuit Series in 2015. For more information on the World Series of Poker, please visit www.wsop.com.