Poker news | Mar 03, 2022
7 Unmissable Events at the 2022 WSOP
By RTR Alex
The Horseshoe and Paris Hotel & Casino will host this year's events, with tournaments like the $500 No-limit Hold’em, Millionaire Makers and the infamous Tournament of Champions, as well as Vince Vaughn scheduled for the Master of Ceremonies, this year's series won't disappoint. Whether you're a fan of low buy-ins or high pay-outs, there's plenty to choose from.
With the schedule released and the series just a few months away, here's our list of the top 7 tournaments you don't want to miss and you can also take a look at the 2022 WSOP Full Schedule.
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The House Warming No-Limit Hold'em event takes place on day 3 of the series and is certainly one to keep an eye on. The tournament has just a $500 buy-in but a guaranteed prize pool of 5 million dollars.
The opening weekend event will run for 6 days and with such a low entry price, it's likely to attract a huge amount of players looking to take home a cut of the seven-figure prize pool, along with a swarm of fans hoping the event is live-streamed.
In a recent announcement the WSOP stated that “this popular price point for the opening weekend has generated some of the largest field sizes in the history of poker.”
2021's opening weekend event, Event #4: $500 The Reunion No-Limit Hold’em, attracted a player field of over 13,000 battling for a prize pool just under $5.5 million.
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As one of the most interesting events scheduled in the series, H.O.R.S.E always provides great entertainment. This year there will be 3 different H.O.R.S.E events, but the one to watch out for is the $10,000 tournament on July 20th.
Delivering a mixture of games all tied into one - with Hold'em, Omaha, Razz, Seven Card Stud and Eight-or-Better - H.O.R.S.E keeps both players and fans on their toes with the constant switch-ups. If you're unfamiliar with the event here's more on how to play H.O.R.S.E.
Last year's reigning champ, Kevin Gerhart, took home first place with a prize of $361,124 from the $1,389,425 pool. This was his third career bracelet win and he was up against some tough competition, in an interview he said, "if you look at just the final nine or even the last 16, there are so many names, so many bracelets, so many top level players." So if you're looking for a star studded table, you're in the right place.
The Tag Team tournament is undoubtedly one of the most unique WSOP events going, with teams of two battling it out for a WSOP bracelet each.
The 3 day event kicks off on June 26 with a $1,000 entry cost per team. With last year's Tag Team attracting a total of 641 teams which generated a total prize pool of around $600,000. The two bracelet winners were Mike Ruter and Samy Dighlawi of Team Ruter, who took out the rest of the competition for a top prize of $113,366.
The tournament's unique structure is a huge selling point for both poker players and anyone looking to tune in to watch the WSOP - it's sure to be a highlight of the series.
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Expected to generate a multimillion dollar prize pool, the $400 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em tournament will certainly be one to watch. Thousands of players will likely participate in this four-day event which will give players the choice between two starting flights.
2021's Colossus event amassed a huge $3.1 million prize pool from the 9,399 total entrants which made it one of the biggest competitions at the WSOP that year. Anatolii Zyrin came out on top of the nearly 10,000 players and secured his second bracelet along with $314,705.
Colossus offers the lowest buy-in out of every event which makes it a fantastic choice for both recreational players and up-and-coming pros.
Check out the madness that occurred in this final hand of the 2016 Colossus event:
Another reasonably-priced event that draws a field of a few thousand is the $1,500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold'em. This flagship WSOP tournament famously guarantees a seven-figure prize to the victor and millions more spread among the rest of the leaderboard.
5,330 entrants generated a prize pool of $3.4 million in last year's event, which saw Daniel Lazrus earn his second career bracelet and a million in cash to boot.
If you find yourself in Vegas on June 17th and fancy a go at turning $1,500 into $1 million, this is your best shot.
Let's just say, the name speaks for itself - the 2022 WSOP Main Event.
For years, this world championship tournament has crowned victors with one of the most prestigious titles in all of poker, with the likes of Johnny Chan, Phil Hellmuth, Dan Harrington, Chris Moneymaker and Joe McKeehen on the list.
With a hefty $10,000 price tag, it's no surprise this event attracts so many seasoned pros. Even in the midst of the pandemic, 2021's Main Event fielded 6,550 players to generate a prize pool of just over $62 million, which could easily be surpassed this year with vaccine and mask requirements being lifted.
If you can flip the entry cost, the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event is by far the most infamous tournament available.
Mini Main Event
This mini version of the Main Event offers the opportunity for those who can't quite afford the $10,000, to take part in a tournament with similar structure and just slightly less fame for the victor.
The event crowns a champion with a few hundred thousand in prize money and will kick off on July 1st, seeking that person from a crowd of thousands of entrants. Last year’s winner was Georgios Sotiropoulos, who took home $432,575 as the top prize and with just a $1,000 buy-in, that's not a bad return on investment.
If you're a fan of the Main Event structure but would rather pay a tenth of the price to play, the Mini Main Event is perfect for you.
If you want to know exactly what's on for each day of the summer series, take a look at the full schedule.