The 2022 World Series of Poker is currently taking place, hosted by Paris and Bally’s Las Vegas on the Strip for the first time. [Image: PokerGO.com]
Total 102 bracelet events
The 2022 World Series of Poker is underway, the first WSOP to be played under what one would consider “normal” conditions since 2019. With the exception of the last-minute hybrid online/live main event, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of the WSOP has been postponed For 2020 and last year to fall their attendance was lower due to international travel restrictions related to the pandemic.
The first two events – $500 Casino Staff No-Limit Hold’em and $100,000 High Bonus No-Limit Hold’em – kicked off on Tuesday. The former will conclude today while the latter will end tomorrow. Two more tournaments started today: $2500 No-Limit Hold’em Freeze and $1500 Dealer Option Six Hands.
Finally, there are 88 live gold bracelet events this year, as well as 14 online bracelet events. All but one of the online events are for New Jersey and Nevada players only, while one is exclusive to Pennsylvania players at WSOP.com. If Michigan starts sharing cash with New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware soon, players from Wolverine State will likely join in the fun.
The $10,000 main event will begin with the first four flights starting on July 3 and running through July 16 with a one-day break on July 14, the day before the nine-hand final table begins.
WSOP on tape
For the first time, the series premiered on the Las Vegas Strip, and takes place in both Paris and the Las Vegas Strip after nearly two decades in Rio. For the first three and a half decades, it took place at Binion’s Horseshoe in downtown Las Vegas. But the poker boom drove attendee numbers, so Harrah’s Entertainment, which acquired the rights to WSOP in 2004, moved the series to Rio in 2005. The last three tables of the main event were still at Binion that year, but it was all in Rio. Starting in 2006.
Ryo was showing her age and she was out of the sector
There have been rumors for several years that Caesars Entertainment (became Harrah’s Caesars in 2010) wanted to move the World Series of Poker. Rio was showing her age and was off the strip, which isn’t the most convenient place to get to unless you have a car (although parking is much easier there).
When Caesars sold a Rio in 2019, writing was on the wall, even though the WSOP remained on site while Caesars continued to operate the property. With its operating agreement running until the end of next year at the latest, it was clear that the WSOP would move on, and sure enough, in November 2021, Paris and Bali were announced as the two new co-locations.
How to watch the 2022 WSOP World Series of Poker
Poker fans who want to follow the events of the 2022 World Series of Poker as closely as possible can watch the tournaments live at PokerGO.com. The PokerGO live stream schedule begins Thursday, June 2, with the final schedule for the $100,000 High Roller Bounty event.
PokerGO provides much more coverage, all live
Finally, PokerGO will provide live coverage of 21 events, including the main event on July 15 and July 16. This is good news. The bad news is that PokerGO is a paid subscription service, so it’s not as free as the WSOP broadcast that used to be on TV. But again, PokerGO provides much more coverage, and it’s all straightforward. The service costs $14.99 per month, $29.99 for three months, or $99.99 for a full year.
For television, there is uncertainty about whether and when episodes of WSOP will air on the traditional broadcast medium. Last year, the World Series of Poker ended its 34-year relationship with ESPN, announcing that it had signed a multi-year agreement with CBS Sports Network. CBS Sports broadcast 51 hours of WSOP prepackaged episodes in 2021, but there was no announcement of the 2022 schedule.