How to Decide Which WSOP Tournament(s) to Play

  • Alan D.
  • 09 May 2022

The 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) is less than two months away and poker players, in their tens of thousands, will flock to Bally's and Paris, Las Vegas to pursue their dreams of WSOP glory.

The world of live poker looks to be near enough back to pre-covid times with the upcoming series returning to its natural summer time-slot for the first time since 2019. It has also been confirmed that there will not be any vaccination or mask requirements at this year's WSOP.

And with the schedule out, you've probably already thought which events you'd like to hop into. This can be a tough choice if you have to consider a bunch of variables like bankroll considerations and how long you can go for etc. Luckily for you, PokerNews has tried to aid that decision process with this guide on how to best choose what WSOP tournament(s) to play.

Before you head to Vegas, you need to decide what you are there for. Some people play poker as a fun pastime and are not too bothered whether or not they cash. For others, it's a window of opportunity to make the bulk of the annual poker income.

Simply put, you need to decide if you are going as a recreational player or a professional.

If you are there for a good time, then you should play events which you find the most enjoyable. If you are going with the sole aim as making as much money as possible then you need to choose tournaments that you believe you'll have an edge in.

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It goes without saying you should only play the events that begin and end when you are in Vegas. On average, a usual bracelet event lasts for at least three days, so you don't want to be playing an event that culminates on the same date as your departure.

Of course, making a WSOP final table means you'll be able to absorb the costs of any rearranged flights, but if you are flying back home for work or any family commitments, then that is more tricky to work around.

Unless you have unlimited funds to fire into every tournament, then you probably need to consider the affects each entry will have on your bankroll.

To keep things simple, let's say you have $15,000 that is purely for poker and all your other expenses are already covered. Unless it is your sole dream to play the $10,000 WSOP Main Event, you should probably give it a miss because all it could take is one cooler in the early goings to wipe out two-thirds of your bankroll.

Below is a table of the number of events within a specific buy-in range for you too see what options are at your disposal.

Another aspect you need to consider is whether the event you are playing permits re-entries. A $1,000 buy-in event could soon turn into a $3,000 expense, so just be sure you're familiar with the structure and format of whichever tournament you decide to play.

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One event that is bound to cause a commotion and have a load of eyes on it will be the WSOP's version of the extremely popular Mystery Bounty tournament, a format which has taken the live poker sphere by storm.

For the uninitiated, a mystery bounty tournament has a special bounty prize pool where players randomly choose an envelope that contains a varying cash prize. Donald Nimneh, a truck driver based in Omaha, Nebraska, changed his life after he picked up the $250,000 bounty envelope at the Wynn Fall Classic.

Not to be outshone, the WSOP's mystery bounty edition, Event #68: $1,000 Million Dollar Bounty, features a whopping $1 million top bounty prize and that's why it seals our top pick. One lucky player will walk home with a seven-figure payday regardless if they win the entire event. And for the $1,000 buy-in, the potential value that could be earned is too tempting to miss out on.

The Million Dollar Bounty has four starting flights, the first of which kicks off on Saturday, July 2 at 12 p.m. EST. Day's 1a-c have 30-minute blinds while levels increase every 15-minutes on Day 1d. One re-entry is available per starting flight and closes after Level 22. The surviving players all return for Day 2 on Tuesday, July 5.

The event will then play for a further 17 levels or until five players remain, whichever comes first. The Million Dollar Bounty will then play out its conclusion the following day.

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Michael Kellis

This article was actually very helpful to anyone who is planning on going to this tournament. I personally am not but I know a couple of my friends who are.

Stephan F.

Wow this prize is awesome! I literally have no idea how to play poker but I would learn if it meant a shot at winning this prize.

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