2024 WSOP Players Guide and What to Watch for

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With the WSOP Circuit 2024 season coming to an end in Los Angeles, the WSOP Tournament of Champions kicked off on May 22nd to officially start the WSOP 2024 schedule. The World Series of Poker will feature 99 bracelet events from May 28-July 17 at the Horseshoe Las Vegas and Paris Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada. Buy-ins range from the $300 Gladiators of Poker event all the way up to the $250,000 Super High Roller.

Last year featured a number of record-breaking events including the Main Event, which brought in 10,043 players. Daniel Weinman became the 2023 WSOP Main Event champion, taking home a record $12,100,000 top prize.

New Events

With the WSOP event expanding from 95 bracelet events in 2023 to 99 bracelet events in 2024 (not including the Tournament of Champions), there are a handful of new events that have been added to the schedule. The main highlights are the $5,000 Seniors High Roller, the $10,000 Eight Game Mix, the $1,500 Mixed NLH / PLO Double Board Bomb Pot event, and the $3,000 Mid-Stakes NLH Championship.

  • Event #16: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em (8-Handed)
  • Event #37: $10,000 Big O Championship
  • Event #41: $1,500 Mixed NLH / PLO Double Board Bomb Pot
  • Event #65: $5,000 Seniors High Roller No-Limit Hold’em
  • Event #80: $800 Independence Day Celebration – No-Limit Hold’em
  • Event #86: $1,000 Mystery Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha
  • Event #88: $10,000 Eight Game Mix (6-Handed)
  • Event #89: $3,000 Mid-Stakes No-Limit Hold’em Championship
  • Event #90: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha (6-Handed)

Potential Milestones

Daniel Negreanu
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In 2023, Phil Hellmuth extended his record bracelet haul to 17 by winning the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty event. Hellmuth now has an incredible seven-bracelet gap on Phil Ivey, Erik Seidel, Johnny Chan, and the late Doyle Brunson, who all have accumulated 10 bracelets.

While Ivey and Seidel will look to become just the second player to reach 11 bracelets, there is a huge group of active crushers on six bracelets who will look to get to seven. Some of those include Daniel Negreanu and Shaun Deeb, two of the best poker players of all time, plus Josh Arieh, Brian Rast, Jeremy Ausmus, Jason Mercier, and Brian Hastings.

The aforementioned Negreanu is looking to break a frustrating 11-year WSOP bracelet drought and could potentially do so in some style. Kid Poker is just $245,569 behind Antonio Esfandiari on the all-time World Series of Poker money list and will almost certainly break his record in 2024, given his very deep and expensive annual schedule.

Another Record-Breaking Main Event?

In 2023, the $10,000 WSOP Main Event finally broke the five-figure entry mark, attracting a never-before-seen total of 10,043 runners. This generated an insane $93,399,900 prize pool, the biggest prize pool of any poker tournament in the history of the game. Daniel Weinman won the event, taking home a record-breaking $12,100,000 in captivating fashion.

With poker in the beginning stages of its second boom, crypto poker on the rise, and staking becoming more available to the masses, many believe that the 2024 WSOP Main Event could attract 11,000 or even 12,000 entrants this year.

Best Players Without a WSOP Bracelet

Every year, legends of the poker realm attempt to get their hands on a bracelet for the first time in their careers to secure their legendary legacies. Here are some of the best players who have yet to win a bracelet.

Seth Davies

Seth Davies
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With nearly $26M in career live tournament earnings (31st all-time as of May 23rd, 2024), Davies tops our list of crushers who have yet to win gold in Vegas. In 2023, Davies made a pair of final tables, finishing 4th in the 2,068-entry $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em event for $230,772 and 5th in the 124-entry $50,000 High Roller for $385,617.

Felipe Ramos

Felipe Ramos
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Felipe Ramos, known as Mojave in Brazilian circles, is just about as desperate and driven to win his maiden bracelet as any player in the world. Ramos has made a whopping 10 WSOP final tables and has cashed over 100 times and generally plays all the bracelet events no matter where they are hosted. He has fallen short in the top-three in each of the last three years, finishing 2nd in last year’s $5,000 8-Max Freezeout ($401,460), 2nd in the 2021 $1,000 Online Double Stack ($476,612), and 3rd in the 2022 WSOP Europe €2,200 Short Deck (€21,416).

Maria Ho

Maria Ho
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One of the most iconic names in poker and a Women in Poker Hall of Famer has somehow yet to win a bracelet at the age of 41, despite being very active at WSOP. She has eight career WSOP final tables to her name and nearly sealed the deal at WSOP Paradise back in December, finishing 3rd in the 3,446-entry $1,500 Mystery Millions event for $200,000 plus bounties.

Bin Weng

Bin Weng
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While Bin Weng has not been a household name for long, there’s no doubt that he’s been one of the hottest poker players on the planet over the last two years, winning the 2023 GPI Player of the Year award in dominating fashion.

Seemingly out of nowhere, Weng has ascended to a top-200 player (#164 as of May 23, 2024) on poker’s all-time money list with over $8.8M in live tournament earnings. It just seems like a matter of time before Weng is there in Vegas hoisting a gold bracelet.

Niklas Astedt

Niklas Astedt
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Say what you want but Niklas Astedt aka “lena900” is one of the greatest poker players of this generation. While Astedt has “only” mustered just under $3M in career live tournament earnings, he is the #1 winningest player of all-time for online poker, hauling in over $48M. Astedt has earned over $13M more than his nearest competitor and has won nearly everything to win online except the prestigious WSOP gold bracelet.

Whether the Swede will be present at the 2024 WSOP is anyone’s guess, he will undoubtedly continue his legacy as one of the most difficult players to compete against for decades to come.

Expanded WSOP Live Streaming Coverage

PokerGO have already released their live streaming coverage for the 2024 World Series of Poker, offering daily coverage from Las Vegas beginning on May 30th with Event #1: $5,000 Champions Reunion.

With over 300 hours of live broadcasts already promised, PokerGO will cover over 30 events, with the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, the $250,000 Super High Roller No-Limit Hold’em event, and the $25,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship headlining the festivities.

Of course, PokerGO will provide complete access to the $10,000 WSOP Main Event from Day 1A on July 3rd all the way through to the final day on July 17th.

You can click here for the exact PokerGo schedule.

New Payout Structure

A new payout structure has been implemented for the WSOP 2024 schedule. According to a recent announcement from WSOP, most events will offer a flatter structure, skimming money off the top and creating a 2x min-cash for most events.

However, the Main Event will continue to payout a 1.5x min-cash of $15,000 for those who cash the prestigious tournament. WSOP organizers did listen to the players and have adjusted their controversial final table payout structure.

Now, all final tablists are guaranteed to become millionaires while the champion will get a reduced payout. If there are between 9,000 and 9,999 runners, first place will receive $10M while they have capped the winner’s prize at $11M for anything over 10,000 entries.

New Landmark Satellites

WSOP have decided to switch things up and will now operate using landmark (or milestone) satellites, a format that was popularized by the Wynn in recent years. Instead of having a certain number of players win a satellite via survival, players will have to earn a certain number of chips based on the satellite’s payout structure.

Three daily landmark satellites will be available at a variety of buy-in levels, for as low as $135, starting on May 28th – the first day of WSOP. Players will be able to enter satellites in hopes to qualify for a number of events at higher buy-ins from $1,100 all the way up to the $250,000 Super High Roller. Of course, there will be plenty of WSOP Main Event satellites on offer.

Blaise’s Personal Predictions!

Will a player win three bracelets for the first time since 2014?

No. Bracelet fields have become bigger and stronger, even at the Super High Roller level. If someone does the trick, it will be a high roller who wins two live, small-field events (under 200 players) and an online high roller event.

Will the WSOP Main Event attract more than 10,000 players again?

Absolutely. Poker continues to gain popularity and it seems that more players are going to attend WSOP than ever before. With public staking becoming more accessible by the day, a large number of mid-stakes players (including me! – check out my guide how to become a professional poker player) will be playing the Main Event for the first time in 2024.

Will Shaun Deeb win 2024 WSOP Player of the Year?

Shaun Deeb
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Following his successful weight loss bet and given that nobody loves to attack the World Series of Poker more than Deeb, it would seemingly take another insane Ian Matakis-like run to defeat him.

Who will finally win their first WSOP bracelet?

I think there will be a plethora of big names that will finally become deserving first-time bracelet winners. Bin Weng, Felipe Ramos, and Patrik Antonius will all finally get over the line.

Landon Tice or Jeremy Becker?

Personally, I don’t care too awful much about their summer-long WSOP contest. However, I will choose the street poker god (Becker) over the “slave to the solver”.

What big surprises does the WSOP 2024 schedule have in store?

1) There will be a handful of women that win open WSOP events.

2) A relative unknown will crush and win multiple bracelets.

3) Fields will grow by 15-20% across the board.

4) Someone will win their 7th and 8th bracelets of their careers.

5) Poker.Org becomes the near-unanimous choice for poker media coverage over PokerNews.

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Blaise Bourgeois
Poker and Gambling Expert
Blaise Bourgeois
Poker and Gambling Expert

Blaise is an Expert Gambling Writer and a professional poker player in Brazil. He has played and traveled throughout Latin America for the last four-and-a-half years and recently won his first WSOP Circuit ring! He received his Master's in Sport Management and Sports Analytics from St. John's University. Blaise also holds a Mathematics and Computer Science degree from SUNY Purchase, where he still holds the school's Men's Soccer record for goals in a season. Blaise has worked for Catena Media, OddsSeeker, WSOP, PokerNews, and Poker.Org in various capacities. He has a passion for extensive research and aims to provide accurate…