With the World Series fast approaching, a lot of the pre-tournament talk is about which professionals will cover themselves in glory. But what about the man or woman on the street? Often referred to as ‘Weekend Warriors’, hundreds of thousands of recreational poker enthusiasts will travel to Las Vegas, Nevada this summer for their shot at glory. But which events of the 89 offered by the WSOP this year are best to play? We take a look.


There are, of course, dozens and dozens of events, but here are all the tournaments starting on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday, often meaning the weekend warrior has enough time to play them across a weekend by adding just one or two days off. As you can see, there are plenty of WSOP events to choose from:

2019 WSOP Weekend Warriors Schedule
Date Event Description  Buy-In (USD) 
Thursday, May 30, 2019 3 Big Fifty NLH  500
Thursday, May 30, 2019 4 Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better  1,500
Friday, May 31, 2019 5 High Roller  50,000
Saturday, June 1, 2019 6 Mixed Triple Draw  2,500
Thursday, June 6, 2019 17 Shootout  1,500
Thursday, June 6, 2019 18 Omaha 8  10,000
Friday, June 7, 2019 19 Millionaire Maker  1,500
Friday, June 7, 2019 20 Seven-Card Stud  1,500
Saturday, June 8, 2019 21 NL 2-7 Lowball  10,000
Thursday, June 13, 2019 32 Seniors  1,000
Thursday, June 13, 2019 33 Triple Draw  1,500
Friday, June 14, 2019 34 Double Stack NLH  1,000
Friday, June 14, 2019 35 Dealers Choice  10,000
Saturday, June 15, 2019 36 Shootout NLH  3,000
Thursday, June 20, 2019 47 Ladies Championship  1,000
Thursday, June 20, 2019 48 NLH  2,500
Thursday, June 20, 2019 49 Triple Draw  10,000
Friday, June 21, 2019 50 Monster Stack  1,500
Friday, June 21, 2019 51 Mixed Omaha/Stud 8 or Better  2,500
Saturday, June 22, 2019 52 PLO Championship  10,000
Thursday, June 27, 2019 63 Omaha Mix  1,500
Friday, June 28, 2019 64 Crazy 8s  888
Friday, June 28, 2019 65 PLO8  10,000
Saturday, June 29, 2019 66 Limit Hold’em  1,500
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 73 Main Event  10,000
Saturday, July 6, 2019 75 Little One for One Drop NLH  1,111
Thursday, July 11, 2019 82 NLH Double Stack  1,500
Thursday, July 11, 2019 83 High Roller  100,000
Friday, July 12, 2019 84 The Closer NLH  1,500
Friday, July 12, 2019 85 PLO 6-Max  3,000
Saturday, July 13, 2019 86 6-Max NLH  10,000


Whatever your aims, as Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth – two of the WSOP’s most successful players – both suggest, it’s a great idea to declare your intentions. If you’re traveling for one weekend, look at the tournament(s) that apply to your bankroll on that weekend. Rescheduling once booked – either time off or which tournament you’re going to play – could prove complex, so make sure that you know what you’re doing and when you’re doing it.


You’re only traveling for a weekend, so travel light, and follow our more detailed guides about what you might need to bring and how to survive to get in and out of Vegas. Arrive on time for the events you’ll play, the last thing you ever want to do is to regret not allowing yourself enough time to actually sit down… plus, you’ll always wonder if you would have been dealt aces in the hands you missed, right?


Almost every successful player advises recreational players to do one thing when they sit down in their first WSOP event, and that’s to be themselves. Whatever you did to become successful enough at poker to play the WSOP bring the A-Game version in your own style to the Rio this summer. With all-in action, every weekend, the World Series of Poker always provides a Cinderella story and this year, that could be you!

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Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, 2019 World Series of Poker