First Open-To-Public Event Set To Start at 3 pm Local Time

Published on September 30th, 2021 11:25 am EST

The most anticipated World Series of Poker in quite some time begins today.The first event that is open to the public, the $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. tournament, will officially kick off the 2021 World Series of Poker later today.

For poker players across the world, this day has been a long time coming.

Last year, thanks to the COVID-19 epidemic, the World Series of Poker festival did not take place, aside from a "live" WSOP main event final table in Las Vegas.

The game of poker continued to flourish in the meantime, as many millions of players across the world took to the online felt in order to pass their time while in quarantine.

There is a tremendous sense of anticipation as players from all across the world descend on Las Vegas, as there is a full schedule of tournaments planned for this year's festival.

Sure, the numbers might not be what they have been in previous years (due to travel headaches and COVID-19 vaccine mandates), though there is still expected to be a very strong turnout.


The first "official" event of this year's World Series of Poker will be the $500 Casino Employees No Limit Hold'em event, which will get underway at 11 am (local time) later today.

The first tournament that will be open to the general public is the $25,000 HORSE event, which gets underway four hours later at 3 pm.

This event is likely to attract many of the top poker names in the world, as players like Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey are expected to take part in the event.

Speaking of Phil Ivey, the poker great has cleared up his legal troubles and is expected to play in a large number of events as he attempts to close the gap between himself and Phil Hellmuth in the all-time bracelet race.


The first "big" event will be Event #4, which is the "Reunion" No Limit Hold'em event that will feature a total guaranteed prize pool of $5 million.

The first flight of this event will begin at 10 am on Friday, October 1st.

This event will start to give us a true taste of the numbers that we can expect at this year's World Series of Poker, as it is a low buy-in event with a large guarantee.


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