WSOP 2024 Players Guide: Non-Hold'em Events

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03 Apr 2024
Jonathan Raab 03 Apr 2024
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Make Mine a 99 Part WSOP Players Guide 4 Non Holdem Events
Make Mine a 99 WSOP 2024 Players Guide Part 4: Non Holdem Events
The full schedule for the 55th Annual World Series of Poker was recently announced and players all over the world are now beginning to decide what they will play before they book travel and accommodation to Las Vegas.

This is part four of PokerWired’s WSOP 2024 Players’ Guide, in which we take a deep look at different aspects of the schedule. In part one of the series we looked at the new events making their first appearance on a WSOP schedule. In part two we examined the Marquee (multi-starting-day) events that have become the hallmark of WSOP schedules in recent years. In part three we perused the Championship events. In this edition we look at the non-Hold'em bracelet events on the 2024 WSOP tournament schedule.

What are Non-Hold'em Poker Games?

With most online sites heavily focused on No Limit Hold’em, many of the poker variants played at the WSOP may be alien to those who have learned and only ever played poker online. Most sites do offer Pot Limit Omaha and some have other variants like Omaha Hi-Lo, Seven Card Stud, Razz and even Badugi, but there is less liquidity in the more specialised games. If you do find them, they are most likely to be played as cash games rather than tournaments. In most poker games (except Badugi), what defines it as poker is that the object of the game is to make a 5-card poker hand. But beyond that, the process that you take to get to the end of the hand amd make that 5-card poker hand varies. In some variants the object is not even to make the best 5-card poker hand, but can be to make the worst 5-card poker hand.

Common Non-Hold'em Poker Variants

Omaha

The most commonly played non-Hold'em poker variant is Omaha. Players are dealt four (or five in some games like Big O) hole cards. The board cards and betting streets are the same as in Hold'em, with a flop, turn (4th street) and river (5th street). The other key difference is that in Omaha, players MUST use precisely two of their hole cards and three of the board cards to contruct their best 5-card poker hand. Omaha is usually but not exclusively played as a pot limit game, meaning that the maximum that can be bet on any single betting street is equivalent to the amount already in the pot at that point.

Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better

Similar to regular Omaha, however the pot is split into two equal parts, one which is awarded to the best high hand and one which is awarded to the best low hand. To make a low hand, one must have 5 cards of different value and the highest permitted card is an 8. If no player has a qualifying low hand, the hig hand scoops the entire pot. Straights and Flushes are disregarded when determinng the best low hand, it is only the values of the cards that count.

Stud Poker Games

These are games that unlike Hold'em or Omaha, do not use shared board cards (also known as community cards). Each player makes their best hand using cards that are exclusively theirs and are not shared by opponents. The rules for these games differ, but most use a combination of down cards (cards that only the player holding the hand can peek at) and up cards, which are dealt face up, exposing their value to all players at the table. The betting format also differs in stud games. The most common stud games played are Seven Card Stud and Razz. Seven Card Stud is often played as a split Hi-Lo game, whereas Razz is purely a low hand variant.

Draw Poker Games

Draw games are those in which there are no exposed cards at all and players have the option to draw  (exchange) as many cards as they wish for newly dealt cards. These are usually played as low games meaning the object is to make the best low hand, but unlike in the low hands of stud games, flushes and straights do count against you. The most common formats and the ones played at the WSOP are 2-7 Draw Lowball and 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball.

Badugi

Some people don't consider Badugi to be a poker variant at all. Whether it really counts as poker or not is always up for debate, but nevertheless, it is usually played by players who also play other poker variants and it does feature as a side event on many live poker tours. The rules are different to most regular poker formats. It is a draw game, in which players have four cards and the object is to make the lowest possible hand, but crucually only using one card of each suit.

Non-Hold'em Tournaments at Live Poker Festivals

Most live tours also only pay lip service to non-Hold’em formats with often only a sole PLO tournament on the schedule. Understandably, bigger festivals tend to provide better for non-Hold’em tournaments, however there are exceptions and mixed games festivals, such as the one organised by Cardplayer Lifestyle’s Robbie Strazynski.

History of Non-Hold’em Games at the WSOP

The WSOP does rather better than most at providing non-Hold’em tournaments. The WSOP has always been about more than just two hole card games. 

1970-2001: Mostly Non-Hold'em Games at the World Series of Poker

In the early 1970s, during the first few years of the series, the only game that was No Limit Hold’em was the $10,000 Championship Main Event. When WSOP schedules were much shorter and only consisted of a few events, every event would be a different format with No Limit Hold’em (dubbed the ‘Cadillac’ of Poker by the late Doyle Brunson) reserved for the end of the series, as the Main Event. 

But after a few years one or two more NLH tournaments were included in the dozen or so events that comprised the WSOP. The schedule remained fairly consistent from the late 1970s to the early 2000s, with between 13-18 events each year, with no more than four No Limit Hold’em competitions included. Apart from the Main Event, the WSOP didn’t become focused on No Limit Hold’em until 2005. 

2002 - 2006: The Rise of No Limit Hold’em 

The number of NLH tournaments had increased by one every year since 2002 but in 2005, the number more than doubled year-on-year, with 13 such tournaments included. The reason for this is obvious, as Chris Moneymaker’s win in 2003 had been sparked by rapid growth of internet poker which continued to grow over the next few years. Most of the new players taking up the game online were exclusively playing No Limit Hold’em and this is reflected in the WSOP schedules in the 2000s. While in 2005 13/43 events were No Limit Hold’em, by 2006 it had risen to 25/46 events. Ever since then, the majority of bracelets every year have been for No Limit Hold’em tournaments.

2006: Mixed Game Legacy

In 2006, the WSOP sought to elevate the status of non-Hold’em games by introducing the $50,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E tournament, which would become known as the Players’ Championship. A few years later this event changed from being H.O.R.S.E to an Eight Game Mix. Often lauded as one of the most skilled player to ever play poker, Chip Reese won the inaugural Players’ Championship and in the years that would follow Scotty Nguyen and Freddy Deeb took the top spot.

2024: Non Hold’em Tournaments Still Important

But non-Hold’em games were (and still are) an important part of the WSOP with 42 of the 99 bracelet events being either non-Hold’em or mixed games (mixed games often include No Limit Hold’em as one game in the rotation). The 2024 WSOP schedule includes 28 tournaments that feature no Hold’em whatsoever.

Non-Hold’em Games 2024 Schedule

Non Texas Hold’em poker tournaments are once again a key feature of the WSOP tournament schedule in 2024. Pot Limit Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo Split, Seven Card Stud, Razz, Triple Draw, H.O.R.S.E and 8-Game and Mixed No Limit Hold’em/Omaha games all make significant appearances, with multiple events in most of these variants. Here’s the full list of all 42 non-Hold'em bracelet events, followed by a breakdown of every tournament in each non-Hold’em discipline (but including mixed games in which Hold’em features along with other variants).

All Non-Hold'em Bracelet Events

Event #Start DateEventBuy-In
4May 30thOmaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better (8-Handed)$1,500
7May 31stDealers Choice (6-Handed)$1,500
8May 31stPot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed)$5,000
10Jun 2ndOmaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship (8-Handed)$10,000
11Jun 3rdBadugi$1,500
13Jun 4thDealers Choice Championship (6-Handed)$10,000
15Jun 4thPot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better (8-Handed)$1,500
18Jun 5thPot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed)$1,500
22Jun 7thLimit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw (6-Handed)$1,500
24Jun 7thPot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship$10,000
27Jun 10thBig O$1,500
29Jun 11thLimit 2-7 Triple Draw Championship (6-Handed)$10,000
30Jun 11thMixed No-Limit Hold'em / Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack$600
32Jun 12thSeven Card Stud$1,500
33Jun 12thPot-Limit Omaha Deepstack (8-Handed)$600
35Jun 13thH.O.R.S.E.$1,500
37Jun 14thBig O Championship$10,000
40Jun 15thRazz$1,500
41Jun 15thMixed NLH / PLO Double Board Bomb Pot$1,500
42Jun 16thSeven Card Stud Championship$10,000
43Jun 17thMixed PLO / Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better / Big O$1,500
45Jun 18thH.O.R.S.E. Championship$10,000
48Jun 19thPot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed)$1,000
50Jun 20th$10,000 Razz Championship$10,000
53Jun 21stNine Game Mix (7-Handed)$3,000
56Jun 22ndMixed Triple Draw Lowball (Limit)$2,500
58Jun 24thPoker Players Championship Eight Game Mix$50,000
61Jun 25thMixed Games: Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better$2,500
63Jun 26thNo-Limit Lowball Draw (7-Handed)$1,500
66Jun 27thPot-Limit Omaha Championship$10,000
69Jun 28thSeven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better$1,500
72Jun 29thNo-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship (7-Handed)$10,000
73Jun 30thHigh Roller Pot-Limit Omaha$25,000
74Jul 1stSeven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship$10,000
77Jul 2ndMixed Big Bet (6-Handed)$2,500
79Jul 3rdHigh Roller Pot-Limit Omaha$50,000
83Jul 7thEight Game Mix (6-Handed)$1,500
88Jul 11thEight Game Mix (6-Handed)$10,000
90Jul 11thPot-Limit Omaha (6-Handed)$1,500
91Jul 12thH.O.R.S.E. (8-Handed)$3,000
96Jul 15thHigh Roller H.O.R.S.E.$25,000
97Jul 15thPot-Limit Omaha (6-Handed)$3,000

Omaha Events

Event #Start DateEventBuy-In
4May 30thOmaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better (8-Handed)$1,500
8May 31stPot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed)$5,000
10Jun 2ndOmaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship (8-Handed)$10,000
15Jun 4thPot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better (8-Handed)$1,500
18Jun 5thPot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed)$1,500
24Jun 7thPot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship$10,000
27Jun 10thBig O$1,500
33Jun 12thPot-Limit Omaha Deepstack (8-Handed)$600
37Jun 14thBig O Championship$10,000
43Jun 17thMixed PLO / Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better / Big O$1,500
48Jun 19thPot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed)$1,000
66Jun 27thPot-Limit Omaha Championship$10,000
73Jun 30thHigh Roller Pot-Limit Omaha$25,000
79Jul 3rdHigh Roller Pot-Limit Omaha$50,000
90Jul 11thPot-Limit Omaha (6-Handed)$1,500
97Jul 15thPot-Limit Omaha (6-Handed)$3,000

Mixed Game Events

Event #Start DateEventBuy-In
7May 31stDealers Choice (6-Handed)$1,500
13Jun 4thDealers Choice Championship (6-Handed)$10,000
30Jun 11thMixed No-Limit Hold'em / Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack$600
35Jun 13thH.O.R.S.E.$1,500
41Jun 15thMixed NLH / PLO Double Board Bomb Pot$1,500
43Jun 17thMixed PLO / Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better / Big O$1,500
45Jun 18thH.O.R.S.E. Championship$10,000
53Jun 21stNine Game Mix (7-Handed)$3,000
58Jun 24thPoker Players Championship Eight Game Mix$50,000
61Jun 25thMixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better$2,500
77Jul 2ndMixed Big Bet (6-Handed)$2,500
83Jul 7thEight Game Mix (6-Handed)$1,500
88Jul 11thEight Game Mix (6-Handed)$10,000
91Jul 12thH.O.R.S.E. (8-Handed)$3,000
96Jul 15thHigh Roller H.O.R.S.E.$25,000

Stud and Draw Events

Event #Start DateEventBuy-In
11Jun 3rdBadugi$1,500
22Jun 7thLimit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (6-Handed)$1,500
29Jun 11thLimit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Championship (6-Handed)$10,000
32Jun 12thSeven Card Stud$1,500
40Jun 15thRazz$1,500
42Jun 16thSeven Card Stud Championship$10,000
50Jun 20th$10,000 Razz Championship$10,000
56Jun 22ndMixed Triple Draw Lowball (Limit)$2,500
63Jun 26thNo-Limit Lowball Draw (7-Handed)$1,500
69Jun 28thSeven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better$1,500
72Jun 29thNo-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship (7-Handed)$10,000
74Jul 1stSeven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship$10,000

In the next editio of the WSOP 2024 Players Guide

In the next edition of PokerWired's WSOP 2024 Players Guide, we take a closer look at the Daily Deepstack and Satellite Schedules at the 55th Annual World Series of Poker.

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