WSOP 2024 Schedule Adds Variety for Omaha-Lovers—Bomb Pots, Mystery Bounty, and Big O Championship

Last week, the World Series of Poker released the full schedule for its 2024 summer series in Las Vegas. Once again, the series will be back at its latest home, the Horseshoe and Paris Casinos on the Las Vegas Strip. The number of events for the series has increased to 99 from last year’s 95, and the new additions focus heavily on Omaha and its variants.

The live series will run from May 28 to July 17, 2024. In all likelihood, an online bracelet series will run alongside it on WSOP.com, as has been the case in previous years. However, since 2020—when the live series was canceled due to COVID-19—the live and online series have been treated separately rather than combined into a single schedule. WSOP has not yet announced any details for the 2024 summer online bracelet series.

Omaha and its sub-variants have gained popularity over the past 15 years since the online poker wave crested. Last year’s WSOP schedule included 28 events that featured Omaha in some form. This year’s ups the total by three to 31 events that include Omaha.

The ratio of pure Omaha events has gone up even more dramatically. This year, there are 17 events purely dedicated to Omaha and 14 mixed events that include some Omaha. Last year, it was more common to find Omaha as part of a rotation that included other games. The 28 events with Omaha on the 2023 schedule broke down as 15 that were partially Omaha and only 13 that were entirely Omaha.

There’s also now a lot more variety within the Omaha genre. Let’s take a look at what’s new.

Big O Gets a Championship

Events with a $10,000 buy-in hold special meaning at the WSOP. That has always been the price tag for the No-Limit Hold’em World Championship, colloquially known as the Main Event. Over the years, equivalent (but smaller) events have been added for other games and formats, with that price tag and the “Championship” moniker typically going hand-in-hand.

Part of the conversation around the yearly WSOP schedule is which games are popular enough to warrant their own Championship. Now, “Big O” appears to have enough steam behind it to make the cut. Event #27 on June 13 is the $10,000 Big O Championship.

For those unfamiliar, “Big O” is simply Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, with the twist that players receive five cards in the hole rather than four. The extra card makes for a looser game, as it’s much easier to have a hand that plays both ways and draws can have an insane number of outs.

An Omaha Mystery Bounty

Mystery Bounty events have swept the live poker world over the last couple of years. The No-Limit Hold’em Mystery Millions event was a crown jewel of the 2023 series, so unsurprisingly, it and the $10,000 Mystery Bounty event are both back.

This year, however, Omaha players get to participate in the fun. Event #86 on July 9 is a new feature this year: a $1,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha tournament with the chance at a potentially huge bounty each time a player is eliminated.

Double Board Bomb Pot Insanity

Omaha is popular among cash game players because of its propensity to generate huge pots. To kick things up further, some poker rooms have introduced the concept of “bomb pots.”

Bomb pots feature a large ante and no preflop action. Effectively, they work out the same as if the under-the-gun player made a raise and everyone else at the table called to see the flop.

In keeping with the maximalist theme, many rooms also use bomb pots in double-board Omaha. In that game, each street’s community cards are dealt twice, forming two boards. It’s a split pot game like hi-lo, except that it’s the winning hand for each board that claims the corresponding half of the pot.

Again, this is typically a cash game concept, but WSOP’s giving it a whirl as a tournament format. They’ve also made it a mixed game, alternating between No-Limit Hold’em and Pot-Limit Omaha for even more chaos.

Event #41: $1,500 Mixed NLH/PLO Double Board Bomb Pot runs on June 15. It’s the sort of experiment that could either disappear next year or become a permanent feature of the schedule depending on player response.

WSOP 2024 Schedule—Omaha Events

For the convenience of Omaha-focused players, we’re providing this year’s schedule broken down into three parts: pure Omaha events, partially-Omaha events, and non-Omaha events.

Event #Date (First Flight)Buy-InTitle
4May 29$1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better (8-Handed)
8May 31$5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed)
10June 01$10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship (8-Handed)
15June 04$1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better (8-Handed)
18June 05$1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed)
24June 07$10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
27June 09$1,500 Big O
33June 12$600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack (8-Handed)
37June 13$10,000 Big O Championship
43June 16$1,500 Mixed PLO/Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Big O
48June 18$1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed)
66June 26$10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship
73June 29$25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha
79July 02$50,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha
86July 09$1,000 Mystery Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha
90July 11$1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha (6-Handed)
97July 15$3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha (6-Handed)

WSOP 2024 Schedule—Mixed Events Including Omaha

These events are mixed game events that include both Omaha and non-Omaha variants.

Event #Date (First Flight)Buy-InTitle
7May 30$1,500 Dealer's Choice (6-Handed)
13June 03$10,000 Dealer's Choice Championship (6-Handed)
30June 11$600 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack
35June 12$1,500 HORSE
41June 15$1,500 Mixed NLH/PLO Double Board Bomb Pot
45June 17$10,000 HORSE Championship
53June 20$3,000 Nine Game Mix (7-Handed)
58June 23$50,000 Poker Players Championship
61June 24$2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8
77July 01$2,500 Mixed Big Bet
83July 07$1,500 Eight Game Mix
88July 10$10,000 Eight Game Mix (6-Handed)
91July 11$3,000 HORSE (8-Handed)
96July 14$25,000 High Roller HORSE

WSOP 2024 Schedule—Non-Omaha Events

Here’s the rest of the schedule for two-card purists and those who don’t like flop games.

Event #Date (First Flight)Buy-InTitle
1May 28$5,000 Champions Reunion No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout (8-Handed)
2May 28$500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em
3May 29$500 WSOP Kickoff No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout
5May 30$1,000 Mystery Millions No-Limit Hold'em
6May 30$25,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship
9May 31$1,500 Limit Hold'em (8-Handed)
11June 02$1,500 Badugi
12June 03$1,500 No-Limit Hold'em (6-Handed)
14June 04$1,000 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout
16June 04$5,000 No-Limit Hold'em (8-Handed)
17June 05$800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack
19June 05$10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship (8-Handed)
20June 06$300 Gladiators of Poker No-Limit Hold'em
21June 06$25,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em (6-Handed)
22June 06$1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw (6-Handed)
23June 07$1,500 Shootout No-Limit Hold'em
25June 08$3,000 Limit Hold'em (6-Handed)
26June 09$25,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em (8-Handed)
28June 10$1,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em
29June 10$10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship (6-Handed)
31June 11$3,000 No-Limit Hold'em (6-Handed)
32June 11$1,500 Seven Card Stud
34June 12$2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Freezout
36June 13$800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack (8-Handed)
38June 14$1,500 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold'em
39June 14$50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em (8-Handed)
40June 14$1,500 Razz
42June 15$10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship
44June 17$2,000 No-Limit Hold'em
46June 18$1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship
47June 18$100,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em
49June 19$3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Freezout
50June 19$10,000 Razz Championship
51June 20$1,500 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout
52June 20$5,000 No-Limit Hold'em (6-Handed)
54June 21$1,500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold'em
55June 21$250,000 Super High Roller No-Limit Hold'em
56June 21$2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball (Limit)
57June 22$10,000 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout
59June 24$1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold'em
60June 24$3,000 No-Limit Hold'em
62June 25$600 PokerNews Deepstack Championship No-Limit Hold'em
63June 25$1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw (7-Handed)
64June 26$600 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack
65June 26$5,000 Seniors High Roller No-Limit Hold'em
67June 27$500 Salute to Warriors. No-Limit Hold'em
68June 27$2,500 No-Limit Hold'em
69June 27$1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better
70June 28$400 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em
71June 28$10,000 Ladies Championship
72June 28$10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship
74June 30$10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
75July 01$1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold'em
76July 01$10,000 Mystery Bounty No-Limit Hold'em (8-Handed)
78July 02$1,000 Mini Main Event
80July 03$800 Independence Day Celebration No-Limit Hold'em
81July 03$10,000 MAIN EVENT — No-Limit Hold'em World Championship
82July 06$1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
84July 07$600 Ultra-Stack No-Limit Hold'em
85July 08$1,000 Flip & Go No-Limit Hold'em Presented by GGPoker
87July 09$5,000 No-Limit Hold'em (8-Handed)
89July 11$3,000 Mid-Stakes No-Limit Hold'em Championship
92July 12$50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em
93July 13$777 Lucky 7's No-Limit Hold'em
94July 13$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Championship (6-Handed)
95July 14$1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty No-Limit Hold'em
98July 15$1,500 The Closer—No Limit Hold'em
99July 17$1,000 Super Turbo No-Limit Hold'em

About the Author

Alex Weldon

Alex Weldon

Alex Weldon is an online gambling industry analyst with nearly ten years of experience. He currently serves as Casino News Managing Editor for Bonus.com, part of the Catena Media Network. Other gambling news sites he has contributed to include PlayUSA and Online Poker Report, and his writing has been cited in The Atlantic.
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