The biggest poker event of the year is set to take place in less than two months! The 2021 World Series of Poker live festival returns to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on September 30, featuring 88 bracelet events.
GGPoker Runs “Road To Vegas” Main Event Satellite Promo
The series culminates in the $10,000 Main Event, which is expected to attract some of the biggest names in the world of poker. Those who cannot afford the entry fee for this prestigious tournament can earn a seat for a lesser price by taking part in satellites. GGPoker is currently hosting plenty of them via the Road to Vegas promo, awarding WSOP Main Event packages to the winners.
Players can participate in the satellites for as low as $25, and they can turn that into a $12,500 Main Event package which has the following inclusions: WSOP Main Event buy-in worth $10,000; accommodation for seven nights at the Rio; $1,250 travel money; access to the GGPoker Platinum Lounge at the Rio; access to the GG WSOP Players Party; GGPoker-branded merchandise.
History in the Making?
The Main Event satellite promo on GGPoker kicked off on August 1, and so far 50 players have secured tickets to the huge event! The operator will award hundreds more in the coming weeks as the event approaches.
Previously, international players could only participate in WSOP satellites via 888poker, a long-time sponsor of the festival. Now that GGPoker has jumped on board, the number of non-US qualifiers is expected to surge. 888poker usually awards hundreds of WSOP Main Event seats each year, but GGPoker is poised to once again create a new record, this time for awarding the most number of WSOP Main Event packages in a single year!
A total of 50 players have already secured their seats in just 13 days, so if the promotion continues to run over the next two months, the total number of players winning a Main Event package is expected to get close to the 300 mark. It’s still too early to say though whether that would become a reality, considering the latest developments in the global fight against COVID-19.
COVID-19 Continues To Pose A Threat
The US is seeing an increasing number of positive cases on a daily basis, with the recent spike mainly due to the more contagious Delta variant. Casinos and other business establishments are back to enforcing mandatory wearing of facemasks which had already been lifted months ago. The government has also extended its European travel ban.
Just last week, the WSOP released new health and safety rules, which state that anyone deemed a health risk will be removed from the venue. The rules state that those who test positive for COVID-19 or are suspected of having the virus would be escorted out of The Rio; individuals who were exposed to a positive case would also get disqualified. These new rules caused a lot of unrest in the poker community.
The new guidelines also triggered a debate on the idea of vaccine cards, and whether organizers should now make it mandatory for all players to be fully vaccinated before they can participate in the live festival.
All of these new requirements could discourage players from traveling to Las Vegas and taking part in the 2021 WSOP.
Players who have already won a Main Event package on GGPoker but eventually decide not to participate in the tournament can have their package converted to T$10,000. GGPoker said this option would be evaluated on a case to case basis.
Each player can only have one Main Event package, and in the event of winning more than one, the subsequent packages will also be turned into tournament dollars valued at $10,000.
The WSOP has remained undeterred by the current situation, as it intends to continue with its plans for the live, in-person festival this September.
Main Event qualifiers can also take part in GGPoker’s “Last Longer” competition where they can win another special package to the WSOP Europe festival in Czech Republic.

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