The 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event kicked off on November 4 with an initial four starting flights which was the plan when the WSOP announced the schedule for the Main Event. But with US authorities deciding to lift international travel restrictions from Nov 08, the WSOP added two more Day 1s to accommodate the last-minute influx of players from different parts of the world.
Across the first four Day 1s, over 4,500 players have registered, and the tables are expected to get busier by November 9 as the final flights take place.
251 Players Qualified Via GGPoker
Participants in this year’s $10,000 Main Event include 251 players who earned their seats into the big event through GGPoker’s Road to Vegas campaign.
Some of them bought indirectly into the tournament via the GGPoker client, while others secured their tickets by taking part in satellites and qualifying tournaments. A total of 46 players are from the U.S, 17 from Canada, 15 from Israel, 14 from Austria, 14 from Germany, and 122 from the rest of the world.
Back in August, GGPoker launched the Road to Vegas promo, marking its first year as an official sponsor of the world’s most prestigious and longest-running poker festival. The month-long campaign included tons of satellites and online qualifiers, with Main Event packages being awarded to players.
Travel Ban Removal To Boost WSOP Attendance
In the months leading up to the WSOP festival, there were doubts as to whether the live festival would actually push through given the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the US and across the world. But organizers and sponsors kept the schedule intact and stayed away from making any major changes to their plans.
GGPoker and the WSOP remained optimistic that things would return to some sort of normalcy during the fall, and that’s what’s happening now. All pandemic-related restrictions have either been eased or lifted altogether. No more wearing of face masks, no more plexiglass barriers, and things are essentially back to normal at casinos and poker rooms across the US, including the Rio.
While travel restrictions were still up when the festival started, players can finally breathe a sigh of relief as authorities are now allowing vaccinated visitors from other jurisdictions to enter the country without difficulty after 19 months, just in time for the Main Event which will run until November 17. The last of the two additional flights will take place on November 9, and more players from abroad are expected to register.
ClubGG Becoming Popular
In November 2020, ClubGG, GGPoker’s subscription-based online poker site, went live. It offers free-to-play tournaments, with the option to pay a flat monthly subscription fee if you want to gain access to more tournaments.
For a fee of only $49.99, you can play in tournaments as many times as you want. You won’t be required to pay for each tournament. Perhaps this is the platform’s main selling point – giving players the chance to win big for an affordable price.
ClubGG is already proving popular among players, especially in the US. It ran qualifying tournaments for the 2021 WSOP Main Event and 46 players from the country were able to secure a seat through the platform. GGPoker currently has no regulated online poker room in the country, but the operator is beginning to establish its brand there via ClubGG.
ClubGG uses a sweepstakes model which enables it to legally operate even in jurisdictions where online gambling is prohibited, including several states in the US where online poker has yet to be legalized. Players can still win real money prizes under a sweepstakes system. While ClubGG isn’t the first to use this business model, it could very well become the first platform to succeed using the system.