The full schedule of the 2019 World Series of Poker has finally been released. A record nine online bracelet events are confirmed for the world’s leading poker festival which will run from May 28 to July 16, 2019.
Seth Palansky, Vice President of Communication for the World Series of Poker announced that online bracelet events will be held every Sunday throughout the series, and two additional special events will also run on select Wednesdays.
The decision to increase the number of online bracelets from four in 2018 to nine this year is a huge leap and is another way of the WSOP celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Online Bracelet Schedule
Online action begins on June 2, which is the first Sunday of the 2019 WSOP. This online event has the lowest buy-in of all the nine online bracelet events. This will be a $400 No-Limit Hold’em event and will be played in 15-minute levels with three reentries allowed.
Mainstays from the last two years will also make a return – the $1,000 Online Championship, as well as the $3,200 Online High Roller. Both events will feature 20-minute levels, the slowest structures on the schedule, and will take place on June 30 and July 3 respectively.
Other events on the list are a $600 Six-Max PLO on June 9, $600 No-Limit Hold’em Bounty on June 16, $500 Turbo No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack on June 19, $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em on June 23, $800 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em on July 7 and a $500 Summer Saver No-Limit Hold’em on July 14.
All online bracelet events start at 3:30 pm.
Satellites Running Throughout the Series
Bill Rini who is the Head of Online Poker for WSOP.com said online poker players based in the US who want to win big and claim their very own gold bracelet have the best chance to accomplish their poker goals this year, with a consistent gold bracelet schedule in place and a bunch of satellites to both online and live events also running throughout the series.
Players who want to enter the Main Event will get the opportunity to win their ticket to the WSOP Main Event by taking part in a special $215 25-Seat Scramble satellite, which will award 25 Main Event seats to lucky winners. This is scheduled for 4pm on June 30.
WSOP has some reminders for players planning to join the Online Bracelet events – they need to be physically located in Nevada or other “eligible” states. They will also not be able to play PLO events on the mobile version of the software. Players should be felted before they can reenter, and they will only have 30 seconds to do that. So it is advised that accounts be loaded up in advance as funds need to be available within the 30-second limit.
Wire Act Reversal Could Affect Participation Numbers
Amid all the excitement for the upcoming summer series, WSOP is faced with a major challenge on the issue of “eligible states”. In 2018, WSOP.com allowed players located in New Jersey to take part in online bracelet events as part of a shared liquidity deal. The online gaming agreement between New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware resulted in a significant boost in numbers for the WSOP.
However, the US Justice Department recently released a new Wire Act opinion, stating that the law will now apply to all forms of interstate gambling, rather than just sports betting. While many believe that the opinion lacks teeth and will not be able to stand up in the long term, the consequences of the reversal might indicate that the online bracelet events could only be played by those located in Nevada.
Further announcements will be released by the WSOP in the coming weeks after consultations with gaming law experts.
Past Online Bracelet Winners
Since the WSOP started to host Online Bracelet events in 2015, it has given away more than $10 million in prize money. The first ever $1,000 online event was won by Anthony Spinella after besting a field of 905, taking home $197,743 as top prize. Since then, the $1,000 event has become a regular event on the schedule, attracting record entries. Last year, attendance reached a record 1,635 in player participation, with the event being taken down by Ryan Tonsoc for $238,779.
Some of the other winners include Clayton Maguire (2016 WSOP.com Online, $210,279), Joseph Mitchell (2017 WSOP.com Online, $122,314), Tom Cannuli (2017 High Roller, $322,815), and Chance Kornuth (2018 Online High Roller, $341,599).

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