The pandemic may have forced the cancellation of the summer’s biggest and most prestigious poker event, but it also paved the way for a WSOP Online Bracelet Series organized in partnership with two of the world’s leading online platforms, WSOP.com and GGPoker. The festival features 85 online bracelet events and is running from July 1 to September 6.
This has allowed players to still compete for the highly-coveted gold bracelet, alongside massive guarantees, without worrying much about traveling far and shelling out money for hotel accommodations, as they can play from the comfort of their own homes, or in any permitted location provided there’s an internet connection.
While the online series offers a much safer and convenient way to join in on top-notch action amid the ongoing global health crisis, players still have to deal with recurring issues which could have been avoided if organizers had proper foresight. The first set of events on WSOP.com were marked with problems, mostly relating to how final table payouts were structured. Over at GGPoker, part two of the festival kicked off with a major bug, disrupting two events.
Payout Structure, Excessive Rakes Among Issues on WSOP.com
Since the first bracelet events began playing out on WSOP.com, players have complained about final-table payouts and how they’ve been structured incorrectly. As observed, payout gaps in the final-table spots are inconsistent, with some structured in a way that the higher spots have smaller pay jumps.
In certain six-handed events, the seventh, eighth, and ninth spots are given the same payout, because the payout structure is based on a nine-player final table. As it appears, this issue isn’t new to WSOP.com, and players are left wondering why things continue to fall on deaf ears.
Many players now believe everything is just all about making money for WSOP’s part. With the type of complaints coming out lately, there could be some truth to these claims. Ari Engel, who has one WSOP bracelet and nine Circuit rings to his name, recently tweeted about excessive rakes on the online platform.
Considering the minimal expenses involved in hosting a tournament series online compared to a traditional live festival, we couldn’t help but wonder why the rakes still remain high.
The improper payout structure and elevated rakes aren’t the only issues faced by players on WSOP.com. Many have encountered trouble registering for events because the site requires a unique IP address per player, meaning multiple players cannot share the same IP address. But this policy is difficult to apply if players are located in the same hotel as they’ll obviously have identical IPs.
The WSOP appeared to have looked into the problem before the series kicked off as they announced that Caesars properties in New Jersey and Nevada are exempt from such a rule. But then again it can be considered another clever move in an attempt to drive the players into hotels owned by Caesars – another way to bring in the revenue.
Software Crash on GGPoker
The series tripped up on GGPoker right from the start – two events were postponed following a technical glitch which according to the site was caused by an overwhelming number of players registering for the $100 buy-in The Opener. The event was put on pause, alongside the $1,111 Every 1 for Covid Relief charity event while the bug is being fixed. Just when you think things couldn’t get any worse, both events have been scheduled to resume a week later on July 26.
This is very disappointing especially for players who have already set their schedules and itinerary and have other commitments for the next few weeks. While GGPoker claimed the crash was caused by a single critical bug, as it turned out there were actually five different major issues which hit the client simultaneously just as the festival kicked off. Some have labeled this as a DDoS attack.
There are definitely many rooms for improvement, and all we can do is to be hopeful that things get sorted out to prevent similar issues from happening again in the future.

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