WSOP.com entered Pennsylvania on July 12, and shortly after its launch, the operator announced an exclusive online bracelet series for the Keystone State, which delighted local players who have long been waiting to take a shot at the highly coveted gold bracelet without leaving the state.
WSOP PA Series
The PA series is relatively smaller in size compared to its New Jersey/Nevada counterpart. Players in Pennsylvania will be competing for eight bracelets from August 8-15, while the ongoing online series open to NJ and NV players features 33 bracelets. It kicked off on July 1 and will conclude on August 1.
The WSOP PA series has an average buy-in of $922, with two of the eight events featuring multiple Day 1s. The rest are single-day tournaments.
Here’s the full schedule and details of the upcoming WSOP Online Series in Pennsylvania.
The festival opens with a multi-flight No-Limit Hold’em event on August 8 which has a buy-in of $500. Event #2 No-Limit Hold’em PKO, another $500 buy-in tournament, takes place on August 9, followed by a $3,200 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em High Roller on August 10.
The schedule includes two events with the lowest buy-in of $400 – Event #4 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Max, and Event #6 No-Limit Hold’em PKO, running on August 11 and 13 respectively. Event #5 No-Limit Hold’em Lucky 7’s, which has a buy-in of $777, takes place on August 12.
The PA series also features a $600 buy-in MonsterStack tournament which runs on August 14, while the final event of the festival is the No-Limit Hold’em PA Championship which has multiple starting flights. It costs $1,000 to enter and takes place on August 15.
PA Could Join Interstate Deal Soon
For now, WSOP PA players can only compete with each other. But once the Keystone State decides to join the existing Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement that’s currently active between New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware, WSOP.com will be able to combine all of its player pools across NJ, NV, and PA, while also enjoying shared liquidity with 888 players in Delaware.
WSOP PA players will be treated as a separate player pool at the moment, but they can actually benefit from having an exclusive bracelet series as far as competition is concerned. Events are expected to attract relatively smaller fields, boosting everyone’s chances of winning a gold bracelet.
To take part in the upcoming PA bracelet series, make sure to sign up for a WSOP PA account. If you haven’t done it yet, you may visit WSOP.com’s PA website, register, make your first deposit, and enjoy a generous welcome package which includes a 100% match bonus up to $1,000, plus $50 worth of free play.
The future looks bright for online poker in Pennsylvania, which is home to a population of 12.8 million, making it among the most promising and competitive online poker markets in the US. Four online poker rooms are now active in the state – PokerStars, BetMGM, Borgata, and most recently, WSOP.com.
WSOP Adapting to Changes
During the early days of the WSOP, bracelets were awarded exclusively via live festivals. But things have dramatically changed over the years, with online poker enjoying increasing popularity. As a result, the WSOP decided to expand their bracelet series into the virtual felts, but the new format doesn’t sit well with certain players, especially those who prefer the traditional set-up.
Some think that winning a gold bracelet these days is no longer as prestigious as winning it back in the day, due to the inclusion of several online bracelet tournaments. But poker is a game that continues to evolve, and the WSOP just wants to make sure it is able to adapt to the changes and latest developments.
This year’s WSOP is on course to become the largest in the festival’s history when it comes to the number of bracelets up for grabs. With the addition of a PA series, and potentially another one in MI, players will be competing for 185 gold bracelets overall. The cream of the crop will be the massive live festival in Las Vegas this September.
 

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