The World Series of Poker (WSOP) has plans to change its bracelet online poker event.
Originally, the organizers said that the tournament will be held online till heads-up play is reached. The heads-up tournament will then be continued live in the Rio till a winner is determined. The WSOP would then award the winner of it’s first-ever bracelet online poker tournament.
The organizers now want to stop the online play once the final table of six players is reached. The six finalists would continue the game at the Rio. However, the gambling regulators of Nevada have to approve these changes before they can be implemented.
The WSOP’s first-ever bracelet online poker tournament will begin on July 2, Thursday at 12:00 p.m. As long as players are located within Nevada, they can take part in this tournament through their PCs or mobile devices. Seth Palansky, the vice president (corporate communications) of Caesars Interactive Entertainment, said: “We had concerns initially of getting the players to the Rio the next day to play out the event live. But we’ve decided that July 3 will be a ‘travel day’ in essence for any players not in proximity to Las Vegas. As such, we will play the final table on July 4 now. This allows us to increase the live portion to six players and know we can get them all to the Rio in time.”
This year, the WSOP is scheduled to begin on May 27, 2015 and will end on July 14, the day on which the Main Event finalists are determined. This year, the WSOP has included a new event, called The Colossus, an event with a guaranteed prize pool of $5 million and a buy-in of just $565.
Last year’s $1,500 buy-in Millionaire Maker with a guaranteed prize pool of $1 million and the $1,500 buy-in Monster Stack with a starting stack of 15,000 chips will return this year. These events had enjoyed a great deal of popularity.
The Main Event with its three starting flights is scheduled to begin on July 5, Sunday. When the Main Event boils down to just nine finalists, it will be stopped so that it can be continued in November and broadcast live on ESPN2 and ESPN.
As per player feedback, the WSOP organizers had changed the payout structure of the Main Event to reward more players. Satellites to the event will be held at WSOP.com in New Jersey and Nevada.