The World Series of Poker (WSOP) will run a total of 85 online bracelet events this summer. The schedule for the online series was leaked over the weekend and was confirmed on 8 June via a presser on WSOP.com. The announcement answers the huge clamor from players and fans for an online edition of the festival, after the flagship live event was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“WSOP Online” will run for two months, from July to September 2020. The action will be hosted by two prominent gaming platforms – WSOP.com and GGPoker. According to the press release, the online festival is poised to become one of the biggest online tournament series in poker history, with massive prize pools up for grabs.
WSOP.com To Host 31 Bracelet Events
The online series kicks off on July 1 at WSOP.com, and each day throughout the month, a gold bracelet will be awarded. The 31-event schedule features two traditional poker formats, No-Limit Hold’em and Omaha. Players can choose from buy-ins of between $400 and $3,200.
The main highlight is the $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Championship, scheduled to take place on July 31. Some WSOP staples, which were traditionally played live have now been included in the online festival, such as BIG50, Senior’s Event, and Monster Stack. Satellites will also be available for as low as $1.
The 31 online bracelet events running on WSOP.com will only be available to players physically located in New Jersey and Nevada. Those from Delaware will unfortunately miss the action.
Adding to the excitement is a new Online Series Leaderboard, which will give away additional prizes worth $100,000. All players taking part in the online events throughout July will get the chance to earn a spot in the race and walk away with extra winnings, apart from the highly-coveted gold bracelet. Organizers are also considering to run loads of promotions for the entire month.
The full schedule for the initial 31 events is available at WSOP.com.
WSOP & GGPoker Partnership Continues
On July 19, GGPoker will get the ball rolling for 54 additional bracelet events, which will run through to September 6. For the first time ever, the WSOP is giving non-US players the opportunity to win a gold bracelet by partnering with the GGPoker Network. While the schedule for these 54 events is still being finalized, players can expect a wide range of buy-ins and formats, with GGPoker also set to showcase its innovative features and top-notch software.
This is the second time that the WSOP is joining forces with the fast-growing online platform, after recently working together in the first-ever WSOP Super Circuit Online Series, a month-long festival which wrapped up on May 31 awarding more than $134 million in total prize money.
Steve Preiss, Head of Poker Operations for GGPoker, said the massive success of the WSOP Online Circuit Series is proof that both brands make a good pair. WSOP’s Ty Stewart also expressed his excitement about partnership, saying they’re looking forward to making history this summer with GGPoker.
The online bracelet events will be given extensive media coverage, via WSOP’s official production partner Poker Central. Players can expect live streams, highlights, fresh episodes and original content created around the festival, with interviews and online bracelet ceremonies also included in the production format.
No Change of Plans for Live Festival This Fall
With the announcement of the 85 online bracelet events, questions have now been raised on whether a live festival will eventually proceed this fall, given the similarities between the current online schedule and the live schedule consisting of 87 bracelet events previously announced prior to the coronavirus pandemic.
It’s worth noting that the huge mixed events will not likely make it to the online line-up, meaning players can still hope that some of the biggest events will ultimately be included in the live schedule for fall.
Stewart assured everyone that they still intend to push through with the traditional live event which might run during November-December 2020.