2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP) SATELLITES

It won’t be long until the WSOP is upon us again, and thousands of people will be making their annual pilgrimage to the Las Vegas desert to play in the biggest tournament series in the world. There’s no doubt that the Main Event is the pinnacle of poker tournaments, and after nearly breaking the record last year, many people think we’ll have the biggest Main Event ever in 2023.

If you don’t have a spare $10,000 to take part in this potentially record-breaking tournament, there are other ways you can enter. One of the most popular ways to qualify for the WSOP is through a satellite, so read on if you want to enter the world’s biggest poker tournament for a fraction of the cost.

WHAT IS A SATELLITE?

A satellite is a tournament where a player can win entry into a larger tournament instead of cash. These tournaments allow players the chance to play large buy-in tournaments for a small investment. Famously, the winner of the 2003 Main Event, Chris Moneymaker, managed to win his seat into the Main Event from a $39 satellite!

Satellites can come in multiple tiers. Some satellites give you an entry into the tournament you wish to play, like the Main Event. These are Tier 1 satellites, as you only need to win one to enter your target tournament. There are also satellites where you can win a seat in a Tier 1 satellite called Tier 2s. Again, there can be multiple different tiers, culminating in an entry to the main tournament.

The more tiers there are, the cheaper the buy-in will be, but the more tournaments you have to win before you win your entry to your target tournament. However, most Tier 4/Tier 5 satellites cost less than $1 to enter, so firing off multiple entries to these in the hope that you get a lucky run won’t break the bank.

Currently, only WSOP.com is offering satellites to this year’s Main Event, but we’re sure as we get closer to the summer, multiple US-facing sites will give you a chance to satellite your way into the Main Event. Let’s take a look at what’s currently on offer.

WSOP.COM

As the online poker site of the World Series of Poker, you’d expect WSOP.com to be offering plenty of ways to win your seat to the Main Event. While they’re currently only offering one way to take down a Main Event seat, we’re sure that they will ramp up their promotions as we get closer to the big day.

The site is currently offering a promotion where every player who deposits with the deposit code MAIN2023 will receive an entry to an exclusive freeroll, played on February 28th. The top prize in this freeroll is a seat in the 2023 WSOP Main Event, so you won’t want to miss this one! The code is valid from the 1st-26th of February, and the tournament will start at 5pm PT on February 28th.

WSOP LIVE SATELLITES

If you’re already making the trip to Vegas this summer, you can win your way into a number of different events by playing one of the live satellites offered at the WSOP. These live satellites either payout in tournament credit or with a seat directly into one of the events on this year’s WSOP schedule.

There are many different kinds of live satellites available to play at the 2023 WSOP, so you can choose the one that best suits your needs. Let’s take a look at what they’re offering.

NO LIMIT HOLD'EM MEGA SATELLITES

These tournaments will be running throughout early July and give players the chance to win $10,000 in tournament credit which can then be used to enter the Main Event.

Time Dates Buy-in Prizes Format
08:00 July 2-7 $145 Multiples of $1,100 entries into 1pm Mega Turbo
08:00 July 3-8 $1100 Multiples of $10,000 paid in Tournament Buy-In Credit Turbo
10:00 July 2-7 $580 Multiples of $10,000 paid in Tournament Buy-In Credit Regular
13:00 July 2-7 $1100 Multiples of $10,000 paid in Tournament Buy-In Credit Regular
14:00 July 2-7 $250 Multiples of $2,175 entries into 7pm Mega Turbo
16:00 July 2-7 $580 Multiples of $10,000 paid in Tournament Buy-In Credit Regular
19:00 July 2-7 $2175 Multiples of $10,000 paid in Tournament Buy-In Credit Regular

DAILY MEGA SATELLITES

Throughout the WSOP there will be satellites that offer players tournament buy-in credit which can be used to buy-in to WSOP events, Mega Satellites, and Daily Deep Stacks.

Time Dates Buy-in Prizes Format
15:00 May 30- July 14 $240 Multiples of $2000 paid in Tournament Buy-In Credit Regular
19:00 May 30- July 14 $580 Multiples of $5000 paid in Tournament Buy-In Credit Regular
19:00 May 30- July 14 $1100 Multiples of $10,000 paid in Tournament Buy-In Credit Regular
22:00 May 30- July 14 $135 Multiples of $1000 paid in Tournament Buy-In Credit Regular

SPECIALTY EVENT MEGA SATELLITES

If you want to win your way directly into one of the bigger buy-in WSOP events, these Specialty Mega Satellites let you qualify by playing the same variant that you’re trying to qualify for.

Date Buy-in Format Satellite Event
May 31, 2023 $580 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha Event #6: $5000 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em; Pot-Limit Omaha
June 2, 2023 $1,100 Dealers Choice Event #10: $10000 Dealers Choice Championship
June 3, 2023 $580 No-Limit Hold'em Event #12: $5,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em
June 4, 2023 $1,100 Seven Card Stud Event #14: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship
June 7, 2023 $1,100 Limit Hold'em Event #22: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship
June 9, 2023 $1,100 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Event #25: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
June 12, 2023 $1,100 Razz Event #33: $10,000 Razz Championship
June 13, 2023 $1,100 No-Limit Hold'em Event #35: $10000 Secret Bounty No-Limit Hold’em
June 14, 2023 $1,100 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Event #38: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship
June 20, 2023 $1,100 Pot-Limit Omaha Event #50: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship
June 22, 2023 $1,100 H.O.R.S.E. Event #54: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship
June 26, 2023 $1,100 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Event #63: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
June 27, 2023 $580 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Event #65: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em
June 28, 2023 $1,100 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Event #69: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship
June 30, 2023 $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em (Super Turbo) Event #72: $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold’em
July 1, 2023 $1,100 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Split 8 or Better Event #75: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
July 13, 2023 $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Event #90: $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Championship
July 15, 2023 $1,100 Short Deck No-Limit Hold’em Event #93: $10,000 Short Deck No-Limit Hold’em
July 16, 2023 $580 No-Limit Hold’em Eight-Handed Event #94: $5,000 8-Handed No-Limit Hold’em

MYSTERY MILLIONS MEGA SATELLITES

If you want the chance to win the million dollar bounty on offer in this tournament, you’ll have to act fast, as the tournament is one of the earliest in the WSOP schedule. Satellites are running over the first few days of the WSOP, where you can win $1000 entries to the event.

Time Dates Buy-in Prizes
12:00 May 31- June 2 $135 Multiples of $1000 paid in Tournament Buy-In Credit
16:00 May 31- June 2 $240 Multiples of $1000 paid in Tournament Buy-In Credit

HIGH ROLLER SATELLITES

If you want a chance to play for some serious money, you can win your way into the biggest buy-in tournaments at the WSOP through these satellites. If you’re lucky enough to win, you’ll be rubbing elbows with some of poker’s elite! However, these satellites aren’t cheap, so make sure you’re properly rolled before you sit down to play.

Date Time Buy-in Satellite Event
May 30, 2023 11:00 $2,700 Event #2: $25,000 High Roller Six Handed No-Limit Hold’em
June 1, 2023 18:00 $2,700 Event #8: $25,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship
June 5, 2023 18:00 $2,700 Event #16: $25,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em
June 8, 2023 15:00 $625 Multiples of $5,300 entries into 6pm Mega
June 8, 2023 18:00 $5,300 Event #23: $50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em
June 11, 2023 12:00 $125 Multiples of $850 entries into 2pm Mega
June 11, 2023 15:00 $850 Multiples of $7,500 entries into 6pm Mega
June 11, 2023 18:00 $7,500 Event #29: $100,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em
Jun 15, 2023 15:00 $2,750 Multiples of $25,350 entries into 6pm Mega
June 15, 2023 18:00 $25,350 Event #40: $250,000 Super High Roller No-Limit Hold’em
July 9, 2023 18:00 $2,700 Event #80: $25,000 High Roller H.O.R.S.E.
July 11, 2023 15:00 $625 Multiples of $5,300 entries into 6pm Mega
July 11, 2023 18:00 $5,300 Event #84: $50,000 HIGH ROLLER No-Limit Hold’em

POKER PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP SATELLITES

Many players believe that the $50K PPC is the most prestigious event at the WSOP, outside of the Main Event. If you want the chance to take home a huge first-place prize and the Chip Reese trophy, you can win your way into the event through these satellites.

Time Dates Buy-in Prizes
15:00 June 16- June 17 $625 Multiples of $5300 entries into 6pm Mega
18:00 June 16- June 17 $5300 Entry to Event #43: $50,000 Poker Players Championship

PLO SATELLITES

If you’re tired of the No Limit Hold’em supremacy at the WSOP and want to play some more of the great game of Pot Limit Omaha, you can satellite into the two PLO High Rollers.

Time Dates Buy-in Prizes
15:00 June 24 $320 Multiples of $2700 entries into 6pm Mega
18:00 June 24 $2700 Entry to Event #57: $25,000 High Roller Pot Limit Omaha
15:00 June 29 $625 Multiples of $5300 entries into 6pm Mega
18:00 June 29 $5300 Entry to Event #71: $50,000 High Roller Pot Limit Omaha

SUMMARY

When it comes to tournaments like the Main Event, not everyone can afford to spend $10,000 in the hope of winning it big. This is why satellites are so popular; they give everyone a chance to play in these world-famous tournaments, no matter how small their bankroll is. If you’re good enough or lucky enough, you can earn your seat at the Main Event for just a few bucks!

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