Whether in Europe, Asia, or somewhere else around the world, poker players can compete for a World Series of Poker bracelet this summer. The series announced a partnership with GGPoker on Monday, offering 85 bracelet events internationally and on WSOP.com in the US.
The “WSOP Online” includes WSOP.com offering 31 events July 1-31 with GG events getting started on July 19. This becomes the first time players outside the US will be able to play for a bracelet online.
The annual live series in Las Vegas has been postponed until the fall because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Organizers hope the WSOP Online helps bridge a gap as players await the return of live tournament poker.
“It wouldn’t be summer without WSOP” series executive director Ty Stewart said in a news release.
“While we are thrilled to be reopening our venues and optimistic about future offline events, we couldn’t be more excited about deepening our relationship with GGPoker and watching some history unfold online this summer.”
What to expect from GGPoker WSOP events
The Coronavirus pandemic has led to a mini-boom in online poker with massive prize pools around the world. That included the recent GGPoker WSOP Super Online Circuit Series.
That series was the first partnership between the two entities. The series awarded 18 championship rings and featured more than 500 events. Those offered buy-ins for every bankroll and numerous game variations.
The Super Series originally promised a massive guarantee of $102 million, but paid out almost $135 million. The series featured 485,851 entries including a Main Event of almost 10,000 entries with $1.2 million to the winner.
“With over $100 million in guarantees during the WSOPC Super Series in May and more than $134 million in awarded prizes, it’s clear that GGPoker and the WSOP make a good pair,” GG head of poker operations Steve Preiss said.
“We’re excited to create bracelet events that the worldwide poker community will embrace, as well as innovative programming with PokerGo.”
WSOP and GGPoker promise a similar schedule with numerous events, game types, and buy-ins. The GG events for international players kick off on July 19 and run through Sept. 6.
GGPoker plans to unveil its bracelet schedule on a rolling basis, WSOP officials said. GG hasn’t announced any events yet.
Players can expect numerous qualifiers and starting flights as seen in the Super Series. The WSOP Online should be another massive event for the site.
“There’s nothing in the world like winning a WSOP bracelet,” GGPoker ambassador Daniel Negreanu said. “Bringing this experience online will open the door for a new generation of poker players to feel the rush of competing for the game’s biggest prize.”
WSOP.com also hosting online bracelet tournaments in the US
Players in the US have a lot to look forward to as part of the deal as well. WSOP.com will offer 31 events, one each day from July1-31.
WSOP.com will also throw in an extra $100,000 for the series leaderboard awards. GGPoker may offer a similar leaderboard, but that hasn’t been announced yet.
Like the summer WSOP, the series plans on keeping events in the news. Poker Central, the series’ official production partner, plans to create original content around the festival utilizing its Las Vegas studio. That includes:
- live streams
- highlight packages
- program episodes earmarked for traditional television distribution.
Poker Central also plans to stream virtual bracelet ceremonies and interviews with bracelet winners. There should be plenty of action and PokerScout will continue to track the series as well. Here’s a look at the complete WSOP.com schedule:
2020 WSOP Online Series (WSOP.com)
|1||July 1 (W)||3:00 p.m.||No Limit Hold'em Kick-Off||$500|
|2||July 2 (Th)||3:00 p.m.||No Limit Hold'em 8-Handed Deepstack||$1,000|
|3||July 3 (F)||3:00 p.m.||No Limit Hold'em||$400|
|4||July 4 (Sa)||3:00 p.m.||No Limit Hold'em Super Turbo||$500|
|5||July 5 (Su)||3:00 p.m.||No Limit Hold'em Freezeout||$1,000|
|6||July 6 (M)||3:00 p.m.||PLO8 6-Handed||$600|
|7||July 7 (Tu)||3:00 p.m.||No Limit Hold'em Knockout Deepstack||$800|
|8||July 8 (W)||3:00 p.m.||No Limit Hold'em Freezeout||$500|
|9||July 9 (Th)||3:00 p.m.||No Limit Hold'em 6-Max||$1,000|
|10||July 10 (F)||3:00 p.m.||No Limit Hold'em MonsterStack||$600|
|11||July 11 (Sa)||3:00 p.m.||No Limit Hold'em Turbo Deepstack 6-Handed||$500|
|12||July 12 (Su)||3:00 p.m.||The BIG 500 No Limit Hold'em||$500|
|13||July 13 (M)||3:00 p.m.||No Limit Hold'em High Roller Freezeout||$1,500|
|14||July 14 (Tu)||3:00 p.m.||No Limit Hold'em High Roller||$3,200|
|15||July 15 (W)||3:00 p.m.||PLO 8-Max HR||$1,000|
|16||July 16 (Th)||3:00 p.m.||No Limit Hold'em Turbo||$500|
|17||July 17 (F)||3:00 p.m.||No Limit Hold'emÊ||$777|
|18||July 18 (Sa)||3:00 p.m.||No Limit Hold'em 8-Handed Turbo DeepStack||$1,000|
|19||July 19 (Su)||3:00 p.m.||No Limit Hold'em||$400|
|20||July 20 (M)||3:00 p.m.||PLO 6-Handed||$500|
|21||July 21 (Tu)||3:00 p.m.||No Limit Hold'em 6-Handed||$777|
|22||July 22 (W)||3:00 p.m.||No Limit Hold'em Turbo Deepstack||$500|
|23||July 23 (Th)||3:00 p.m.||No Limit Hold'em Knockout||$500|
|24||July 24 (F)||3:00 p.m.||No Limit Hold'em 8-Handed||$400|
|25||July 25 (Sa)||3:00 p.m.||No Limit Hold'em Summer Saver||$500|
|26||July 26 (Su)||3:00 p.m.||No Limit Hold'em Grande Finale||$500|
|27||July 27 (M)||3:00 p.m.||No Limit Hold'em Freezeout||$400|
|28||July 28 (Tu)||3:00 p.m.||Omaha 8 6-Max||$1,000|
|29||July 29 (W)||3:00 p.m.||No Limit Hold'em Turbo Deepstack 6-Handed||$600|
|30||July 30 (Th)||3:00 p.m.||No Limit Hold'em Senior's Event||$500|
|31||July 31 (F)||3:00 p.m.||No Limit Hold'em Championship||$1,000|
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