The last card of the 2018 World Series of Poker at the Rio in Las Vegas may have been dealt, but that has hardly deterred the brand’s online arm, WSOP.com, from keeping the good times rolling.
Following on the footsteps of a historic early summer, which saw the 888-powered site celebrate shared online poker liquidity between the New Jersey and Nevada markets by awarding four online bracelets, and giving away millions in other tournament winnings, WSOP.com is at it again with a series of promotional events bound to draw players to the virtual green felt.
Included among them: yet another seven-figure guaranteed MTT series.
From coast to coast, again
Highlighting August is the Coast to Coast Classic. The choice of the word “classic” strikes us as a bit misleading, as in reality it’s only the second iteration of the series. Nomenclature aside, the C2CC II guarantees nearly $1.1 million in prize money spread out across 36 events, most of the No-Limit Hold’em variety, but with two Pot-Limit Omaha MTTs sprinkled in.
In just above every way, shape, and form, the C2CC II outdoes its predecessor. Most notably, the Main Event, slated for August 11 at 6 p.m., guarantees a quarter-million in prize money. The tournament should have no trouble reaching its benchmark, as the Main of May’s Coast to Coast series drew over $250,000 in buy-ins, despite just a $200,001 guarantee.
Other highlights include:
- Event #4: Fans of four-card games will take to this PLO event, which guarantees $15,000, but given the $100 buy-in and allowance of rebuys & add-ons, should generate an even larger prize fund. Runs August 3 at 9 p.m. EST.
- Event #9: For a $320 buy-in, players can grind for a share of a guaranteed $100,000. Runs August 4 at 6 p.m.
- Event #16: Those with deep pockets should take to this event, which sports a hefty $1,000 buy-in, but awards a guaranteed $85,000. Runs August 7 at 8 p.m.
- Event #17: This Tuesday Showdown Special offers a $35,000 prize pool at a $250 price point. Runs August 7 at 9 p.m. and reentries are allowed.
Most other events boast smaller buy-ins in the $30 – $100 range, and subsequently smaller guarantees, with $10,000 – $25,000 GTDs dominating.
(Slightly) improved scheduling
After witnessing its online bracelet events not end until the next mid-morning, it looks like WSOP.com is rethinking its tournament scheduling practices.
On weekdays, C2CC II events run on the hour from 6 p.m. through 9-10 p.m. EST, for a total of four to five tournaments per day, which is a reasonable balancing act between the New Jersey and Nevada markets. Yes, the 9 and 10 p.m. starting times are probably too late for some east coasters, but give WSOP credit for making most of these tournaments turbos with 3 -6 minute blind levels.
Unfortunately, long reentry periods persist, with even turbo tournaments often granting players more than an hour-and-a-half to fire bullets. Not only do excessive reentry periods virtually guarantee that tournaments will run longer into the night, they can be a turnoff to players with limited bankrolls.
All access pass
In order to incentivize players to grind C2CC II events, WSOP.com is hosting a series of All Access Freerolls, where the top four finishers will net a tournament ticket to any $50 buy-in series event. These freerolls run every night from now until August 8 at 9:15 p.m.
On August 9, there will be a final freeroll, only this one will pay out $200 in cash, distributed among winners.
Players looking to pad their bankrolls ahead of the Coast to Coast Classic II are encouraged to take advantage of a 125% match reload bonus up to $500.
Unfortunately, players who deposit $400 won’t receive their $500 bonus straight away. Instead it has to be unlocked in $10 increments, each one earned by accruing 100 Action Player Points. That works out to 20% in additional rakeback (which admittedly isn’t great), on top of the up to 32% players receive from the site’s loyalty program.
This offer runs until August 31, and is accessible via the promo code SUMMER125