In New Jersey, There Is No Dearth Of Roads To The World Series Of Poker


Hard as may seem to believe, the 49th annual World Series of Poker is right around the corner. Normally, when the calendar flips to May New Jersey online poker players take to the forums citing the lack of satellites into live events.

Not this year. Thanks to a liquidity merge between New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware, players on WSOP New Jersey will have far more opportunities to earn a spot at upcoming live events in Las Vegas.

The numerous online tournaments running between now and this year’s WSOP can be a little difficult to navigate, however with a little careful focus we broke down the avenues of entry for players in New Jersey.

Satellite qualifiers

There are many different events leading to the WSOP 2018 with a wide range of stakes and competition.

Daily opportunities

Every day there are at least two chances to win a seat at the series. For low stakes players, there is a daily $1 Super Turbo Super Satellite that will award a ticket to any Sunday $10 WSOP Seat Satellites. There is also a $30 WSOP Kick-off Weekend Package Satellite that can win you travel expenses and accommodations to the Rio in Las Vegas, as well as an entry into the $565 Colossus event, which has a $1,000,000 guarantee.

This means that through a combination of skill and luck any player could earn a spot at a WSOP event for only a dollar, or for $30 win not just a seat at the table but the means to cover the trip.

Weekly opportunities

Every Sunday evening there will be four chances to win a seat at a WSOP event, two low-stakes satellites and two high-stakes. For only a $10 buy-in you can enter either a seat satellite that could win you a spot in the $565 Colossus event, or one that gets you a seat in any one of several $1,000 tournaments that will be running as part of this year’s WSOP.

For more ambitious players, there are Sunday night satellites at the $215 and $320 levels for a seat to the $10,000 WSOP 2018 Main Event. While these are a pretty hefty buy-ins just for a satellite event, one must remember that it represents a chance to participate in the single most prestigious live poker event of the year.

Online bracelets

For players who will not be making it to Nevada this year, thanks to the liquidity share it will now be possible to participate in the online-only WSOP Event #10 on June 3rd from New Jersey. This $365 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Online Bracelet Tournament has a guaranteed prize pool of $500,000, with a WSOP Gold Bracelet for the top player. The event will also have numerous qualifier events throughout May:

  • Every afternoon there will be a $5 Seat Satellite.
  • Every Sunday there will be a $31 tournament which will award seats to 10 winners.
  • Every evening except Sundays there will also be:
    • Two $2 Super Satellites to the 10 Seat GTD Sunday qualifier;
    • a $10 Seat Satellite;
    • and a $30 Seat Satellite.
  • On Saturday June 2nd there will be a Marquee 33 Satellite, which guarantees 33 seats to Event #10 for a $22 buy-in. Every day in May there will be $2 qualifying tournaments that will award 2 seats to the Marquee 33.
  • Players participating in at least three events in the unrelated Coast to Coast Classic series will receive invitations to a freeroll tournament on May 22nd that will award 20 Seats to event #10.
  • Finally, entries to Event #10 can also be won through the previously-mentioned daily Kick-off Weekend Package Satellite.

Yes, there are that many ways to win entry into what stands to be the most heavily populated online bracelet event ever.

Later in the series, three additional online events will also offer bracelets:

  • WSOP Event #47: $565 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha. This will be’s first online bracelet for a PLO event. Saturdays and Sundays in May there will be a $7 Seat Satellite, with a second $10 Seat Satellite later in the night on Sundays.
  • WSOP Event #61: $1,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em. This event has a $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool, with qualifying Turbo Seat Satellites every Sunday in May for a $10 buy-in and on Tuesdays for a $15 buy-in.
  • WSOP Event #61: $3,200 buy-in No Limit Hold’em High Roller Online Bracelet. Also a $1,000,000 guarantee. There will be $75 direct entry satellites daily starting June 1st, and an event on June 29th with a $100 buy-in that will guarantee 5 seats.

This is a schedule packed with more chances than ever before for online gamblers in the Garden State to participate in the World Series of Poker, with options for cautious conservative players and high rollers alike, and plenty of opportunities even for those who would just rather stay home and play online.

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Ryan is a seasoned writer with several years of expertise in poker and online gaming. He is also an aficionado of advantage gambling and a general lover of statistics with a keen interest in strategic probability.

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