NJ Poker Players’ Month-Long Pursuit Of WSOP Bracelets Begins Wednesday

The online WSOP action runs throughout July and kicks off Wednesday with a $500 no-limit hold'em tournament.
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A bracelet a day while live poker’s away.

The annual live World Series of Poker summer tradition is at least postponed to the fall and more likely canceled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the WSOP is filling the void as best it can with a series of online events that will award championship bracelets.

For U.S. players, those events start on Wednesday, July 1, and there will be one tournament each day until the end of the month. These tourneys are only available to players located in states where WSOP.com is a licensed, regulated operator, and for now, there are just two states in on that interstate player pool: Nevada and New Jersey.

There has been plenty of criticism of the series, from the baffling rake amounts to the lack of game options (it’s almost entirely no-limit hold’em, with a drop of pot-limit Omaha and Omaha hi-lo mixed in). For New Jerseyans, one major point of criticism is in the timing: All events start at 6 p.m. and feature lengthy late registration periods, meaning you’ll have to play deep into the night to make the money and probably all night in order to win a bracelet.

Still, in 2020, with all that the world is going through, a case can be made for NJ poker players to just appreciate the opportunity they have to play online poker legally and compete for a modified form of World Series glory.

31 flavors: the full schedule

Here’s the complete schedule of daily bracelet events:

July 1No-Limit Hold'em Kick-Off$500
July 2No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed Deepstack$1,000
July 3No-Limit Hold'em$400
July 4No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo$500
July 5No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout$1,000
July 6PLO8 6-Handed$600
July 7No-Limit Hold'em Knockout Deepstack$800
July 8No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout$500
July 9No-Limit Hold'em 6-Max$1,000
July 10No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack$600
July 11No-Limit Hold'em Turbo Deepstack 6-Handed$500
July 12The BIG 500 No-Limit Hold'em$500
July 13No-Limit Hold'em High Roller Freezeout$1,500
July 14No-Limit Hold'em High Roller$3,200
July 15PLO 8-Max HR$1,000
July 16No-Limit Hold'em Turbo$500
July 17No-Limit Hold'em$777
July 18No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed Turbo DeepStack$1,000
July 19No-Limit Hold'em$400
July 20PLO 6-Handed$500
July 21No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed$777
July 22No-Limit Hold'em Turbo Deepstack$500
July 23No-Limit Hold'em Knockout$500
July 24No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed$400
July 25No-Limit Hold'em Summer Saver$500
July 26No-Limit Hold'em Grande Finale$500
July 27No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout$400
July 28Omaha 8 6-Max$1,000
July 29No-Limit Hold'em Turbo Deepstack 6-Handed$600
July 30No-Limit Hold'em Senior's Event$500
July 31No-Limit Hold'em Championship$1,000

The price points are mostly lower than typical WSOP events at the Rio in Vegas, but still rather high for a casual player. But there are plenty of opportunities for those smaller-bankrolled hopefuls to satellite in.

Two specific notes:

  1. We’re not sure why the sixth-to-last tournament is called the “Grande Finale” either.
  2. The final event is called a “championship,” but nobody is mistaking it for the world championship, which has cost $10,000 to enter every year since 1972. Whether the WSOP will be able to have a championship this year, whether by traditional means or via some alternative approach, remains to be seen.

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