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 1||No-Limit Hold'em Kick-Off||$500|
|July 2||No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed Deepstack||$1,000|
|July 3||No-Limit Hold'em||$400|
|July 4||No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo||$500|
|July 5||No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout||$1,000|
|July 6||PLO8 6-Handed||$600|
|July 7||No-Limit Hold'em Knockout Deepstack||$800|
|July 8||No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout||$500|
|July 9||No-Limit Hold'em 6-Max||$1,000|
|July 10||No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack||$600|
|July 11||No-Limit Hold'em Turbo Deepstack 6-Handed||$500|
|July 12||The BIG 500 No-Limit Hold'em||$500|
|July 13||No-Limit Hold'em High Roller Freezeout||$1,500|
|July 14||No-Limit Hold'em High Roller||$3,200|
|July 15||PLO 8-Max HR||$1,000|
|July 16||No-Limit Hold'em Turbo||$500|
|July 17||No-Limit Hold'em||$777|
|July 18||No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed Turbo DeepStack||$1,000|
|July 19||No-Limit Hold'em||$400|
|July 20||PLO 6-Handed||$500|
|July 21||No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed||$777|
|July 22||No-Limit Hold'em Turbo Deepstack||$500|
|July 23||No-Limit Hold'em Knockout||$500|
|July 24||No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed||$400|
|July 25||No-Limit Hold'em Summer Saver||$500|
|July 26||No-Limit Hold'em Grande Finale||$500|
|July 27||No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout||$400|
|July 28||Omaha 8 6-Max||$1,000|
|July 29||No-Limit Hold'em Turbo Deepstack 6-Handed||$600|
|July 30||No-Limit Hold'em Senior's Event||$500|
|July 31||No-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:
- We’re not sure why the sixth-to-last tournament is called the “Grande Finale” either.
- 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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