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How to Play the 14 WSOP Summer Online Bracelet Events
The slow and steady rollout of the 2020 WSOP summer schedule continued last week. The latest announcement from World Series of Poker executives was a list of 14 online poker tournaments that will award gold bracelets.
Anyone visiting Las Vegas – or anywhere within Nevada’s state borders – who is at least 21 years of age will be able to play. And players can sign up and get accustomed to the WSOP-dot-com online poker website before they event get to Vegas.
WSOP Summer Online Schedule
The 2020 WSOP will offer more bracelet events online than ever before. Last year, there were nine online events, as opposed to just four the previous year and three before that. This year’s list of 14 tournaments offers more variety than in past years.
Without further ado, behold the schedule:
- May 31: $400 No Limit Hold’em (1 reentry, 15K chips, 15-min levels)
- June 7: $777 Pot Limit Omaha 7-Handed (3 reentries, 20K chips, 15-min levels)
- June 9: $800 NLHE Freezeout Knockout Deepstack (no reentries, 40K chips, 10-min levels)
- June 14: $500 NLHE 8-Handed Turbo Deepstack (1 reentry, 40K chips, 8-min levels)
- June 21: $500 NLHE Freezeout (no reentries, 20K chips, 15-min levels)
- June 28: $1,000 NLHE Championship (1 reentry, 20K chips, 15-min levels)
- June 29: $500 NLHE (1 reentry, 15K chips, 15-min levels)
- June 30: $1,500 NLHE 8-Handed (1 reentry, 20K chips, 15-min levels)
- July 1: $3,200 NLHE 8-Handed High Roller (1 reentry, 25K chips, 20-min levels)
- July 2: $10,000 NLHE Super High Roller Championship (no reentries, 30K chips, 20-min levels)
- July 3: $400 NLHE (1 reentry, 15K chips, 15-min levels)
- July 4: $500 NLHE Turbo Deepstack (1 reentry, 40K chips, 8-min levels)
- July 5: $600 NLHE 6-Handed (1 reentry, 15K chips, 15-min levels)
- July 12: $500 NLHE Summer Saver (1 reentry, 20K chips, 15-min levels)
All events except one will begin at 3:30pm Pacific Time (local time in Las Vegas). The exception will be the $10K Super High Roller on July 2, which will begin at 12noon.
There is one other important detail. All events except one will be playable via desktop computers, mobile devices, or tablets. The only one that will require a desktop connection is the Pot Limit Omaha event on June 7.
Anyone who wants to play is welcome…but they must be located within the borders of Nevada or New Jersey in the United States.
The laws of regulated online poker within the United States are set by each individual state. Nevada’s law requires that players be physically located within the border of the state to play real-money online poker. However, they can also be in the state of New Jersey due to a special interstate agreement between those two states. The WSOP online site is connected between those two states, so all of the players are in one player pool.
The WSOP site is required to use geolocation tools to detect the location of IP addresses, and they tend to be very accurate.
The good news is that players can set up their accounts and use the play-money portion of the WSOP website before they arrive in Nevada or New Jersey.
Preparing for Online WSOP Events
According to the WSOP, players can sign up and get started from anywhere in the world — hello, Canadians! — but will simply be restricted from real-money poker online until they are physically located in Nevada.
The setup process is standard for an online poker site, requiring the player’s name, date of birth, and gender. The player must then select a user name of 5-12 letters or numbers and choose a password for the account. By checking the box verifying they are 21 years of age or older and agreeing to the terms and conditions.
Next, players will indicate their country of residence and must enter a valid phone number with area code. After entering a security question and answer, players head to the third step, which requires the player’s address, social security number (to verify identity), and a promotional code if available.
WSOP will email some instructions on how to upload documentation to further verify the player’s identity. Once that process is done, the player can log in and play at the free-play poker tables. Others may want to simply navigate around the site and get comfortable with the screens in preparation for the trip to Las Vegas for the World Series.
Players should be able to deposit funds without being in Nevada. They just can’t use those funds until they get there.
When in Las Vegas…
When arriving in Las Vegas, it will be important to log in to the WSOP online poker site and make sure the geolocation tool recognizes the new location. This should be done well in advance of the tournament date if possible.
If players still need to deposit funds, they may do so online or at the cashier cage located in the Lambada Ballroom in the Convention Center of the Rio Casino in Las Vegas, where the WSOP will be underway.
It is important to note that the computer or mobile device must be Wi-Fi enabled, and no remote software can be running alongside the WSOP site.
Special WSOP Online Notes
First, the WSOP announced that there will be a leaderboard for the WSOP online events, one that awards points based on in-the-money finishes in all of the 14 online events throughout the summer. Winners will receive prizes at the end of the WSOP. More details will be revealed in the coming weeks and months.
Second, players who will be in Las Vegas by the end of June should note an annual opportunity to win WSOP Main Event seats – worth $10K each – online. The 25 Seat Scramble will require a $215 buy-in and guarantee at least 25 WSOP Main Event seats. The tournament is scheduled for Sunday, June 28, at 4pm Pacific time.
Third, there will also be numerous online satellites running all summer for a multitude of WSOP live gold bracelet events, as well as the online bracelet tournaments.