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GGPoker Reveals WSOP Online Dates and Circuit Details
The World Series of Poker and GGPoker have continued their partnership that began last year. The WSOP hooked up with GGPoker when the pandemic shut down all possibilities of live WSOP Circuit events and then the famous WSOP live poker tournaments in Las Vegas and in Europe.
This week, the two entities confirmed their intention to work together to provide WSOP online poker bracelet events later this year. And in the meantime, GGPoker will offer a WSOP Super Circuit Series in May, complete with 18 gold ring-awarding tournaments.
WSOP Circuit: 1-30 May
First up – and actually starting in just a few days – is the WSOP Super Circuit Online Series. GGPoker will officially kick it off on Saturday, May 1.
In total, there will be a massive schedule of tournaments that offers $100M in guarantees during the month of May. However, only 18 of those tournaments are actually WSOP Circuit events with gold rings to be awarded, and they total $19M in guarantees.
That specific WSOP Super Circuit Online Series schedule is as follows, but please note that there is no Day 1 information publicly available about most of the multi-day tournaments. Also, structure sheets are not available on the GGPoker website or in the press release.
- Event 1, Day 2 on 2 May: $100 buy-in NLHE Super Circuit Kickoff ($1M GTD)
- Event 2 on 1 May: $210 buy-in NLHE Beat the Pros WSOP Edition ($500K GTD)
- Event 3 on 2 May: $400 buy-in NLHE Double Stack Million ($1M GTD)
- Event 4 on 4 May: $800 buy-in NLHE 6-Max Championship ($1M GTD)
- Event 5 on 8 May: $315 buy-in NLHE Bounty Giant ($500K GTD)
- Event 6 on 9 May: $365 buy-in NLHE Giant ($1M GTD)
- Event 7, Day 2 on 9 May: $25 buy-in NLHE Big 25 ($1M GTD)
- Event 8 on 11 May: $800 buy-in NLHE Deepstack Championship ($1M GTD)
- Event 9 on 15 May: $525 buy-in NLHE Deepstack Bounty ($500K GTD)
- Event 10 on 16 May: $100 buy-in NLHE Hundred Stack ($500K GTD)
- Event 11, Day 2 on 16 May: $400 buy-in NLHE Colossus ($2.5M GTD)
- Event 12 on 18 May: $800 buy-in PLO Championship ($250K GTD)
- Event 13 on 22 May: $210 buy-in NLHE Bounty 6-Max ($500K GTD)
- Event 14 on 23 May: $77 buy-in NLHE Lucky 7s ($500K GTD)
- Event 15, Day 2 on 23 May: $400 buy-in PLOssus ($1M GTD)
- Event 16 on 25 May: $840 buy-in NLHE Bounty Hunters Championship ($1M GTD)
- Event 17 on 29 May: $52.50 buy-in NLHE Ultra Deepstack Bounty Turbo ($250K GTD)
- Event 18, Day 2 on 30 May: $525 buy-in NLHE Main Event ($5M GTD)
GGPoker did reveal more details about the Main Event. There will be numerous starting days, beginning on 16 May and running through May 30. There is no information about the number of reentries, only a date of 30 May for all initial flight survivors to come together and play to a final table. When that final table is set, players will then take a break until 5 June, when they will play for the win.
In addition, the winner of the WSOP Circuit Main Event will win a GGPoker sponsorship worth $50K. That person will become the first member of Team Champions, a team that will grow with every WSOP Online Series champion – presumably Main Events only, but details remain scarce.
Cash Game Ring Invitationals
For the first time ever, the WSOP will be awarding two gold Circuit rings for cash game players. This is only happening on GGPoker during the May series online.
There will be two leaderboards open from 1-30 May. One will track Hold’em players, and the other will track Pot Limit Omaha players (including PLO5). Players must play at least 50 hands in a session and win that session to earn points for that session. (A session starts as soon as a player takes a virtual seat and ends when the player leaves that table.)
GGPoker will then track the number of big blinds the player wins, which is the player’s weighted BB. The two leaderboards will then show all qualifying players and their weighted BB scores. At the end of the day on 30 May, the top nine finishers on each board will win seats to the Final9 tables.
For both the Hold’em Final9 and the PLO/PLO5 Final 9 tables, which will play out on June 5, the winners will each receive a WSOP gold ring. All money up for grabs for the finishers, however, will be paid in tournament dollars for use on GGPoker only. The payouts for each table will be:
- 1st place: WSOP gold ring + T$2,600
- 2nd place: T$1,900
- 3rd place: T$1,500
- 4th place: T$1,200
- 5th place: T$900
- 6th place: T$700
- 7th place: T$500
- 8th place: T$400
- 9th place: T$300
WSOP Bracelet Events on Tap
The WSOP previously announced that it would host both an international and US version of the 2021 World Series of Poker this year, in addition to the live events. The US WSOP schedule is already available.
This week’s announcement didn’t reveal the international schedule but did confirm that the series will be held online at GGPoker from 1 August to 12 September. And there will be 33 gold bracelet-awarding tournaments on GGPoker, the same number as on WSOP.com in the US.
In addition, GGPoker will begin running satellites for the WSOP $10K buy-in Main Event set for Las Vegas 4-17 November. Satellites will begin online on 1 August and run through 1 October.
World Series of Poker Director Gregory Chochon commented on the international WSOP Online starting in August. “The bar has been set with last year’s record-breaking series, but we’re hoping to raise it even higher this year,” he said. “One of our goals is to provide as many people the chance to become champions as possible. However, we know not everyone can or is comfortable traveling yet, so continuing a robust online bracelet offering in 2021 is a must.”