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Five Poker Series to Play If You’re Still on Lockdown
Whether you’ve been furloughed, are taking a break from work or have an unexpected opportunity to turn your poker series hobby into something a little more profitable, there’s possibly never been a time where there have been more poker tournaments taking place online. Whilst this is obviously bad news in the sense that these tournaments have replaced live events that would have got every poker player excited, playing in some of these online events can be just as exciting if you’re still in some form of enforced lockdown.
You may have to play it safe in the outside world, but you can let your poker instincts out online. We’ve dug out some top events in which to test your mettle.
The 2020 World Series of Poker Online Series
The World Series of Poker may not be taking place as it usually would at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, but online, the World Series are welcoming players from Nevada and New Jersey to their tables.
The official World Series of Poker website has a bracelet event going on every day throughout July. They have already given out bracelets to big players. Tony Dunst and first-time online player, Ron McMillen are among winners. Why not join them when the lowest entry fee at a bracelet event is just $50?
The WPT World Championships
Taking place on partypoker’s online platform, you can become a world champion with the most trusted poker brand: the World Poker Tour. The WPT World Online Championships will run from 17th July to September 8th. The series features $100 million in guarantees.
It’s an incredible series of poker events. With the newly-renamed WPT Champions Cup trophy now being known as the Mike Sexton Champions Cup, the chance to become the first person to win it since this change is surely impossible to resist.
PokerStars Stadium Series
While PokerStars have been fairly quiet since lockdown, they’ve certainly kept everyone entertained. With their amusingly re-commentated European Poker Tour events featuring Joe Stapleton and James Hartigan capturing the imagination of everyone on social media, and the #EPTRetro hashtag flying around the world where poker players cannot.
Online, Lex Veldhuis has been one of the winners in Stars own online mega-festival, the Stadium Series. It’s been a very popular series. Some of the buy-ins are high and the series overall isn’t for the inexperienced player. But there’s some genuine industry kudos if you can bag a title past some of the quality opposition.
GG WSOP Online
Although the events of July on the official WSOP.com offered a bracelet a day, from July 19th to September 6th, GGPoker are taking up the challenge and have a massive 54 WSOP bracelet events taking place on their platform.
With stars such as Daniel Negreanu, Felipe Ramos and Boris Becker representing the brand, GGPoker is growing. Innovative marketing and great events are signaling what may be a new era in online poker. And massive guarantees in poker events that are attracting players to events in their droves.
There’s no doubt that an increased series of bracelet events is a great thing for the growth of poker. Some have accused the WSOP and GGPoker of cheapening the lustre of a bracelet victory by reducing entry fees. But there’s no doubt that the series continuing on GG Poker has made the opportunity of winning a WSOP gold bracelet more accessible than ever before.
The yearly British poker extravaganza used to take place live at the Ricoh Arena, courtesy of Grosvenor Poker. This year, however, the series has moved online and will take place between August 1st and 10th. Costing £115+10 to enter (a much more reasonable rake-ratio than the frankly shocking £100+20 that last year’s live event offered up), the Goliath Main Event goes from 20% rake to less than 10%. For this reason alone, it’s worth playing to try, and reducing rake will have a positive effect on the numbers.
As you may or may not have surmised, the entry fee and guarantee of £100,000 mean that Grosvenor will need to see 870 entries to exceed that prize pool. With 15 events totaling £300,000 in guarantees, last year’s Goliath Main Event saw the 9,300 exceed anywhere outside the United States in terms of individual entries, and holds the record across Europe. The Goliath series has been running for 10 years. But you’ll never have had a better chance of winning the Main Event and putting your name in headlines. Both in the United Kingdom and further afield.
With the Coronavirus forcing many people to stay home, the pursuit of poker could lead to a successful, enjoyable way of spending any spare funds on some low-entry, high-value events that make big winners in the poker world. If you’re on lockdown, then there are few better ways of spending your summer if you love the game of poker.