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WSOP Announces 2020 Series Online for 85 Gold Bracelets
Each year, Canadian poker players look forward to trekking south of the border to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker.
Players set up accommodations for long stints of poker cash games and tournaments, into air-conditioned casinos for every kind of poker game imaginable. Fans make the journey into the desert as well, whether to catch their favorite players in action or partake in some small-stakes action themselves.
The WSOP in Las Vegas each summer has been a constant for decades…until 2020.
An Unprecedented Time
A pandemic that swept the world virtually shut down live poker. As Covid-19 spread through Asia and Europe and over to North and South America, poker went online where possible and paused everywhere else.
The WSOP Circuit went online via GGPoker for players outside of the United States, and it was a very successful series. That 2019-2020 Circuit season will also close out online, though in the US market. That means players must be in the states of Nevada or New Jersey to compete.
In mid-April, WSOP executives had to make the tough decision to postpone its flagship series, the Las Vegas WSOP. Last year, the 50th Anniversary WSOP brought record numbers of players to Vegas to play in a record number of events. But it became increasingly clear through March and into April that nothing of the kind was going to be possible in the summer of 2020.
In an unprecedented but necessary move, they postponed the 2020 WSOP.
This week, in another unprecedented move, WSOP executives announced the first-ever World Series of Poker 2020 Online. With tournaments scheduled for online in the US market and internationally via GGPoker, the 2020 WSOP Online will offer 85 gold bracelet opportunities this summer.
Split World Series Online
It is a little bit complicated.
The World Series of Poker is using both of its online poker connections to offer some WSOP events online. There will be 31 tournaments in July on a poker site in parts of America, and the rest of the 85-tournament series will be on an international site.
Action begins on July 1 on WSOP.com, a poker site only operational in three of the 50 states in America: Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware. It is unclear if players in Delaware will be able to compete, though. And as the WSOP tries to launch its Pennsylvania site to operate there, too, it is not clear if this will happen before the series begins on July 1.
There will be one tournament each day on WSOP.com throughout the month of July.
On July 17, a different set of tournaments will begin on GGPoker, which is available in Canada and many other parts of the world, though not the US or Australia. That series will then offer one tournament per day through the rest of July, through August, and finishing on September 6.
There will be overlap on the schedule for July 17-31. And while they will take place on different sites with different availability to players, they will together comprise the World Series of Poker Online 2020, which will award 85 WSOP gold bracelets.
First Up, WSOP.com in US
The 2020 WSOP Online will kick off on July 1 on WSOP.com. Anyone can download the software and watch the action, but players must be located in Nevada or New Jersey to actually play real-money online poker. Geolocation software makes sure of it.
Not only are there location limitations for the US portion of the 2020 WSOP, there are poker variation limitations. Hold’em and Omaha will be the only options in the US market because the software is limited, and regulators have yet to embrace games beyond those standards.
For those who do want to travel to New Jersey or Nevada to play, this is the schedule:
- July 1: $500 NLHE Kickoff (2 reentries)
- July 2: $1K NLHE 8-Handed Deepstack (2 reentries)
- July 3: $400 NLHE (2 reentries)
- July 4: $500 NLHE Super Turbo (2 reentries)
- July 5: $1K NLHE Freezeout
- July 6: $600 PLO-8 6-Handed (3 reentries)
- July 7: $800 NLHE Knockout Deepstack (2 reentries)
- July 8: $500 NLHE Freezeout
- July 9: $1K NLHE 6-Max (2 reentries)
- July 10: $600 NLHE Monster Stack (2 reentries)
- July 11: $500 NLHE Turbo Deepstack 6-Handed (2 reentries)
- July 12: $500 NLHE Big 500 (3 reentries)
- July 13: $1,500 NLHE High Roller Freezeout
- July 14: $3,200 NLHE High Roller (2 reentries)
- July 15: $1K PLO 8-Max High Roller (3 reentries)
- July 16: $500 NLHE Turbo (2 reentries)
- July 17: $777 NLHE (2 reentries)
- July 18: $1K NLHE 8-Handed Turbo Deepstack (2 reentries)
- July 19: $400 NLHE (3 reentries)
- July 20: $500 PLO 6-Handed (3 reentries)
- July 21: $777 NLHE 6-Handed (2 reentries)
- July 22: $500 NLHE Turbo Deepstack (2 reentries)
- July 23: $500 NLHE Knockout
- July 24: $400 NLHE 8-Handed (2 reentries)
- July 25: $500 NLHE Summer Saver (2 reentries)
- July 26: $500 NLHE Grand Finale (3 reentries)
- July 27: $400 NLHE Freezeout
- July 28: $1K Omaha-8 6-Max (2 reentries)
- July 29: $600 NLHE Turbo Deepstack 6-Handed (2 reentries)
- July 30: $500 NLHE Seniors (2 reentries, players must be 50 or older)
- July 31: $1K NLHE Championship (2 reentries)
Second, GGPoker for International Players
The schedule for the rest of the 2020 WSOP Online will kick off on July 17.
(Note: The schedule on the WSOP website shows GGPoker action beginning on July 17, but the press release says July 19 is the date. For now, we are reporting via the online schedule.)
There will be one tournament per day on GGPoker through September 6. GGPoker will reveal its lineup in the coming weeks, and its full schedule will likely offer non-WSOP-bracelet tournaments to go along with the series.
Daniel Negreanu, Canadian poker pro and GGPoker ambassador, said, “There’s nothing in the world like winning a WSOP bracelet. Bringing this experience online will open the door for a new generation of poker players to feel the rush of competing for the game’s biggest prize.”