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WSOP Super Circuit Online Open for Canada Via GGPoker
The fate of the 2020 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas hangs in the balance. The WSOP has yet to make an announcement as to the status of the summer series.
Meanwhile, the WSOP Circuit cancelled all of its stops on the 2019/2020 schedule from mid-March through May due to the coronavirus pandemic. With most countries around the world closed for business and travel prohibited, the WSOP had no choice.
So, the WSOP is taking their games online.
And Canadian online poker players will be able to participate.
First Attempt a Success
The World Series of Poker had done events online in the past, so it wasn’t an entirely new venture. It has its WSOP.com online poker site that offers WSOP gold bracelet events during the summer months, and it has hosted an WSOP Circuit series online in the past, though it was on the US-based tour and for players in Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware only.
The COVID-19 shutdowns prompted the WSOP to take it to another level, though.
It was the first-ever WSOP Online Super Circuit Series, a bigger venture than they had offered on any prior occasion. It offered 18 tournaments with more than $1 million in prize pool guarantees from March 14 through March 31.
Though it catered to players in only three American states, it was a massive success.
The 18 tournaments, which originally guaranteed $1.24 million, actually paid out $3,945,350 in prize money. Poker pros and amateurs alike turned out to double or triple the guarantees. And poker pro Matt Stout ended up as the series champion after winning two gold WSOP rings, making three final tables, and cashing six times.
Taking it International
With that success under its belt, the WSOP decided to bring its WSOP Circuit event to the masses. Since the last one was reserved for a select group of people in the US market, this one will be for the international players.
To do that, the WSOP partnered with GGPoker to announce the international version of the WSOP Super Circuit Online Series. There will be 18 official WSOP Circuit tournaments, each of which will award a WSOP gold ring. And the points leader from the 18 events – as well as the winner of the Main Event – will each win a seat and travel package to the WSOP Global Casino Championship, which is scheduled to take place August 11-13 at the Harrah’s Cherokee property in North Carolina. All qualifiers will compete for a prize pool of at least $1 million and a WSOP gold bracelet, though a select group of qualified players may also buy in for $10K each to participate, which will increase the prize pool.
There are no official dates set for the new series yet, but the WSOP reported that it will begin in early May and continue for approximately three weeks. In addition, GGPoker will line up hundreds of other tournaments to be available on its site during that time.
What is GGPoker?
Some poker players are already aware of GGPoker, as it has grown in popularity over the past several years. Though it officially launched in 2014, it was aimed at Asian players and created its player base via players in the Asia-Pacific region.
GG stands for “good game.” GGPoker is the flagship online poker site on the GGNetwork, though there are other sites on the network. Natural8 is probably the most well-known of them.
The GGNetwork does have a Toronto office and offers online poker to Canadian players. The United States is excluded, but many countries in Europe and around the world are allowed to play.
GGPoker offers a VIP customer loyalty program called the Fish Buffet, and players earn points through regular raked play. The site also offers an integrated staking process, a mobile app, and unique features like a newcomer program, smart betting function, social hand history, and all-in insurance.
Negreanu at the Helm
Many people first heard of GGPoker late last year when Canadian poker pro Daniel Negreanu signed on as an ambassador for the company. At that time, Negreanu had been six months out from the break with PokerStars after 12 years with that online poker giant.
When Negreanu signed on with GGPoker, he joined a team that already consisted of a few names, with high-stakes pro Bryn Kenney as the most popular of them. Felipe Ramos is also quite well-known in online poker circles, especially in his home country of Brazil.
And just this week, French pro Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier announced that he is also an ambassador for GGPoker, the latest to an increasingly impressive group of poker pros.
Negreanu has delivered throngs of new players to GGPoker, and Grospellier is likely to do the same.
More Information to Come
A few weeks remain before May begins, so the WSOP is likely to release the official dates and schedule for the WSOP Super Circuit Online Series in the coming days.
There will be online poker satellites on GGPoker. Those will likely be announced soon as well.