WSOP Winter Online Circuit Set to Begin December 13

The World Series of Poker has been busy of late.

Organizers set up a WSOP Circuit series online in the United States market, one that is running right now through December 14 for players located in Nevada and New Jersey.

On a larger scale, the World Series of Poker is running its Main Event, a massive $10K buy-in No Limit Hold’em World Championship. The online event already started its first phase for international players on GGPoker and will soon launch its US portion in the aforementioned states. The winners of each will come together – coronavirus permitting – in Las Vegas during the last days of 2020 to battle for the final prize and title of 2020 WSOP Main Event World Champion.

Most everything remains in the online poker realm, though. For the foreseeable future – at least into the spring of 2021, the WSOP will be unable to return to live events.

There is something else on the horizon, though, for players outside of the US. Players in Canada and many other parts of the world can log on to GGPoker and play the WSOP Winter Online Circuit from December 13 through January 10.

A Big Series in a Bigger Series

The WSOP Winter Online Circuit Series will consist of 18 primary events that will award WSOP gold rings. Those 18 tournaments range from buy-ins of $50 to $10,300, all spread out from December 13 through January 10. (The first flights for the first event of the series, however, actually begins on December 7.)

The cumulative guarantees for that series exceed $30 million.

Several of the events offer numerous starting flights (up to 24) and reentries, many opportunities for those with wider bankrolls.

There is a larger series built around the WSOP events. It is still called the WSOP Winter Online Circuit but offers a slate of events during the same time period. Together with the official WSOP Events, the series will guarantee $100 million.

This is similar to the first WSOP Super Circuit Online Series that the WSOP and GGPoker ran in May, not long after everyone began to realize that the pandemic had a much longer shelf life than anticipated. That series offered 18 events as well, but the larger series around it offered 516 tournaments and awarded more than $134 million in total.

Main WSOP Circuit Schedule

As for the 18-event schedule, several of them offer multiple starting days. More information is available on this GGPoker page, but structures and other details are only available to those who log in to the site.

  • Event 1 / Dec 7-13: $50 NLHE Big 50 ($1M GTD, 24 flights)
  • Event 2 / Dec 13: $10,300 NLHE Super MILLION$ High Roller ($5M GTD)
  • Event 3 / Dec 15: $3,000 NLHE Deepstack Championship ($1M GTD)
  • Event 4 / Dec 19: $800 NLHE Monster Stack ($1M GTD)
  • Event 5 / Dec 20: $600 PLO ($500K GTD)
  • Event 6 / Dec 14-20: $170 NLHE Mini Main Event ($2M GTD, 24 flights)
  • Event 7 / Dec 22: $1,500 NLHE Six-Handed Championship ($1M GTD)
  • Event 8 / Dec 26: $600 NLHE Marathon ($500K GTD)
  • Event 9 / Dec 27: $315 NLHE Bounty Giant ($1M GTD)
  • Event 10 / Dec 21-27: $300 Christmas PLOSSUS ($1.225M GTD, 24 flights)
  • Event 11 / Dec 29: $1,050 NLHE Bounty Hunters Championship ($1M GTD)
  • Event 12 / Jan 2: $500 NLHE Deepstack ($500K GTD)
  • Event 13 / Jan 2: $10,000 NLHE Heads-Up ($1M GTD, 128-player limit)
  • Event 14 / Jan 3: $800 NLHE Fifth Stack ($1M GTD)
  • Event 15 / Dec 28-Jan 3: $400 NLHE New Year COLOSSUS ($2.021M GTD, 24 flights)
  • Event 16 / Jan 5: $3K PLO Championship ($500K GTD)
  • Event 17 / Jan 9: $252 NLHE Deepstack Bounty Hunters ($500K GTD)
  • Event 18 on Jan 4-10: $1,700 NLHE Main Event ($10M GTD, 12 flights)

Leaderboard Challenge

A leaderboard will track the points of all players who compete in the series, including the side events.

GGPoker put a $100,000 prize on the leaderboard, so the top 100 finishers at the end of the series will share in that money. The details of the payouts are not available, but the points will be calculated per the standard GGPoker system.

The points tally begins on December 13.

WSOP Winter Circuit Online leaderboard


Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell has been writing about poker and gambling since 2004. From her days in the WPT offices to covering summers of WSOP tournament action, she also followed gambling legislation to Washington D.C. and women-only poker to the Bahamas. Meanwhile, she lived in Los Angeles and Las Vegas for many years before moving back to her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Now, Jen travels less, writing about poker and online gambling from her home with her two dogs watching her every move. In her spare time, she follows politics, works on her never-finished novels, and learns Italian in the hopes of retiring to Italy someday.

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