Breaking Down the Action:
  • What You Need to Know
  • World Series Hedges Bets on Player Travel
  • The WSOP Controversy of 2020
  • Dates for your Poker Diary

The World Series of Poker is back in action in Las Vegas this coming September, as we gleefully reported to you earlier this month, but if you thought that the WSOP Online Series wouldn’t be happening this summer, you couldn’t be more wrong.

The official WSOP website announced today that there will be a mammoth 66-event series taking place across the WSOP.com and GGPoker sites that so successfully hosted the Online Series in 2020.

What You Need to Know

There’s an exactly even split between events that are taking place on WSOP.com and GGPoker, with 33 bracelets up for grabs on each site. The WSOP Online Series begins on WSOP.com on July 1st, with a couple of ‘double bracelet’ days meaning that between July 1st and August 1st, the World Series’ official platform will award 33 golden bracelets.

From August 1st – September 12th, GGPoker takes over for what is being labelled the International leg, as opposed to the Domestic bracelets that are being played from on WSOP.com, with the site restricted to America-based players.

GGPoker’s Head of Poker Operations Steve Preiss believes that the 2021 WSOP Online Series will offer more players than ever a chance to take part.

“When GGPoker & WSOP partnered in 2020, we broke world records,” he said. “Our plans for 2021 are to offer even more to our customers. With massive tournaments, WSOP gold bracelets & rings, and a route into the live WSOP Main Event in November, we hope players will love what we have in store for them.”

World Series Hedges Bets on Player Travel

The World Series will be hopeful of a big turnout at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in late September and going by the World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown attendance, which broke records on the tour, footfall could be huge. Yet the WSOP are doing their best to be robust should the worst happen and a worldwide lockdown prevents vast numbers from arriving in Vegas.

WSOP Director Gregory Chochon said: “One of our goals is to provide as many people the chance to become champions as possible. The bar has been set with last year’s record-breaking series, but we’re hoping to raise it even higher this year. We know not everyone can or is comfortable traveling yet, so continuing a robust online bracelet offering in 2021 is a must.”

Chochon is right to be conservative about the possibility of either an online or live WSOP being strong rather than gambling too much on both being sell-outs.

As if to back that spread further, the World Series of Poker will also be putting on a $100 Million guaranteed WSOP Super Circuit Online Series, which begins in just a few days time on May 1st. With 20 WSOP Circuit rings and $100 million in prize money on offer, it’s sure to be a very popular ‘ramp’ to the two biggest tournaments of the year and in essence, keeps poker players locked to the WSOP schedule for the remainder of the year.

The WSOP Controversy of 2020

One of the biggest controversies of 2020 was the alleged WSOP Main Event that took place as part of the original 2020 Online Series schedule. Costing $5,000, it was single re-entry, which adds up to $10,000 – the usual price of a WSOP Main Event. Hey, it was even named the ‘GGPoker WSOP Online Main Event’.

Infamously won by Bulgarian player Stoyan Madanzhiev, who banked a staggering $3.9 million in the world record-breaking tournament, that ‘Main Event’ set the record for the largest prize pool in online poker tournament history – a monstrous $27.5m.

That event was, lest we forget, superseded by the ‘Hybrid’ WSOP Main Event which took place at the turn of the year and was won by Argentinian player Damian Salas. Madanzhiev told me himself that he was livid with the turn of events, especially after he was awarded a certificate signed by GGPoker pro Daniel Negreanu congratulating him on being the world champion.

WSOP Ring and cash

The World Series Circuit Series will give out $100m in winnings

The Bulgarian attempted to win the Hybrid event but could not prevail, leading to a fairly entertaining war of words between him and Kid Poker where both multi-millionaires had some strong words to say to each other on the subject.

This year, there’s no equivocation; whoever wins in Vegas stays in Vegas. No, that’s only for one night in the winner’s suite at the Rio. Whoever wins in Vegas will be the world champion. Online players will hardly be shedding tears, and will likely be licking their lips in looking forward to the Super Circuit Online Series kicking in just 72 hours time.

Dates for your Poker Diary

It’s not as if the WSOP will be taking a step back after the festivities both online and in Las Vegas, Nevada come to an end. Whether you’re a live or online player, there is a huge amount to look forward to in the remaining months of the year.

As well as the WSOP Winter Online Super Circuit taking place on GGPoker, the WSOPE (World Series of Poker Europe) takes place between mid-November and early December, proving that the World Series of Poker is still the biggest poker brand in the world.

World Series of Poker Dates in 2021:

  • WSOP Super Circuit Online Series at GGPoker: May 1st – May 30th
  • WSOP Online 2021 (Domestic US) at WSOP.com: July 1st – August 1st
  • WSOP Online 2021 at GGPoker (International): August 1st – September 12th
  • WSOP Las Vegas WSOP Main Event Satellites: August 1st – October 1st
  • WSOP Festival (Las Vegas) – September 30th – November 23rd
  • WSOP Winter Online Super Circuit at GGPoker – TBC
  • WSOP Europe Festival: November 19th – December 8th

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Paul Seaton

Paul Seaton has written about poker for many years, travelling the world to report live from such poker events as the World Series of Poker, European Poker Tour and World Poker Tour. As well as reporting live from the felt, Paul was Editor of BLUFF Europe magazine and has written for major poker brands including PokerStars, 888poker and partypoker where he was Head of Media. Paul has interviewed many of the world’s greatest poker players, such as Sam Trickett, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth and Bryn Kenney, the current all-time money list leader.

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