Recently, the World Series of Poker released this summer’s schedule for its 14 online bracelet events. The summer bracelets will be hosted on WSOP.com. This is very well could be the thirtieth batch of online events that the World Series of Poker has released.
“We know that our 2020 schedule of online gold bracelet events will be our best yet,” stated Danielle Barille, WSOP.com’s Director of Online Poker in a press release. “This year, we’re offering a consistent Sunday schedule of weekly WSOP events. We’re also offering a selection of special eight events from June 28 through July 5. These events will coincide with the big week of the live WSOP. That’s when most of the top players are in town to play.”
Online poker games are growing, in part thanks to the World Series of Poker Series
There are currently 14 online bracelet events scheduled for this summer; that’s up from nine last summer. This is the biggest number of online World Series of Poker events in the six years that these events have been in existence.
Most of the events are in the style of No-Limit Hold’em, however, there is some variation within that particular game. Most of the games are in the three-figure buy-in range, with most games ranging from $400 to $600. However, the WSOP.com “Championship” costs a hefty $1,000 to buy-in. Furthermore, there are a handful of tournaments that are even pricier than the Championship. These include the $3,200 High Roller and the $10,000 Super High Roller. There is a buy-in level for nearly every player.
More than half of this summer’s online bracelet events will be played during an eight-day period from June 28 through July 5. This is when internet players will be able to participate in one tournament per day. This early schedule is not an accident, according to Danielle Barille. She pointed out that the World Series of Poker Main Event starts at the beginning of July, and this means there will be a lot of top-notch poker players in town. Many of these players also come to play in the huge array of cash games spread during the World Series of Poker.
Players in both New Jersey and Nevada can play in the online bracelet events. However, for the first few years, only players in Nevada could participate in the online bracelet events. The welcome change came in 2018, when New Jersey players were finally eligible to sit at the same table as Nevada players.
New Jersey Has New Hampshire to Thank
Last year, the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel was of the opinion that the Wire Act made all online interstate gambling illegal. Seven years after this opinion, the Office of Legal Counsel said the restriction only applied to sports betting. The deadline for gambling websites to abide by this opinion was set for June 15, 2019, just in time for the World Series of Poker. Consequently, players in New Jersey can compete in the two online bracelet events that occurred before that date. However, after that, the tournaments were only open to players in Nevada.
The game-changer occurred when the New Hampshire Lottery won a lawsuit against the Department of Justice. This put enforcement of the ruling on hold.
World Series of Poker first introduced its online bracelet events in 2015, much to the consternation of poker purists. The World Series of Poker is the most highly-esteemed live poker event in the world, and awarding a bracelet online was considered something akin to sacrilege.
That first year, the $1,000 tournament drew more than 900 entries. One twist of that first online event was that the final table was played live at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The final table had originally been scheduled for the day immediately after it was determined, but the players pointed out that the last-minute travel was too burdensome, so they added a one-day break. At that time, only people physically in the state of Nevada could play.
In 2016, the World Series of Poker had only one online bracelet event.
By 2017, the live final table was done away with, and the entire event was held solely online. In 2017, the number of online bracelet events increased to three, and four by 2018. The year 2018 featured the most dramatic increase in online bracelets, increasing the number to nine.
2020 World Series of Poker Online Bracelet Schedule
You can join in on the fun at wsop.com
May 31 – $400 Online No-Limit Hold’em
June 7 – $777 Online Pot-Limit Omaha 7-Handed
June 9 – $800 Online Freezeout Knockout Deepstack No-Limit Hold’em
June 14 – $500 Online 8-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Deepstack
June 21 – $500 Online Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em
June 28 – $1,000 Online No-Limit Hold’em Championship
June 29 – $500 Online No-Limit Hold’em
June 30 – $1,500 Online No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed
July 1 – $3,200 Online High Roller No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed
July 2 – $10,000 Online Super High Roller Championship
July 3 – $400 Online No-Limit Hold’em
July 4 – $500 Online No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Deepstack
July 5 – $600 Online 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em
July 12 – $500 Online Summer Saver No-Limit Hold’em