Of the nearly 100 official gold bracelet events to be hosted by the upcoming 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP), a record high 14 will take place online via WSOP.com’s virtual felt.
In a press release issued on February 13, WSOP Editor-In-Chief Seth Palansky revealed the full slate of online-only bracelet events scheduled for the summer series, which will run from May 26 through July 15:
Full Schedule for the 2020 WSOP’s Online Bracelet Events
|May 31||No Limit Hold’em (NLHE)||$400||15,000|
|June 7||Pot Limit Omaha (7-Handed)||$777||20,000|
|June 9||Freezeout Knockout Deepstack NLHE||$800||40,000|
|June 14||NLHE Turbo Deepstack (8-Handed)||$500||40,000|
|June 21||Freezeout NLHE||$500||20,000|
|June 28||NLHE Championship||$1,000||20,000|
|June 30||NLHE (8-Handed)||$1,500||20,000|
|July 1||High Roller NLHE (8-Handed)||$3,200||25,000|
|July 2||Super High Roller Championship||$10,000||30,000|
|July 4||NLHE Turbo Deepstack||$500||40,000|
|July 5||NLHE (6-Handed||$600||15,000|
|July 12||“Summer Saver” NLHE||$500||20,000|
WSOP.com’s Online Bracelet Count Continues to Climb
Online bracelet events made their WSOP debut back in 2015, with a single $1,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament on the docket. That selection remained the same until 2017, when the WSOP expanded its online offerings to three bracelet events.
The online schedule has grown ever since, jumping to four tournaments for the 2018 edition and nine in 2019 before this year’s surge.
According to Palansky, the latest increase signals the series’ ongoing commitment to growing America’s regulated online poker industry:
“Online poker continues to be a key cog in the wheel of growing the game of poker and with new states regulating and set to open up in the U.S. the next couple of years, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) is bolstering its online offerings in 2020 to help elevate this popular variant of poker.”
Per the press release, players physically located within the state lines of either Nevada or New Jersey – where WSOP.com operates as a legal and regulated platform – are eligible to compete. Matthew Mendez became the first Garden State grinder to bag a gold bracelet in 2018, and last summer, Yong Keun Kwon denied 15-time WSOP winner Phil Hellmuth an all-time record-extending win.
The site is also set to join Pennsylvania’s legal online poker scene this year, but with no launch date set in stone as of yet, WSOP organizers didn’t include any mention of the Keystone State in their 2020 schedule announcement.
WSOP.com director of online poker Danielle Barille – who took the lead following former head of online poker Bill Rini’s departure last year – pointed players to a schedule that features events every Sunday, along with eight events in eight days:
“We believe the 2020 offering of online gold bracelet events features our best schedule yet.
This year we offer a consistent schedule of Sunday events every week of the WSOP, plus a special selection of eight events from June 28 to July 5 to coincide with the biggest week of the live WSOP when most players are in town to play.”
$10,000 Super High Roller Highlights New Online Events for 2020
Through their five-year history, online events at the WSOP hit their highest price point in 2017, when Thomas Cannuli won the $3,333 buy-in “Big Grind” No Limit Hold’em event.
The online “high roller” buy-in was adjusted slightly to $3,200 over the last two series, an event which will return this summer as well.
But along with it, the WSOP is set to host its biggest online event ever with the $10,000 buy-in Super High Roller Championship on July 2.
In a separate press release, WSOP vice president Jack Effel hyped 2020’s emphasis on high roller events designed for professional players and well-heeled amateurs alike:
“We have something for everyone on the 2020 World Series of Poker schedule and the high rollers are no exception.
The High Roller Series are great spectacles for the fans and a challenging series of events is sure to bring out the game’s best and those looking to take them on.”