Online poker players in the Garden State received some rather good news earlier this month. That’s after World Series of Poker (WSOP) organizers confirmed that online poker bracelets would be offered on the New Jersey platform this summer.

The WSOP began awarding gold bracelets via its Nevada-based online client back in 2015, before integrating its New Jersey sister site last year. New Jersey Integration

The success of New Jersey integration – which produced larger player pools from the previous year and led to the first gold bracelet won outside of Nevada in WSOP history – prompted series organizers to expand the online slate from four to nine events:

But when the full WSOP schedule was made public in January, the accompanying press release included a caveat that left the fate of New Jersey players unclear:

“Players must be physically inside the borders of an eligible state at the time of the tournament. Eligibility for New Jersey players in online gold bracelet events has yet to be determined.”

At the time, the murky status of New Jersey’s eligibility for WSOP competition stemmed from an earlier decision by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

DOJ Wire Act Decision Doesn’t Matter for Now

When the agency reversed its seven-year policy regarding the Wire Act – a federal law banning the interstate transmission of sports betting business that is now loosely interpreted to prohibit interstate online gambling – the player pool sharing compact forged by Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware was threatened with dissolution.

The DOJ’s revised stance on the Wire Act has prompted a series of lawsuits from states where iGaming has been legalized, prompting the agency to delay enforcement until June 14. With iGaming states scrambling to bring their iGaming industries into compliance with the DOJ’s new intrastate-only mandate, the lack of clarification regarding Nevada / New Jersey / Delaware player sharing has lingered until early May.

Speaking with industry outlet PokerFuse, WSOP vice president Seth Palansky confirmed that the June 14 enforcement deadline opened a window for New Jersey players to participate in a pair of online bracelet events via New Jersey:

June 2 – $400 No Limit Hold’em

June 9 – $600 Six-Handed Pot Limit Omaha

The June 14 cutoff – which may be extended yet again if the DOJ’s defense continues to unravel in court – does restrict New Jersey players from accessing seven other online events:

2019 WSOP Online Bracelet Events

Date Event Buy-in Chips
June 2 No Limit Hold’em $400 15,000
June 9 Six-Handed Pot Limit Omaha $600 15,000
June 16 Knockout Bounty No Limit Hold’em $600 20,000
June 19 Turbo No Limit Hold’em Deepstack $500 40,000
June 23 Double Stack No Limit Hold’em $1,000 30,000
June 30 No Limit Hold’em Championship $1,000 15,000
July 3 High Roller No Limit Hold’em $3,200 25,000
July 7 Six-Handed No Limit Hold’em $800 15,000
July 14 Summer Saver No Limit Hold’em $500 20,000

Other WSOP Odds and Ends

To celebrate the 50th anniversary edition of the WSOP – which runs from May 28 through July 16 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas – tournament organizers announced a series of special promotions.

Players who swipe their Total Rewards card at the Rio Caesars Rewards will receive one entry into a drawing with five buy-ins for the $10,000 WSOP Main Event up for grabs. Additional drawing entries can be claimed by entering WSOP gold bracelet events.

Cash game players competing in the Rio’s Pavilion Room can win $500 when their table and seat number is pulled during hourly drawings.

And tournament registrations can now be completed online, or with a debit / credit card at the cashier’s cage.

Jonathan Zaun

One of Gamble Online's first dedicated reporters, Jonathan has spent well over a decade reporting on the gaming industry. While breaking legal news is his main area of expertise, Jonathan is an avid blackjack player & strategist who follows professional poker closely.

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