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WSOP.com in Nevada and New Jersey to Host Online Circuit Series

With the World Series of Poker (WSOP) proper going all-in on its online schedule earlier this month, the brand is set to hold an audition of sorts.

Beginning today and running through March 8, the WSOP.com online poker platform in Nevada and New Jersey will host its third annual WSOP Circuit (WSOP-C) series event.

Players who are physically located in either state are eligible to compete for cash prizes, gold rings, and points towards a seat in the 2019-2020 WSOP-C Global Casino Championship.

13 Gold Bracelets Up for Grabs Over 13-Day Schedule

The action kicks off with a $200 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament that boasts a $25,000 guaranteed prize pool. The most expensive event on the schedule – the $1,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Six-Handed High Roller tournament – takes place on March 3 with $100,000 in guaranteed prize money on the line.

And on March 8, the series culminates with the WSOP-C Main Event, a $525 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament with a $300,000 guarantee. The eventual champion will earn direct entry into the 2019-2020 WSOP-C Global Casino Championship, an exclusive tournament open only to WSOP-C Main Event winners and “Casino Champions” who accumulate the most points during a Circuit stop.

Overall, this year’s WSOP-C Online series will award more than $1 million in guaranteed prizes and 13 gold rings in 13 days.

For a look at the full schedule for this year’s WSOP-C Online, check out the table below:

2020 WSOP Circuit Online Series Schedule

DATE EVENT BUY-IN GTD. PRIZE POOL
February 25 No Limit Hold’em (NLHE) Knockout $200 $25,000
February 26 NLHE (2x Re-Entry) $215 $75,000
February 27 NLHE 6-Handed (2x Re-Entry) $320 $75,000
February 28 NLHE Turbo (2x Re-Entry) $250 $50,000
February 29 NLHE Double Stack (2x Re-Entry) $320 $75,000
March 1 NLHE Monster Stack (2x Re-Entry) $320 $150,000
March 2 NLHE Deep Turbo (2x Re-Entry) $200 $50,000
March 3 NLHE 6-Handed High Roller (2x Re-Entry) $1,000 $100,000
March 4 NLHE (2x Re-Entry) $215 $50,000
March 5 NLHE (2x Re-Entry) $320 $75,000
March 6 Pot Limit Omaha 6-Max (2x Re-Entry) $215 $40,000
March 7 NLHE Double Stack (2x Re-Entry) $320 $75,000
March 8 NLHE Main Event (3x Re-Entry) $525 $300,000

WSOP-C Online Series Returns After Two Strong Years

WSOP organizers first offered an online Circuit stop in 2018, with a similar 13-event schedule and $700,000 in guarantees.

At the time, former WSOP head of online poker Bill Rini explained the rationale for expanding the WSOP-C brand into the online arena:

“We’ve always believed that it’s our mission to bring the excitement of poker and specifically the prestige of the WSOP to as many people as possible and the WSOP Online Circuit Event is simply the next step on that path.

We’ve held several highly successful online bracelet events and now with Nevada and New Jersey shared player pools, the demand and feedback we’ve seen, we’ve determined that an online circuit schedule makes sense of the market.”

After tremendous interest from players in the Silver and Garden states generated more than $1.6 million in combined prize pools, the WSOP-C brought the online series back for a second go.

In an interview with PokerNews conducted after another successful run generated $1.7 million in prize money, Rini pointed to the use of limited re-entries in appealing to recreational players:

“The online circuit events are proving to be exceptionally popular with players.

We experimented a bit with limiting the number of re-entries in certain events and we’re seeing that this is a popular option, resulting in even bigger prize pools than in some of the unlimited re-entry events.”

To that end, every tournament this year – save the opening single-entry Knockout event and the Main Event with three re-entries – is limited to just two re-entries per player.