Since July 1, WSOP.com has offer players on their North American network access to online WSOP gold bracelet events. The series has been a great success with a ton of bracelets handed out to deserving players. Only three bracelet events remain to be played before the series is completed in north America. In this three, the $1,000 NLH Championship is the highlight with many players expected to compete.
A Successful Series
Having the ability to earn a gold bracelet from WSOP Online events helped the series be a great success. Thus far, the events that have finished up have generated $23 million in prize money across 28 events. None of the events had guarantees, so the turnout and total prize money awarded is impressive. Four events had over $1 million in prize money while three more came close to that amount.
The biggest prize pool thus far in the series came during Event #14. The NLH High Roller 8-Max event had a buy-in of $3,200 and 496 entries were seen in the tournament. This created a prize pool of $1.5 million. This event had such a good turnout that it was actually the fourth largest in the history of the WSOP.com online bracelet events.
Each of the bracelet events were won by different players. During traditional WSOP events, it is not uncommon to see the same players making the final table and even winning more than one gold bracelet during the series. With this online version, the player field was quite large and diverse, so each winner was different. A total of 26 bracelets were won by American players while one player from Canada and one from Russia also claimed a win.
For today, the three remaining events must play out for us to see the full success of the WSOP Online Series. Event #29 is on the schedule, a $2,000 NLH Deepstack. This event offers up to two re-entries per player.
There is also a $500 NLH Seniors events on the schedule. Only players who are 50 years of age or older can compete. This event should see a solid turnout but the big event is of course the NLHE Online Championships. In the past, this event has attracted a large number of players. In 2019, the event had 1750 players competing.
Even though the series is limited to Nevada and New Jersey, players have turned out in full force to compete. It was a nice offering by the WSOP, especially considering the land-based WSOP annual series was postponed due to coronavirus concerns.
With the online format, at least players were able to take part in some form of WSOP action. And the brand did not forget their international players. GGPoker is currently hosting WSOP gold bracelet events as well. They kicked off on July 19 and will continue to offer bracelet events through September.
The WSOP.com offered a total of 31 events while GGPoker is providing 54 total bracelet tournaments. We shall see by September just how successful the WSOP was overall once the series is fully completed.