Online poker players have been waiting patiently for the WSOP Online Series to begin so that they can take part in a ton of gold bracelet events. Since the physical WSOP is no longer taking place this summer, this online series gives players plenty of ways to compete. The coronavirus has cause land-based poker to cause, but thankfully the WSOP has stepped up and offered a nice way to play online. Five events have already finished up thus far, and have seen a large player turnout, generating over $3 million in guaranteed prize money.
Details of the First Events
In total, the first five events generated $3,739,410 in prize money. This is a ton of cash and the series is only just getting started. The first event took place on July 1, with a $500 buy-in. The tournament had 1195 unique players and saw 520 reentries. The prize pool to this event was just over $770,000. The winner of the event was Jonathan Dokler, who managed to pull more than $130,000 prize money with the win, plus the gold bracelet.
Event #2 has a larger buy-in of $1,000 and was a Deepstack format tournament. This event had 919 total entries and created a prize pool of $873,050. This was the largest prize pool seen during the first few events of the WSOP Online Series.
Next up was a $400 NLHE event, which saw 1450 total players competing. The event created a prize pool of just over $750,000. Event #4 was also an NLHE, this time in Super Turbo format. The tournament had a larger buy-in of $500 with a prize pool of $530,550 created.
Event #5 was a freezeout with a $1,000 buy-in. The total prize pool for this event was just over $811,000. The first place winner of this event managed to win just over $161,000 for the finish.
Details of the WSOP Online Series
As the series continues, players will find a ton of action at WSOP.com. The site is offering a total of 31 events for US players. GGPoker will be offering 54 events on a global scale. In total, players will be able to compete for 85 online bracelet events.
The final tables of the bracelet events will be filmed and streamed live. Several platforms will offer the footage for viewing including the WSOP website as well as the brand’s Twitch channel. PokerGO will also stream footage.
The United States portion will continue through July 31. The WSOP events will run alongside GGPoker events once they launch on July 19. The GGPoker portion will continue through September 6.
It will be interesting to see how many players compete in the WSOP section of the series and just how much money is generated. So far, it looks as though events will be pulling around $750,000 or so per tournament. This could create a huge total prize pool number that sets new records for the WSOP. It will all depend on how the remaining events play out. We will continue to monitor the progress and report on new details as they happen.