WSOP Surprises Poker Players with Extra Online Action
As the in-person World Series of Poker is set to begin in just a few weeks, the organizer has now announced that the series will feature even more online action.
The World Series of Poker (WSOP) was a staple at the Rio Casino for decades. Players traveled from across the United States and from abroad to take part in tons of live poker action in the hopes of earning a coveted gold bracelet. The casino was abuzz in the summer months each year as thousands of players took part in poker gaming. Last year, the WSOP was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is set to take place this fall. Organizers moved the series to the fall months and have now announced that more online gaming is set to take place this time around.
Online Bracelet Series
Casino players can now look forward to online action too while in Las Vegas taking part in the land-based series. The WSOP already hosted an online bracelet series a few months ago and now, 11 more bracelets will be up for grabs.
Players located in Nevada, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania will have a shot at winning one of the gold bracelets and bragging rights as a WSOP winner. Ten of the scheduled events will take place in NJ and Nevada. Players in Pennsylvania will only be able to take part in one event, but at least there is one to participate in, so that’s a plus!
The events will run each Sunday of the series through November 21. Players will be able to buy-in and compete from $400 to $7777. Ty Stewart, the Senior Vice President for WSOP at Caesars Entertainment, commented on the online events, stating that the philosophy of the WSOP is to provide players with the most options.
The online bracelet events are a great option for players as they are convenient and provide access to gold bracelet potential. Players can also compete for large prize pools, which is also a benefit!
COVID-19 Vaccination Required
For players taking part in the live WSOP events, a COVID-19 vaccination is required. Players must be fully vaccinated, either with one shot of Johnson and Johnson or both shots of Moderna or Pfizer to be eligible to compete. The one or two shot vaccination must have taken place within a 14-day period of the event starting.
When the announcement was made, many players were upset, feeling that they were being forced to take the vaccination to play. Some decided that its not worth it and will be avoiding the WSOP this year. For others, they were happy about the requirement and feel safer taking part in the series with it in place.
Some people even tweeted on Twitter about taking the vaccination to be able to take part in the poker series. For those who do not want to be vaccinated, the online option is a great way to take part without having to be vaccinated. It is a good option, but does limit how many events players can take part in.
Players would also have to travel to Nevada or New Jersey in order to have the largest number of online events on offer. The two states are running 10 out of the 11 online events. It will be interesting to see how the online events are received and if the guaranteed prize pools for the tournaments are boosted.
It is expected that more players will take part online due to the vaccination requirement as well as the potential to earn a gold WSOP bracelet from home or a hotel room.