Caesars, WSOP Expand Online Bracelet Fall Event Offerings
Apparently, there’s no such thing as too many bracelet events for Caesar Entertainment’s World Series of Poker.
In addition to offering 88 bracelet events at this year’s festival at actual poker tables at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas (Sept. 30-Nov. 22), the Caesars WSOP organizers have lined up another 10 bracelet events that will be contested on virtual felt for online poker players who are in Nevada or New Jersey during the same timeframe.
And there will even be one online bracelet tournament held for players in Pennsylvania.
The Nevada/New Jersey online events will be on the WSOP.com network and the single Pennsylvania event will be on WSOP.com Pennsylvania. Both Pennsylvania and Nevada/New Jersey will offer the same “Mini Main Event” freezeout tournaments for a $1,000 buy-in on Nov. 21, but with separate tournament fields.
The online bracelet events will all be held on eight consecutive Sundays from Oct. 3 through Nov. 21. On two Sundays (Oct. 3, Nov. 14) there will be two bracelet events.
There will be two non-bracelet events held online, both will be satellites for the WSOP’s live Main Event that begins on Nov. 4. The two online satellites are on Oct. 31 and Nov. 2. They are both $215 buy-in events and are advertised as 25-seat Scrambles, meaning that 25 Main Event seats are guaranteed for each.
A number of online satellites have already been held on WSOP.com with more than 100 seats earned.
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As for the WSOP online bracelet events, those will run the gamut from a $400 buy-in to a $7,777 buy-in; many feature re-buys. Most tournaments will start at 5:30 p.m. PST/8:30 p.m. EST. Some highlights include: the popular “Big 500” ($500 buy-in) No Limit Hold ‘em; the “Lucky Sevens” High Roller ($7,777 buy-in), and a special $666 NLHE event to be held on Halloween.
’Provide Players the Most Options’
Running online bracelet events concurrent with the live WSOP events is nothing new; it has been going on since 2015. In 2019, the last “normal” WSOP before the COVID-19 pandemic, there were nine online bracelet events with nearly $9.9 million in prize money.
“Online poker is an important form of tournament poker in 2021,” Ty Stewart, senior vice president of the World Series of Poker at Caesars Entertainment, said in a news release. “Our philosophy has always been to provide players the most options of any poker festival in the world. WSOP.com online bracelets have a strong track record of significant prize pools, making them a great option for players who want to multi-table while in a live tournament, or play from the convenience of their home or hotel.”
So, there you have it. For those players who have some idle time while playing in an actual live poker hand, there’s an opportunity to simultaneously play in a virtual game.
However, the real benefit will be to players who cannot get to Vegas but can still vie for a WSOP bracelet while at home in New Jersey or Pennsylvania.
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A longtime reporter and editor who began writing on casinos and gaming shortly after Atlantic City’s first gambling halls opened, Bill covered the world Series of Poker and wrote a syndicated column on travel to casino destinations for a decade.