WSOP Online Circuit Returns with NJ & Nevada Tournament Starting Feb. 18

WSOP Online Circuit Returns with NJ & Nevada Tournament Starting Feb. 18
By Bill Ordine

In the fractured world of poker where tournaments and cash-game play present a scattered landscape of fame and fortune, a World Series of Poker accomplishment is one of the most recognized validations of card-playing achievement.

That being the case, poker players who can be in either New Jersey or Nevada in about a week’s time can take a crack at one of a dozen WSOP Circuit championship rings in an online tournament, Feb. 18-March 1.

The Circuit ring-event buy-ins range from $215 to $2,000. Within those 12 events, the Online Circuit Main Event date is Feb. 27 and has a $525 buy-in with three re-entries. The guaranteed prize pool for the online poker Main Event is $250,000.

WSOP rings are a cousin of the more highly regarded WSOP championship bracelets that are typically awarded to winners at the famous WSOP poker festival. This year, that event is scheduled at the connected Bally’s (expected to be renamed Horseshoe) and Paris casinos in Las Vegas, May 31-July 19.

As the poker world shakes off the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic, the WSOP has re-established the year-round schedule it had assembled before the pandemic and that included the near-constant string of WSOP Circuit events.

Online-Only Circuit Events

Most Circuit events are a series of in-person tournaments usually held over 12 days in local casinos with far more modest buy-ins than players will find at the spring-summer big show in Vegas. However, the drift of the times, where online participation caters to some players’ tastes, has the WSOP offering some online-only Circuit events with the next one being Feb. 18-March 1.

In this case, the real money online casino will be a player’s computer or mobile device but he or she will have to be located in New Jersey or Nevada, two jurisdictions where online poker is legal and that have a compact that allows for blending the player pool.

An online advertisement on announces: “Play for over $1 Million in Guarantees, 12 WSOP Gold Rings, and a chance at the “Tournament of Champions” $1 Million Freeroll awarding a coveted WSOP Gold Bracelet during the 2022 WSOP.”



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.

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