WSOP Online Returns to WSOP.com July 1st
When the dates for the live 2021 World Series of Poker were announced earlier this month, WSOP officials also announced that the WSOP Online will return. On Wednesday, the full schedule for the domestic WSOP was dropped.
The 2021 World Series of Poker Online will run at WSOP.com in the United States from July 1st through August 1st. There will be 33 bracelet events, including a Grand Finale event with a $1 million prize pool guarantee.
WSOP Online Running From July 1st through August 1st
As promised, the 2021 World Series of Poker Online will return this summer. Like last year, the first series will run domestically at WSOP.com in the United States. The series kicks off on July 1st and will run through August 1st.
There will be 33 bracelet events in all with buy-ins ranging from $333 to $7,777. The series will have various themes, as detailed below:
- Premier Week – July 1st through 8th with event buy-ins from $500 through $2,000.
- Micro Madness – July 9th through 11th with buy-ins of $333 and $400.
- PLO Week – July 12th through 21st highlighted by three PLO bracelet events
- Double Bracelet Day – Two events will run on July 25th, including the $7,777 High Roller
- Championship Week – July 26th through August 1st featuring five championship events.
Among the highlights is the Lucky 7’s High Roller on July 25th with a $7,777 buy-in and the NL Hold’em Championship on July 32nd for $1,000.
Largest Guarantee in WSOP.com History on Schedule
This series will set records for WSOP.com in the United States. The final event, entitled the “Grand Finale” will feature a $500 buy-in and a massive $1 million guarantee. This will be the largest guarantee in the history of WSOP.com in the United States.
According to WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart, “Poker deserves a big finish to 2021 and we’re looking to heat things up this summer. We expect to offer great value tournaments as well as comprehensive satellites to qualify for Las Vegas in the Fall.”
Details for the International leg of the 2021 WSOP Online are still unavailable. Those details will be released at a later date. The international leg of the series will be available to all real money online casino and poker players outside of the United States.
Too Many Bracelets?
One thing I was hoping for was that the WSOP would reduce the number of domestic events for WSOP Online. Unfortunately, that is not the case. There will be 33 bracelet events, and if they keep the course set last year, we can expect about another 50 for the International series.
If that is the case, we could see the total number of bracelets awarded in 2021 come close to 200. Keep in mind that the last time the live WSOP was run, there were 100 bracelets. Unless the WSOP decides to run a reduced live schedule, we could see a gross oversaturation of bracelets.
World Series of Flop Games Part II
Something else I did not want to see is a schedule with nothing but flop games, but that is what we got yet again. I gave it somewhat of a pass last year due to the pandemic, but they have had a year to come up with a way to run mixed games.
This schedule effectively locks out those that prefer or enjoy playing other forms of poker than NL Hold’em. Also, what is up with PLO week only have 3 PLO tournaments. There are 7 days in a week. Add a couple more PLO events to that week’s schedule.
Frankly, an expanded WSOP Online was not necessary if they are holding a live series. This is clearly just another way to pump up poker profits. We could justify it if the live schedule was reduced, but from the amount of time allocated for the series, that doesn’t appear to be the case.