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Nearly two weeks after the World Series of Poker announced plans for the 2021 WSOP Online events on WSOP.com, more details have been released about what international players have to look forward to including a pair of WSOP Super Circuit series and 66 total WSOP bracelets across two online poker platforms. The 33 WSOP Online bracelet events held on WSOP.com between July 1 and August 1 will be mirrored by an additional 33 bracelet events on GGPoker beginning on August 1 and running through September 12. In 2020, in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, WSOP officials held 31 events on WSOP.com for players in the United States and another 54 on GGPoker for international players. "The bar has been set with last year’s record-breaking series, but we’re hoping to raise it even higher this year," said Gregory Chochon, Director of the WSOP. "One of our goals is to provide as many people the chance to become champions as possible. However, we know not everyone can or is comfortable traveling yet, so continuing a robust online bracelet offering in 2021 is a must." The 2020 WSOP Online Main Event on GGPoker had a $5,000 buy-in and a $20,000,000 guarantee which was easily surpassed after 5,802 pushed the total prize pool to $27,559,500, which earned GGPoker and the WSOP a Guinness World Record for the largest online poker tournament prize pool ever. While no details regarding the 2021 WSOP Online Main Event have been released yet, company officials are hinting at going even bigger in their second year. “When GGPoker & WSOP partnered in 2020, we broke world records. Our plans for 2021 are to offer even more to our customers. With massive tournaments, WSOP gold bracelet & rings, and a route into the live WSOP Main Event in November, we hope players will love what we have in store,” said GGPoker Head of Poker Operations Steve Preiss. While players will be waiting for the bracelet events, the WSOP action on GGPoker actually begins on May 1, with the WSOP Super Circuit Online Series. Running for the entire month of May, the series comes with a $100,000,000 guarantee and 18 WSOP Circuit rings will be up for grabs. Along with those 18 Circuit rings which will be won via standard multi-table tournaments, for the first time ever, cash game grinders will have an opportunity to win a piece of WSOP hardware. Two leaderboards, one for No Limit Hold’em and a second for Pot-Limit Omaha/Pot Limit Omaha-5, will run for the duration of the Super Circuit. The top nine players on each leaderboard will be invited to play a single-table tournament with cash prizes for all nine and a WSOP Circuit ring for the winner. The second WSOP Super Circuit series on GGPoker will be the WSOP Winter Online Super Circuit at GGPoker with dates still to be determined. Along with the 66 total bracelet events, players on both platforms will be able to play in WSOP Main Event satellites beginning on August 1. These satellites will award seats to the $10,000 WSOP Main Event scheduled to begin on November 4 in Las Vegas. These satellites will run straight through until October 1. WSOP officials plan to provide more details, including tournament dates and buy-ins, for the live and online schedule, over the coming weeks.
The World Series of Poker has announced its plans for the return of its live, in-person Las Vegas poker festival for 2021. The series is set to take place from Thursday, September 30 through Tuesday, November 23 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel with the first flight of the $10,000 Main Event kicking off on Thursday, November 4. “This year, more than ever, we embrace our role at the WSOP to deliver memorable experiences and bring this community of poker lovers back together,” said Ty Stweart, WSOP Executive Director. While a complete schedule was not released with the announcement, the opening weekend is expected to feature a special charity event to benefit frontline health workers, a $25,000 HORSE event, and a $5 million guaranteed No Limit Hold'em tournament dubbed “The Reunion.” The $10,000 Main Event will have four starting flights - one per day from November 4-7. Day 2 for the first two flights will be on Monday, November 8, and the final two flights will reconvene for Day 2 on Tuesday, November 9. The entire field will play together for the first time on November 10 and play down to a winner, who will be crowned on November 17. All of the laid-out dates for the series are subject to change and will hinge on both state and regulatory approvals. The series will also be following any and all specific COVID-19 safety protocols, such as social distancing and capacity limits, that may be in place. “In 2021, the theme is, get vaccinated and get back to Vegas,” Stewart said. WSOP Online In addition to the return of the live festival, 2020's expanded WSOP Online series is set to return in 2021, with the first gold bracelet event taking place on WSOP.com in the U.S. on Thursday, July 1. The full schedule of domestic online gold bracelet events will be released on April 15, however, it is confirmed that the series will wrap up with a $1,000 Online Championship Event. It is also expected that there will be a 2021 WSOP Online international gold bracelet series, as there was in 2020, that will be held on GGPoker. WSOP Europe King’s Casino in Rozvadov is also preparing for the return of the World Series of Poker Europe which is set to take place from Friday, November 19 through Tuesday, December 8. “We hope and anticipate travel restrictions will ease by the fall,” said Stewart. “It’s important to us that we have an excelled tournament schedule available to our European players.” The series looks to have 15 live gold bracelet events, including a €10,000 buy-in WSOPE Main Event and a €50,000 High Roller. Like the fall WSOP series, the start of WSOPE is also subject to regulatory approval and COVID protocols.