Summary: The WSOP will be launching a new online poker series this month, available to players in the United States.
Online poker is alive and well in the United States, though revenue numbers are not what they were estimated to be when states like Nevada and New Jersey launched gaming sites. Over the past few years, the online poker scene in the US has struggled, despite big players like the World Series of Poker and 888 offering services. We have now learned that the WSOP is making efforts to push their online poker brand in New Jersey and Nevada by launching a new series beginning this month.
WSOP Online Circuit
Known as the WSOP Online Circuit, the new online poker option will be a first for the brand, at least online. The WSOP already offers a circuit, with tournaments offered across the United States at various casinos. Players who take part in the WSOPC earn rings and now, players will be able to do the same, but online.
The first ever WSOP Online Circuit will take place from September 18th until the 30th. There will be 13 events on the schedule, each offering up a coveted gold ring. Over $700,000 in guaranteed prize money will be up for grabs. Because multi-state poker gaming is in play, poker fans of New Jersey and Nevada will both be able to compete at the same time during the circuit events.
The tournaments on offer will have buy-ins ranging from $200 to $1,000, making the events relatively affordable. The high end is reserved for the High Roller event on the schedule. For the most part, players will be paying $200 to $300 to take part.
There are several notable events on the upcoming scheduling including a Monster Stack and of course, the Main Event. The Monster Stack will have a buy-in of $320 with a prize pool guarantee set at $100,000. Players will be given 20,000 in starting chips with blind levels increasing every 12 minutes.
The Main Event is sure to be a popular tournament during the new series. The event will have a buy-in of $525 and will offer $200,000 in guaranteed prize money. Chip stacks are set at 15,000 with blind levels increasing every 15 minutes.
Upping Their Online Presence
Over the past few years, the WSOP has worked hard to maintain a strong online presence. The brand has provided multiple online events during the land-based WSOP so that players can be at the WSOP but also compete online. Within the past few years, the WSOP has increased the number of events they offer players online so that gamblers can compete online when in Las Vegas. Most players who are at the WSOP May through July do not have access to online gaming, so this gives them an opportunity to give it a try. Players are sure to enjoy the upcoming tournament series which starts in just a few days.