Every year sees the World Series of Poker taking place – a festival of poker, attended by the biggest names in the game, where mouth-wateringly high prizes can be found. Winning a WSOP bracelet is often the highlight of a player’s career, as they beat the very best to come out on top.
The tournament climaxes with the World Series of Poker Main Event, known to be the most prestigious tournament in the world, as well as one of the richest. Previous winners have included Phil Hellmuth , Johnny Chan , and the 2020 champion, Argentina’s Damian Salas .
The 2020 tournament schedule was much different from previous years, due to the COVID-19 pandemic that swept the world. The official schedule of the 2021 World Series of Poker has also been dramatically affected by the pandemic, with all events taking place online.
There will be no 2021 WSOP live tournament series, due to the impact of the pandemic. This means that the various WSOP tournaments will be held online. There will be 85 bracelet events in total, with 54 on GG Poker and 31 on WSOP.com . Take a look below to see some of the biggest tournaments in the 2021 bracelet series…
The biggest tournament of all WSOP events usually sees thousands of people place a $10,000 buy-in, leading to a tournament that offers millions of dollars in prizes. In years it goes ahead as normal, the thousands of entrants play in a huge tournament, which will decide on the nine players who make it to the final table. These nine then face off in November, months after the WSOP finishes, to determine who takes the world championship, as well as the millions of dollars that come with it.
This is the most expensive tournament to enter at the 2021 World Series of Poker, with every entrant having to part with $25,000 to take part. The rewards can be huge though, as there’s a guaranteed $10 million prize pool. It’s scheduled to start on Sunday, August 23 rd at 2:00 pm and will happen at GG Poker.
This is the big one for fans of heads-up poker , which is when only two players battle it out on a table – something that requires a particular set of skills. It’s $10,000 to enter, but make sure you register early, as the tournament is limited to just 128 players. It should start on Sunday, August 9 th at 2:00 pm and will take place at GG Poker.
This is the big one for fans of Omaha , costing $5,000 to enter. While Omaha isn’t as popular as Texas hold’em, it still attracts a decent crowd at the WSOP, and the players taking part in the Omaha tournaments are some of the best in the world. This tournament is on Tuesday, July 21 st and starts at 2:00 pm. It will take place at GG Poker.
This is another of the tournaments with a big entry fee, but what makes it different is that it’s a short deck tournament. This means that it’s a game with just 36 cards in the deck – cards from 2 through to 5 are removed. This exciting tournament is on Tuesday, July 28 th at 2:00 pm and it will take place at GG Poker.
There’s no Big One for One Drop this year, however there will be a charity tournament to raise funds for Covid relief. This is the second year that this tournament has been run. It’s a Texas hold’em tournament, and while it raises money for charity, the top prize should be impressive, if 2020’s top prize of nearly $350,000 is anything to go by. It’s on Sunday, July 19 th at 2:00 pm at GG Poker.
2021 will also see the WSOP Circuit Series taking place online. This is essentially a lower rung of the main World Series of Poker, with winners earning a WSOP circuit ring , as opposed to a bracelet. The WSOP Circuit started on January 14 th and there will be 13 events in total, during which there will be 180 WSOP rings up for grabs.
The Circuit Series will culminate with the $250,000 WSOP Online Circuit Championship, which will be open to a select field. Only a few people will be invited to play, with the first group being those who have won a ring in 2021. Those who have won a $10,000 Player of the Month leaderboard or those who have won a Second Chance Fast Forward tournament will also be included, while those who finish in the top 50 on the Cumulative Circuit Leaderboard, not including those already eligible, will also be invited to play.
The Online Circuit Series will take place at WSOP.com. At the time of writing, the Winter Online Super Circuit is being played. The next to start will be the Silver Legacy Circuit, which begins on Wednesday, February 17 th . All circuits will feature a $25,000 Freeroll tournament.
In order to play, you can either pay the entry fee outright, or you can complete qualifiers, which are lower value tournaments providing entry into the Circuit Series tournaments.
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