WORLDWIDE SERIES OF POKER: GGPoker Releases WSOP Online Schedule With $25M Main Event

WORLDWIDE SERIES OF POKER: GGPoker Releases WSOP Online Schedule With $25M Main Event

After the World Series of Poker announced a total of 85 online bracelet events in June, players got an idea of what to expect internationally from GGPoker. On Friday, the fast-growing operator released details of the schedule’s 54 bracelet events.

The series runs July 19 through Sept. 6 and is highlighted by the $5,000 Main Event. That boasts a record-breaking $25 million guarantee the biggest online poker tournament in history.

Players will find multiple Day 1 starting flights beginning on Aug. 16. Day 2 of the Main Event kicks off on Aug. 30.

“We knew GGPoker would go big on the WSOP Online Series, but this is ridiculous,” WSOP executive director Ty Stewart said in a news release. “The single biggest guarantee in the history of online poker is exactly what this once-in-a-lifetime event deserves.”

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A look at the GG Poker WSOP Online schedule

The WSOP Online begins July 1 at WSOP.com, with 31 bracelets awarded each day throughout the month. Those events will be available for players in Nevada and New Jersey.

Series organizers hoped to offer an online bracelet schedule after the traditional summer WSOP was postponed to the fall. On July 19, GGPoker is added to the mix for international players.

The series is the first time players outside the US can win a bracelet online. Many players, including well-known players like Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth, have plans to play events on both sites.

Beyond the Main Event, GG players can expect a robust schedule. Buy-ins range from $50 to $25,000. The Big 50 will award a bracelet in an event featuring a buy-in of only fifty bucks.

Players will also find popular events like the Colossus, Millionaire Maker, and Poker Players Championship. Some highlights include:

  • WSOP Event #1: $100 The Opener – July 19 (Day 2), $2 million guarantee
  • WSOP Event #2: $1,111 Every 1 for COVID Relief  – July 19 ($111 from each entry goes to the Caesars Cares fund)
  • WSOP Event #10: $400 COLOSSUS – July 26 (Day 2), $3 million guarantee
  • WSOP Event #17: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER – Aug. 2 (Day 2), $1 million first prize guarantee
  • WSOP Event #25: $10,000 Heads Up NLHE Championship – Aug. 9 (limited to 128 players)
  • WSOP Event #31: $500 Mini Main Event – Aug. 16 (Day 2), $5 million guarantee 
  • WSOP Event #38: $25,000 NLHE Poker Players Championship –  Aug. 23, $10 million guarantee
  • WSOP Event #39: $50 BIG 50 – Aug. 23 (Day 2), $1 million guarantee
  • WSOP Event #52: $10,000 WSOP Super MILLION$ – September 6 – $5,000,000 prize pool guarantee 

Few guarantees, but plenty of big events

GGPoker players have become accustomed to massive guarantees. While the Main Event features a huge payout, only 12 events feature a guarantee.

“We wanted to keep to the format of the live WSOP as much as possible, where the glory of winning the WSOP bracelet was the real highlight,” GG spokesman Paul Burke told PokerScout. “They don’t put guarantees on the events, so barring some of the real standout events, neither are we.”

Players with lower bankrolls and looking to win their way into a bracelet event will have plenty of opportunities. GGPoker will run a series of micro and low-stakes qualifying events leading up to the series.

The site will also hold standard satellite tournaments beginning July 1. 

“This reminds me of poker’s boom years,” said Negreanu, a GGPoker ambassador.  “Anyone who has dreamed of winning a real WSOP bracelet can now do so across the globe. There’s no feeling like winning a WSOP bracelet, and GGPoker is opening that opportunity to the masses.”

Players will find several poker variations including Pot Limit Omaha and Short Deck. Organizers have also added a few other unique elements as well.

The Asia Championship will be held on Aug. 9 for players in that part of the world. There will also be four People’s Choice events from Sept. 1-5.

A $1,050 Beat the Pros Bounty is also planned for Sept. 5. Unlike the recent WSOP Online Circuit Super Series, however, there won’t be non-bracelet side events.

Real names at the table please

Along with the move to offering international WSOP bracelets, GG is adding another interesting element to the series. Players who make a final table will be required to play using their real names.

This is something new to the industry. Players will know who they’re up against and allows for better media coverage as well. It also allows final tables to mimic live WSOP final tables.

Viewers on the site’s Twitch stream, GGPoker.TV, and PokerCentral will be able to follow their favorite players. The real names of all players who earn cash prizes will also be made available.

“The ability to compete for WSOP bracelets – the ultimate prize in poker – from home is so amazing,” GGPoker ambassador Fedor Holz said. “The big events will be full of players from all over the world: Europe, Canada, South America, and everywhere else. The WSOP action will be scorching hot this summer.”

Here’s a look at the complete GGPoker WSOP Online schedule.

Date Event Number Tournament Buy-in Prize Guarantee Notes
Sunday, July 19, 2020 1 $100 The Opener [Final Day], $2M GTD $100 $2,000,000 2-Day Event, 1-RE Flights
Sunday, July 19, 2020 2 $1,111 Every 1 for Covid Relief [Caesars Cares] $1,111 2-Day Event
Sunday, July 19, 2020 3 $525 Super Turbo Bounty No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed $525
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 4 $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship $5,000
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 5 $1,500 FIFTY STACK No Limit Hold’em $1,500
Thursday, July 23, 2020 6 $1,050 Bounty Pot Limit Omaha $1,050
Saturday, July 25, 2020 7 $600 Monster Stack No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed $600 Asia Time Zone
Sunday, July 26, 2020 8 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em $1,500 Asia Time Zone
Sunday, July 26, 2020 9 $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha $2,500
Sunday, July 26, 2020 10 $400 COLOSSUS [Day 2], $3M GTD $400 $3,000,000 3-Day Event, 1-RE Flights
Sunday, July 26, 2020 11 $400 PLOSSUS [Day 2], $1M GTD $400 $1,000,000 3-Day Event, 1-RE Flights
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 12 $10,000 Short Deck No Limit Hold’em Championship $10,000
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 13 $2,500 No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed $2,500
Thursday, July 30, 2020 14 $840 Bounty No Limit Hold’em $840
Saturday, August 01, 2020 15 $500 Deepstack No Limit Hold’em $500 Asia Time Zone
Sunday, August 02, 2020 16 $1,000 Short Deck No Limit Hold’em $1,000 Asia Time Zone
Sunday, August 02, 2020 17 $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER [Day 2], $5M GTD, $1M to 1st $1,500 $ 5,000,000 3-Day Event, 1-RE Flights
Sunday, August 02, 2020 18 $500 Turbo Deepstack No Limit Hold’em $500
Tuesday, August 04, 2020 19 $2,100 No Limit Hold’em Bounty Championship $2,100
Wednesday, August 05, 2020 20 $400 Pot Limit Omaha $400
Thursday, August 06, 2020 21 $1,000 No Limit Hold’em $1,000
Saturday, August 08, 2020 22 $800 Double Stack Pot Limit Omaha $800 Asia Time Zone
Sunday, August 09, 2020 23 HK$8,000 No Limit Hold’em Asia Championship [Final Day], HK$8M GTD HK$8,000 HK$8,000,000 2-Day Event, 1-RE Flights
Sunday, August 09, 2020 24 $150 GGMasters WSOP Edition [Freezeout], $1M GTD $150 $1,000,000 Freezeout
Sunday, August 09, 2020 25 $10,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold’em Championship [No Late Reg, 128 Cap] $10,000 2-Day Event, Freezeout
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 26 $5,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship $5,000
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 27 $2,500 Double Stack No Limit Hold’em $2,500
Thursday, August 13, 2020 28 $525 Bounty No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed $525
Saturday, August 15, 2020 29 $300 Monster Stack No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed $300 Asia Time Zone
Sunday, August 16, 2020 30 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha $1,500
Sunday, August 16, 2020 31 $500 Mini Main Event [Final Day], $5M GTD $500 $5,000,000 2-Day Event, 1-RE Flights
Sunday, August 16, 2020 32 $840 Super Turbo Bounty No Limit Hold’em $840
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 33 $600 No Limit Hold’em Deepstack Championship $600
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 34 $800 Pot Limit Omaha $800
Thursday, August 20, 2020 35 $500 Limit Hold’em $500
Saturday, August 22, 2020 36 $500 Deepstack No-Limit Hold’em $500 Asia Time Zone
Sunday, August 23, 2020 37 $1,500 Marathon No Limit Hold’em $1,500 Asia Time Zone
Sunday, August 23, 2020 38 $25,000 NLH POKER PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP, $10M GTD $25,000 $10,000,000 2-Day Event
Sunday, August 23, 2020 39 BIG 50 [Final Day], $1M GTD $50 $1,000,000 2-Day Event, 1-RE Flights
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 40 $1,500 Limit Hold’em Championship $1,500
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 41 $1,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed $1,000
Thursday, August 27, 2020 42 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha $1,500
Saturday, August 29, 2020 43 $300 Double Stack No Limit Hold’em $300 Asia Time Zone
Sunday, August 30, 2020 44 $400 FORTY STACK No Limit Hold’em $400
Sunday, August 30, 2020 45 $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event [Day 2], $25M GTD $5,000 $25,000,000 3-Day Event, Feezeout Flights
Sunday, August 30, 2020 46 $1,000 Turbo No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed $1,000
Tuesday, September 01, 2020 47 People’s Choice Event [Most Popular] TBA TBA TBA by Vote
Wednesday, September 02, 2020 48 People’s Choice Event [Pros Vote] TBA TBA TBA by Vote
Thursday, September 03, 2020 49 People’s Choice Event [Spin the Wheel] TBA TBA TBA by Vote
Saturday, September 05, 2020 50 People’s Choice Event [Most Popular] TBA TBA Asia Time Zone, TBA by Vote
Saturday, September 05, 2020 51 $1,050 Beat the Pros [Bounty] $1,050
Sunday, September 06, 2020 52 $10K WSOP Super MILLION$, $5M GTD $10,000 $5,000,000 2-Day Event
Sunday, September 06, 2020 53 $100 WSOP MILLION$ [Final Day], $2M GTD $100 $2,000,000 2-Day Event, 1-RE Flights
Sunday, September 06, 2020 54 $500 The Closer [LAST CHANCE] $500

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