Online poker players are in luck when the World Series of Poker kicks off this summer. The festival runs May 31 to July 20 with 88 events as well as a packed online schedule.
The series features online events for players in Nevada, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. These events traditionally bring some nice prize pools with so many players in Las Vegas also jumping in online tournaments.
USPoker took a look at the online schedule for some insight on key events and what to expect.
What to expect from the WSOP online events
Players looking for some online poker action will have plenty of options. Series officials plan at least one tournament every Sunday at WSOP.com.
There are also a few other opportunities with special “Double Up Bracelet Days” on June 5, July 10 and 17. These days feature two events and additional tournaments are also scheduled on two Tuesdays and one on Saturday as well.
More players are expected to be in Las Vegas during the series this year than in 2021. This summer’s festivities won’t include vaccination or mask mandates. Those expected increases in player and prize pools should spill over to the online events as well.
As in the past, players in New Jersey and Nevada will play in a shared liquidity pool. These players can expect a full slate of 13 events.
Online poker in Pennsylvania remains a “ringed-in” environment, meaning players only battle against others in that same state. Players in Pennsylvania have the chance to battle in eight additional tournaments for a total of 21 online events among all states. That’s an increase from 11 tournaments in 2021.
Should an additional interstate compact be struck before then, the three states could all be merged into one. The Pennsylvania events are mostly identical to the Nevada-New Jersey schedule, but only run within that state.
The $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha on the main network on June 19 sees a buy-in reduction in Pennsylvania on the same day to $500.
A few highlights from the schedule
Those looking to get in online during the series have several options. Here’s a look at a few of the events that stand out.
Nevada & New Jersey
Players in these two states have more options. It won’t be uncommon to see players playing the live WSOP while also playing an online event as well. Here are some events for those with lighter bankrolls and those who can go a bit bigger.
There are several tournaments in the $400 to $600 range to check out. The Big $500 kicks off the festivities on June 5. This might be considered like one of the WSOP’s live mega-field events like the Colossus or Millionaire Maker.
The Big $500 should again see some big numbers with 1,067 entries and a $480,150 prize pool in 2021. “NJ_AcesmarkA” came out on top last year for $89,356.
The $400 Ultra DeepStack offers plenty of value as well. This is the lowest online buy-in for the series and attracted 1,357 entries for a $488,520 prize pool last year. Taiwan’s Pete Chen scored his first bracelet and $82,559.
The $600 Online Deepstack Championship and $777 Lucky Sevens are also some nice events to check out. They offer a bit larger buy-ins with some nice payouts. Last year, Bulgaria’s Yuliyan “Dr.Feelg00da” Kolev took the Lucky Sevens title for $146,162.
The $500 Turbo DeepStack events are also always popular for some quick-paced action.
Higher rollers also have a nice Lucky Sevens version to check out. The $7,777 event offers the highest buy-in of the online action. Last year, Estonia’s Aleksejs “APonakov” Ponakovs took the top spot for $432,491.
The $5,300 High Roller kicks off the big buy-in online action on June 5. That should be a popular event and the $5,300 High Roller Freezeout Encore closes out the series on July 17.
Another popular event is the $3,200 High Roller on July 12 with “incel4life” finding the winner’s circle in 2021 for $318,889.
The $1,000 Online Bracelet Championship offers a bit of a mid-range option and gives players a chance at a nice title. The tournament saw 854 entries in 2021 for a $768,600 prize pool. Japan’s Kazuki “hyahhoo3” Ikeuchi won the bracelet and $152,797.
With only eight events, players in the Keystone State have fewer options. However, that’s quite an increase over 2021, when only a single bracelet event was included on the schedule.
WSOP.com only launched in the state in August, so an online bracelet event was a late addition. That event was the $1,000 Mini Main Event with David Eldridge, of Cranberry Township, taking the win for $41,553 and his first bracelet. Here’s a look at a few events that stand out this year.
The Big $500 (June 5) and $400 Ultra DeepStack (June 12) should offer some value with players on a budget.
Those who enjoy some Omaha action may want to check out the $500 PLO event on June 19. The event is half the buy-in of the Nevada-NewJersey version and the only Omaha event on the schedule.
High rollers won’t find as many options as on the main network, but there are a few events that stand out. The $777 Lucky Sevens (July 16) offers a buy-in a bit larger than most on the PA schedule and should produce a nice prize pool.
The $1,000 Online Bracelet Championship (July 10) offers the highest price point for Keystone State players. This offers PA players the chance at becoming a state champion.
It will be interesting to see how player and prize pools turn out in this first year of expanded options for Pennsylvania players.
More WSOP online bracelet details
Along with plenty of tournament action, WSOP.com will also be offering online qualifiers throughout the series. Players can also register from anywhere and then play in Nevada, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania. USPoker offers players exclusive WSOP.com bonus offers as well.
Look for highlights of the live schedule coming soon. For a complete look at this summer’s WSOP, click here. Here’s a look at the complete WSOP schedule of online events.
2022 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Online event Date Tournament Buy-in States
1 June 5 High Roller Freezeout $5,300 NV, NJ
2 June 5 Big $500 $500 NV, NJ, PA
3 June 12 Ultra Deepstack $400 NV, NJ, PA
4 June 19 Pot Limit Omaha $1,000 NV, NJ
5 June 19 Pot Limit Omaha $500 PA
6 June 26 Online Deepstack Championship $600 NV, NJ, PA
7 June 28 Turbo Deepstack $500 NV, NJ
8 July 3 NLHE Deepstack $500 NV, NJ, PA
9 July 10 Lucky 7s High Roller $7,777 NV, NJ
10 July 10 Online Bracelet Championship $1,000 NV, NJ, PA
11 July 12 High Roller $3,200 NV, NJ
12 July 16 Lucky 7s Second Chance $777 NV, NJ, PA
13 July 17 High Roller Freezeout Encore $5,300 NV, NJ
14 July 17 Summer Saver $500 NV, NJ, PA