June began with WSOP.com hosting the first online bracelet event, and it will end the month by hosting three more.
The first online event of the summer collected the most entries in Nevada online poker tournament history. The final three are looking to do the same.
WSOP Online Bracelet Event #10 makes history
The first of four WSOP online bracelet events took place on June 3. The $365 buy-in tournament hosted 2,123 players and collected 2,972 entries for a total prize pool of $974,816.
The event went into the record books as the largest tournament in regulated U.S. online poker history.
There is little doubt that the combined player pool between Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey is having a positive impact on WSOP.com. For the first time in WSOP history, New Jersey-based poker players were able to participate in a bracelet event from home.
Bill Rini, head of online poker for WSOP.com at Caesars Entertainment, had this to say about the summer’s first online bracelet event:
We were really pleased with the record-breaking performance of the first bracelet event, and we’re hoping the positive trends continue.
The honor may be short-lived, though. There are three more online tournaments on the schedule in June.
The schedule includes a PLO and two NLH events:
- $565 6-Handed PLO (Event #47) – Friday, June 22 at 3:30 p.m.
- $1,000 NLH (Event #61) – Friday, June 29 at 3:30 p.m.
- $3,200 High Roller NLH (Event #63) – Saturday, June 30 at 3:30 p.m.
Technical issues solved?
The first online event could have been bigger. Some technical challenges were making it impossible for many international players to register for the event.
When registration closed, only 19 of the 2,123 players were non-U.S. players. Rini acknowledged the technical glitch and assures it has been identified and fixed.
“We did have an issue where some non-US players were unable to register, we’ve identified the source of that problem, and a fix has already been deployed,” said Rini.
Technical glitches aside, there were also some complaints about the start time. The first event began on Sunday at 3 p.m. (PT) which is 6 p.m. in New Jersey.
That’s a late starting time on the East Coast considering the one-day tournament was scheduled to last about 12 hours. In fact, it took about 13 hours for William ‘twooopair’ Reymond to collect his bracelet and the $154,995.74 that came along with it.
While the remaining online bracelet events begin 30 minutes later, they will occur on the weekend. That may help entice those holding down a nine-to-five to jump in and take a shot.
The upcoming online bracelet poker tournaments
The next online bracelet event kicks off soon. If you have not set up a new account on WSOP.com since the merging of player pools, you will need to do so immediately.
Each of the remaining events has rebuy options. If you plan to rebuy, make sure your account has the proper funds. The rebuy period is very short, and it is unlikely you will be able to add funds to your account in time.
And finally, the one-day events are long. Plan properly.
Rini has this advice for players:
Players should know that playing in big field tournaments means bigger prize pools, but it also means that they can take 12 – 14 hours for the winner to emerge. You need to pace yourself for playing a long session if you go deep.
Many players see the online bracelet events as an excellent opportunity to win gold. Expect a good mix of the best of the best and recreational players taking a shot.
When all is said and done, it would not be a surprise for WSOP.com to collect a few more records by month’s end.