2020 WSOP Schedule Features 14 Online Bracelet Events

The 2020 WSOP schedule is nearly complete, and you’re going to love it if you’re an online poker player. Traditionalists might be a bit disappointed, however.

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Fourteen online bracelet events are on the 2020 WSOP schedule. (Image: wsop.com)

World Series of Poker planners decided to increase the number of online bracelet events from nine in 2019 to 14 this year. That’s nearly double the number of online bracelet events in all previous years combined. It’s also a sign that the WSOP is changing. We’ll let you decide whether the changes are positive or not.

Online Bracelet Events Gaining Popularity with Organizers

The 2020 World Series of Poker begins May 27 with the first live bracelet event, a $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Freezeout. The first online bracelet event — a $400 No-Limit Hold’em tournament — is scheduled for May 31. There will be a total of 14 tournaments — each awarding a gold bracelet — at the WSOP.com poker site.

Players in Nevada and New Jersey are eligible to compete in the online events. The live tournaments will, for the 16th straight year, take place at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Michigan recently became the fifth state to legalize online poker. The Wolverine State is expected to launch its first poker sites in 2021. With the continued expansion of online poker in the US, the WSOP is attempting to “help elevate this popular variant of poker” by offering 14 online bracelet events, according to a press release.

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All 14 bracelet events on the 2020 WSOP schedule.

Good Idea or Bad Idea?

The 2020 WSOP schedule will certainly make some poker players happy, while upsetting others. Many traditionalists don’t care for the online events, as they believe the World Series of Poker should remain exclusively a live poker series. But others, especially the internet grinders, enjoy having the opportunity to win a bracelet without getting off the couch.

You can win multiple bracelets this year from the comfort of your own home or hotel room. Due to the online poker pact between the WSOP.com sites in Nevada and New Jersey, players in both states can compete in these events. In 2018, Matthew “mendey” Mendez, who scooped the $565 PLO, became the first player to win an online bracelet event outside of Nevada.

With 14 bracelet events scheduled, the odds favor another non-Nevada player shipping a bracelet this year. It’s certainly shaping up to be an interesting summer. The finalized WSOP schedule should be available in the coming days.

Jon Sofen
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Jon Sofen
Semi-pro poker player with 17 years experience on the felt and more than five years working as professional poker media.

Comments

redboy23 wrote...

It is an inevitable progression of the game, that online poker will grow in popularity for obvious reasons. One of the main reasons is that it is more profitable. You can fit any number of players in an online tournament and not worry about all the expenses that live play will incur.

By all means, enjoy your live games. I am happy for all those who do, but I am from St. Lucia in the Caribbean and may never make it to a WSOP live event. I am very excited about online play and warming up to the idea of making the investment in the near future.

It is my dream to participate in a WSOP event and if I can do it from the comfort of my home count me in. I applaud the efforts of programmers and and the advocates for online poker. Keep it going for dreamers like me. My turn will come.

The offer for online players will become too good to resist and I will just jump in there soon, very soon!

Kudos to all of you. Keep up the wonderful job that you are doing.

Good idea or bad idea? Please – great idea! Spectacular even … Keep the incentives growing – I will take a stab at my dream one day. 🙂

Reserve a bracelet for me – I can see my name on one of them.

Ventoman777 wrote...

This is a great idea for those who can’t get to the WSOP live tournament, now there is an opportunity to win the WSOP bracelet without leaving home. I hope that over time there will be more such bracelet tournaments.

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