For less than the cost of a tank of gas, poker players outside the United States can compete for a World Series of Poker bracelet next month. GGPoker released the schedule for its upcoming 33-event WSOP Online Bracelet Series beginning Aug. 1, and it includes a $50 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament.
The series kicks off with the Return, the aforementioned $50 tournament that could conceivably make a micro-stakes grinder wealthy. Despite the dirt-cheap entry fee, the prize pool is guaranteed to reach at least $1 million.
The Return isn’t the first under-$100 buy-in WSOP event in history. Last year, on the same poker site, Huahuan “F7588” Feng took down the $50 buy-in Big 50, also a $1 million guaranteed bracelet event, for $211,282, beating out a whopping 44,576 entries.
Not the only inexpensive event
On Aug. 1 — the same day that the Return wraps up — GGPoker will host a second bracelet event, the $1,111 Caesars Cares Charity Event, with $111 of each buy-in headed to the Caesars non-profit organization that benefits those who suffered during the pandemic.
The series begins at the same time as the WSOP.com Online Bracelet series concludes, which is available in New Jersey and Nevada. Only international players can compete in the GGPoker version, as the poker site isn’t licensed in the US.
Other inexpensive tournaments on GGPoker’s upcoming slate include a $200 Flip & Go with $1 million guaranteed (Aug. 8), $400 Double Chance Pot-Limit Omaha (Aug. 14), $400 PLOSSUS (Aug. 22), and 17 total bracelet events priced at under $1,000.
A little something for the mid-stakes players and high rollers
Cheap buy-ins aren’t the only tournaments on GGPoker’s WSOP Online Bracelet Series schedule. There are three events priced at $10,000 or above, including the $25,000 Super High Roller Championship, which guarantees at least $5 million in the pot. That high-stakes WSOP event begins Aug. 29 and is scheduled to conclude the following day.
On Aug. 15, another $5 million guaranteed tournament begins — the $10,000 Super Million$ High Roller — also a two-day event. The third high-stakes tournament on the schedule is the $10,000 Heads-Up NLH Championship on Aug. 21, capped at 128 entries.
As is the case with any major poker series, the Main Event is the featured tournament. The $5,000 buy-in Main Event, a No-Limit Hold’em game with $20 million guaranteed, starts Aug. 22 and runs until Sept. 5. Players can enter up to three times, but only once per Day 1 starting flight.
It should be noted that the GGPoker Main Event isn’t the world championship event. Last year’s online winner, Stoyan Madanzhiev, who earned $3.9 million in the largest online poker tournament in history, was led to believe he was the 2020 world champion. But, later in the year, the WSOP hosted a hybrid online/live Main Event, won by Damian Salas for $2.5 million, which they dubbed the real 2020 Main Event.
This year’s “real” Main Event will take place in Las Vegas at the Rio starting Nov. 4 as part of the live World Series of Poker.
For more information, view the Full 2021 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Series Schedule.