The 46th annual World Series of Poker rolls into the Rio this week, and to celebrate, WSOP.com in Nevada is providing players with multiple gateways to qualify online for live events.
New Jersey players too, will have select opportunities to satellite their way into the Series from their East Coast dwellings.
With the introduction of larger starting stack sizes, new low buy-in events such as the Colossus and an accompanying online championship series, this year’s festival stands to be the most publicized and heavily traversed of all time, not to mention the most recreational player-friendly.
Here’s an overview of how you can become part of the action.
WSOP NV online qualifiers: The essentials
- Beginning on Friday May 29 and running through Wednesday July 1, online satellites will run between the hours of 1:00 PM – 11:30 PM. On Saturdays the action will kick off a tad earlier (12:00 PM).
- A limited satellite schedule (1:00 PM – 6:00 PM) is hosted on May 27 – 28.
- Buy-ins for daily qualifiers run the gamut from $3 to $200.
- Most qualifiers will permits rebuys and add-ons.
- The majority of the satellites guarantee at least one ticket to a live event, although there are instances when WSOP NV guarantees up to 25 tickets.
The full satellite schedule can be found on the WSOP.com support forum.
Breaking down the daily schedule
Satellites to the first ever online bracelet event will be held twice daily at 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM, and feature price tags of $30 and $10, respectively. Each satellite guarantees one ticket to the title event, which will be held at 12:00 PM on July 1.
Sandwiched between the online bracelet satellites are $3 R&A qualifiers to the immensely popular $235 buy-in Rio Daily Deepstack tournaments (3:00 PM), and satellites to a soon-to-be-held event (4:00 PM), the value of which is capped at right around $1,500.
On weekends at 2 PM, players can compete for $2,000 in 2015 WSOP tournament lammers. These versatile rewards can be used in whatever fashion the winner chooses, be it to buy into several smaller events, or a part of a buy-in into a pricier foray.
Not quite as versatile, yet still rewarding, are 6:00 PM weekend qualifiers to any $1,000 or $1,500 event. And night owls will be pleased to note that turbo satellites will run nightly at 10:30 PM and 11:30 PM, and reward $1,000 in lammers to at least one player.
The earlier satty features a turbo R&A format, the latter is a super turbo R&A.
WSOP NV Main Event qualifiers
Lest we forget, WSOP NV will be hosting a series of qualifiers to poker’s equivalent of the Big Dance.
Each Saturday at 12:00 PM, a special $200 buy-in satellite will be held in which at least one participant will win their right to play in the Main Event. Unlike most other qualifiers, the Main Event satellite is a re-entry only event.
Late risers need not worry about being online when the starting bell rings, as late registration will last two hours.
Then, on Sunday July 5 the site will play referee to the 25 Seat Scramble, which as the name implies, will award at least 25 seats to the Main. At a $185 + $15 price point, the re-entry event will require 1,351 participants to meet its guarantee, so it’s possible to find good value here.
That being said, last year’s higher buy-in, single entry event drew an astonishing 1,235 players.
Those who would rather not ante up $200 for the Scramble can satellite in via July 3’s $30 buy-in, 25 ticket guaranteed sub-qualifying event.
Can WSOP.com NJ players qualify as well?
Fear not, East Coasters. WSOP.com in New Jersey has rolled out its own WSOP qualifier schedule, and while it is not nearly as extensive as the one showcased in Nevada, it comes with an extra perk not available to Silver State players.
Each Sunday at 5:00 PM from May 31 to June 28, WSOP NJ will host a satellite awarding a Main Event ticket to at least one winner.
In addition, winners will receive $2,000 in spending cash to be used for travel expenses.
WSOP.com Online Championship
Complimenting the live Series will be what amounts to the most extensive online tournament series to hit the US regulated market since its inception some two years ago.
The WSOP.com Online Championship will span 90 events, and cover the period from May 31 – June 29. Events will be hosted at a clip of three per day, and will run at 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM daily. Both NLHE and PLO formats will be featured.
The Online Championship will be hosted in both Nevada and New Jersey, although Nevada will feature the larger total guaranteed prize pool ($535,000 vs. $250,000).
In addition, the top five finishers in each tournament, regardless of market, will receive entry to an exclusive WSOP National Championship freeroll to be held on July 3.
The winner of that wins $500 cash and the opportunity to win WSOP gold at the WSOP National Championship Main Event at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino in North Carolina, with the final table televised by ESPN.
Be on the lookout for satellites to Online Championship events.
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