Online poker players in New Jersey will get the first of likely only two cracks at winning a World Series of Poker bracelet from the Garden State this weekend.
WSOP.com NJ is hosting a $400 No Limit Hold’em event on June 2 with a WSOP bracelet going to the winner.
The event is open to players inside the states of Nevada and NJ only.
It is a single-day online tournament scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. EST. The WSOP is allowing players up to three re-entries. Registration and re-entry are open for three hours and 45 minutes past the start time.
The WSOP is also allowing players inside New Jersey to register and play in its $600 Pot Limit Omaha tournament scheduled for June 9.
WSOP.com bracelet event structures
The June 2 $400 WSOP.com Online No-Limit Hold’em event offers players 15,000-chip starting stacks and 15-minute levels. It is officially event No. 7 on the 2019 WSOP schedule.
The June 9 $600 WSOP.com Online Pot Limit Omaha 6-Handed tournament is event No. 24 on the 2019 WSOP schedule. The WSOP has also scheduled this event to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET with registration and re-entry open for three hours and 45 minutes past the start time.
However, this event features unlimited re-entry.
Players will start with 20,000 in tournament chips, and the levels will be 15 minutes throughout.
Nine 2019 events, but only two for NJ players
There are actually nine online bracelet events in the 2019 WSOP schedule.
When the WSOP first released that schedule in February, it claimed eligibility for the nine events had yet to be determined for players in New Jersey.
In early May, WSOP officials announced the two online events scheduled before June 14 would be open to players in both Nevada and New Jersey. June 14 is the deadline the Department of Justice has set for legal US online gambling operators to comply with its latest opinion on the Wire Act.
That new opinion is that the Wire Act applies to all forms of interstate online gambling. That would presumably make any online gambling activity that crosses state lines against the law.
Interstate online poker tournaments such as the WSOP’s online bracelet events fit that bill. Although, the DOJ has yet to make it clear if and how it plans to enforce the opinion.
For now, it appears the WSOP plans to comply fully. And the seven other online bracelet events scheduled after June 14 will be open to players inside Nevada only.
But an NJ-based winner can so totally happen
Mendez won the event playing from inside New Jersey. That made him the first NJ online poker player ever to win an open WSOP bracelet event outside of Las Vegas.
Mendez collected a $135,077 first-place prize alongside his first WSOP bracelet. The event drew a total of 1,223 entries and re-entries creating a prize pool of $635,960. There were actually 657 unique entries and 566 re-entries.
The WSOP held only four online bracelet events during the 2018 WSOP. They were all open to players inside New Jersey for the first time, helping all four break entry records.
New Jersey players represented 858 unique entries across the four events.
The WSOP has scheduled the seven other online bracelet events throughout the 2019 WSOP for June 16, 19, 23 and 30, and July 3, 7 and 14.