New Jersey online poker players have one last shot at winning a 2019 World Series of Poker bracelet from the Garden State this weekend.
Earlier this year, one NJ player walked away with a bracelet. Yong Kwon beat 15-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth in the $400 WSOP Online No-Limit Hold ’em event in June.
But that was back when the Wire Act case had interstate poker play in limbo. That’s no longer the case, which means this final online event is worth a look.
WSOP’s online Summer Saver event
WSOP.com is hosting its $500 WSOP Online No-Limit Hold ’em Summer Saver event beginning at 6:30 p.m. EST on Sunday, July 14.
Like the other eight WSOP online bracelet events held during the 2019 series, this final one is open to anybody inside New Jersey or Nevada.
Registration and re-entry are open for three hours and 45 minutes past the start time. Players are entitled to re-enter up to three times.
The tournament features 20,000 chip-starting stacks and 15-minute blind levels. It is a one-day tournament, which means a WSOP bracelet winner will likely be crowned sometime in the wee hours Monday morning.
New Jersey online poker players, who care more about the money than the glory, can also take part in a special event added to the WSOP.com tournament schedule this weekend.
On Sunday, WSOP.com will host a $300,000 Guaranteed Summer Send-Off tournament, offering players the chance to end the summer on a high note.
The $525 buy-in event begins at 2 p.m. local time.
WSOP.com is also offering players the chance to get in for free with freeroll satellites running through Saturday at 4 p.m. local time.
There are $10 satellites at 5:15 p.m. today and tomorrow. Plus, there’s a 25-Seat Mega Satellite event at 3 p.m. tomorrow with a $33 buy-in.
Online bracelet events in New Jersey
In May, WSOP brass said only two of the nine online events on its schedule would be open to players in the NJ online poker market. Both were scheduled before June 14, the deadline the Department of Justice (DOJ) had set for online gambling operators to comply with its latest opinion on the Wire Act.
The DOJ has since moved the enforcement deadline to 2020 and all nine events became open to players in both Nevada and New Jersey.
That DOJ’s latest opinion is that the Wire Act applies to all forms of interstate online gambling. That would make any online gambling activity that crosses state lines against the law. It remains to be seen how the DOJ will enforce the opinion and how that will affect WSOP.com online bracelet events in 2020.
The WSOP jumped from four online bracelet events in 2018 to nine this year. The four events, similar to last year’s, broke records for the second year in a row.
Here’s a look at the eight WSOP.com online bracelet events already held, so far, during the 2019 WSOP:
$400 WSOP.com Online No-Limit Hold ’em
Prize pool: $1,017,000
Winner: Yong Keun Kwon ($165,263)
$600 WSOP.com Online Pot-Limit Omaha Six-Handed
Prize pool: $656,640
Winner: Josh Pollock ($139,470)
$600 WSOP.com Online No-Limit Hold ’em Knockout Bounty
Prize pool: $673,200
Winner: Upeshka De Silva ($98,263)
$500 WSOP.com Online No-Limit Hold ’em Turbo Deepstack
Prize pool: $795,180
Winner: Daniel Lupo ($145,274)
$1,000 WSOP.com Online No-Limit Hold ’em Double Stack
Prize pool: $1,266,350
Winner: Jason Gooch ($241,493)
$1,000 WSOP.com Online No-Limit Hold ’em Championship
Prize pool: $1,662,500
Winner: Nicholas Baris ($303,739)
$3,200 WSOP.com Online No-Limit Hold ’em High Roller
Prize pool: $1,802,720
Winner: Brandon Adams ($411,561)
$800 WSOP.com Online No-Limit Hold ’em Six-Handed
Prize pool: $1,170,000
Winner: Shawn Buchanan