21 Apr

WSOP Releases 2021 Online Schedule

Poker in North America – 2021 WSOP Online Schedule Released

2021 WSOP Online Schedule ReleasedThe WSOP is going to look a little different this year. Tournament organizers have just released the schedule for 2021. Unsurprisingly, a vast number of events will be held online. In fact, the traditional summer schedule has been reserved for online play, running from early July to August. Live poker events (that normally being in May) won’t begin until the end of September, and will continue through the late November.

The reasoning behind the altered, heavily-digitized schedule, goes largely without saying. It would be practically impossible to host live tournaments within the Rio Las Vegas, while maintaining social distancing guidelines. According to WSOP organizers, pushing the live event dates back to the fall will give them greater opportunity to consult with the Nevada Health Department as to the best means of responsibly hosting the world’s most prestigious poker festival.

Poker deserves a big finish to 2021 and we’re looking to heat things up this summer. We expect to offer great value tournaments as well as comprehensive satellites to qualify for Las Vegas in the Fall.”
Ty Stewart, WSOP Executive Director

2021 WSOP Online Schedule – 33 Bracelet Events

The digitized edition of this year’s WSOP will see 33 events taking place from July 1 to August 1, 2021. One new event will begin each and every day, with just one exception – July 25. On that day, the schedule will host dual, single-day events. The first is the Lucky 7’s High Roller, featuring a buy-in of $7,777. The other one is an “Encore” edition of the opening-day Big 500 Kick-Off.

The summer’s online schedule will not feature a true “Main Event” – at least, not in the traditional sense. Instead, the final week of action is being dubbed “Championship Week”. From July 26 to 31, events #27 thru #32 are all Championship Events, starting with the $1,000 PLO Championship and $3,200 NLHE High Roller Championship, and rounding out with the $1,000 NLHE Championship. The series winds down on Sunday, August 1, with the $500 NLHE Grand Finale.

The $1k NLHE Championship is shaping up to be the equivalent of a WSOP Online Main Event. Despite (or maybe because of) its 1/10th price tag, it’s anticipated that this tournament may attract enough buy-ins and re-buys to closely mimic the field and prize pool of a traditional WSOP ‘Main Event’.

2021 Online World Series to Smash Records?

Last year – under remarkably unprecedented circumstances, of course – the 2020 WSOP Online Series crushed all previous records. Tournament organizers installed a staggering new high of 31 online bracelet events, which ended up generating a whopping $26,871,265 in prize pools; an average of more than $865,000 per event. Those numbers earned the 2020 rendition the unofficial title of ‘the largest online poker series ever held in regulated US markets’.

This year, the online schedule boasts 33 events, guaranteeing a minimum of $1 million in prizes. However, there’s no doubt actual amount will exceed that guarantee long before the action is over. More likely, the prize pools will combine to surpass, if not smash, last year’s records.

How To Play Online WSOP Events

The internet-based edition of the 2021 WSOP bracelet events will take place on the All-American Poker Network. Due to state-by-state regulations regarding online poker and geolocation guidelines, only players who are physically located within the borders of Nevada or New Jersey will be able to participate.

Any player who resides outside of these two states are welcome to travel to an authorized location. However, it is strongly advised to test your account and geolocation services to ensure accurate and seamless connectivity before registering for any online events, thereby avoiding any potential problems once the tournament commences.

According to WSOP.com, it is possible players could be permitted to partake in the online series from other states. An official statement on the matter reads:

News about availability of WSOP.COM in additional states will be released pending regulatory approval.”

Official 2021 WSOP Online Bracelet Events Schedule

Premier Week
Having had more time to prepare for an expanded online series in 2021, tournament organizers chose to group events into thematic segments. The first is Premier Week, followed by Micro Madness, PLO Week, and other themed groupings. To signify the individual themes, I’ve color-coded the Event #s of each section on the schedule to denote which thematic portion they fall into. Please note that Events 22 to 24 were not given a theme. To avoid confusion, I’ve placed them in a “Standard NLHE” section.
Micro Madness
PLO Week
Standard NLHE
Double Bracelet Day
Championship Week
July 1
NLHE The Big 500 Kick-Off
July 2
NLHE Monsterstack
July 3
NLHE Turbo Deepstack
July 4
NLHE Super Turbo
July 5
NLHE 8-Max
July 6
NLHE Deepstack
July 7
NLHE Lucky 7’s
July 8
NLHE Crazy 8’s
July 9
NLHE 6-Max
July 10
July 11
NLHE Ultra Deepstack
July 12
NLHE Turbo Deepstack
July 13
NLHE Freezeout
July 14
July 15
NLHE High Roller Freezeout
July 16
PLO 6-Handed
July 17
NLHE 8-Max
July 18
NLHE North American Open
July 19
PLO Crazy 8’s 8-Handed
July 20
NLHE High Roller
July 21
PLO 6-Handed
July 22
NLHE Knockout
July 23
NLHE Turbo
July 24
NLHE Monsterstack
July 25
NLHE Lucky 7’s High Roller
July 25
NLHE The Big 500 Encore
July 26
PLO Championship
July 27
NLHE High Roller Championship
July 28
NLHE 8-Max Turbo Deepstack Championship
July 29
NLHE 6-Max Championship
July 30
NLHE Summer Saver
July 31
NLHE Championship
Aug 1
NLHE Grand Finale
Learn More at WSOP.com

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