More rings, more cash in expanded online events.
The World Series of Poker had to pivot the Main Event to a hybrid online/in-person format last year because of the pandemic, allowing the best poker players across the globe to compete for the coveted World Championship bracelet. After executing a successful Main Event in 2020, organizers have decided to keep a good thing going and are expanding their online tournament offerings in 2021.
WSOP.COM is the official home for a comprehensive new season of WSOP Circuit Events in the United States, with incentives and a championship model reminiscent of its live counterpart. The WSOP Online Circuit Series will have an online festival monthly in 2021 in the Nevada and New Jersey markets, and an additional 13th online circuit event is earmarked pending launch of the WSOP.COM service in a newly regulated market.
With comprehensive leaderboards and ranking systems, the 13 online events will include added prize money and more than 180 WSOP Gold Rings. All tournament series will feature 12 official WSOP Gold Ring events. Four special “Super Circuits” will have an expanded slate of 18 Gold Ring events, including $1,000 and $2,000 high roller events and a $500 PLO tournament. “Players deserve great tournaments and great value year-round, and that’s what we aim to do with the 2021 WSOP Online Circuit Series,” said Ty Stewart, WSOP Executive Director. “We’ve been thrilled with the big prize pools for WSOP.COM events in 2020, and we only expect to see that grow with this new model.”
In total, the WSOP Online Circuit Series will offer over $600,000 in added prize money across a variety of promotions and events. Each Gold Ring event will assign leaderboard points for “in the money” performances, which will be tracked to create eligibility for freeroll events and other incentives.