WSOP Circuit Goes Online in September
Each year, the World Series of Poker follows its summer events with a WSOP Circuit series that travels the United States. Each tour stop offers approximately one dozen tournaments with varying buy-ins and offers WSOP gold rings to the winners.
The 2018/2019 WSOP Circuit season is its 15th, and it began on August 2 at Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina. There will be 28 stops in all, each featuring tournaments ranging from $250 to $1,125 buy-ins for preliminary events, each with a $1,700 buy-in Main Event, and some even offering high-roller events with buy-ins as high as $5,300. And for the ninth year, the season will end with a Global Casino Championship that invites WSOP-C winners and top leaderboard finishers to compete in a $1 million freeroll tournament.
While the WSOP has tried to introduce something new each season, this year’s addition builds on its contribution to the new US online poker market. The stop scheduled for September 18-30 is a virtual one that will take place online at WSOP.com for players in New Jersey and Nevada.
— WSOP (@WSOP) September 4, 2018
WSOP-C Online Schedule
The first-ever Online Circuit will take place over 13 days during the latter half of September and offer more than $700K in guarantees for the 13 events. Action will begin on September 18 and run through the 30th of the month with one event daily as follows:
–Event 1: $200 NLHE Knockout ($12,500 GTD) – September 18
–Event 2: $215 NHE ($25K GTD) – September 19
–Event 3: $320 NLHE 6-Max ($35K GTD) – September 20
–Event 4: $250 NLHE Turbo ($25K GTD) – September 21
–Event 5: $320 NLHE Double Stack ($50K GTD) – September 22
–Event 6: $320 NLHE Monster Stack ($100K GTD) – September 23
–Event 7: $215 NLHE Deep Turbo ($25K GTD) – September 24
–Event 8: $1K NLHE High Roller 6-Max ($75K GTD) – September 25
–Event 9: $215 NLHE ($30K GTD) – September 26
–Event 10: $320 NLHE ($40K GTD) – September 27
–Event 11: $215 PLO 6-Max ($25K GTD) – September 28
–Event 12: $320 NLHE Double Stack ($50K GTD) – September 29
–Event 13: $525 NLHE NLHE Main Event ($200K GTD) – September 30
Details for each event can be found on the WSOP website.
All of the tournaments allow reentries, though some are limited. Players must be physically located in the states of Nevada or New Jersey in order to compete, though they need not be a resident of either state.
Mark your calendars for the Online Circuit All Access Freerolls starting Sept 9. Buy-in to the entry tourney & get exclusive access to a week of freerolls that award cash and tournament tickets into the Online Circuit. NJ: https://t.co/wnLZiggcS7 NV: https://t.co/oBCo0on4OO pic.twitter.com/Qn6x860qIK
— WSOP.com (@WSOPcom) September 6, 2018
Record Online Events in 2018
Not only is 2018 the first year that the WSOP is incorporating its online events into the WSOP Circuit, it was a record year for events at the summer series as well.
The WSOP began adding online events to its summer schedules in 2016, though that year featured only one and there were three offered in 2017. In 2018, there were four online events, and it was the first time that New Jersey players could also compete via the newly-launched interstate online poker network.
Those four reentry tournaments drew 6,310 entries in total, of which more than 4,300 were unique players. The vast majority of them played from Nevada, but New Jersey players not only contributed to significant prize pools, one of the winners took first place from that East Coast state. More than $4.6 million was awarded over the four tournaments, which were:
Event 10: $365 WSOP.com Online NLHE
–Total entries: 2,972 (Unique = 2,123, Reentries = 849)
–Total prize pool: $974,816
–Players paid: 333
–Winner: William “Twooopair” Reymond ($154,996)
Event 47: $565 WSOP.com Online PLO Six-Handed
–Total entries: 1,223 (Unique = 657, Reentries = 566)
–Total prize pool: $635,960
–Players paid: 99
–Winner: Matthew “mendey” Mendez ($135,077)
Event 61: $1K WSOP.com Online NLHE Championship
–Total entries: 1,635 (Unique = 1,180, Reentries = 455)
–Total prize pool: $1,553,250
–Players paid: 180
–Winner: Ryan “Toosick” Tosoc ($238,778)
Event 63: $3,200 WSOP.com Online NLHE High Roller
–Total entries: 480 (Unique = 356, Reentries = 124)
–Total prize pool: $1,459,200
–Players paid: 63
–Winner: Chance “BingShui” Kornuth ($341,598)
As the WSOP Online Circuit plays out later this month, it will be interesting to note the participation in each of the two states, the number of unique players and total prize pools, and the ability of the series to maintain enthusiasm throughout the two weeks of tournaments.
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