The WSOP and GGPoker came together with a lot of organizational effort for a hybrid online live main event. Instead of making the usual pilgrimage to colorful Las Vegas, the players took part in the tournaments online and then met at a live final table. The 51st edition of the world’s most popular poker tournament series was therefore significantly different from the previous tournament series due to the pandemic.
What was new was that players from outside the USA could also take part in the online bracelet events. These events were held on the GGPoker platform. And players in the two US states of New Jersey and Nevada played a different series of online bracelet events on WSOP.com, just as they had in previous years. Spread over the two different online poker platforms, a total of 85 online bracelet events took place.
The WSOP.Com Online Poker Event
In 2020, most of the World Series of Poker events were played over the internet between July 1 and September 6, 2020. Unfortunately, the traditional summer festival of live events, which usually takes place in June and July in a suburb of Las Vegas, had to be canceled. Although the organizers remained optimistic that the live WSOP events would take place in the fall, it was unfortunately not possible.
It all started in early July when US players played for a WSOP gold bracelet on WSOP.com. A total of 31 bracelet events were held for the US players. They all had to be physically located in the two states. The organizers also organized a bracelet event every day in July, which kept the tension high.
101 tournaments were held with the poker variants No-Limit-Hold’em, Pot-Limit Omaha, Razz Seven Card Stud, 2-7 Lowball Draw and various mixed poker variants such as HORSE, 8- and 9-Game.
The Online Poker Event Ggpoker
The internationally dispersed players had their first opportunity to participate in an online WSOP bracelet event on July 19th. It was hosted by GGPoker, the fastest growing online poker network in recent years. The schedule for all of these events extended through September 6th. The tournament was particularly interesting as it broke many records.
Of the total of 85 bracelets that could be won in the COVID year 2020, 54 were intended for the GGPoker tournaments alone. The many different events, some of which went down in history, were also interesting. For example, the $ 50 Big 50 was the lowest buy-in event in WSOP history. For the first time there was also a total of four so-called “People’s Choice” tournaments. The international players could vote on which game they wanted to play.
The GGPoker Online series peaked on August 16 when the $ 5,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event began. This event had a guaranteed prize pool of $ 25 million, making it the historically largest in online poker. Interested viewers were able to stream the games of the 12 final tables of the series live via Poker Central and GGPoker.TV.