Online Super Circuit takes the place of live WSOP-C events

WSOP Circuit Pulls Plug On Live Events, Pulls Together Online Super Circuit

The World Series of Poker is making sweeping changes to the remainder of its WSOP Circuit schedule amid concerns over the spread of COVID-19.

Most notable is the addition of the Online Super Circuit, a full festival of gold ring events offered through the WSOP/888 poker clients. The series — including a Main Event with $200,000 guaranteed — will be available to online poker players in New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware beginning March 14.

Meanwhile, the ongoing live series at Hard Rock Tulsa looks like it could be the last Circuit stop of the season. Most events between now and the scheduled start of the 2020 WSOP — including some that were ongoing — have been suspended or canceled.

News of the changes came via a statement from Editor-in-Chief Seth Palansky late Friday evening.

WSOP Online Super Circuit

The WSOP Online Super Circuit features $1.24 million in guaranteed prize pools spread across 18 events in as many days. Buy-ins start at $215, with a pair of $1,000 High Roller events at the top of the range. That flagship Main Event — one of two with a six-figure guarantee — costs $525 to enter.

There’s also a point of intrigue within the eligibility requirements.

While Nevada and New Jersey have shared online ring (and bracelet) events for a couple years, Delaware has historically been left out of the equation. The Online Super Circuit will mark the first time Delaware players on the 888 Poker client will be able to compete for a piece of WSOP jewelry from home.

Here’s the full schedule of events:

DateTime PST#Buy-inGameEventRe-EntryGuarantee
Mar. 144 PM1$320NLHDouble Stack2x$50,000
Mar. 152 PM2$215NLHMonster Stack2x$50,000
Mar. 164 PM3$215NLHDeep Turbo2x$50,000
Mar. 174 PM4$1,000NLHHigh Roller (6-Max)2x$75,000
Mar. 184 PM5$215NLH2x$50,000
Mar. 194 PM6$320NLH2x$50,000
Mar. 204 PM7$215PLO6-Max2x$30,000
Mar. 214 PM8$320NLHDouble Stack2x$75,000
Mar. 222 PM9$525NLHMonster Stack3x$150,000
Mar. 234 PM10$250NLHFreezeout--$30,000
Mar. 244 PM11$500NLHBIG $5003x$75,000
Mar. 254 PM12$215NLH2x$50,000
Mar. 264 PM13$320NLH6-Max2x$75,000
Mar. 274 PM14$250NLHTurbo2x$50,000
Mar. 284 PM15$320NLH2x$75,000
Mar. 292 PM16$525NLHMain Event3x$200,000
Mar. 304 PM17$300NLHKnockout--$30,000
Mar. 314 PM18$1,000NLHGrand Finale HR2x$75,000

All ring events count for points toward the Global Casino Championship leaderboard, including automatic bids for the Main Event winner and Casino Champion.

WSOP Circuit season interrupted

With the good online news comes some bad news about live poker.

Efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus have impacted nearly every global industry, of course, including gambling. Casinos in some parts of the world have already been shuttered, a trend that is actively unfolding in the US as this story is being written.

As such, the WSOP has essentially cut the 2019-20 Circuit season short. Three events that were in progress are now suspended:

  • Harrah’s Atlantic City (March 5-16)
  • King’s Resort (March 5-23)
  • Bicycle Hotel & Casino (March 7-18)

While all three of those events are expected to resume at a later date, most of the remaining events in the 2019-20 season are indefinitely postponed. That list includes:

  • Bally’s Las Vegas (March 19-30)
  • Harrah’s Cherokee (April 8-20)
  • Casino Barriere Le Croisette (April 9-19)

There is no update regarding the planned stop at Horseshoe Council Bluffs at the tail end of March.

2020 WSOP still on?

For now, the 2020 World Series of Poker is also “scheduled to be held as planned” at Rio Las Vegas.

The 51st Annual series is slated to be the largest in history too, with 101 bracelet events on the docket — including a record 14 online.

Per its statement on Friday, the company will provide further updates as they become necessary.

- Eric is a reporter and writer covering regulated US gambling, sports betting, and DFS. He comes from a poker background, formerly on staff at PokerNews and the World Poker Tour.
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