WSOP Online Circuit 2021: 12 monthly series, 180 rings, 1 bracelet, and millions of dollars guaranteed

Ringing In 2021 With WSOP Online Super Circuit

2020 was a game changer for the gambling industry in a lot of ways, some positive and some negative. One major development was the World Series of Poker moving its events online.

The summer’s twin bracelet series – one on the other on GGPoker – was a massive, record-smashing success. By now, you’d be forgiven for having forgotten what came before. Prior to settling on that plan as a substitute for the traditional summer at the Rio All-Suites, WSOP first moved its Circuit events online as a test run of sorts.

That, too, proved immensely successful. So much so that WSOP has committed to repeating the experiment throughout 2021, even if the pandemic abates and the summer’s bracelet events can play out in person as usual.

The WSOP Online Circuit Series for 2021 will play out in 13 parts. The first dozen series are spaced at approximately one-month intervals, with a final single-day invitational to be held on December 28 to cap off the year.

Each individual series consists of at least 12 events, each awarding a gold Circuit ring to the winner. Each quarter, one series has been dubbed a Super Circuit Series, and with six additional events on the schedule. All twelve culminate in a $25,000 Circuit Stars invitational freeroll for the top performers.

Counting the invitationals, the total for the year will be 180 rings, which is fewer WSOP awarded in recent live seasons of the Circuit. On the other hand, if circumstances allow, we might see live Circuit stops resume alongside the online series.

Online ring events are an even more recent phenomenon for WSOP than online bracelets. The first online bracelet event took place in 2015, yet the first opportunity for players to win a ring in online play was in 2018, in New Jersey.

Win the first WSOPC ring of 2021 tonight!

The first leg of the season is just about to get underway at 4 PM this afternoon for players in Nevada, 7 PM in New Jersey. This opening event is an 8-Max No-Limit Hold’em event with a $500 buy-in and up to three re-entries. It guarantees $75,000 in the prize pool, as well as the coveted ring.

This is also the Winter Super Circuit, so there are 18 events in total, running across as many days. It will conclude on January 31, leaving players a little over two weeks to rest before the next leg of the season. That one, called the Planet Hollywood Circuit, kicks off on February 17.

Below is the full schedule for the current leg. Details for the others will be released shortly before each leg begins.

Jan 14$500NLHE BIG $500 Kick-Off 8-Max3$75k
Jan 15$215Limit O8 or Better 8-Max3$40k
Jan 16$320NLHE Double Stack2$100k
Jan 17$215NLHE Monster Stack2$125k
Jan 18$250NLHE Freezeout0$50k
Jan 19$1,000NLHE High Roller 6-Max2$100k
Jan 20$500PLO BIG $500 6-Max2$50k
Jan 21$320NLHE3$75k
Jan 22$300NLHE Knockout Freezeout2$50k
Jan 23$320NLHE Double Stack0$100k
Jan 24$525NLHE Monster Stack 8-Max2$150k
Jan 25$215NLHE Deep Turbo3$50k
Jan 26$2,000NLHE Super High Roller 6-Max2$100k
Jan 27$215NLHE2$75k
Jan 28$320NLHE 6-Max2$75k
Jan 29$250NLHE Turbo2$50k
Jan 30$320NLHE Double Stack2$100k
Jan 31$525NLHE Main Event 8-Max3$250k

The year ahead for ring hunters

As mentioned, the legs of the series are spaced so as to make this a more or less monthly affair. The exact timing of each shifts around a bit, however. Aside from the four Super Series and the year-end Championship, each leg is named for a casino where WSOP traditionally hosts live Circuit stops.

Each leg also features some additional ways to win money and potentially an entry to the season finale.

$10,000 Monthly Leaderboard

A final table appearance or deep run in any ring event earns players points towards a monthly leaderboard. This uses the same system as the live Circuit, with 50 points for the winner down to 15 points for 9th, and 10 points for anyone in the top 20% of in-the-money players but not at the final table.

The prize is split between the top ten players on the leaderboard, and consists of tournament tickets rather than cash.

$25,000 Monthly Circuit Stars Freeroll

A few days after the end of each leg, WSOP will host a freeroll with an additional $25,000 up for grabs. All players who’ve won a ring during the corresponding leg receive an entry, as do all players who won a prize on the leaderboard. Naturally, each player can only win a single entry, so the total number of participants can vary.

Monthly Second Chance Fast Forward

Finally, anyone who played in at least four events in a single leg but did not win a ring or leaderboard prize can play a winner-take-all event held alongside the monthly freeroll. This has no cash prizes, but awards the winner an entry to the year-end Championship.

$250,000 WSOP Online Circuit Championship

On December 28, the Circuit season will conclude with a special invitational Gold Bracelet event. Up to 256 players will participate, qualifying by one of the following methods:

  • Winning a ring event or Circuit Stars freeroll
  • Finishing first on any monthly leaderboard
  • Winning a Second Chance Fast Forward freeroll
  • Finishing in the top 50 of a Cumulative Circuit Leaderboard, which counts all 12 legs.

The full calendar for the year is as follows:

DatesName RingsFreeroll Date
Jan 14-31Winter Online Super Circuit18Feb 2
Feb 17-28Planet Hollywood Circuit12Mar 2
Mar 19-30Silver Legacy Circuit12Apr 1
Apr 10-27Spring Online Super Circuit18Apr 29
May 8-25Caesars A.C. Circuit12May 27
June 10-27Summer Online Super Circuit18June 29
July 16-27Bally's Circuit12July 29
Aug 20-31Rio Circuit12Sep 2
Sep 15-26Caesars L.V. Circuit12Sep 28
Oct 9-26Fall Online Super Circuit18Oct 28
Nov 10-21Paris Las Vegas Circuit12Nov 23
Dec 8-19Harrah's L.V. Circuit12Dec 21
Dec 28Year End ChampionshipN/AN/A
- Alex is a journalist from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. Now site runner for Online Poker Report, he has been writing about poker and the online gambling industry in various capacities since 2014.
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