WSOP's US Online Bracelet Series includes a $1 million single event guarantee, the highest in the history of US regulated markets

WSOP Releases Full Schedule For US Portion Of Online Bracelet Series, To Run Throughout July

This week, the World Series of Poker unveiled full details for one component of this year’s series. Online bracelet events for US players will run daily throughout July, and now we have all the specifics.

The series begins on July 1 with The Big 500 Kick-Off. It concludes on Aug. 1 with the $1 million guaranteed Grand Finale, which likewise comes with a $500 price tag.

That makes for a total of 33 events, factoring in the Double Bracelet Day on July 25. Buy-ins start at $333 and run up to a maximum of $7,777.

Last year was the first time WSOP hosted a standalone online bracelet series. That was due to the postponement (and ultimately, cancellation) of the main series due to COVID-19. Its 31 events smashed all sorts of US records, and this year’s may well do better still, with a slightly larger schedule and more advance planning. The million-dollar guarantee on the Grand Final is itself a first for the legal US online poker market.

Unfortunately, this year’s series will only be available to players physically located in New Jersey and Nevada. Although Michigan is working on joining those states for shared poker traffic, it will likely take until the end of the year. With luck, it and perhaps Pennsylvania will be able to join WSOP’s All American Poker Network before the 2022 series.

The full schedule for the 2021 US online bracelet events is available at the bottom of this article.

A World Series unlike any previous year

This year’s main series is once again postponed until fall. Hopefully, it will actually happen this time around. WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart’s described those plans, and the role of the online series, as follows:

“Poker deserves a big finish to 2021 and we’re looking to heat things up this summer. We expect to offer great value tournaments as well as comprehensive satellites to qualify for Las Vegas in the Fall.”

Assuming the live events do in fact take place, this will be a year unlike any other for the WSOP. The number of online bracelets has increased every year since the first one was awarded in 2015. However, there was never a standalone series of such bracelets until last year, and this will be the first time that WSOP hosts both a live and an online series in the same year.

The live events should begin on Sep. 30 and run through Nov. 23. There’s no word so far about whether these will also be interspersed with online bracelet events, as they would be in a normal year.

There is, however, a separate series of online WSOP Circuit ring events running throughout the year.

Furthermore, WSOP has now confirmed that there will be a separate online bracelet series for international players. Last year, this was hosted by GGPoker and its Main Event produced the biggest prize pool in online poker history. It’s not clear if WSOP will go with GGPoker again this year, but it promises that “news regarding the partnership and dates for the international component” will be available in a matter of weeks.

A series of phases

One interesting aspect of the schedule is that it’s divided into a series of distinct phases. Three are what WSOP calls theme weeks, with some shorter blocks of events in between.

This is a different approach than the company normally takes with its schedules for the live series. There, it typically tries to spread marquee events throughout the series and avoid having too many similar events in a block.

However, it’s the same goal underlying the different approaches, which is to make it as easy as possible for players to participate in every event which interests them. For the live series, that means avoiding overlap between similar events.

Online, however, the events are shorter, and for the most part there is only one starting each day. Since players have to be in New Jersey or Nevada to participate, we can anticipate that some will be traveling to play. Not every traveling player will want to attend the entire series however. By stringing similar events together, WSOP makes it easy to pack more of them into a short trip.

Here’s how the series breaks down:

Premiere Week (July 1-8)

The series opens with what are sure to be crowd pleaser events. These eight tournaments mostly have buy-ins in the $500 to $1000 range, save for one $2000 event. They’re all No-Limit Hold’em, and several offer deep stacks and/or a fast structure.

Micro Madness (July 9-11)

Following Premiere Week is a series of three events featuring the lowest buy-ins on the schedule. The cheapest of these, Event #10, costs just $333 to enter, while the other two have a $400 buy-in.

Event #11 has “ultra deep” starting stacks. It should therefore offer the best value on the schedule in terms of expected play time for your dollar if it’s fun you’re after.

PLO Week (July 12-21)

PLO Week is a bit of a misnomer on both counts. For one thing, it’s ten days long. For another, only three of ten events are actually Pot-Limit Omaha. The remainder are all No-Limit Hold’em.

It is true, however that most of the PLO events on the schedule fall into this middle portion of the series. All have sub-$1000 buy-ins, but some of the series’ pricier NLHE events fall alongside them. The most expensive of these is the $5,300 High Roller Freezeout.

The forgotten events (July 22-24)

WSOP has no special name for these three events, which is why we call them “forgotten.” They consist of a knockout, a turbo and a monster stack, all with buy-ins between $400 and $600.

Double Bracelet Day (July 25)

As the name suggests, July 25 is special because it’s the only day with two events. That’s presumably because only a very few players will be in the market for the $7,777 Lucky 7’s High Roller. For everyone else, there’s a reprise of the Big 500, using the same format as the series opener.

Championship Week (July 27-Aug. 1)

Naturally, the series will finish with a bang. Most players will consider the true Championship to be the full ring NLHE event on July 31. However, there are also additional Championships for the following formats:

  • Pot-Limit Omaha (the only such event outside of PLO Week)
  • High Roller
  • 8-Max Turbo Deepstack
  • 6-Max

There are also two events during the final week that don’t have the “Championship” designation: the $500 Summer Saver, and the aforementioned $500 Grand Finale with its seven-figure guarantee.

Full series schedule

PhaseDateBuy-InName/Format*
Premiere WeekJuly 1$500The Big 500 Kick-Off
July 2$600Monsterstack
July 3$500Turbo Deepstack
July 4$500Super Turbo
July 5$1,0008-Max
July 6$2,000Deepstack
July 7$777Lucky 7's
July 8$888Crazy Eights
Micro MadnessJuly 9$4006-Max
July 10$333(generic NLHE)
July 11$400Ultra Deepstack
PLO WeekJuly 12$500Turbo Deepstack
July 13$1,000Freezeout
July 14$500(generic NLHE)
July 15$5,300High Roller Freezeout
July 16$600PLO 6-Max
July 17$4008-Max
July 18$1,000North American Open
July 19$888PLO Crazy Eights - 8-Max
July 20$3,200High Roller
July 21$600PLO 6-Max
(nameless phase)July 22$600Knockout
July 23$500Turbo
July 24$400Monsterstack
Double Bracelet DayJuly 25 (a)$7,777Lucky 7's High Roller
July 25 (b)$500The Big 500 Encore
Championship WeekJuly 26$1,000PLO Championship
July 27$3,200High Roller Championship
July 28$8008-Max Turbo Deep Champ.
July 29$6006-Max Championship
July 30$500Summer Saver
July 31$1,000CHAMPIONSHIP
Aug. 1$500Grand Finale ($1M GTD)
- Alex is a journalist from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. Now site runner for OnlinePokerReport, he has been writing about poker and the online gambling industry in various capacities since 2014.
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