Online Poker Report

2020 World Series Of Poker

The 2020 World Series of Poker had originally been planned as a series of 101 bracelet events.

Of those, 87 of the events were to have played out as usual at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. The other 14 were to be hosted online at WSOP.com, the most online bracelets ever for a WSOP. The 51st running of the WSOP was all set to be the largest in its history.

However the coronavirus pandemic and spread of COVID-19 forced a change in plans. In April while Las Vegas casinos were closed and there was uncertainty about the future, the WSOP confirmed its original schedule would be scrapped and the 2020 WSOP would be postponed.

Then in June came the announcement of a new series, 2020 WSOP Online, an 85-event series to play out from July through September across WSOP.com and GGPoker.

The WSOP has yet to abandon the idea of a live tournament series in 2020, but for now all of the scheduled action has moved online.

As such, this summer’s WSOP will be entirely unique not just because of the online-only format, but because not everyone will be eligible to play in the events due to geographical restrictions on participation at both WSOP.com and GGPoker.

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2020 WSOP Online Schedule: WSOP.com (July 1-31)

The first part of 2020 WSOP Online takes place on WSOP.com from July 1 to July 31, while the second half of the schedule will play out on GGPoker from July 19 to September 6.

The WSOP.com schedule features one event per day throughout July. Players in Nevada and New Jersey can compete in the events thanks to a multi-state poker alliance.

However those in Delaware who play on WSOP sister site 888 Poker will not be able to play the WSOP.com online bracelet events. Nor will players located anywhere outside of NV and NJ.

EventDateTimeEventBuy-In
1July 1 (W)3:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em Kick-Off$500
2July 2 (Th)3:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em 8-Handed Deepstack$1,000
3July 3 (F)3:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em$400
4July 4 (Sa)3:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em Super Turbo$500
5July 5 (Su)3:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em Freezeout$1,000
6July 6 (M)3:00 p.m.PLO8 6-Handed$600
7July 7 (Tu)3:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em Knockout Deepstack$800
8July 8 (W)3:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em Freezeout$500
9July 9 (Th)3:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em 6-Max$1,000
10July 10 (F)3:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em MonsterStack$600
11July 11 (Sa)3:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em Turbo Deepstack 6-Handed$500
12July 12 (Su)3:00 p.m.The BIG 500 No Limit Hold'em$500
13July 13 (M)3:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em High Roller Freezeout$1,500
14July 14 (Tu)3:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em High Roller$3,200
15July 15 (W)3:00 p.m.PLO 8-Max HR$1,000
16July 16 (Th)3:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em Turbo$500
17July 17 (F)3:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em$777
18July 18 (Sa)3:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em 8-Handed Turbo DeepStack$1,000
19July 19 (Su)3:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em$400
20July 20 (M)3:00 p.m.PLO 6-Handed$500
21July 21 (Tu)3:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em 6-Handed$777
22July 22 (W)3:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em Turbo Deepstack$500
23July 23 (Th)3:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em Knockout$500
24July 24 (F)3:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em 8-Handed$400
25July 25 (Sa)3:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em Summer Saver$500
26July 26 (Su)3:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em Grande Finale$500
27July 27 (M)3:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em Freezeout$400
28July 28 (Tu)3:00 p.m.Omaha 8 6-Max$1,000
29July 29 (W)3:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em Turbo Deepstack 6-Handed$600
30July 30 (Th)3:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em Seniors Event$500
31July 31 (F)3:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em Championship$1,000

2020 WSOP Online Schedule: GGPoker (July 19-Sept. 6)

A total of 54 bracelet events will take place on GGPoker starting Sunday, July 19.

GGPoker first launched in 2014 and originally focused on players in China and Southeast Asia. More recently it has expanded its reach to countries in the rest of Asia, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, and the Americas.

GGPoker actually refers to the GGPoker Network, which includes other skins including Natural8 and BestPoker.

There are approximately 30 countries where GGPoker is not available. The United States is one of the countries from which GGPoker prohibits players from playing.

Like WSOP.com, GGPoker does not spread stud or draw games, which limits available variants to either hold’em or Omaha. However GGPoker does feature short-deck hold’em, a.k.a. 6+ hold’em, and there are a couple of short deck events on the schedule.

EventDateTimeEventBuy-In
1July 19 (Su)2:30 p.m.No Limit Hold'em - The Opener [Final Day], $2M GTD$100
2July 19 (Su)2:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em - Every 1 for Covid Relief [Caesars Cares]$1,111
3July 19 (Su)4:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em - Super Turbo Bounty 6-Max$525
4July 21 (Tu)2:00 p.m.Pot-Limit Omaha - Championship$5,000
5July 22 (W)2:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em - FIFTY STACK$1,500
6July 23 (Th)2:00 p.m.Pot Limit Omaha - Bounty$1,050
7July 25 (Sa)8:00 a.m.No Limit Hold'em - Monster Stack 6-Max$600
8July 26 (Su)8:00 a.m.No Limit Hold'em$1,500
9July 26 (Su)2:00 p.m.Pot Limit Omaha$2,500
10July 26 (Su)2:30 p.m.No Limit Hold'em - COLOSSUS [Day 2], $3M GTD$400
11July 26 (Su)3:00 p.m.Pot Limit Omaha - PLOSSUS [Day 2], $1M GTD$400
12July 28 (Tu)2:00 p.m.Short Deck No Limit Hold'em - Championship$10,000
13July 29 (W)2:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em - 6-Max$2,500
14July 30 (Th)2:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em - Bounty$840
15Aug 1 (Sa)8:00 a.m.No Limit Hold'em - Deepstack$500
16Aug 2 (Su)8:00 a.m.Short Deck No Limit Hold'em$1,000
17Aug 2 (Su)2:30 p.m.No Limit Hold'em - MILLIONAIRE MAKER [Day 2], $5M GTD, $1M to 1st$1,500
18Aug 2 (Su)4:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em - Turbo DeepStack$1,000
19Aug 4 (Tu)2:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em - Bounty Championship$2,100
20Aug 5 (W)2:00 p.m.Pot Limit Omaha$400
21Aug 6 (Th)2:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em$1,000
22Aug 8 (Sa)8:00 a.m.Pot Limit Omaha - Double Stack$800
25Aug 8 (Sa)2:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em - Heads Up Championship$10,000
23Aug 9 (Su)8:00 a.m.No Limit Hold'em - Asia Championship [Final Day], HK$8M GTDHK$8,000
24Aug 9 (Su)1:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em - GGMasters WSOP Edition [Freezeout], $1M GTD$150
26Aug 11 (Tu)2:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em - 6-Max Championship$5,000
27Aug 12 (W)2:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em - Double Stack$2,500
28Aug 13 (Th)2:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em - Bounty 6-Max$525
29Aug 15 (Sa)8:00 a.m.No Limit Hold'em - Monster Stack 6-Max$300
30Aug 16 (Su)2:00 p.m.Pot Limit Omaha$1,500
31Aug 16 (Su)2:30 p.m.Mini Main Event [Final Day], $5M GTD$500
32Aug 16 (Su)4:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em - Super Turbo Bounty$840
33Aug 18 (Tu)2:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em - Deepstack Championship$600
34Aug 19 (W)2:00 p.m.Pot Limit Omaha$800
35Aug 20 (Th)2:00 p.m.Limit Hold'em$500
36Aug 22 (Sa)8:00 a.m.No Limit Hold'em - Deepstack$500
37Aug 23 (Su)8:00 a.m.No Limit Hold'em - Marathon$1,500
38Aug 23 (Su)2:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em - POKER PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP, $10M GTD$25,000
39Aug 23 (Su)2:30 p.m.No Limit Hold'em - BIG 50 [Final Day], $1M GTD$50
40Aug 25 (Tu)2:00 p.m.Limit Hold'em - Championship$1,500
41Aug 26 (W)2:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em - 6-Max$1,000
42Aug 27 (Th)2:00 p.m.Pot Limit Omaha$1,500
43Aug 29 (Sa)8:00 a.m.No Limit Hold'em - Double Stack$300
44Aug 30 (Su)2:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em - FORTY STACK$400
45Aug 30 (Su)2:30 p.m.No Limit Hold'em - MAIN EVENT [Day 2], $25M GTD$5,000
46Aug 30 (Su)4:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em - Turbo 6-Max$1,000
47Sept 1 (Tu)2:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em - People's Choice Bracelet Event [Most Popular]TBA
48Sept 2 (W)2:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em - People's Choice Bracelet Event [Pros Vote]TBA
49Sept 3 (Th)2:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em - People's Choice Bracelet Event [Spin the Wheel]TBA
50Sept 5 (Sa)8:00 a.m.No Limit Hold'em - People's Choice Bracelet Event [Most Popular]TBA
51Sept 5 (Sa)2:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em - Beat the Pros [Bounty]$1,050
52Sept 6 (Su)2:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em - Super MILLION$, $5M GTD$10,000
53Sept 6 (Su)2:30 p.m.No Limit Hold'em - MILLION$ [Final Day], $2M GTD$100
54Sept 6 (Su)4:00 p.m.No Limit Hold'em - The Closer [LAST CHANCE]$500

All times ET.

How to watch the 2020 WSOP

Originally Poker Central and ESPN had plans to broadcast extensive coverage of the WSOP Main Event. Many hours were planned for both ESPN and ESPN2 and the online network PokerGO.

While there has been no announcement as yet regarding any online streaming of the WSOP.com events, GGPoker has announced a limited schedule of events to be streamed over Twitch at GGPoker.TV. The events may likewise be available on PokerGO. Some of the Twitch streams will air after the events’ completion.

Here is the Twitch streaming schedule for some of the WSOP Online Series events on GGPoker:

DateTimeEvent
July 23 (Th)2:00 p.m.#4: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha - Championship
July 25 (Sa)2:00 p.m.#2: $1,111 No Limit Hold'em - Every 1 for Covid Relief [Caesars Cares]
July 30 (Th)2:00 p.m.#12: $10,000 Short Deck No Limit Hold'em - Championship
Aug 1 (Sa)2:00 p.m.#10: $400 No Limit Hold'em - COLOSSUS [Day 2], $3M GTD
Aug 1 (Sa)2:00 p.m.#11: $400 Pot Limit Omaha - PLOSSUS [Day 2], $1M GTD
Aug 6 (Th)2:00 p.m.#19: $2,100 No Limit Hold'em - Bounty Championship
Aug 8 (Sa)2:00 p.m.#17: $1,500 No Limit Hold'em - MILLIONAIRE MAKER [Day 2], $5M GTD, $1M to 1st
Aug 13 (Th)2:00 p.m.#26: $5,000 No Limit Hold'em - 6-Max Championship
Aug 15 (Sa)2:00 p.m.#25: $10,000 No Limit Hold'em - Heads Up Championship
Aug 20 (Th)2:00 p.m.#33: $600 No Limit Hold'em - Deepstack Championship
Aug 27 (Th)2:00 p.m.#40: $1,500 Limit Hold'em - Championship
Aug 29 (Sa)2:00 p.m.#38: $25,000 No Limit Hold'em - POKER PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP, $10M GTD
Sept 5 (Sa)2:00 p.m.#45: $5,000 No Limit Hold'em - MAIN EVENT [Day 2], $25M GTD

All times ET.

Things to watch for during 2020 WSOP.com Online series

Looking through the schedule events happening on WSOP.com in July reveals a few items of note:

  • all events are 1-day events (no multi-day tournaments)
  • there are 27 no-limit hold’em events among the 31 total
  • the 4 Omaha events include two PLO, one PLO8, and one Omaha-8
  • event buy-ins range from $400 to $3,200
  • almost all (27 of 31) of the events allow players to re-enter either 2 or 3 times 
  • the $3,200 High Roller comes midway through the series on July 14
  • the $500 Grande Finale appears near the end on July 26, though it is not equivalent or analogous to the WSOP Main Event
  • the $500 Seniors Event on July 30 requires participants to be 50 years of age or older

A closer look at tournament structures for the WSOP.com online bracelet events reveals a few other items:

  • there will be regular antes (i.e., no “big blind ante”) in all of the no-limit hold’em events
  • all regular (i.e., non-turbo) no-limit hold’em events feature 15-minute levels, except for the High Roller that features 20-minute levels
  • events listed as “Turbo” have 8-minute levels; “Super Turbo” events have 6-minute levels
  • all four Omaha events have 20-minute levels (and no antes, of course)

Things to watch for during 2020 GGPoker Online series

The 54-event schedule of events taking place on GGPoker includes much bigger buy-ins throughout than is the case on WSOP.com.

There are also several multi-day events on GGPoker. Additionally, several events sport large guaranteed prize pools, highlighted by the Main Event’s $25 million guarantee.

  • 41 of the events are 1-day events, with the other 13 designated as either 2-day or 3-day events
  • the 1-day events each allow 2 re-entries, unless otherwise specified
  • 42 no-limit hold’em events appear among the 54 total
  • there are 8 pot-limit Omaha events and 2 fixed-limit hold’em events
  • there are 2 short deck hold’em events (July 28 and August 2)
  • event buy-ins range from $50 to $25,000
  • with that $25M guarantee, the Main Event will feature the largest prize pool in online poker history; it also features multiple starting flights that begin August 16

A few other details from the GGPoker schedule worth noting:

  • each player participating in a GGPoker WSOP bracelet event will be asked to input his or her real name, date of birth, and nationality when registering; then real names will be displayed at the final tables instead of nicknames
  • the Asia Championship (Event #23) will use Hong Kong dollars
  • there will be multiple Leaderboard Prizes given away
  • a vote will decide participants for the 4 People’s Choice events at the end of the series

Expect the bracelet debate to heat up

WSOP players and fans have already begun debating how to regard 2020 WSOP Online events.

The WSOP is calling the tournaments “bracelet events.” However, opinions differ over whether or not to regard winners of the 85 tournaments as “bracelet winners” in the traditional sense.

A similar debate occurred when the WSOP first started awarding online bracelets in 2015. People engaged in similar arguments when the WSOP Europe debuted in 2007.

There is a difference, however. There are geographical limitations on participation for all 85 of the 2020 WSOP Online events, both on WSOP.com and GGPoker. In that respect, the events are not necessarily “open” in the same way most previous WSOP events have been.

Players can travel to play 2020 WSOP Online, but will they?

Of course, anyone can travel either to Nevada or New Jersey to play on WSOP.com. The site does not require players to be residents, only physically located within either NV or NJ when playing.

Some players may choose to travel to either state to play in the 2020 WSOP Online series on WSOP.com.

Those who do need to be aware that WSOP.com does not allow multiple players on the same IP address to play either at the same cash game table or in tournaments. Such a restriction could make things difficult for players renting a place together in order to play.

Meanwhile those who travel to play in events on GGPoker will of course not be able to play any of the WSOP.com events during the last couple of weeks of July when the two series overlap. That’s because those players will obviously need to be somewhere other than the United States to play on GGPoker, thus making them ineligible to play from either NV or NJ.

Currently a number of countries still have international travel restrictions in place in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. That will be a factor affecting players’ potential travel as well.

Differing age requirements

While players on WSOP.com must be at least 21 years old, the minimum age requirement on GGPoker is 18 years old. The age requirement is subject to local jurisdiction, but many countries GGPoker serves do allow players 18 and older to play.

Annette Obrestad has held the record as the youngest-ever WSOP bracelet winner since she won the 2007 WSOP Europe Main Event the day before her 19th birthday.

If any 18-year-olds do well on GGPoker this summer, Obrestad’s record could be challenged.

Will there be live WSOP events later in 2020?

Speaking of WSOP Europe, that series is still scheduled to take place at King’s Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic this fall. That said, the WSOP adds that for all of its events, “all announced dates, times and events are subject to change.”

Technically speaking, the WSOP has postponed the 2020 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, not cancelled it. WSOP officials have yet to say whether or not a shortened series or perhaps the Main Event only will take place this year.

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