The wait is finally over as the full schedule for the international leg of the WSOP Online 2021 Bracelet Events has been announced. A total of 33 tournaments take place from August 1 until September 12. The first starting days of Event #1 $50 The Return already get underway on July 26.
Throughout the entire festival, 13 tournaments boast a guarantee and these amount to more than $51 million. Ten events provide poker players from all over the world multiple flights to qualify whereas the GGPN will also use two-day structures for another 21 out of 33 tournaments. It is the second year in which the GGPN will award poker’s most elusive prize. However, the number of Gold Bracelet Events has been reduced from 54 to 33 to be in line with the ongoing domestic leg for WSOP.com customers in Nevada and New Jersey.
“After making history last year, WSOP Online opens up to the international poker community again this August and September,” said Daniel Negreanu, GGPoker Global Ambassador and winner of six WSOP bracelets in the official press release. “I’m ready to join tens of thousands of poker players from all over the world at the tables, all of us aiming to take down one of those 33 gold bracelets!”
The WSOP Online 2021 Main Event as Crown Jewel
All stands in the shadows of the $5,000 Main Event, which will boast an impressive guarantee of $20 million. Compared to the 2021 edition, 18 starting days will be available instead of 24. All players can enter up to three flights and will only carry over their biggest stack.
Each separate starting day is played as a Freezeout with a fixed number of levels. As of Sunday, August 22, players from all over the world can select their preferred heat to run up a stack. The Day 1 survivors then combine to one field on September 5, which will seemingly attempt to play down to the live-streamed final table the following Saturday.
Last year’s flagship tournament created a Guinness World Record for the biggest prize pool in an online poker tournament. Thanks to 5,802 entries who all paid the same buy-in, $27,559,500 in prize money was distributed. Bulgaria’s Stoyan Madanzhiev walked away with more than $3.9 million and China’s Wenling Gao recorded the biggest individual prize for a female player in the history of poker.
The Low and Mid-Stakes Highlights
Players of all bankrolls will have a chance to battle for a gold bracelet in the next few weeks. Event #1 The Return costs just $50 to enter but comes with a $1 million guarantee. Slightly more expensive is the Zodiac Autumn Festival at the end of the series with a CNY815 (∼$126) and will pay out at least more than $445k.
The new and popular Flip & Go Format will also award a gold bracelet and costs $200 to enter. There will be plenty of Flip Stages as the tournament guarantees $1 million. Popular signature events such as the PLOSSUS and COLOSSUS return with a buy-in of $400 each and will pay out seven-figure prize pools.
Furthermore, the Millionaire Maker showcases a $1,500 price tag and the joint second-biggest guarantee of the festival. At least $5 million in prize pool will be up for grabs and the winner is slated to walk away with $1 million or more. Seven-figure guarantees also await in the $1,000 DOUBLE STACK NLHE and the $1,050 WSOP GGMasters.
The Highroller Showdowns
Some of poker’s biggest stars will take part in the festival and certainly have their eyes set on the high-stakes competitions. There are nine Championship Events including the Main Event and six tournaments cost $5,000 or more or more to enter.
Certainly in high regard will be the Super MILLION$ High Roller, which has been taking place for more than a year on the GGPoker network. For the 2021 WSOP Online, the special edition boasts a $5 million guarantee. The $10,000 Heads-Up Championship is capped at 128 players and determines a champion on Saturday, August 28.
Event #18 Short Deck Championship is one of five non-Hold’em tournaments during the series. It costs $5,000 to enter and up to three stacks can be purchased. Another $5 million guarantee then awaits in the most-expensive showdown. The $25,000 Super High Roller Championship kicks off on August 29 and is one of many two-day events.
While the international leg of the 2021 WSOP Online Bracelet Events won’t reach the spectacular numbers of the previous year due to the reduced number of tournaments, the eyes of the poker world will be on poker’s fastest growing online poker network.
Natural8 as one of the network’s main operators and Asia’s leading poker site will once more run exclusive promotions. Last year, the WSOP Winner’s Circle created Team Bling and each of the Natural8 bracelet winners earned LiveX sponsorships. Stay tuned in the days to come and find out what we have in store this year.