2019 WSOP Expands Online Bracelet Offerings to Nine

Updated: March 7th, 2019 by Haley Hintze

Even though tomorrow seems to never quite come, there’s still no arguing that the real growth in online poker — in the United States a well as the rest of the world — continues to be in the online sphere. And, with that surely in mind, the 2019 World Series of Poker will include a record-setting nine bracelet events.

Not only is that well up from last year’s four such events, it equals the total of all online bracelet tourneys offered over the course of the last four annual WSOP series. When added to the live events at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas announced in earlier weeks, the 2019 WSOP slate will serve up a total of 90 bracelet events, another record.

This year’s online bracelet events will be available mostly as Sunday specials, with at least one such tournament getting underway at 3:30 pm (Pacific Time) each Sunday. (The complete schedule is offered below, courtesy WSOP.com.) Two of the nine events will be offered on Tuesdays (June 19th, July 3rd), with the July 3rd offering being this subset’s high-roller offering, a $3,200 buy-in event.

“Just like the land-based WSOP, the annual summer series is also the best time for online poker players in the U.S. to chase big prize pools and WSOP gold bracelets,” said WSOP.com’s head of online poker, Bill Rini. “WSOP.com is offering a consistent gold bracelet schedule this year, plus non-stop satellites to both the online and live events, giving players the best opportunity to participate in the 50th Annual WSOP.”

However, the phrase “online poker players in the US” leads to this story’s most intriguing point. There is one element of the 2019 WSOP online-event offerings that remains uncertain, however, and that’s exactly who’s going to be allowed to play. In 2018, for the first time, WSOP.com players from New Jersey were allowed to join in the fun, playing alongside the Nevada-based players who’ve been there since 2015. Yet the Wire Act reversal opinion issued in January threatens the participation of the New Jersey players this time around, as it bars “interstate” communications connected to gambling and would almost certain block the participation of New Jersey-based players.

Even as that reversal opinion is under challenge by a lawsuit filed by the State of New Hampshire, with New Jersey also having threatened to file suit, plans continue regardless. It’s entirely possible that the January Wire Act reversal opinion could be overturned by January, and the Department of Justice has already announced an extra 60-day non-prosecution window amid the legal turbulence. That means the earliest compliance date is now June 14, 2019, raising a worst-case possibility that New Jersey players on WSOP.com could play in the first two online events, yet be blocked from the following seven. That would be a strange development indeed.

2019 World Series of Poker Online Bracelet Event Schedule

2-Jun No-Limit Hold’em $400 15,000 15 minutes 3x 300 3:30 pm PT 7:15 pm
9-Jun 6-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha $600 15,000 20 minutes Unlimited 150 3:30 pm PT 7:15 pm
16-Jun Knock-Out Bounty No-Limit Hold’em $600 20,000 15 minutes None 200 3:30 pm PT 7:15 pm
19-Jun Turbo No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack $500 40,000 8 minutes 3x 400 3:30 pm PT 6:30 pm
23-Jun Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em $1,000 30,000 15 minutes 3x 600 3:30 pm PT 7:30 pm
30-Jun No-Limit Hold’em Championship $1,000 15,000 20 minutes 3x 300 3:30 pm PT 7:30 pm
3-Jul High Roller No-Limit Hold’em $3,200 25,000 20 minutes 3x 500 3:30 pm PT 7:30 pm
7-Jul 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em $800 15,000 15 minutes 3x 300 3:30 pm PT 7:30 pm
14-Jul Summer Saver No-Limit Hold’em $500 20,000 15 minutes 3x 200 3:30 pm PT 7:15 pm

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