The international portion of the 2021 World Series of Poker Online Bracelet Events on GGPoker continues to produce solid numbers.
Throughout the first 17 tournaments, more than $38 million in prize money has been generated. The series continues to produce strong turnouts and each of the seven events with a guarantee covered by at least 10%.
Players from Brazil remain the most successful with five titles, nine top-three finishes and 14 appearances on the final table. Hot on the heels are Russia and China, who have also reached double digits for final table appearances.
Besides the South American powerhouse, only Poland has celebrated multiple gold bracelet winners.
The GGPoker WSOP Online 2021 Bracelet series kicked off on the same day as the domestic portion on the WSOP.com client in New Jersey and Nevada concluded. Since August 1, the registration for 17 of the 33 gold bracelet events has concluded and 16 winners have been determined.
More than 51,000 unique players entered the fray to take their shot at winning one of poker’s most elusive prizes.
- TOP BONUS — $600 deposit matched or up to $100 in rewards
- TOP FOR MTTs — GGMasters freezeout guarantees $2.5 million a week
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While the overall numbers in the first third were down compared to the inaugural edition one year ago, that can easily be explained by the different stages of the global pandemic and ease of restrictions all over the world. Nonetheless, the operator has already collected nearly $1.8 million in rake and didn’t have to pay out any overlay in the gold bracelet events to date.
Seven of the 17 tournaments so far held a guarantee, which amounted to $19 million in prize money. These seven tournaments generated more than $26 million in prizes and surpassed their initial guarantee by nearly 37% so far.
GG WSOP 2021 Online Bracelet Events – First 17 Events Summary
|International Leg||2021 WSOP Online|
|Tournament Registration Concluded||17/33|
|Prize Money Generated||$38,178,414|
|Average Prize Money Per Event||$2,245,789.06|
|Unique Entries||51,394 (74.38%)|
|Admin Fee Collected||$357,899|
Three tournaments have eclipsed $5 million in prize money and the largest amount was generated in the Millionaire Maker, which paid out almost $7.75 million in prizes and surpassed the guarantee by more than 50%. The special edition of the weekly $10,000 Super MILLION$ attracted a field of 624 entries and awarded more than $6 million in prizes while the $1,000 DOUBLE STACK NLHE reeled in 5,894 entries for a prize pool just shy of $5.6 million.
Only two of the events so far were held in a freezeout format and they were both held on the last weekend. The $1,050 WSOP GGMasters HR resulted in a field of 2,240 entries and beat its $2 million guarantee by more than 10%.
Furthermore, the $10,000 Heads-Up NLH Championship is down to the final four contenders and on break. Initially slated to feature a cap of 128 entries, the field was expanded to a maximum of 256 entries and attracted 161 participants. The top 16 finishers earned a slice of the $1,561,700 and three-time WSOP bracelet winner Adrian Mateos headlines the semifinal line-up.
Brazil Dominates the First 16 Events
In the first third of the festival, players from Brazil appeared in the spotlight frequently. They have continued the overall domination and account for 14 final table appearances thus far. Out of those, nine players finished on the podium and five of them claimed the gold bracelet.
The United States and Canada, which held the top two spots in the respective 2020 country ranking, gained ground on the overall leaderboard. Canada now sits in fourth place with nine final tables but has only one bronze medal to show for.
The United States follows close behind in sixth place with seven final tables, which includes the ninth career gold bracelet for Erik Seidel as the sole medal so far (players cannot play from within the United States, so must locate themselves outside in order to participate in events).
Another six events with guarantees await in the second half of the series including the highly anticipated $25,000 Super High Roller Championship and the 2021 WSOP Online $5,000 Main Event. The first two flights of the flagship tournament have already concluded and attracted field sizes of 458 and 161 entries respectively.
Compared to the 2020 edition, the Main Event boasts a guarantee of $20 million instead of $25 million. It appears unlikely that a new record prize pool for an online poker tournament will be set in the second installment of the event in as many years on GGPoker. The 2021 WSOP Online Bracelet Events on the GGPoker Network will run until September 12, 2021.