The first $10,000 seat to the 2021 World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas has been awarded on the domestic WSOP.com platform.
The inaugural qualifier, available to players in two regulated US states, drew a field of 69 unique entries on June 6. A second seat was missed by just a few entries.
Normally by this time of year the annual WSOP festival would be underway at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. With live poker’s pinnacle poker event pushed back to the fall, an extensive WSOP Online Bracelet schedule awaits as of July 1, 2021.
However, to reduce the waiting time. players based in Nevada and New Jersey (which combine to make up WSOP USA) can already win their seats for the $10,000 WSOP Main Event every Sunday via exclusive satellites.
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The $215 buy-in tournaments takes place every Sunday on the WSOP Nevada and WSOP New Jersey poker clients. It kicks off at 3.30 PM PST and comes with a late registration of two hours, during which all participants can re-enter once.
The first seat-only satellite took place on June 6, 2021, and gathered a field of 69 unique entries. With another 24 re-entries on top, the $215 buy-in created a prize pool of $18,600. Only the winner walked away with the $10,000 Main Event seat; the runner-up scored a cash prize worth $8,600.
68 Americans and one player from the UK took part in the first satellite, which could only be played by those residing in either Nevada or New Jersey. With a total of 93 entries, a second $10,000 seat was narrowly missed.
All seat winners for the flagship tournament of the year can redeem their win in chips at the cage once the 2021 WSOP is underway at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
The $10,000 WSOP Main Event satellite on WSOP.com
- Sundays at 3.30 PM PST
- Buy-in: $200 + $15
- Minimum entries: 8
- Starting Chips: 5,000
- Blinds increase: Every 10 minutes
- 1 Re-Entry allowed, $215 for 5,000 chips
- 120 minutes of late registration and re-entry
Another three seat-only satellites are slated to take place this month.
On top of that, WSOP.com also offers scheduled satellites for the upcoming domestic WSOP Online Bracelet Events as well. This includes daily qualifiers for $500 Events as well as satellites for $1,000 Events on select days.
WSOP.com Online Bracelet Satellites in June 2021
|$500 Event||$10||Daily||6.00 PM PST|
|$500 Event||$5||Daily||7.30 PM PST|
|$500 Event||$5||Sundays||3.30 PM PST|
|$1,000 Event||$30||Tuesdays||5.30 PM PST|
|$1,000 Event||$30||Saturdays||2.30 PM PST|
Only players physically located in Nevada and New Jersey are allowed to enter the ongoing WSOP satellites on the WSOP.com platform. The three racinos powered by the same 888poker software in Delaware share the cash game traffic but not the WSOP bracelet events and respective satellites.
888 and Caesars Interactive Entertainment (CIE) also aim to launch the WSOP.com platform in Pennsylvania and Michigan soon. The process is foreseen to be completed this summer but no specific date has been mentioned yet.
It currently seems very unlikely that either client will go live in time and be able to share the domestic 2021 WSOP Online Bracelet Events. However, separate WSOP Main Event satellites may very well be possible with the kick-off in Las Vegas still months away.
The WSOP Live 2021 is expected to take place from September 30 until November 23, 2021. Towards the end of the series from November 4 to 17, the $10,000 WSOP Live Main Event is scheduled with four starting days available.
International players will be able to win their entry to the Main Event on GGPoker as of August 1 as part of the extended partnership between GG and the WSOP. The details for the satellites and the full schedule for the international portion of the 2021 WSOP Online Bracelet Events are expected to be revealed in the upcoming weeks.