The 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) is well underway now with the three bracelet events in the books already. Action continues through the month of July on WSOP.com for the domestic online component of the series, but so far more than $1.5 million has been awarded in prizes, along with the three bracelets.
After a 2020 where the WSOP was forced to undergo radical change as a result of the global pandemic, the 2021 WSOP was bound to look a little different. Online poker was creeping into the venerable live festival with events on the virtual felt even before the pandemic, with the first online bracelet being awarded in 2015.
Since then, each year has seen more interest in the online events, but they remained a minor part of the WSOP schedule prior to the unprecedented 2020. When the pandemic forced live poker to shut the doors in 2020, WSOP.com and GGPoker stepped up to the plate to deliver domestic and international bracelet series online.
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While the live event is returning in its full glory this fall, with the second highest number of live bracelets ever awarded in Vegas, it also seems like online poker has become a key part of the WSOP schedule. Both WSOP.com and GGPoker will once again be handing out virtual bracelets to players, with each operator scheduled to hand out 33 bits of wrist jewelry this year.
The domestic online events are now well underway, with the first three bracelets already awarded. So far, the games have collected $1,562,670 in total from just under 3,300 entries.
WSOP Domestic Bracelet Events Results – Summary
|Total Events||Total Prizes||Total Entries||Total Buy-In||Total Prizes/Buy-in|
The Series So Far
With three events compete so far, the average prize pool has been more than $520,000. The first two games in the series capped that figure, but Event #3 came in a little smaller, collecting just $427,500 on 950 entries.
With the rake factored in, the events so far are averaging just under $1,000 in prizes for every dollar of buy-in (prizes/buy-in), with the first event going even higher with $1,149.30 prizes/buy-in.
Attendance in the events seems to have dropped as the series progressed. The biggest field came in Event #1 with 1,277 entries, but #2 was down to 1,038 and #3 at 950. That still meant the series averaged 1,088 entries per event through the opening weekend.
WSOP Domestic Bracelet Events Results – Detailed Results
|The Big 500 Kick-Off||$500||1277||$574,650||$1,149.30|
There are still 30 more bracelets to be given away to players in New Jersey and Nevada. Players for the domestic bracelets do not need to be residents of the states in question, or even of the US. Any player physically located in NJ or NV with a valid WSOP.com account can take part in the domestic bracelet series.
Here is a look at the full schedule of online bracelet events.
WSOP Online 2021 Domestic Schedule
|Premiere Week||1||The Big 500 Kick-Off – Complete||NLH||July 1||$500|
|2||Monster Stack – Complete||NLH||July 2||$600|
|3||DeepStack Turbo – Complete||NLH||July 3||$500|
|4||Super Turbo||NLH||July 4||$500|
|7||Lucky 7’s||NLH||July 7||$777|
|8||Crazy Eights||NLH||July 8||$888|
|Micro Madness||9||6-Max||NLH||July 9||$400|
|10||Event #10||NLH||July 10||$333|
|11||Ultra Deepstack||NLH||July 11||$400|
|PLO Week||12||Turbo Deepstack||NLH||July 12||$500|
|14||Event #14||NLH||July 14||$500|
|15||High Roller Freezeoout||NLH||July 15||$5,300|
|18||North American Open||NLH||July 18||$1,000|
|19||Crazy Eights||PLO||July 19||$888|
|20||High Roller||NLH||July 20||$3,200|
|Double Bracelet Day||25||Lucky 7’s High Roller||NLH||July 25||$7,777|
|26||The Big 500 Encore||NLH||July 25||$500|
|Championship Week||27||Championship||PLO||July 26||$1,000|
|28||High Roller Championship||NLH||July 27||$3,200|
|29||8-Max Turbo Deepstack Championship||NLH||July 28||$800|
|30||6-Max Championship||NLH||July 29||$600|
|31||Summer Saver||NLH||July 30||$500|
|$1 Million Guaranteed||33||Grand Finale||NLH||August 1||$500|
Unusual WSOP in 2021
It is a strange year for the WSOP in 2021. Not only does this year’s series contain an unprecedented number of online bracelets for a year with a full live event planned as well, but the live component played in Las Vegas will be in the fall instead of its usual timeframe of late May through mid July.
The series at the Rio, with 88 bracelets up for grabs, will be followed up by a European series hosted by King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. They will award 15 more gold bracelets in the Czech Republic which, when added to the 66 to be given away in the two planned online series, brings the total number of 2021 bracelets to 169.
WSOP 2021 at a Glance
|Series||Location||Start Date||End Date||Bracelet Events Planned|
|WSOP Online Domestic||WSOP.com||July 1||August 1||33|
|WSOP Online International||GGPoker||August 1||TBA||33|
|WSOP 2021||Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino||September 30||November 23||88|
|WSOP 2021 Main Event||Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino||November 4||November 17||1|
|WSOPE 2021||King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic||November 19||December 8||15|
There is still lots of action left in the 2021 WSOP. Players in the US can get into the action this month on WSOP.com, while international players get their shot at online bracelets in August. Then, from late September through December, the biggest live poker festival in the world returns to Vegas and Europe. There has never been a better chance to win a bracelet than 2021.